The Top 5 Probiotic Supplements Of 2017

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pillsHealthranks.org has just announced its “Top 5 Probiotic Supplements Of 2017.” Probiotic supplements are blends of many different microorganisms that benefit your digestive system and immunity. Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive track? Probiotics are a great solution to make sure you’re staying on top of your digestive and immune health. Basically you feed your body with helpful bacteria to fight off the bad bacteria. To view the list of top Probiotic Supplements, click here.

Doctor Discusses Eye and Vision Supplements

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vitaminsTaking the right eye supplements that contain vitamins and other nutrients can be beneficial for maintaining eye health and good vision. Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center shares tips on choosing the best eye and vision supplements.

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center shares tips on choosing the best supplements to improve vision and eye health. Eye supplements are designed to add, not replace, nutrients acquired from a healthy diet. It is important to know that a healthy diet of nutrient-rich foods is critical for maintaining eye health and good vision.

Most Americans don’t eat enough nutrient rich foods like fruits and vegetables, but opt for high-calorie, low-nutrient alternatives that can be harmful to the body, including the eyes. Daily multivitamins and minerals can help supplement the nutritional gaps in a unsatisfactory diet and may decrease the progression of eye diseases. Dr. Shofner shares the following tips on choosing the best vision supplements.

1) Quality. The best eye supplements contain quality ingredients that have high bioavailability for easy absorption. Popular eye multivitamins include: ICaps (Alcon), Ocuvite PreserVision (Bausch + Lomb), Vision 360 (Stop Aging Now), and Eye & Body Complete (Biosyntrix). “We only offer and recommend well-known, quality brands to our patients,” says Dr. Shofner.

2) Freshness. Check for an expiration date to make sure the supplement is fresh and the seal has not been broken or tampered with.

3) Choose Capsules. Capsules are easily absorbed vs. hard tablets and tend to cause less stomach upset.

4) Avoid Fillers. Eye supplements containing dairy products, corn or wheat, could affect those sensitive or are allergic to those ingredients.

5) Follow Correct Dosage. To reduce the risk of toxicity or drug reactions, do not exceed the dosage instructions on the bottle.

6) Save with Multivitamins. Purchasing multivitamins rather than buying each vitamin and nutrient separately can cost less.

Vitamins That Support Vision Health

Most of these vitamins and nutrients listed below may play a key role in reducing inflammation and oxidative changes associated with the development of degenerative diseases, including chronic and age-related eye problems:

* Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Vitamin A is essential for night vision.

* Vitamin B complex (including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 folic acid, biotin and choline). B complex vitamins may help reduce chronic inflammation and prevent elevated homocysteine levels in the blood, which have been associated with vascular problems affecting the retina. B vitamins also may play a role in reducing the risk of macular degeneration and in the treatment of uveitis.

* Vitamin C. Some studies have found vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, is associated with reduced risk of cataracts.

* Vitamin D. Recent studies suggest vitamin D deficiency is prevalent, especially during winter months in cold climates. Research suggests vitamin D may decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration. View a research report on Vitamin D and AMD.

* Vitamin E. Vitamin E has been associated with reduced risk of cataracts.

* Bioflavonoids. Found in many fruits and vegetables, bioflavonoids appear to help the body absorb vitamin C for higher antioxidant efficiency.

* Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These carotenoids and macular pigments may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

* Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These essential nutrients may reduce the risk of dry eyes and may have other eye health benefits as well.

* Phytochemical antioxidants. Plant extracts, such as those from ginkgo biloba and bilberry, contain phytochemicals, which appear to provide protection from oxidative stress in the entire body, including the eyes.

Dr. Shofner suggests patients should consult with their eye doctor and primary care physician before taking supplements, especially for those that are pregnant, nursing or taking blood thinners (anti-coagulants).

About Shofner Vision Center

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center located in Nashville, TN, specializes in LASIK and Cataract Vision Correction Surgery and treats ocular diseases. Dr. Shofner has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries in Nashville/Middle Tennessee area. Dr. Shofner recommends anyone seeking eye and vision supplements or experiencing vision impairment to contact their local ophthalmologist or contact Shofner Vision Center for a “No Fear – No Pressure” comprehensive eye exam.

Nutritional Supplements, Diet And Disease – Is There Evidence? An Integrated Perspective

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By Dr. Michael Wald

applevectorBelow we have provided just a few examples of links to the National Library of Medicine, a trusted source of scientific studies on virtually every condition and topic of scientific and health interest. You are free to search www.pubmedny.com (the website for the National Library of Medicine) for scientific articles on topics of interest. These articles are provided in an abstract form of full scientific studies or sometimes in complete free articles.

