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Antioxidants: The Good Health Helpers

Posted 1 day 20 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Antioxidants – it's a hot nutrition buzzword, but do you know what they really are? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that block the activity of other chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals are formed naturally in the body and actually play an important role in many everyday processes, such as exercise and metabolism. But at high concentrations, they ...

'IV Lounges' Are the Latest Health Fad, But Are They Safe?

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – "Rent-a-drip" IV lounges are popping up across the country, promising speedy recovery for hangover sufferers, jet lag victims and others seeking an intravenous solution to modern dilemmas. But experts say these lounges are at best a waste of money and at worst potentially dangerous. "The whole thing is really nonsense," said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a professor of ...

Lack of Vitamin D Can Sideline College Football Players

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Nearly 60 percent of college football players have low levels of vitamin D, a new study suggests. That means they face a significantly higher risk for muscle strain and injury, the researchers said. "We were interested in vitamin D in this population because it's been shown to play an important role in muscle function and strength, which is critical to the ...

Health Tip: Why Women Need Folic Acid

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Folic acid is a form of vitamin B that's important for women, especially those who are pregnant or who could become pregnant. Folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects. The vitamin is available in supplements, and is found naturally in leafy green vegetables, oranges and beans. It's also available in fortified foods, such as ...

Having Too Little Iodine Could Harm a Woman's Fertility

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Nearly half of U.S. women have at least a mild deficiency in the nutrient iodine, and new research suggests it could impair their fertility. Iodine – a mineral that helps regulate metabolism – is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. But in a new study of 467 American women who were trying to get pregnant, those with ...

Seniors Don't Need Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements: Review

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, a new review concludes. It turns out there's little evidence supplements protect against hip fractures and other broken bones in older folks, according to data gathered from dozens of clinical trials. "The routine use of these supplements is ...

Health Tip: Eat Less Salt

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Eating less salt could help you avoid heart disease or stroke. The U.S. Office on Women's Health suggests how to cut the amount of salt in your diet: Eat fewer processed foods. Check the sodium content on the product's nutrition facts label. Avoid foods with lots of salt. Season your food with herbs and spices, instead of salt. Get used to eating less salty foods.

When Treating Infertility, Vitamin D Levels May Be Key

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – Women with low vitamin D levels may be less likely to have a baby after assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those with normal vitamin D levels, a new study suggests. The finding stemmed from a review of 11 published studies that involved a total of 2,700 women who were undergoing ART, which includes in vitro fertilization and frozen embryo transfer to achieve ...

FDA Warns of Herbal Supplement Kratom's Opioid-Like Harms

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued an advisory about harms tied to kratom – an imported herbal supplement with opioid-like effects that is increasing in popularity. People are taking the unapproved supplement to treat conditions like pain, anxiety and depression – without medical supervision, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. ...

Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Think you know what's in your favorite supplement? Think again. More than half of the herbal and dietary supplements analyzed by researchers contained ingredients that differed from the list on their labels. Some had hidden ingredients that might actually harm health, researchers said. Bodybuilding and weight-loss supplements, in particular, tended to contain ingredients ...

Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What ...

Want to Avoid Salt? Turn Up the Spice

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – If your taste buds lean toward spicy, you might be doing your heart a favor, new research suggests. Spicy foods may increase salt sensitivity, thereby dampening the desire to consume heart-harming salty food, researchers in China say. "High salt intake increases blood pressure and contributes to cardiovascular disease," said study author Dr. Zhiming Zhu. "Thus, reducing ...

Gung Ho for Green Tea

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – Whether to relax, warm up or even curb your appetite, there's nothing quite like sipping a soothing cup of tea. And while there's no shortage of brews available, green tea in particular has many potential advantages. There are actually three types of tea leaves: green tea, black tea and oolong. The difference is all in the processing. Green tea is made from unfermented ...

Health Tip: Myths Debunked About Dietary Supplements

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate dietary supplements to the same degree as prescription drugs. So, the American Cancer Society says you should talk with your doctor before taking any supplement, including vitamins. The society debunks these popular myths about supplements: Megadosing: More is better – There is no scientific evidence that using large doses effectively ...

Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. Analyzing more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden, researchers found a link – but not cause and effect proof – between multivitamin use and risk of the neurological disorder. "Multivitamin use with or without added iron or folic acid was ...

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