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Resveratrol vs. Pterostilbene

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Resveratrol vs. Pterostilbene

Resveratrol supports cardiovascular health, antioxidant defenses, glucose metabolism, healthy inflammatory balance, and more. Pterostilbene is now championed as a more potent form with superior bioavailability. Resveratrol vs. Pterostilbene  A Comparison of Bioavailability and Health Benefits Nearly two decades ago, it was discovered that resveratrol slowed the process of cellular aging in yeast. In 2003, Harvard Medical School Professor David Sinclair, PhD, found that resveratrol activated a longevity gene called SIRT1 and the resultant class of sirtuin proteins.    Then, the same mechanism was studied and found to be true in mice. Investigations into resveratrol then turned toward its effects on human health....

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Protein Myths: 6 Reasons You Aren't Eating The Right Protein

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Protein Myths: 6 Reasons You Aren't Eating The Right Protein

 Several common myths surround protein and its importance in our lives. This blog offers insight into the problems created by these myths and how to approach solving them.   PROTEIN MYTH ONE: ALL PROTEINS ARE THE SAME. You may think there’s nothing wrong with this statement, but one look at this amino acid utilization chart shows us that they are most definitely not the same. The chart shows the substances and foods people consider to be sources of protein and their utilization rates based on amino acid profiles.   Let’s consider algae for a moment. Many health food stores are big on selling spirulina,...

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Supporting Healthy Lipid Balance

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Supporting Healthy Lipid Balance

While the primary intervention for lowering cholesterol is still diet and lifestyle, a variety of dietary supplements have been shown to support healthy lipid balance.* Here are seven well-researched supplements to consider. Beyond Red Yeast Rice Extract Elevated serum cholesterol is an established factor influencing cardiovascular health. Total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins (LDL), high-density lipoproteins (HDL), and triglycerides all influence cardiovascular health. Guidelines from the U.S. National Cholesterol Education Program identify LDL cholesterol levels as the most important of these factors, suggesting that an optimal level of LDL should be less than 100 mg/dL. While the primary intervention for lowering cholesterol is still diet...

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14 Most Common Vitamin Deficiencies

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14 Most Common Vitamin Deficiencies

10% of the U.S. population has a vitamin deficiency; learn why the most prevalent deficiencies occur. According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, “Although the majority of Americans consume sufficient amounts of most nutrients, some nutrients are consumed by many individuals in amounts below the Estimated Average Requirement or Adequate Intake levels. These include potassium, dietary fiber, choline, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A, D, E, and C. Iron also is underconsumed by adolescent girls and women ages 19 to 50 years.” It’s important to remember that a vitamin or mineral deficiency is an extreme state. It’s entirely possible to have inadequate levels...

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Multivitamins: The Foundation for Optimal Health

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Multivitamins: The Foundation for Optimal Health

Almost everyone, even those eating a healthy diet, will likely have some nutrient shortfalls. Learn how multivitamins fill in the gaps in everyone’s daily diet to provide the necessary foundation for building optimal health and wellness. Something we’ve become acutely aware of in recent years is the preponderance of misinformation. The reason that misinformation and myths persist despite evidence to the contrary is simple: The more times you hear something from those you trust or admire, the more likely you are to believe it, true or not.   How many times have you heard “daily nutritional needs should be met by healthy...

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