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Aging
By the year 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be between 65 and 75 years old. Two recent studies now show that the right health maintenance behavior among the elderly could help avoid or delay a loss of independence or major medical problem Read More
 
FDA reverses
the FDA reversed its position when evidence shows supplements help prevent disease.  Read More
 
B12
Women whose diets are low in vitamin B12 around the time of conception are at higher risk of having babies with congenital heart defects, click here
 
Medication Safety
You need to know how to take medicines safely with vitamins & herbs, look up your medicine here
 
Fish Oil & Heart
Supplementation with fish oil can help address  cardiovascular disease (CVD) because of procoagulant activities. Read More
 


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Supplements and Vitamins

First let's define what we mean by the word supplements. It was coined to describe products you can take in addition to your normal diet. Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 which created a definition of what a supplement is:

As defined by Congress in the DSHEA,  a dietary supplement is a product (other than tobacco) that:
bulletis intended to supplement the diet;
bulletcontains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids; and other substances) or their constituents;
bulletis intended to be taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid; and
bulletis labeled on the front panel as being a dietary supplement.(1)

This includes a wide variety of products from vitamins, to minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, glandulars, and metabolites. 

What is Here:

bulletDonabee's Story about what supplements have done for her - We changed the vitamin supplements she (we) were taking about three years ago. How do you know which one to take? And you won't know for years or until it is too late. I did some research and proposed we switch. I am so glad we did. Her story says it all. Read this from Donabee.
bulletAmerican Medical Association reports says Americans need to take Supplements for health in 2002 - yes, the AMA fully reversed its position when evidence showed supplements do help prevent disease. Here is a summary and links to the full published articles.
bulletDo we really need to add vitamin supplements to our diets? There might have been a time when our diet gave what we needed. That time is gone. Not only is the nutritional value of our food in question, but few people eat a good diet. Processed and fast food is not a good diet. To get the nutrition we need, we have to supplement our diets. And today each of us have to think about what degenerative disease is waiting as we get older. Will it be cancer, diabetes, heart disease? These are all caused by nutritional deficiencies. Read more here.
bulletFish Oil is Better Than Drugs for Preventing Heart Failure - Fish oil supplements appear to work better than a popular cholesterol-reducing drug to help patients with chronic heart failure, according to recently released research.
bulletFish Oil During Pregnancy Associated with Lower Asthma Incidence During Childhood - Dr. Ladd McNamara's review of an article from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2008.
bulletOmega-3 - The American Heart Association had been reporting the benefits of omega-3 since 1996. The Science Advisory report was titled "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Lipids and Coronary Heart Disease". Then in 2002, the AHA released a new report indicating how omega-3 reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease. It said omega-3's make the blood less likely to form blood clots that cause heart attacks and protect against irregular heart beats that cause sudden cardiac death.
bulletVitamin D Prevents Cancer - According to researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) increased levels of Vitamin D3 could prevent 600,00 cases of breast and colorectal cancers each year. 150,000 in the US alone. This applies especially to countries north of the equator.
bulletAre supplements safe? That depends on the supplement, the company manufacturing the actual product and your body. There are so many things sold as supplements. Some of them can be potentially hazardous especially if taken in large quantities. Read more about that here.
bulletWhat about all the media that says supplements are not effective? - We've all seen reports questioning the value of supplement, what is that all about? There is definitely more to this than meets the eye. Where is this information coming from?
bulletWhat supplements should a person take? Ok, if we need to be taking a quality supplement, what vitamins should we be taking? What supplements help us fight off degenerative disease. So what kind of supplements are we talking about? Read about that here.
bulletHow do I know what company to get supplements from? Are all supplements the same? No, they are not. Only a few use the pharmaceutical standards which guarantees the potency of the product. The FDA does not regulate supplements. It is buyer beware. 
bulletLinks to information about different supplements 

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bulletSupplement Informational Links Page

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Source of information

(1) U. S. Food and Drug Administration  

   

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