Vitamins & Supplements

Recommended Foods and Herbs for Prevention of Flu

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

Calcium, Selenium, Garlic, Zinc, Ginger, and of course Vitamin C, are among a number of foods and nutrients that can help prevent the flu. Our chart outlines some of the key nutrients for flu prevention and the optimal intake levels.

Luo Han Kuo: Fruit from Southern China Provides Respiratory, Immune Support

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

For centuries, Luo Han Kuo, a small vine-grown fruit native to Southern China, has been an important ingredient in Chinese botanical formulas for prevention and treatment of colds and flu. Robert McGraw and his colleagues at Longjiang River, a company dedicated to raising the standards in Chinese herbal medicine production, recently introduced Luo Han Kuo into the US market.

Vitamin C: How Much Is Too Much? How Little Is Too Little?

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

Vitamin C has been the subject of controversy since it was first discovered in the 1930s. Considerable debate still rages around the issue of how much is optimal for prevention of infections, and whether synthetically produced vitamin C is the same as the substance derived from fruits.

New "Nanodrug" Helps Shake Off Fatigue, Improves Immune Function

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

Taurox, a novel combination of two amino acids, is proving remarkably effective in helping people overcome chronic fatigue syndrome as well as fatigue associated with hepatitis, cancer and other chronic conditions. Taurox works by positively affecting the immune system, and it does so at very, very small doses.

Healthy Foundation Takes Better Nutrition to the Streets, Classrooms

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

A daily multivitamin can make a profound difference in the health of undernourished children and elderly people. The Healthy Foundation, a California philanthropic group, is providing daily multivitamins to school children in poor communities, elderly shut-ins, and homeless families across the nation.

Multiple Choice: Trying to Make Sense of Multivitamins for Optimal Nutrition

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

The humble multivitamin is one of the most basic health maintenance aids, taken by millions of people daily. It is surprising, then, how little is really known about what should and should not be in a daily "multi." There are literally hundreds of brands, but few guides to help you choose which are best. A look at some recent efforts to make sense of multivitamin mayhem.

Better Bones and Beyond: Vitamin D Is Key in Preventing Inflammatory and Metabolic Diseases

By Alex Vasquez, DC, ND, and John Cannell, MD | Contributing Writers - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

Vitamin D deficiency is widespread, and it leads to more than brittle bones. Deficiency of this key vitamin is associated with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression and certain forms of cancer. Fortunately, this is easily reversible with short periods of sun exposure or vitamin D-rich nutraceutical products.

CoQ10 May Have Role in Preventing Skin Cancer

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 1. Spring, 2004

Coenzyme Q10 is best known for its heart protective effects. But this compound is also a strong antioxidant, which can be absorbed through the skin, where it can reduce carcinogenic UV-mediated dermal damage.

Pycnogenol-Nattokinase Combo Prevents In-Flight Venous Thrombosis

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 5, No. 1. Spring, 2004

Deep vein thrombosis during long airline flights is far more common than many people realize. Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, smoking and chronic fatigue all increase risk. Fortunately, a new combination of nattokinase, a soy-derived enzyme, and pycnogenol, a natural clot-buster from French maritime pine trees, can markedly reduce incidence of this often-deadly condition.

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions (Part 1)

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Many commonly used pharmaceuticals produce depletions of important nutrients that, over time, lead to side-effects, diminished overall nutritional status, and poor health. Fortunately, these depletions are usually correctable with judicious use of supplements. This first in a series of charts addressing this topic reviews depletions associated with common cardiovascular drugs, and the appropriate nutrient dosing needed to reverse the problem.