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Here we provide information on how to stay healthy or how to regain the health that will allow you to live a more productive life.

Check out the links which will give you information on whether or not you should be taking supplements and, if you decide you should be taking nutritional supplements, provide advice on what you should be taking.

Check out the compelling Elizabeth Strand story.  Find out about her battle with Fybromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

Check out the information on Tea Tree Oil and Carbohydrates and Chronic Kidney Disease. 

The remainder of this page is  a list of references and definitions related to nutritional supplementation, antioxidants, minerals and other health related topics.

Finally, check out the recommended reading list.

Check the following links for advice on taking supplements
FDA Takes Action on Supplement Safety

Independent studies by private laboratories have shown that a large number of dietary supplement products do not contain the amounts of active ingredients that would be expected based on their labels. In addition, the FDA has found many products that are not accurately labeled contain ingredients that might be harmful or should not be found in such a product.

According to the FDA, recent examples include:

  • Five of 18 soy and/or red clover-containing products were found to contain only 50% to 80% of the declared amount of isoflavones (the active ingredient claimed).
  • One firm recalled dietary supplements because they contained excessive amounts of lead, which may pose a health risk especially to children and women of childbearing age.
  • Another company recalled its folic acid dietary supplement, which is often taken by pregnant women to reduce the risk of birth defects, after it was discovered that the product contained only 35% of the amount of folic acid claimed on the label.

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Although this article is dated, not much has changed since then.  Click here for Nutritionals You Can Trust.

What Antioxidants And Minerals Are And Their Benefits
Daily stress and environmental pollutants bombard us with increasing levels of free radicals (potentially damaging, highly reactive molecules). Diets high in processed foods and lacking in whole, unrefined foods have further increased the need for vitamins and antioxidant supplementation.

Antioxidants

 Olivol—The Heart of the Olive™
Olive extract provides highly bioavailable phenolic antioxidants.

Vitamin E—The Premier Antioxidant

Vitamin E is a family of essential fat-soluble nutrients (tocopherols) that act as powerful antioxidants. D-alpha tocopherol is the natural form shown to have the greatest nutritional and
biological value. Vitamin E plays a critical role in protecting LDL and cell membranes from oxidation,  and works synergistically with other antioxidants to combat free radical damage. Emerging science has shown that other tocopherols also provide important biological activities and health benefits. These mixed tocopherols help leverage the health benefits of alpha tocopherol with other vitamin E compounds to provide a broad spectrum of antioxidant protection.

Mixed Carotenoids
Carotenoids, provide a broad spectrum of antioxidant protection. Beta carotene (provitamin A) promotes healthy skin, a strong immune system, and helps maintain good vision.

Coenzyme Q10

A potent antioxidant, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is essential for energy production in our cells. The body’s ability to synthesize or absorb CoQ10 declines with age, but taking USANA’s Mega Antioxidant can help you maintain healthy levels of this important nutrient.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic acid is a vitamin-like antioxidant that is both fat- and water-soluble. Easily absorbed
through the gut and transported across cell membranes, it offers protection against free radicals, both inside and outside the cell.

Bioflavonoid Complex

Bioflavonoids are a diverse group of naturally occurring plant compounds that exhibit a host of
biological activities, most notably powerful antioxidant properties that help complement, extend,
and synergize the activities of other antioxidants. In addition to synergistic activity from rutin, quercetin, hesperidin, green tea, and bilberry extracts, this diverse complex provides pomegranate and cinnamon extracts to provide broad-spectrum antioxidant support to further enhance and complement the effectiveness of antioxidants.

Complete Vitamin B Complex

Carefully proportioned B-complex vitamins, which are fundamental to energy production, metabolism, growth, and retention of normal homocysteine levels. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has stated, "All women of childbearing age in the United States who are capable of becoming pregnant should consume at least 400 μg of folic acid per day for the purpose of reducing their risk of having a pregnancy affected with spina bifida or other neural tube defects.” Your daily dose of antioxidant should contain 1,000 μg of folic acid.  Vitamin B12 is necessary for metabolism and the formation of red blood cells. It has been generally accepted that older adults are at greater risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency than younger adults. However, new research suggests that the prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency in young adults may be greater than previously thought, and those who do not take a supplement containing vitamin B12 are twice as likely to be vitamin B12 deficient as supplement users, regardless of age group.

