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Not All Plant Foods Are Equal

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – For years, the mantra has been that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains will ward off heart disease, but a new study suggests that choosing the wrong ones may backfire. The study, of over 200,000 U.S. health professionals, found those who ate plenty of healthy plant foods – such as vegetables, beans and whole grains – did have a lower risk of heart disease. That was not true, however, if people loaded up on foods that are technically plant-based, but not all that healthy. In fact, diets heavy in pasta, bread, potatoes and sweets appeared just as bad as, if not worse than, diets high in animal products. "Plant-based foods are not all the same," said lead researcher Ambika Satija, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. So it's crucial that people consider the nutritional quality of the plant foods they choose, she said. ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Sten Z and M1 Alpha Capsules by Andropharm: Recall - Contains Derivatives of Anabolic Steroids

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Andropharm is voluntarily recalling all lots of Sten Z and M1 Alpha capsules to the consumer level because these products contain derivatives of anabolic steroids rendering them unapproved drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established and therefore subject to recall. Consumption of these products may cause elevated blood pressure, aggressive behavior, male infertility, or enlarged breasts and shrinkage of the testes in men. Patients with underlying cardiac, hepatic, or prostate conditions may be at higher risk for adverse reactions than otherwise healthy users. To date, Andropharm has not received any reports of these or any illnesses or injuries related to Sten Z or M1 Alpha. BACKGROUND: Sten Z and M1 Alpha capsules are marketed as dietary supplements and promoted to increase, sustain, and strengthen muscularity. The two products were packaged as capsules in 60 ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Ultra-Sten and D-Zine Capsules by Hardcore Formulations: Recall - Contains Anabolic Steroids

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

[Posted 07/06/2017] ISSUE: Hardcore Formulations is voluntarily recalling all lots and expiration dates of Ultra-Sten and D-Zine capsules to the consumer level. These products are labeled to contain methylstenbolone (Ultra-Sten) and dymethazine (D-Zine), which are considered to be derivatives of anabolic steroids. The presence of these anabolic steroids in Ultra-Sten and D-Zine render them unapproved drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established and therefore subject to recall. This recall applies to all lot numbers and expiration dates of these products. Consumption of products containing derivatives of anabolic steroids may cause serious liver injury and other adverse health consequences, including kidney injury, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure, aggressive behavior, male ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are My Toddler's Eating Habits Normal?

Posted 3 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Parents may be worried that toddlers aren't getting enough calories or nutrients. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, these picky eating habits are common in toddlers and are usually not cause for worry: Avoiding certain foods because of their texture or color. Eating only a couple of foods offered. Avoiding new foods. Refusing to eat a food that was once favored. Insisting on eating only by feeding themselves. Read more

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Many Americans May Be Taking Too Much Vitamin D

Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – When it comes to vitamin D supplements, it's possible that Americans may be getting too much of a good thing, new research suggests. In 2014, just over 3 percent of U.S. adults took more than 4,000 international units (IUs) of the vitamin daily, exceeding the upper limits of what is considered safe, the researchers said. In 2007-2008, only 0.2 percent did that. For perspective, the recommended daily amount of vitamin D is only 600 IUs for adults aged 70 and younger. For those over 70, the recommendation is 800 IUs a day. "More may not always be better with vitamin D," said study author Mary Rooney, a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "There's not much research on longer-term health outcomes on high-dose supplements," she said. But studies have hinted at potential harm, such as excess calcium in the blood, which can cause deposits ... Read more

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High-Intensity Exercise May Be Bad for the Bowels

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – When it comes to stomach discomfort during exercise, forget that old adage "no pain, no gain." New research suggests that excessive strenuous exercise may lead to gut damage. "The stress response of prolonged vigorous exercise shuts down gut function," said lead author Ricardo Costa. "The redistribution of blood flow away from the gut and towards working muscles creates gut cell injury that may lead to cell death, leaky gut, and systemic immune responses due to intestinal bacteria entering general circulation," Costa added. He's a senior researcher with the department of nutrition, dietetics and food at Monash University in Australia. Researchers observed that the risk of gut injury and impaired function seems to increase along with the intensity and duration of exercise. The problem is dubbed "exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome." The researchers ... Read more

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Healthy Dietary Fats Help Beat High Cholesterol

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Replacing saturated fats with healthier ones found in some vegetable oils can reduce cholesterol levels and heart disease risk as much as statins, a new American Heart Association (AHA) advisory says. Those healthier fats are poly-unsaturated fats and mono-unsaturated fats. Poly-unsaturated fats are found in corn, soybean and peanut oils. Mono-unsaturated fats are found in oils such as olive, canola, safflower and avocado. Saturated fats are found in meat, full-fat dairy products and tropical oils such as coconut and palm. Recently, questions have been raised about recommendations to limit foods high in saturated fats, so the AHA ordered a review of current evidence. "We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels," lead ... Read more

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Can Coffee, Tea Protect the Liver From 'Western' Diet?

