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FDA Medwatch Alert: DMAA Net Weight 500g by NutriVitaShop: Recall - Presence of DMAA May Pose Health Risk

Posted 6 days ago by

[Posted 11/26/2016] ISSUE: NutriVitaShop, also doing business as Naturecom Inc. Lake Forest, CA is requesting the nationwide recall of its DMAA net weight 500g because there may be presence of DMAA. Lot numbers include #20141102, 20150715, 20151022, 20160226, 20160701, 20161017 and 20150323. DMAA net weight 500g is packaged in approximately 8" x 11” silver and clear mylar ziplock bags that contain 500g of DMAA. DMAA is also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract. FDA has previously warned that DMAA is potentially dangerous to health as it can narrow blood vessels and arteries, which can cause a rise in blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, arrhythmias, tightening in the chest, and heart attack. BACKGROUND:  DMAA is commonly used as a stimulant, pre-workout, and weight loss ingredient in dietary supplement products. DM ... Read more

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Can Protein, Probiotics Help With Blood Sugar Control?

Posted 16 days ago by

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Adding protein-rich or probiotic-laden foods to your diet may help control your blood sugar levels, according to a pair of new studies. Both proteins and probiotics appear to slow down digestion of carbohydrates, preventing blood sugar spikes that can lead to type 2 diabetes or exacerbate damage done by the disease, researchers found. Eating tuna fish with a slice of white bread produced a slower rise in blood sugar than eating carbs alone, said Huicui Meng, who led one of the studies. She's a postdoctoral researcher at Tufts University's Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston in Boston. Meanwhile, people who added foods rich in probiotics – a type of "good" bacteria – to their heart-healthy DASH diet achieved a significant reduction in their blood sugar levels, said Arjun Pandey, a student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute in Ontario, Canada. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Enjoy Autumn Produce

Posted 17 days ago by

-- A slew of nutritious produce makes its debut during the Autumn months. Here are some Autumn goodies, mentioned by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Pumpkin, which is rich in vitamin A and fiber. Add it to bread and other baked goods. Beets, which are natural sources of nitrates. Enjoy them raw or cooked, and don't ignore the leafy greens on top. Parsnips, which are rich in folate and fiber. Sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamin A and fiber. Kale, which is rich in manganese and vitamins A, C and K. Okra, which is a good source of fiber, folate and vitamins K and C. Pears, which are a good source of fiber. Cranberries, which help promote urological health. Read more

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Meat-Heavy Diets May Raise Older Women's Heart Risks

Posted 20 days ago by

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could have a higher risk for heart failure, especially if most of their protein comes from meat, researchers report. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, postmenopausal women with the most protein in their diet had a 60 percent increased risk of heart failure, compared with women who ate little protein, the study found. The findings were presented Monday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in New Orleans. Most of the risk appears to come from animal protein, said study author Dr. Mohamad Firas Barbour. He's an internist at Brown University's Alpert Medical School and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket. Women who got most of their protein from vegetable sources appeared to have a nearly 20 percent reduced risk of heart failure, Barbour said. "The higher total dietary protein ... Read more

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Mediterranean Diet, Caffeine May Be Good for Your Eyes

Posted 21 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – Eating a Mediterranean diet and consuming caffeine may lower your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that a Mediterranean diet – high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, healthy fats and fish – benefits the heart and lowers cancer risk. But there has been little research on whether it helps protect against eye diseases such as AMD, the researchers noted. Using questionnaires, the researchers assessed the diets of 883 people, aged 55 and older, in Portugal. Of those, 449 had early stage AMD and 434 did not have the eye disease. Closely following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a 35 percent lower risk of AMD, and eating lots of fruit was especially beneficial. The researchers also found that people who consumed high levels of caffeine ... Read more

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Is It Really True That Chocolate May Be Good for You?

Posted 21 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – A new analysis of existing studies provides more support for the idea that cocoa in chocolate may actually be good for you. But be cautious if you're tempted to raid the candy aisle: While it seems to be beneficial, the impact of chocolate on day-to-day health isn't clear. And the researchers aren't ready to offer recommendations about exactly how much chocolate – and what type – provides benefits that outweigh its unhealthy effects. Whatever the case, "when balancing the benefits and risks," said study lead author Xiaochen Lin, users "shouldn't ignore the calories and sugar that may come with chocolate." Lin is a graduate student at Brown University in Providence, R.I. At issue: What do we know overall about the health effects of flavanols – a component of the cocoa in chocolate – on cardiovascular and metabolic systems? To gain more perspective, Lin and ... Read more

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Digestive Byproduct Tied to Meat Raises Risks for Some Heart Patients

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – People with peripheral artery disease – a narrowing of the arteries in the legs and elsewhere – who eat a lot of red meat and eggs may have increased odds of dying early, a new study suggests. That's because of a digestive byproduct produced by gut bacteria that breaks down eggs, red meat and other meat products found in the traditional Western diet, the researchers said. The byproduct is called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), and the study found that people with peripheral artery disease who also high levels of TMAO had a nearly three times higher risk of dying within five years, compared with those with the lowest levels. "These findings point to the potential for TMAO to help identify high-risk patients who likely need more aggressive and specific dietary and pharmacologic therapy," said lead researcher Dr. W.H. Wilson Tang, a professor in medicine at the ... Read more

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Are Vegetarian Diets Heart-Healthier?

