Can a Pill Really Replace Exercise?

This month, an article was published in Cell journal which stated that researchers may have found a pill that can provide some of the same benefits as exercise.  Not surprisingly, this was all over the news as soon as the report was released.  After all, wouldn't it be easier to take a pill than go for a jog? The study, which was done on mice, found that when mice were given a pill called AIC...
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Iron in the Diet

What is the role of Iron in the body? One of the main roles of iron is to carry oxygen to the blood.  When you don't get enough iron in the diet, it can lead to iron deficiency anemia.  Symptoms of this condition include low energy levels, headaches, irritability, shortness of breath and weight loss. How much Iron do I need? Iron requirements change with age and are different for males ...
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Should You Be Taking a Calcium Supplement?

The best way to meet your calcium needs is to include calcium-rich foods like low-fat dairy products, beans, almonds and green leafy vegetables in your diet on a regular basis.  However, many Americans are not consuming enough calcium-rich foods to meet their estimated needs.  In fact, Studies have found that over 85% of girls ages 12-19 and nearly 80% of women over 20 years of age are not mee...
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Calcium and Bone Health

One of the most important interventions in preventing bone loss is to ensure that your calcium intake is adequate.  The preferred method to meet your calcium needs is through food.  The following foods are good sources of calcium: All dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt Some legumes such as soy, navy, pinto, garbanzo and red beans Some green, leafy vegetables and broccoli Calci...
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Plants Sterols and Stanols May Improve Cholesterol Levels

Did you know plants can improve your cholesterol?  Sterols and stanols, which are components of plant membranes, structurally resemble cholesterol.  In fact, their structures are so similar to cholesterol that our bodies can't distinguish the difference.  However, plant sterols and stanols are either not absorbed or minimally absorbed in the body.  When they are present in sufficient quanti...
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Genistein and Bone Health: Risks and Benefits

Genistein, a type of photoestrogen, is used to treat osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.  Some, but not all studies have found that genistein can improve bone mineral density in this demographic.1,2,3,4  It is often used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) which has been found to increase the risk of endometrial and breast cancer.    Phytoestrogens can be found in ove...
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Today Show talks about Vitamin D

On November 27th, I wrote about Vitamin D as it relates to bone health. In that post I went over the dietary requirements for Vitamin D, and had mentioned that there has been an increased prevalence of Vitamin D deficiencies in our country. This morning on the Today Show, there was a nice segment about this very problem, and some good recommendations on how to meet Vitamin D requirements with th...
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