References

• Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. A randomized, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of high-dose supplementation with vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc for age-related macular regeneration and vision loss: AREDS report no. 8. 2001. Arch Ophthalmol 119(10):1417-36.
• Barringer TA, Kirk JK, Santaniello AC, Foley KL, Michielutte R. Effect of a multivitamin and mineral
supplement on infection and quality of life. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
2003. Ann Intern Med 138(5):365-71.
• Cosgrove MC, Franco OH, Granger SP, Murray PG, Mayes AE. Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women. 2007. AJCN 86(4):1224-31.
• Girodon F, Galan P, Monget AL, Boutron-Ruault MC, Brunet-Lecomte P, Preziosi P, Arnaud J, Manuguerra JC, Herchberg S. Impact of trace elements and vitamin supplementation on immunity and infections in institutionalized elderly patients: a randomized controlled trial. 1999. Arch Intern Med 159(7):748-54.
• Heinrich U, Gartner C, Wiebusch M, Eichler O, Sies H, Tronnier H, Stahl W. Supplementation with beta-carotene or a similar amount of mixed carotenoids protects humans from UV-induced erythema. 2003. J Nutr 133(1):98-101.
• Holick MF. Vitamin D: importance in the prevention of cancers, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. 2004. Am J Clin Nutr 79(3):362-371.
• Kaikkonen J, Tuomainen TP, Nyyssonen K, Salonen JT. Coenzyme Q10: absorption, antioxidative
properties, determinants, and plasma levels. 2002. Free Radic Res 36(4):389-97.
• Lutsenko EA, Carcamo JM, Golde DW. Vitamin C Prevents DNA Mutation Induced by Oxidative Stress. 2002. J Biol Chem 277(19):16895-9.
• Merchant AT, Hu FB, Spiegelman D, Willett WC, Rimm EB, Ascherio A. The use of B vitamin supplements and peripheral arterial disease risk in men are inversely related. 2003. J Nutr 133(9):2863-7.
• Meydani SN, Meydani M, Blumberg JB, Leka LS, Siber G, Loszewski R, Thompson C, Pedrosa MC, Diamond D, Stollar BD. Vitamin E supplementation and in vivo immune response in healthy elderly subjects: a randomized controlled trial. 1997. JAMA 277(17):1380-6.
• Placzek M, Gaube S, Kerkmann U, Gilbertz KP, Herzinger T, Haen E, Przybilla B. Ultraviolet B-induced DNA damage in human epidermis is modified by the antioxidants ascorbic acid and D-alpha-tocopherol. 2005. J Invest Dermatol 124(2):304-7.
• AR, Shenvi SV, Widlansky M, Suh JH, Hagen TM. Lipoic acid as a potential therapy for chronic diseases associated with oxidative stress. 2004. Curr Med Chem 11(9):1135-46.
• Sreejayan, Rao MN. Curcuminoids as potent inhibitors of lipid peroxidation. 1994. J Pharm Pharmacol. 46(12):1013-6.

 Minerals

Minerals and trace elements represent less than one half of one per cent of the total nutrients we
consume every day. Yet without them, our bodies would be unable to efficiently use the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in our diet. Many vitamins and enzymes need a mineral co-factor to function properly.

Zinc

A component of hundreds of enzymes, zinc is involved in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. Zinc maintains healthy immune functions, helps in connective tissue formation, and helps maintain healthy skin.

Selenium

Selenium is an essential component of the glutathione peroxidase antioxidant system, which helps combat the effects of free radicals.

Magnesium

Magnesium is essential for the formation and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, which is where 70 per cent of the body’s magnesium is found. It is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids and plays an important role in neuromuscular contractions. It is also an activator of hundreds of enzymes that are essential for life.