Studies are generally based on averages of individuals or animals or on other types of methods. They are not necessarily applied to the population at large or your individual needs. It is up to the practicing clinician to apply this information using careful history taking, individual testing and other methods of biochemical individualization. Not all of the studies provided below or on scientific websites like PubMed are in support of natural or nutritional approaches, nor do these studies entirely support the use of prevailing medical treatments or theories. Once again, it is the job of the practitioner to use scientific literature as a guide to determine how it can be best applied to the individual. Just because a study on vitamin E, or vitamin C is negative (showing it to be useless or harmful) does not mean that under a different circumstance it is not helpful and very useful. All too often, practitioners who are not scientifically minded, or are bias, fail to appreciate the scientific value of natural therapies. Sometimes nutritional therapies are dismissed simply because they are not taught in medical school. Few medical schools in the United States teach adequate nutrition. The average school provides less than 4 hours of training.

Our office acknowledges that medical specialties serve a valuable purpose, but are also limited by their compartmentalized approach to the “whole-person”. Our office researches medical and nutritional literature for information that may be applied to individuals, and then tests (i.e, blood work or other tests) how this information may be developed as part of a natural healing plan. Putting it all together is a special modality that we practice; we like to call it holistic-mindedness. Even the smartest, most compassionate and dedicated medical physicians in a given area of medicine will fall short if they fail to appreciate the interconnectedness of the individual patient and provide health care (and not merely disease care) that considers the genetics, current diet, health goals, medications, test results and other factors of the individual.

Confused by the difference in opinion found in books, on the news and among practitioners (even naturally-oriented one’s) that do not practice a truly integrated holistic approach? Well, you should be! By individualizing our treatments with our blood detective approach, our patience, and our dedication, we can “cut through” the confusion by applying our knowledge and efforts to the individual.

When someone says to us, “My doctor said that nutrition is a waste. There is no science behind it,” we hardly know how to respond. Just look at the number of studies that appear at the end of each of the scientific links below. These links are among thousands that are found on Pubmed and other search engines. Considering the confusion among many medical professionals, and the scientific evidence and concepts presented herein, it comes down to a matter of trust and common sense. The body requires nutrition to heal. Drugs provide symptomatic help, but do not replace good nutrition and nutritional supplements.

Your comments and questions are always appreciated.

SCIENTIFIC REFERENCES – Is there proof of nutrition and natural medicine

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=nutritional%20supplements%20and%20disease – Nutritional Supplements and Disease – Studies 7184

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=nutritional%20supplements%20and%20chronic%20disease – Nutritional Supplements and Chronic Disease – Studies 3171

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=nutritional%20supplements%20and%20longevity – Nutritional Supplements and Aging

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=nutritional%20supplements%20and%20infection – Nutritional Supplements and Infection

http://www.google.com/search?q=diet+and+disease&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a – Diet and Disease
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=vitamin%20c%20and%20disease%20treatment – Vitamin C and Disease Treatment

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=vitamin%20c%20and%20treatment – Vitamin C and Treatment – 14955 studies

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=vitamin%20A%20and%20disease – vitamin A and Disease – 4650 studies

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=vitamin%20E%20and%20disease – vitamin E and disease – 5842 studies

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Food Versus Supplements

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By Dr. Michael Wald

vitaminsI have some patients who tell me that they want to cure their health issues and feel great, but they don’t want to pop any vitamin pills to do it. “Can’t you just tell me what to eat to be healthy?” they ask. I have other patients who tell me that they are too busy to cook or eat healthy or don’t want to change their eating habits. They ask, “Can’t you just tell me what supplements to take to get me healthy?” My answer to both: There is no substitute for a healthy diet, but nutritional supplements are also necessary to achieve optimal health.

A healthy diet is the foundation of health. Live, unprocessed foods (think fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, as grown in nature) are infinitely complex and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and other healing compounds that can never be completely replicated with supplements. If you are truly committed to getting healthy, revamping your diet to eliminate or drastically reduce processed white flour, refined sugar, saturated and trans-fats and increase fresh fruits, vegetables, fiber, and omega 3- and 6- rich foods is the most important first step. You are kidding yourself if you think that you can eat a fast food, deep-fried, no-veggie diet without serious short and long-term negative health consequences, regardless of how many supplements you take.

