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Addressing The Obesity Epidemic

Based on body mass index (BMI), more than 70% of American adults are classified as overweight or obese.6  Unfortunately, this height and weight calculation seriously underestimates the number of middle-aged and older adults who have too much fat and too little muscle.  This is due to the fact that men and women who do not…

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Vitamin D and Sun Exposure

Parts of Africa and the Middle East have more than sufficient sunlight exposure to maintain healthy vitamin D status in their population. Assessment of vitamin D status in these populations, though, demonstrates the difficulty in obtaining sufficient vitamin D levels. As high as 80 percent of people, in some areas, fall short of recommended blood…

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Zinc and Atopic Dermatitis

Zinc deficiency is a common finding in patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema). This study investigated whether supplementing with zinc would have any impact on the condition. After 8 weeks of zinc supplementation in patients with low zinc levels, hair zinc levels increased significantly, along with improvements in EASI scores, TEWL, and visual analogue scales for…

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Acne

In a 10-week, randomized, controlled trail, 45 participants with mild to moderate acne, participants were given either Omega-3 fatty acids (2,000 mg EPA/DHA), borage oil (400 mg LA), or placebo. In the supplemented groups, both non-inflammatory and inflammatory lesions decreased along self-assessment of disease severity. Jung JY, Kwon HH, Hong JS, Yoon JY, Park MS,…

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Ulcerative Colitis and Resveratrol

Ulcerative colitis is a disease where anti-inflammatory molecules are a mainstay of treatment. This study investigated whether resveratrol would improve the quality of life of 50 patients with active ulcerative colitis. After six weeks supplementation with 500 mg of resveratrol, significant reductions in TNF-alfa, CRP, NF-kappaB (all measures of inflammation) was measured, along with improved…

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Vitamin A and Anemia

Anemia has long been thought of as a condition of low iron and/or low vitamin B12/folate. New research is suggesting that vitamin A may also have a role in contributing to iron-deficiency anemia. A study was undertaken of 391 iron-deficiency adolescent girls and found that low vitamin A status was a significant predictor for iron

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Flavonoids and Dementia

The risk factors for dementia include insulin resistance (and hyperinsulinemia), high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, depression, cognitive inactivity, low educational attainment, as well as physical inactivity and incorrect diet. One of the most modifiable risk factors appears to prevent dementia may be nutritional interventions. Flavonoids, found in many foods, have been shown to influence many…

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Flaxseed and Menopausal Symptoms

A study of 140 menopausal women was undertaken to discover the relationship between flax seed use and the symptoms of menopause. Menopausal symptoms decreased and quality of life increased among women who used flaxseed for three months. Cetisli NE, Saruhan A, Kivcak B. The effects of flaxseed on menopausal symptoms and quality of life. Holist…

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Vitamin D and Prostate

Along with low sex hormone-binding globulin and high density lipoprotein cholesterol, a new study reported that low serum calcium and vitamin D levels in 184 randomly selected men 72 to 76 years old were associated with a higher risk for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). J Urol. 2013 Aug;190(2):608-14. PMID:  23399651

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Vitamin D and Parkinson’s Disease

A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted on seven observational studies that reported a relationship between Parkinson’s disease and blood levels of vitamin D. The review reported a strong relationship between vitamin deficiency and Parkinson’s disease. Those with vitamin D insufficiency (below 75 nmol/l) had 50 percent increase in risk, and those with vitamin D

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Health Science Articles

Eye Health: The Story Behind AREDS-2

Nutrition and lifestyle choices are very important to eye health. Your eyes sit in an oxygen-rich environment and are exposed to wavelengths of light that can cause damage. There are cells inside your eyes that digest their weight in damaged structures every day! But keeping your eyes shut all the time is not a good…

Supplementation After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery has become a more frequently utilized option for many people dealing with intractable obesity. Losing weight benefits health in many ways, including improving blood sugar control and heart health. Bariatric surgery means that you’ve made a lifelong commitment to taking recommended dietary supplements along with eating a healthy diet. Bariatric Surgery There are…

Nutrition and Fitness for a Lifetime of Health

Proper nutrition is important throughout life, but children have special nutritional needs. Children grow faster during their first few years than at any other time in their lives, and this rapid growth dramatically increases their nutritional needs. Although specific nutrient needs vary throughout the different stages of life, there is probably no more critical time…

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Children’s Health

By Dr. Jamie McManus. Omega-3 fatty acids, also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids, are essential to human health and cannot be made by the body. For this reason, they must be obtained from the foods we eat. Good sources of omega-3s include fatty fish and certain plant foods, including flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts. There…

Fostering Active Children

Regular physical activity in children and adolescents—as with adults—promotes health and fitness. Compared with those who are inactive, physically active children have higher levels of cardiovascular fitness and stronger muscles, perform better in school, and are less likely to suffer from anxiety and/or depression. Physically active kids also are less likely to become overweight or…

Filling Nutritional Gaps with Dietary Supplements

Despite a parent’s best efforts to provide their child with an overall healthy and well-balanced diet, the reality is that most children are not getting the complete nutrition they need. National nutrition surveys confirm that children are not consuming the recommended number of food group servings based on the Food Guide Pyramid, with 63% of…

How to Establish Healthful Eating Habits in Children

By Dr. Jamie McManus. Establishing healthful eating habits early in life begins with parents and caregivers of young children simply introducing and making available nutritious foods. Nourishing food choices should be available at all meals and snack times that include a variety of good foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, legumes,…

Children and Calcium

By Dr. Jamie McManus. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body with more than 99% occurring in bones and teeth, where it is the central “support structure.” Therefore, it’s critically important that children of all ages optimize their calcium intake every day to ensure proper development of bones and teeth. Calcium is found…

Building Strong Bones Starts Early

By Dr. Jamie McManus. When it comes to concerns about your child’s health, helping them to have strong bones may not be at the top of your list, but it should be. Building strong bones by adopting healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits in early childhood is critically important in helping to prevent osteoporosis later in…

Low Vitamin D May Speed Brain Aging

By Dr. Jamie McManus. Brain health and cognitive function are top concerns for most adults, especially for those of us who have reached the age of 50. When asked, most people fear losing their intellectual capacity much more than death. Memories of friends and family are a large part of what makes life rich and…