Health and Fitness

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Anemia, the most common disorder of the red blood cells, is a decrease in the number of red blood cells. There are three general causes of anemia. They are: Decreased red cell production by the bone marrow Increased red cell destruction Bleeding or blood loss Deficiencies of iron and vitamins B12 and folic acid can lead to inadequate red cell production and anemia. Since iron is needed to form...

Impotence: No laughing matter

Given that within 6 months of its introduction on the market in 1998, Viagra had already generated 6 million prescriptions. It seems timely to take a look at a condition that regularly causes frustration and distress for millions of men: impotence. If you're finding that as you get older it's sometimes harder for you to achieve and maintain an erection, you're not alone. An estimated 52 percent...

History of Oral Contraceptives

History of Oral Contraceptives Writers and physicians of days gone by did not understand conception as do. They believed that conception occurred after sexual union but that the male seed started to grow in the female body. It was assumed that the female did not possess a seed. The female body only provided the nourishment to the seed implanted by the male. When menstruation ceased, it was assumed that the cause was perhaps...

Is There Truth in Supplement Ads?

All good people should think. How would you address the public about nutritional supplements you are selling that are supposed to help anyone lose unwanted weight while eating everything desired and exercising none? Would (you) the seller of this product disclose any negative information about this product to the public? Well, think about it. Most people are aware that when nutritional...

Which Supplement is Best for You?

Calcium is a very important aspect of health. When it comes to supplements, not all are the same. It is important that you know which supplement is right for you. Calcium is well known for its positive effect on bones. Lack of calcium can be detrimental to teenagers, and pregnant and lactating women. It also affects heart, blood pressure, muscles, etc. Answer these question before determining...

Vitamins and Cancer: An Ounce of Prevention?

Vitamins are organic nutrients required for proper growth and optimal health. Vitamins differ from trace elements by virtue of the fact they contain the chemical element carbon and trace elements do not. Since vitamins are relatively plentiful and inexpensive, there has been considerable interest in the potential of vitamins to act as cancer preventive agents. Here is a review some of the most...

To Supplement or Not to Supplement

The battle over vitamin supplements and their effectiveness continues to rage. On one side of the fence you've got people who claim the USDA's Recommended Dietary Allowances are way too low, after all, they were developed to fight scurvy over 40 years ago! The other combatants argue that the RDA's have been continually updated every five years since the '80s and that anything more than those...

More Food For Thought – Give Your Brain a Shake!

Brain function is determined by many factors, one of which is proper nutrition. This 'Brain Shake' recipe has been developed to supply ample amounts of vitamins, minerals and good fats to keep brains nourished. It's a great way to start the day. One a day helps keep the mental cobwebs away! Brain Shake 2 tablespoons soy lecithin granules 1 tbsp. flax oil 2 to 3 tablespoons plain yogurt (with...

What Is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is known as a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it dissolves in fat. Fat is what carries this vitamin throughout the body and aids in its absorption. Fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the body, so it is important to get only needed amounts. Vitamin D can be produced in the body, as well as obtained from the diet. Functions: Vitamin D promotes the absorption of two minerals:...

Vitamins May Reduce High Blood Pressure

According to a new study, there may soon be an easier way to cut down your risk of high blood pressure—take your vitamins. In animal studies conducted by researchers in California, increased amounts of vitamins C and E were able to reduce blood pressure. Scientists believe the antioxidant vitamins may protect nitric oxide, a biochemical that is able to relax blood vessels. In the study, rats were...

Vitamins and Minerals for Men’s Health

Most men do not get the vitamins and minerals they need for optimal health. While most of these can be obtained through supplements, it is best to try to get most from actual food sources. So, gentlemen, what are you missing? Discuss it with your physician before taking any vitamin or mineral supplements. Some can very harmful if taken too often or in too high dosages. Vitamins and minerals are...

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is known as a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it dissolves in fat. Fat is what carries this vitamin throughout the body and aids in its absorption. Fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the body, so it is important to get only the needed amounts. Functions: Vitamin A helps your eyes see normally in the dark. It promotes the growth and health of cells and tissues in the body....

Antioxidants to Fight Aging

Antioxidants have been touted as the key to health and longevity. Why? What are antioxidants and how do they help us? Antioxidants act to prevent and repair damage caused by oxidation. Although they know that oxygen is vital to life (i.e., breathing!), oxygen is also highly corrosive. They've all seen the damage that oxygen can do. Consider rust on metal or the browning of an apple slice. These...

Diet, Genetics and Cancer

Scientists have been concerned for many years about the relative importance of environmental factors and genetics in determining cancer risk. It is a widely held belief that 80 to 90 percent of human cancer is due to environmental factors. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (abbreviated SNPs and pronounced "snips") are human gene alterations that are presently used by biomedical researchers as...

Spice Up Your Diet to Prevent Cancer

They say variety is the spice of life. New research shows that food variety could extend your life. A European study revealed that consuming a diet of varied foods could reduce your risk of developing colon cancer. The investigators compared the diets of over 1,200 participants with colorectal or cancer of the rectum with those of about 4,000 people. They found that eating a variety of grains,...