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – Vegetarians are assumed to be healthier than carnivores, but a new study questions that assumption. It found meat eaters had no significantly greater risk of heart disease over 10 years compared to those who favored no-meat diets. "I wouldn't say a vegetarian diet is useless for preventing cardiovascular risk," said study leader Dr. Hyunseok Kim. However, the heart benefits on a population level may be less than some believe, said Kim, an internal medicine resident at Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine in Newark. The study findings puzzleded one nutritionist who said previous research has indicated that a vegetarian diet is good for the heart. The study used U.S. national survey data to compare adult vegetarians to thousands of meat eaters. While vegetarians were thinner, their overall heart risk wasn't actually different, according to the study. "Followers ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Liquid Drug and Dietary Supplement Products by PharmaTech: Recall - Risk of Product Contamination

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by

ISSUE: PharmaTech, LLC is voluntarily recalling all liquid products due to a potential risk of product contamination with Burkholderia cepacia. See the press release for a complete listing of affected products. Drug products include: Aller-chlor Antihistamine Diocto Syrup Docusate Sodium Ninjacof Ninjacof A Senexion Liquid Senna Syrup Sennazon Syrup Virtrate-2 Virtrate-K Dietary supplement products include: Calcionate Syrup Cerovite Liquid CertaVite with Antioxidants CytoDetox D3 Vitamin Liquid D-Vita Drops Fer-iron Liquid Ferrous Drops Ferrous Sulfate Liquid Liquid Vitamin C Pedia D-Vite Drops Pedia Poly-Vite Drops Pedia Tri-Vite Drops Poly-Vita Drops Poly-Vita Drops with Iron Polyvitamin liquid Polyvitamin liquid with Iron Renew HC Tri-Vita Drops Tri-Vitamin liquid   If a product contains B. cepacia, its use could result in infections in patients with compromised immune systems and in ... Read more

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Diet Supplement May Help Prevent Kidney Stones: Study

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – A dietary supplement may hold the power to dissolve a key component of kidney stones, potentially offering a new prevention tool against this painful condition, researchers say. It's too early to be sure if the compound hydroxycitrate will become a preventive treatment for kidney stones, since extensive research in people hasn't begun. Still, it could offer an alternative to potassium citrate, which treats kidney stones but has side effects, the study authors explained. At issue: the calcium oxalate crystals that are the most common component of kidney stones, mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys. They may get stuck in the urinary tract, blocking urination and causing great pain. Kidney stones affect an estimated 12 percent of men and 7 percent of women. High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can increase the risk. Physicians often urge people who are ... Read more

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Health Tip: Need More Energy?

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by

-- Many people struggle to find the energy to make it through a busy day. But eating the right foods can help you power through. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Eat every three to four hours, to boost metabolism and prevent getting too hungry. Watch portion sizes and avoid overeating. Eat until you're comfortable but not too full. Focus on balanced meals that include lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruit, low-fat or fat-free dairy, and healthy fats. Avoid foods that may make energy levels sag, such as sodas, energy drinks and coffee loaded with sugar. Drink enough fluids, such as skim milk, water or tea without sugar. Read more

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High Doses of Fish Oil Might Help Healing After Heart Attack

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – Heart attack patients who took high doses of fish oil supplements for six months showed improved heart function and less scarring, researchers report. It is not yet precisely known how the large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in these supplements might have helped the healing process, but the results are encouraging, said study senior author Dr. Raymond Kwong. He is director of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In his study, 360 heart attack survivors were followed for six months. Half of them were given 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acid supplements daily for six months, while the other half were given placebo pills. A doctor might typically prescribe 1 to 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acid supplements a day if a patient has high triglyceride levels (a type of blood fat), Kwong added. Using MRIs of the heart, the researchers ... Read more

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Lots of Red Meat, an Earlier Grave?

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – If you turn to red meat as your main source of protein, you could be shortening your life, a new study suggests. People who get more of their protein from plant sources have an overall lower risk of dying early than those who consume a lot of animal protein, the researchers said. However, not all animal proteins carry the same level of risk, said lead researcher Dr. Mingyang Song. He is a nutrition research fellow with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. And many of the red meat eaters also had unhealthy habits such as drinking and smoking, the researchers said. "We found protein from red meat, particularly processed red meat, is strongly associated with mortality," he said. "The protein from fish or chicken is not really associated with mortality." The study findings make a case for including more plant protein in your daily diet: For every ... Read more

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Is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Real?

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016, – Gluten sensitivity appears to be a real medical problem, and not a figment of the popular imagination conjured up by the gluten-free craze, a new study contends. Some people suffer changes within their bodies after eating gluten that are separate and distinct from those that accompany either celiac disease or wheat allergy, researchers report. "We don't know what is triggering this response, but this study is the first to show that there are clear biological changes in these individuals," said senior researcher Armin Alaedini. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University in New York City. "Based on our findings, we hope there would be greater recognition of this condition. This is a real condition. There are individuals who may not have celiac disease or wheat allergy, but still have a sensitivity to wheat," Alaedini said. People with ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by

-- Omega-3 fatty acids may improve your heart health and help you ward off heart disease. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these sources: Oils from soybeans, flaxseed and canola. Walnuts or walnut oil. Fatty fish, including salmon, mackerel, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna (choose varieties packed in water). Eggs labeled as containing omega-3 fatty acids. Read more

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