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Using Dietary Supplements Wisely
Reviewed by Dr. Vita on 3/12/2017

Like many Americans, you may take dietary supplements in an effort to stay healthy. With so many dietary supplements available and so many claims made about their health benefits, how can you decide whether a supplement is safe or useful? This article provides a general overview of dietary supplements, discusses safety considerations…

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Antioxidants: In Depth
Submitted and reviewed by Dr. Vita on 6/11/2017

Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Diets high in vegetables and fruits, which are good sources of antioxidants, have been found to be healthy. Examples of antioxidants include vitamins C and E, selenium, and carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin…

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Vitamins and Minerals, essential for our bodies
Reviewed by Dr. Vita on 27/9/2017

Vitamins and minerals are essential substances that our bodies need to develop and function normally. There are 14 known vitamins: vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, choline, and the vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folate/folic acid). Fifteen minerals are essential for health: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, chromium, copper, fluoride, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium…

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Herbal Supplements interaction with medication
Submitted and reviewed by Dr. Vita on 24/7/2017

Herbal supplements such as echinacea and St John’s Wort interact whith medication. Herbal and botanical remedies were more likely to react badly with prescription drugs than vitamins. Interaction side-effects include mild-to-severe heart problems, chest pain, abdominal pain and headache. Taking herbal or dietary supplements like echinacea , calcium or iron alongside prescription drugs could cause adverse side effects, as study warned…

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Omega-3 Supplements, supports a healthy heart
Reviewed by Dr. Vita on 17/5/2017

Omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3’s) are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are important for a number of functions in the body. Some types of omega-3s are found in foods such as fatty fish and shellfish. Another type is found in some vegetable oils. Omega-3s are also available as dietary supplements…

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St. John’s Wort, recommended for depression
Reviewed by Dr. Vita on 7/3/2017

St. John’s wort is a plant with yellow flowers that has been used in traditional European medicine as far back as the ancient Greeks. The name St. John’s wort apparently refers to John the Baptist, as the plant blooms around the time of the feast of St. John the Baptist in late June Historically, St. John’s wort has been used for a variety of conditions, including kidney and lung ailments, insomnia, depression, and wound healing…

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Aloe Vera, for healthy digestion
Submitted and reviewed by Dr. Vita on 22/1/2017

Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. Known as the “plant of immortality,” aloe was presented as a funeral gift to pharaohs. Two substances from aloe vera, the clear gel and the yellow latex, are used in health products today…

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Quercetin, Not a Sports Supplement
Submitted and reviewed by Dr. Vita on 20/5/2016

For a while, it looked as if quercetin might be the next super-supplement, one of the few legal substances able to improve athletic performance. Quercetin is a flavonoid found naturally in apple skins, berries, red wine, black tea and some leafy vegetables. Like other flavonoids, it is believed to be an antioxidant, a substance that can lessen or prevent certain kinds of cell damage, and an anti-inflammatory. But of even more importance to athletes, it has shown evidence of being…

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