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What do carrots, grapefruit and kale have in common?

What do carrots, grapefruit and kale have in common? Carotenoids.

Carotenoids are responsible for many of the oranges, reds, and yellows that color our plant foods in nature. They are the safest way to achieve healthy levels of Vitamin A in the body and are necessary for proper immune function, eye and skin health, and the prevention of various cancers. Learn how carotenoids can improve your health.

March 13th, 2012

How Hawthorn Strengthens your Heart

Hawthorn Extract for your heart...from the Dispensary Online

Hawthorn Berry has been used for centuries as a heart and cardiovascular tonic herb, and for the treatment of digestive ailments, shortness of breath, kidney stones, and cardiovascular disorders. Learn how it can work for you.

February 16th, 2012

Are Vitamins and Supplements Healthy for You?

A flawed October 2011 study questions whether vitamins and supplements are healthy for you.

This October, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a study called "Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women. Headlines in USA Today read, "Are Vitamins Supplements Healthy or Deadly?"

October 21st, 2011

An Integrated Approach to Managing Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe a group of inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Each of these disorders involves some degree of inflammation (redness, swelling, erosion and sometimes bleeding) of the gastrointestinal mucosa or lining that commonly leads to ulceration of the mucosa to varying degrees. The inflammation is usually a result of an immune reaction of the body against its own intestinal tissue. Therefore, the diseases included in IBD are considered to be autoimmune disorders.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe a group of inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Each of these disorders involves some degree of inflammation (redness, swelling, erosion and sometimes bleeding) of the gastrointestinal mucosa or lining that commonly leads to ulceration of the mucosa to varying degrees.

April 26th, 2011
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Fruits, Berries, and YOU!

Take note!  Fruits and berries bring extreme health benefits via their polyphenolic, anthocyanin compounds known as flavonoids.

Take note! Fruits and berries bring extreme health benefits via their polyphenolic, anthocyanin compounds known as flavonoids.

March 24th, 2011
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Vital Nutrients Quality and the FDA Inspection

Vital Nutrients is one of our featured companies, whose quality we believe in and publicize on this site. Therefore, we the FDA's recent inspections of Vital Nutrients was a surprise.  In our desire for integrity, transparency, and quality of product on this site, we felt it necessary to present our customers with the information that we have and know.

Vital Nutrients is one of our featured companies, whose quality we believe in and publicize on this site. Therefore, we the FDA's recent inspections of Vital Nutrients was a surprise. In our desire for integrity, transparency, and quality of product on this site, we felt it necessary to present our customers with the information that we have and know.

March 17th, 2011
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What You Can Do to Protect Yourself From the Fallout of Ionizing Radiation

Japan's massive earthquake has resulted in releases of excessive amounts of radioactive iodine (I-131). What does this mean to our air and our environment?

Japan's massive earthquake has resulted in releases of excessive amounts of radioactive iodine (I-131). What does this mean to our air and our environment?

March 15th, 2011
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Is it a Healthy Fever?

Many parents become understandably alarmed when their child has a fever, so it is important to keep in mind that fevers are commonly a healthy response to an infective agent. Fevers allow the immune system to perform more efficiently. A child with a fever is a child who's immune system is working well.

Many parents become understandably alarmed when their child has a fever, so it is important to keep in mind that fevers are commonly a healthy response to an infective agent. Fevers allow the immune system to perform more efficiently. A child with a fever is a child who's immune system is working well.

February 15th, 2011

The Preventable Epidemic of Fatty Liver Disease

NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) is a common liver disease that is generally without symptoms. It is the most prevalent progressive liver disease in the United States affecting up to 5% of Americans (5 people in every 100).

There is an epidemic of Fatty Liver Disease in the U.S. that parallels the epidemic of obesity and metabolic syndrome. It can have grave consequences if not prevented, treated or diagnosed early enough. The good news is it can be prevented and successfully treated if caught early enough.

January 31st, 2011
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Vitamin D and the Prevention of Influenza

One FLU Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Vitamin D Explains 14 Well Known Scientific Observations Regarding the Flu

November 3rd, 2010
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