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – Regularly drinking coffee or herbal tea may help prevent chronic liver disease, new research suggests. Scientists in the Netherlands found these popular beverages might help thwart liver fibrosis, or stiffness and scarring due to chronic inflammation. "Over the past decades, we gradually deviated towards more unhealthy habits, including a sedentary lifestyle, decreased physical activity, and consumption of a 'happy diet,' " said study lead author Dr. Louise Alferink. This "happy diet" – commonly known as the Western diet – is rich in sugary, processed foods that lack nutrients. This unhealthy way of eating has contributed to the obesity epidemic and a surge in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which occurs when excessive amounts of fat accumulate in the liver, said Alferink, a researcher at Erasmus MC University Medical Centre in Rotterdam. To investigate the ... Read more

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Protein Powerhouses

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – Cutting out fatty and fried sources of protein makes sense when you're trying to cut calories and eat healthy. But you still need nutritious forms of protein in your diet, according to Nutrition.gov. Here are five great protein sources you'll love when you want to add protein without adding a lot of calories. The first is fish. Besides being low in calories, fish is low in saturated fat. Though varieties like sole, flounder and cod are lower in calories, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel also contain the healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids. They're all delicious, even when steamed or slightly sauteed – no breading needed. Egg whites are another terrific option. One cup of egg whites has 26 grams of protein for under 120 calories – perfect for turning into a scramble. When you want a meatier mouth-full, choose chicken, a great source of lean protein. ... Read more

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The Facts on Flax

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – Though tiny in size, flax packs a big nutritional punch. These sesame-seed lookalikes are considered a functional food – a food that goes beyond basic nutrients to provide health benefits and/or reduce the risk of chronic diseases, according to a report in the Journal of Food Science and Technology. Flaxseed gets the nod because it's high in the omega-3 fatty acid A.L.A. plus phytochemicals called lignans, and fiber. It's great for heart and digestive health and to support the immune system. It may even lower cholesterol and possibly blood pressure in some people, researchers report. With all that going for it, the question is how to get more flaxseed into your diet, especially since one tablespoon has a mere 37 calories. First, to absorb all its nutrients, eat flaxseed in ground form, never whole. You can buy ground flax or, better still, buy whole seeds and ... Read more

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Does a Low-Fat Dairy Habit Boost Parkinson's Risk?

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Though you might think eating low-fat dairy foods is a healthy move, new research suggests the habit is tied to a slight rise in the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Experts who reviewed the study stressed that the findings are preliminary – the effect was a modest one and the research wasn't designed to prove cause and effect. In the study, researchers analyzed data on about 130,000 men and women, tracking their dietary habits every four years and the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's. After 25 years, more than 1,000 people developed Parkinson's, a progressive neurodegenerative illness affecting coordination and movement. Those who consumed at least three servings of low-fat dairy a day had a 34 percent higher risk of getting the disorder than those who only consumed one serving a day. Looking specifically at milk consumption, the researchers ... Read more

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Toddlers Who Drink Cow's Milk Alternatives May Be Shorter

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Young children who drink soy, almond or other milk "alternatives" may be a bit shorter than kids who drink cow's milk, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 5,000 Canadian children, a 3-year-old who drank three cups of non-cow's milk each day was, typically, a half inch shorter than a child who drank the same amount of cow's milk. The study – which was funded by the Canadian government and St. Michael's Hospital Foundation – doesn't prove that parents' milk choices were the culprit. For one, there could have been differences in the children's overall diets, too, said lead researcher Dr. Jonathon Maguire. But, he said, the nutritional content in different milk substitutes vary widely. And it's "reasonable to hypothesize" that some shortchange children on protein, fat and other nutrients, said Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael's ... Read more

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Health Tip: Check Packaged Produce

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Untouched canned or frozen fruit and vegetables may be just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts. But added ingredients may make them less healthy. To get the most nutritious produce possible, the American Heart Association advises: Always read package labels. Choose options with the lowest amounts of added salt and sugar. Look for produce that is packed in its own juices or water. Avoid produce packed in syrup or a heavy sauce. Before using canned produce, drain and rinse well in a colander. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee: Recall - Presence of Undeclared Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

Posted 27 May 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Caverflo.com is voluntarily recalling all lots of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee, 25 grams to the consumer level. FDA laboratory analysis confirmed the presence of Sildenafil and Tadalafil which are the active ingredients in two FDA-approved prescription drugs used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). Caverflo.com has received a report of an individual death after use of the coffee. Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee may also contain undeclared milk. These undeclared ingredients may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. BACKGROUND: Caverflo ... Read more

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5 Food Groups to Jump-Start Nutrition

Posted 26 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – Most Americans still don't eat enough nutrient-rich foods from key groups including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy, according to federal health statistics. And they take in too many refined grains, saturated fats, added sugars and salt. What to do? Here are 5 types of foods you can add today to give your diet a boost. Dark green vegetables top the list. Make a point of eating choices like spinach and other greens, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Next are legumes. Choose from the many varieties of dried beans, lentils and peas. They're great in dishes from hot casseroles and stews to cold salads. Serve fish or shellfish in place of some of the beef, pork and even poultry in your diet. Two servings a week of fatty fish, like salmon, are ideal. Nuts, seeds and soy products are other protein sources that can also substitute for traditional meat. ... Read more

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