New Research: Omega 3′s May Protect Against Osteoathritis

In September, I wrote a post on using an anti-inflammatory diet to improve health and reduce joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.  Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, flaxseed, walnuts, etc.) has been known to be a key component of an anti-inflammatory diet for some time, and has been recommended for joint health. Yesterday, there was an interesting article in Scie...
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Prenatal Vitamins May Help Protect Against Autism

This week, in the New York Times, there was an interesting article about emerging research which suggests that prenatal vitamins could potentially help reduce the risk of Autism.  Over the past decade, the rate of Autism has been on the rise and it is still unclear why this is the case.  There has been speculation that it could be related to many different things (including vaccinations and food...
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Supplements: Helpful or Harmful? Learn to Recognize the Difference

Americans’ spend 10’s of billions of dollars each year on dietary supplements.  Often, supplements are purchased based on exaggerated marketing claims made by the supplement manufacturers.  Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that the supplement industry is not regulated and that manufacturers do not have to prove that there is research to support the claims that they make or even tha...
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Does the Fullbar™ Really Fill You Up?

The “Fullbar™” is popping up more and more in retailers, and you may have seen it in places like CVS and Bed Bath and Beyond.  If you have seen one of the eye catching displays, you may have wondered “does this bar really work?”  Well, I’ll give you my opionion… To start, let’s go over what the Fullbar™ is for those who haven’t seen the ads yet.  The Fullbar™ is a cerea...
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Is “Alli” Really Your Foe?

A new report came out today that states that Alli, the only over-the-counter weight loss medication approved by the FDA, may be linked with liver disease.  Although the association has not been proven, there are 27 reported cases of liver damage and 6 cases of liver failure from patients taking this medication and Xenical (the prescription version of the medication).  These medications help w...
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Milk is a Better than Sports Drinks for Recovery

Once again, milk has been found to be the ideal post-workout beverage.  In a study done on cyclists, researchers provided chocolate milk, a sports drink or a commercially available fluid replacement drink after an intense workout.  Four hours later, the men were then asked to cycle to exhaustion.  Those given chocolate-milk were able to cycle 51 percent longer than those given the sports drink ...
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The Truth About Acai Supplements

 Acai supplements have become extremely popular recently, and it is no surprise when you look at the ads.  Who wouldn't want to take a supplement that "melts off the pounds", detoxifies the body and is great source of antioxidants.  In fact, it almost sounds too good to be true...and that's because it is too good to be true. There is no research to support using Acai for weight loss, to incr...
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Vitmain C May Prevent Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body.  In December, I wrote about how Diet Can Help Manage Gout.  One dietary treatment mentioned is that vitamin C may be able to help in the prevention or treat of this disease, and a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week provides more evidence to support this. Researchers looked at nearly 47,000 men ...
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How to Choose a Sports Drink

Sports drinks can help improve performance for athletes who participate in endurance sports lasting > 1 hour.  The primary functions of sports drinks are that they help to hydrate athletes, they provide carbohydrate energy and they replace electrolytes lost in sweat.   But with all of the beverages out there, how do you know which one to choose?  The following are some guidelines to help yo...
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Is Your Diet Causing You to Lose Muscle?

 Whether or not you are an athlete, maintaining muscle mass is important for strength, keeping your metabolism up and maintaining physical independence later in life.  Protein helps to build and maintain muscle mass, so it is important to ensure that your meeting your protein needs with your diet.  However, new research done by Susan Hewlings, a registered dietitian who specializes in protein m...
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