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Should you be concerned about warnings on supplements?

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 28th, 2018

You may have noticed warnings on certain products stating that they contains chemicals known to produce cancer or cause reproductive damage. These warnings are the result of California’s Proposition 65, or the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. Often referred to simply as Prop 65, this law was enacted in 1986 to help residents of California make informed decisions about the products they purchase. As a result, these substances are often found in food and …

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What you need to know about fish oil quality standards

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 28th, 2018

Here’s what you need to know about Fish Oil quality standards in popular Fish Oil supplements. The health claims regarding supplements can be confusing. Irresponsible advertising makes it more difficult to determine which products will help you reach your health goals, and which ones aren’t worth your money. You may have seen recent news reports about a class action lawsuit against CVS over false marketing of its Omega-3 Krill Oil. The CVS case raises questions …

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How to choose the right supplements for weight loss

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Walk into any health food store, and you’re sure to encounter row upon row of supplements, all of which make some pretty powerful health claims. How do you know which ones you need, and how do you choose between different brands or dosages? While the best source of vitamins and nutrients is always whole, healthy foods, sometimes it’s difficult to meet your body’s needs through food alone, especially if you’re following a calorie-restricted diet. Supplements …

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7 benefits of green tea extract

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 28th, 2018

Tea is full of powerful antioxidants that can improve your health in a number of ways, including helping you lose weight, prevent cancer growth, and control blood sugar levels.  Most of us think of tea as something to drink, but you can obtain the same benefits by taking a green tea extract supplement. Green tea extract can be found in pill, powder, or tincture form. Tea comes in many different types and flavors. About 80 percent …

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6 signs you need a probiotic

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 28th, 2018

Supporting your gut health can be the key to fighting off skin conditions, boosting your immune system, improving mood disorders, and even losing weight.  Eating foods high in probiotics and taking probiotic supplements can improve your gut health, and may reverse some health problems associated with bacterial imbalances in the GI tract. The presence of “good” bacteria in the gut is necessary to keep harmful bacteria under control, promote good digestion, and keep the immune system …

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From the doc: Choosing an omega 3

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Supplements by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 1st, 20180 Comments

You work out, watch your diet, and take supplements. Is omega-3 fish oil part of your wellness routine? Omega-3 fish oils are one of the most important supplements you can take. When choosing an omega-3, it’s important to consider both quality and cost. Research shows that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids provides numerous benefits, including: Lower blood pressure Increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol Reduced risk of heart attack Lower levels of stress hormones, which is critical for …

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Do vitamins and supplements actually work?

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 20180 Comments

Vitamins and supplements make a lot of health claims: boost your energy, lose weight, combat stress. But do they really work? And how effective are they? Health experts say that vitamins and supplements definitely play a role in our diets, but it’s important to understand what they can and cannot do. Supplements — as the name suggests — should add to and complement your diet, but should not be expected to take the place of …

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From the doc: Are you getting enough vitamin D?

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Supplements by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 1st, 20180 Comments

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? Vitamin D is important for regulating many functions in the body and preventing disease, but most people don’t get enough of it. Typically referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” this vitamin actually acts more like a hormone. Your body produces vitamin D when you skin is exposed to sunlight, and it interacts with enzymes in the body to promote many important processes, including calcium absorption and bone remodeling (which …

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4 common questions about vitamins and supplements

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 20180 Comments

Vitamins and supplements can play an important role in a healthy lifestyle. Certain supplements can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and combat stress. If you’ve ever used supplements as part of your health and wellness plan — even if you’ve been taking them for a long time — you may have questions about their proper use and effectiveness. The following answers to 4 common questions about vitamins and supplements will help you …

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The Importance of Vitamin D

In Health and Wellness, Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC November 6th, 20180 Comments

Vitamin D receptors are found in all tissues of the body, including the brain, heart, and muscles. Typically referred to as the sunshine Vitamin, it is becoming known as D for Disease Preventer.  This vitamin actually acts more like a hormone, by interacting with enzymes in the body to promote calcium absorption, bone metabolism, and healthy bone remodeling. However, a large majority of the US population is suspected to have suboptimal levels of Vitamin D.  …