But can you get everything you need from your diet alone? The answer is no, especially if you already have health issues that you are aiming to improve or cure. First of all, it is unlikely that your diet is so diverse, balanced and pure that you consume all of the nutrients your body needs in the optimal amounts to create health. Even if your diet is excellent, studies show that poor soil quality, pesticides, pollution and food processing are resulting in produce which is severely depleted of nutritional content. Nutritional fortification of foods is the attempt by the food processing industry to put back some of the nutrients that have been stripped out of the foods during the production process. Unfortunately, removing hundreds of nutrients and “fortifying” the food with perhaps five or ten nutrients is in adequate to maintain even a minimum standard of health for the American population. In fact, it has recently been discovered that the folic acid that the food industry has been using to fortify some foods is so dangerous that it will no longer be used.

healthSince 2002, even the American Medical Association (known for being very conservative about the use of nutritional supplements) has recommended that all people supplement their diet with a daily multi-vitamin to prevent deficiencies. It is also acknowledged that it is just impossible for certain groups of otherwise healthy people to satisfy their body’s increased needs for specific nutrients from diet alone. For instance, pregnant and breastfeeding women require supplemental iron, calcium and vitamin D, vegetarians and vegans require supplemental iron, B12, and protein, and the elderly require supplemental calcium and vitamin D. Importantly, eight out of ten Americans are deficient in one or more nutrients and don’t know it.

What if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, an intestinal disorder, food allergies, a hormonal disorder, a neurological condition, or some other health issue? What if the medication you take for any of these and other health problems interferes with the absorption of essential nutrients in the body? You need to know that under these circumstances diet alone is not enough to make up for the nutritional deficiencies that result from acute and chronic health problems. Taking the right nutritional supplements, in the right doses, for the right period of time, specific to your blood chemistry and body’s biochemical deficiencies and imbalances, can save your life. Vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements in concentrated amounts effectively and beneficially allow for physiologic changes and healing to occur.

How do you know what diet and supplements are right for you, given your health history, age, stress, life style, and health concerns? Consult with a trained nutrition professional who can perform a full health history and analyze your diagnostic laboratory work to individually-tailor diet and supplement recommendations to what your body needs to prevent degenerative disease, cure and reverse illness, support medical treatment, and help you achieve optimal wellness.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Whole Foods Vs. Supplements – Are Whole Foods Really Enough?

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By Jordan Layton

vitaminsSupplements have become tremendously popular in recent years, not only among athletes, but also among everyday people seeking the keys to youth, vitality and longevity. It seems there isn’t a disease or ailment in existence that can’t be prevented by regular consumption of a specific vitamin, mineral, herb or other nutrient. With so many different products on the market, you might find yourself wondering if it’s even possible to optimize your health without the use of supplements.

The Benefits of Whole Foods

Fortunately, the answer to that question is yes. By eating a variety of the right whole foods, you can achieve high levels of dietary health and physical fitness. In fact, research finds that whole foods are actually a far better option than supplements alone. The reason for this is what is known as Food Synergy or Nutritional Synergy.

Food Synergy

The vitamins and minerals found in a given food are not the only ingredients that offer health benefits.

The vitamins and minerals found in a given food are not the only ingredients that offer health benefits. They are interlinked with various other biological compounds. This interactive system of commonly known nutrients and their counterparts is believed to be the real source of nutrition, not just the vitamins and minerals themselves.

For example, the phytonutrient Lycopene (most notably found in tomatoes) was discovered to help prevent prostate cancer. Interestingly, studies tracking the use of synthetic Lycopene supplements have provided inconclusive results with regard to cancer prevention. But studies focusing on the consumption of tomato sauce consistently showed that just two servings a week could reduce the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 23%.

The Biological Web of Nutrition

Essentially, what researchers are finding is that calcium, vitamin C and pretty much all other nutrients are not solely responsible for the benefits they are expected to provide. It is the combination of said nutrients and their entire biological web of interlinking compounds that give our bodies the nourishment they need. Supplements offer just one link in that complex chain. You wouldn’t expect a plant to grow without sunshine and water. Likewise, you can’t expect five oranges worth of vitamin C tablets to provide you with the same nutritional benefits as five actual oranges would.