Chromium

Today’s poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles often put stress on the body’s blood glucose control
mechanisms. Chromium is an important component of the glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which helps retain healthy glucose metabolism, provided it is healthy to begin with. Healthy insulin and glucose levels are beneficial for weight management and sustained energy levels throughout the day.

Iodine

Iodine is a crucial component in the production of thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism, growth, reproduction, and the synthesis of protein. Supplemental iodine is especially important for people on a vegetarian diet, those who avoid seafood, or those who must restrict their salt intake.

Copper

Copper is a critical component of the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is an important 
antioxidant in cell cytoplasm, and acts as a catalyst in the formation of hemoglobin. Copper is also
essential for collagen synthesis.

Manganese

Manganese is an important co-factor in the development and maintenance of bones. Manganese is an activator of numerous enzymes, and helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.


References

• Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study: a clinical trial of zinc and antioxidants--Age-Related Eye Disease Study Report No. 2. 2000. J Nutr 130(5S Suppl):1516S-9S.
• Barringer TA, Kirk JK, Santaniello AC, Foley KL, Michielutte R. Effect of a multivitamin and mineral
supplement on infection and quality of life. A randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled trial. 2003. Ann Intern Med 138(5):365-71.
• Etminan M, FitzGerald JM, Gleave M, Chambers K. Intake of selenium in the prevention of prostate cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 2005. Cancer Causes Control 16(9):1125-31.
• Fraker PJ, King LE, Laakko T, Vollmer TL. The Dyanmic Link between the Integrity of the Immune System and Zinc Status. 2000. J Nutr 130:1399S-406S.
• Jacobsen R, Lorenzen JK, Toubro S, Krog-Mikkelsen I, Astrup A. Effect of short-term high dietary
calcium intake on 24-h energy expenditure, fat oxidation, and fecal fat excretion. 2005. International
Journal of Obesity 29:292-301.
• Jaiswal JK. Calcium - how and why?. 2001. J Biosci 26(3):357-63.
• Laires MJ, Monteiro CP. Bicho M. Role of cellular magnesium in health and human disease. 2004. Front Biosci 9:262-76.
• MacDonald RS. The role of zinc in growth and cell proliferation. 2000. J Nutr 130(5S Suppl):1500S-8S.
• Otten JJ, Hellwig JP, Meyers LD. Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient
Requirements. 2006. The National Academies Press, Washington D.C.
• Saltman PD, Strause LG. The role of trace minerals in osteoporosis. 1993. J Am Coll Nutr 12(4):384-9.

 

CRN Forms Education Partnership with American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

A partial quote from subject article :

 According to survey results from the 2009 "Life…supplemented" Healthcare Professionals Impact Study, 87 percent of nurse practitioners agreed that dietary supplements can play an important role in improving or maintaining the health of their patients. Additionally, 100 percent of nurse practitioners surveyed reported having a conversation about supplements with a patient, including 55 percent who indicated that they had initiated the conversation.

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Suggested Reading List

What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You -- Ray Strand, M.D.

Healthy For Life -- Ray Strand, M.D.

Bionutrition: Winning the War Within- The Amazing Health Benefits of Vitamin Supplements -- Ray Strand, M.D.

 Death By Prescription -- Ray Strand, M.D.

Dr Strand's books can be bought directly form his site : http://www.raystrand.com/

Supplement Your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutrition -- Hyla Cass, M.D.

How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It! -- Christine Wood, M.D.

Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements -- Lyle MacWilliams, BSc, MSc, FP

Comparative Guide to Children's Nutritionals -- Lyle MacWilliams, BSc, MSc, FP

Dietary Supplements -- Dr Monica Lewis & Dr Gerald Lewis

Dietary Supplements--FAD, FABLE or FACT--Scientific Documentation About Our Diet and the use of Dietary Supplements, by Gerald Lewis, M.D. and Monica Lewis, M.D. 

The Healthy Home  -- Dr Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz

 All the above books can be bought form Amazon.