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Banned Supplement, Higenamine, Remains a Concern in Weight-Loss Products

Posted 13 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – Weight-loss and energy supplements sold in the United States may contain potentially harmful and inaccurately labeled levels of the banned stimulant higenamine, a new study finds. Higenamine is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of substances prohibited in sports, though it is legal for use in supplements in the United States, Canada and Europe. "We're urging ...

Want to Avoid Type 2 Diabetes? Eat More Whole Grains

Posted 15 days ago by

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – It may seem counterintuitive, but eating bread, pasta and cereal may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes, as long as those foods are made from whole grains, new research suggests. The study found that each serving of whole-grain foods per day was linked to as much as an 11 percent drop in the risk of type 2 diabetes. "Whole grains appear to play an important role in ...

Health Tip: Your Toddler Can Be a Vegetarian

Posted 23 Aug 2018 by

-- A well-planned vegetarian diet is healthy for an infant or toddler, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. But it's crucial to make sure that the young child gets all necessary nutrients, the academy says. These nutrients include: Vitamin B12 – This vitamin can be obtained by consuming dairy products and eggs. Vegans may opt for a vitamin supplement or fortified foods, such as soy ...

Health Tip: Grapefruit May Interact With Medication

Posted 20 Aug 2018 by

-- While grapefruit is a great source of vitamin C and potassium, it may interact with your medication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The FDA says these types of medication may become an issue when taken with grapefruit juice or grapefruit: Some statins to control cholesterol, such as Zocor (simvastatin) and Lipitor (atorvastatin). Some drugs to treat high blood pressure, such as ...

Tap Into the Health Powers of Garlic

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 – As scientists look into the effects of diet on health, they're finding that more and more everyday foods offer benefits that go well beyond making dishes tastier. Garlic, an ingredient found in almost every cuisine, has emerged as one such superfood. Part of the allium family, which includes onions and leeks, garlic has a number of compounds that supply its ...

Health Tip: Get More Dietary Fiber

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by

-- Fiber – derived from plant-based foods – has a number of health benefits including aiding digestion, helping you feel fuller longer and helping to curb overeating, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. Depending on your age and gender, you should get between 21 grams and 38 grams of fiber daily. Here are the academy's suggestions for getting more fiber in your diet: Eat at least 2 ...

Health Tip: Understanding Antioxidants

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by

-- Antioxidants are substances in food that may delay or prevent some types of cell damage. Fruit and vegetables are prime sources of antioxidants, which include vitamin C, selenium and beta-carotene, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) says. While antioxidants haven't been shown definitively to prevent disease, studies have shown that people who eat more fruit and veggies may be at ...

Food Additives a Toxic Mix for Kids

Posted 23 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 – Chemicals used to preserve, package and enhance food can harm children's health, a leading pediatricians' group says. A growing mound of scientific evidence has linked these chemicals to changes in children's hormone systems, which can alter their normal development and increase their risk of childhood obesity, the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement ...

Gluten-Free Kids' Foods Fall Short on Nutrition

Posted 23 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 – Gluten-free foods are one of the latest nutritional trends, with many parents assuming foods with a gluten-free label are healthier than foods with gluten. But new research says that's just not true, unless your child truly must avoid gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye – due to celiac disease or other conditions. Almost 9 out of 10 gluten-free foods aimed ...

Endari (L-Glutamine) Supplement May Ease the Pain of Sickle Cell Disease

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 – An FDA-approved supplement reduces episodes of severe pain in people with sickle cell disease, a new clinical trial shows. Endari, a medicine-grade version of the dietary supplement L-glutamine, reduced sickle cell patients' number of acute pain crises by 25 percent compared with a placebo, the researchers found. In addition, the supplement reduced hospitalizations by ...

Jury Still Out on Probiotics

Posted 17 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 – Probiotics have become a trendy dietary supplement, with more and more people popping bacteria-laden capsules to try to improve their gut health. But these supplements could harm some patients, and researchers have done a poor job tracking their safety, a new review argues. Reporting of side effects is often "missing, insufficient or inadequate" in clinical trials aimed ...

Health Tip: Get Enough Calcium

Posted 28 Jun 2018 by

-- Dairy products are a great source of calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients that help promote bone growth. The U.S. National Institutes of Health says most people in the United States aren't getting the calcium they need for the heart, muscles, nerves and bones. The agency suggests: Drink low-fat or fat-free milk. Have milk with other foods, such as breakfast cereal. Eat other dairy products, ...

U.S. Teens Embracing Alternative Meds. Is That a Healthy Trend?

Posted 18 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 – Alternative medicines – such as herbal products and so-called nutraceuticals – have soared in popularity among American youth, a new report shows. Between 2003 and 2014, the use of alternative medicines doubled, driven largely by increased use of omega-3 fatty acids and melatonin among teens. The findings are cause for concern, according to study author Dima Qato, an ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Certain Kratom-Containing Powder Products by Viable Solutions: Recall -Possible Salmonella Contamination

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

ISSUE: Viable Solutions of Nampa, ID has initiated a recall of certain Kratom-containing powder products, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom by NGB Corp.: Recall - Possible Salmonella Contamination

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

ISSUE: NGB Corp. of West Jordan, Utah is voluntarily recalling NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom labeled bottles of encapsulated product because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. One illness has been reported to date and the ...

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