Supplements Step In

That’s not to say that supplements are unhealthy or even useless. It’s just that they were never meant to replace nutrients that are available in whole foods. The intended use of a supplement is communicated in its name. It’s meant to supplement your diet and provide some nutrition where there might be a deficiency. Used in this way, they make an excellent addition to your whole foods diet.
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– Jordan Layton is a professional health and wellness writer for Sports Nutrition.

The Multitude Of Liquid Vitamins

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By John Hunter

vitaminsOne of the first things that your doctor tells you to implement for your child is to get them adequate amounts of vitamins. The problem is you know they hate fruits and vegetables (except maybe the very rare few that love them). Getting them to eat their veggies is like pulling teeth; it’s painful and somehow when it’s done it’s agonizing. However, the child needs vitamins and minerals to grow nice and healthy. The kind of nutrition they get today has a direct affect on their health in the future. Thankfully, technology has allowed us to materialize vitamins and minerals into liquid form, giving children something a little more palatable.

If you can get your kid to eat fruits and veggies, great (you should probably get Parent of the Year if you did). But if they’re lacking in the vitamins, consider liquid form. For starters, it doesn’t look like a piece of fruit so there’s already an advantage. Secondly, there is a high concentration of it in every dose so it goes a long way. Certainly there are other, major benefits to liquid vitamins for kids.

1) Mix With Drinks – Kids drink all the time. Whether it’s a juice box in the middle of the day or a glass of milk at dinner they have plenty of liquids flowing through them each day. It is almost simple and mindless to mix liquid vitamins so they can have it almost mindlessly. The “vitamin” content in juice boxes really aren’t good “vitamins” but they don’t nearly pack as much of a punch as the natural stuff.

2) Tastes Great – Probably one of the reasons that kids hate fruits and veggies is the taste. It’s one thing if it looks weird, but it’s a whole other thing when it tastes wretchedly. Unfortunately many children’s first introduction to fruits and veggies isn’t a good one. At the very least, liquid vitamins take on more citrus-y and sweeter elements that are more palatable to children.

3) Easier to Take – Taking pills is a hard thing to do. It doesn’t matter how old people are. For children especially, the throat opening isn’t quite refined and developed. It is far better to have children simply take vitamins in liquid form so there is little risk of choking.

Even though children need vitamins and minerals now, it is just as important for them to have it in the future.

Even though children need vitamins and minerals now, it is just as important for them to have it in the future. Their bodies will undergo a lot of physical and mental changes, some of them being a little more active than not. In any case, though, if there is a deficiency in vitamins they will know it in one form or another. Some of these problems can be very costly and detrimental to the proper development of their body.

Diseases and Side Effects of Those Low on Vitamins

Some of the diseases and side effects can be reversed with time, but there are some that are not reversible by any means. One of the reasons that doctors press the issue early on for kids to get vitamins is so they don’t have to undergo the pain and suffering.

Rickets – This is caused by a lack of vitamin D. The job of D is to help the promotion of the bones and teeth. It also helps calcium absorb into the body. Rickets starts off as skeletal deformities like scoliosis or slow-growing bones. In either case it is a very painful experience to deal with rickets each day. When the bones don’t develop normally the physiology of the body takes a bad turn. This leads to easy fracturing, decreased muscle tones, and plenty of cavities. Rickets can start as early as birth but it can also afflict people in their middle years.

Scurvy – You might have heard of early sailors getting a case of scurvy because they didn’t have a good supply of vitamin C. This is a nasty disease that can also be painful. Keeping your immune system is important but if you have scurvy the immune system shuts down and other symptoms such as swollen gums, loose teeth, and joint pain ensue.

Beriberi – A lack of vitamin B1 is bad for people of all ages. B1 is necessary because it converts food to energy, formation of blood cells, and cognitive functioning. Over time if children do not get this vitamin their energy levels get lower and lower and their focus is less sharp as they get older.

Liquid multivitamins for kids are so important. If you can’t get them to eat their fruits and veggies that’s okay. You have a backup plan that goes a longer way and is much tastier.

I’ve only identified three diseases but there literally hundreds. They can start young or they won’t hit until later in years. The bottom line is the getting children a good amount of vitamins and minerals is key to building a healthy lifestyle.

Liquid multivitamins for kids are so important. If you can’t get them to eat their fruits and veggies that’s okay. You have a backup plan that goes a longer way and is much tastier.

– John Hunter is a dietitian that has worked at two school districts in ten years. John recommends very highly in utilizing liquid vitamin and nutritional supplements for young children because they are more comfortable, and in some cases, enjoys it better than pills.