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The Gut-Brain Connection: Protecting Your "Second Brain"

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Brain health and gut health are closely related. Your gut has it's own separate nervous system, often called the "second brain" or formally, the enteric nervous system. The health of the enteric nervous system tells us a lot about the health of the brain in your head. Brain health and gut health are closely related Your gut has it's own separate nervous system, often called the "second brain" The health of the second brain tells us a lot about the health of the brain in your head What's good for the brain in your gut is usually good for the...

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Folate Deficiency and Medications that Interfere with Folate Metabolism

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Folate deficiency is linked with high homocysteine levels that have been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  Low levels of folate are also found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Certain drugs like methotrexate interfere with folate metabolism. Folate levels may also be low in people who take anti-epileptic drugs. Olivamine® MultiVitamin can help remedy folate deficiency. Folate deficiencies are linked with high homocysteine levels that have been associated with vascular damage and cardiovascular disease Supplementation with folate decreases homocysteine levels Methotrexate and related drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other health issues can produce folate deficiency Folate...

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Fiber for Feeling Full

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Your brain knows you have eaten enough when it receives specific signals to indicate satiety, or fullness. The more satiety signals that get triggered, the more full we feel. Fiber is a low-calorie nutrient that can trigger feelings of fullness through several mechanisms helping you control how much you eat. Raising the levels of nutrients in your blood helps signal your brain that your body has been adequately nourished Caloric intake can be decreased by increasing intake of fiber Foods with low calorie density tend to be relatively high in fiber Olivamine® DigestiveHealth can easily be added to your favorite...

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Eye Vitamins, Antioxidants, Vision, and Eye Health

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Age-related eye disease studies (AREDS) have shown specific eye vitamins and nutrients can reduce risk of vision loss and blindness from conditions like age-related macular degeneration. Vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant supplementation may help people at risk of vision loss such as those with diabetes, high blood pressure, & heart disease. Age-related degeneration of the eyes occurs due to oxidative processes, free radical damage and inflammation Some damage is due to external sources like the sun as well as internal metabolic processes High blood pressure and diabetes can lead to vision loss An intensive study by the National Eye Institute identified...

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Medications Associated with Deficiencies in the Vital Micronutrient Zinc

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Commonly prescribed drugs can lead to deficiencies in micronutrients including zinc. Zinc deficiencies play important roles in diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Zinc deficiencies can result from taking medicines including antacids, diuretics and certain heart medications, and can occur in individuals with chronic diarrhea and liver problems. Olivamine® MultiVitamin can help remedy zinc deficiencies. Zinc deficiencies are common and play a role in many health issues and diseases Common medications can cause zinc deficiencies Symptoms of zinc depletion can range from taste disorders to increased infections Zinc deficiencies occur frequently in individuals with chronic diarrhea Liver damage and disease can also...

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Vitamin D Deficiency: Are You "Paying" Enough to get out of Vitamin D Debt?

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Daily recommended intake of Vitamin D is based on miscalculations in the original research, contributing to an increase in deficiency and related health issues. Corrections to the calculations indicate the RDA of Vitamin D should be increased to avoid health consequences of inadequate daily intake and deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is increasingly common New Vitamin D research shows that the recommended daily value was miscalculated Corrected calculations suggest 100% daily value for Vitamin D should be 10x higher Vitamin D blood levels above 30 ng/mL are sufficient for osteoporosis but other benefits for immune health, cancer, heart disease and more...

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Vitamin Selection: 5 Things to Look for in a MultiVitamin

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Knowing how to select a quality vitamin supplement is important for your safety and efficacy, but difficult conflicting information, hundreds of products, and bad research can complicate the process. How do you find a MultiVitamin that meets your needs? Here's advice from a nutrition-focused pharmacist. How many essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients does it contain? You cannot fit all the nutrients you need in a single capsule or tablet Avoid iron in multivitamins There are some forms of vitamins and minerals that are absorbed and tolerated better because they resemble the natural forms found in a healthy diet. Look...

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Vitamins For Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails

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Nutritional support for production of healthy hair, skin, and fingernails includes a balance of antioxidants and nutrients like Vitamin C, zinc, selenium, biotin, and more. Learn how to feed your body with the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants needed to improve health & appearance of hair, skin, & nails.

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