Health Tips

Meal replacement

In the 1970s, “nutrition in a can” became widely used in hospitals and nursing homes to help nourish patients who could not eat or had difficulty eating solid food. Ensure was introduced by Ross Laboratories in 1973. In 1977, SlimFast was introduced to help with weight loss, sparking the use of meal replacements to address the obesity epidemic.

Vitamin K2 – one Vitamin for both bone and heart health

K2 bridges bone and heart health via its actions on calcium. Calcium is required to build and maintain healthy bones, but excess calcium deposited in arteries can lead to arterial stiffening ‑ a leading cofactor in heart disease. With adequate vitamin K2 intake, calcium is directed towards the bone, and away from arteries. Vitamin K2 puts calcium in balance.

What is Dicalcium Malate?

Over the course of the last year, two clinical studies on the absorption of calcium have demonstrated that Albion’s patented calcium ingredient, DiCalcium Malate has superior bioavailibility to other popular forms of calcium. The dosage of calcium was different in each of the studies. In one study, the calcium absorption comparison was made at a high dose, 900 mg, while in the other study the dosage was a more moderate 300 mg (these were elemental levels of calcium per dose). 

Vitamin K2 – History of the missing Vitamin

The history of vitamin K2 spans centuries and continents, back to feudal Japan where Samurai warriors consumed a fermented soybean dish called natto.

Historical diets probably provided enough K2. Changes in food preparation and storage due to industrialization have likely diminished the amount of vitamin K2 available in our diets. Vitamin K2 went unnoticed until its absence began to be recognized.

What do you know about Black Seed Oil?

The black seeds, from the Ranunculaceae family, have been traditionally used by various cultures as a natural remedy for several ailments.

Archaeologists even found black seeds in King Tut’s tomb, emphasizing their importance in history for healing and protection. They’re also used in cooking to add flavor to breads, curries, and pickles. When eaten, the seeds have a bitter flavor that’s often compared to cumin or oregano.

How do you fix poor circulation?

Blood circulation is the constant movement of blood throughout the body, made possible by the pumping of the heart. As blood circulates, it delivers essential nutrients and oxygen to all organs and cells in the body. Blood flows through a series of tubes called blood vessels. Arteries are the vessels that carry blood away from the heart, while veins carry blood back toward the heart. Certain parts of the circulatory system present particular challenges to the body. For example, due to the force of gravity, the system has to work hard to push blood up from the legs and feet.

What does fish oil do for your skin?

The fatty acids in fish oil supply hydration to your skin and help with inflammation.  “Taking any kind of fish oil is like putting oil in your engine to run smoothly,” says Pekar. 1

What is a blood clot?

Blood clotting or coagulation is a normal but complex bodily process that is designed to prevent bleeding in response to an injury or cut. However, sometimes blood clots form in critical locations such as the heart, lung or brain and can cause serious complications if they are not treated in time. 1

How does blue light affect you?

Smartphone screens emit bright blue light so you can see them even at the sunniest times of day.

But at night, your brain gets confused by that light, as it mimics the brightness of the sun. This causes the brain to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that gives your body the “time to sleep” cues. Because of this, smartphone light can disrupt your sleep cycle, making it harder to fall and stay asleep — and potentially causing serious health problems along the way. 1

What is the difference between green and black tea?

About 80% of tea consumed in the US is black tea and about 19.5% is green tea. The health benefits that are associated with drinking tea seem to come from both black and green intake – with little difference seen between the two! Both decaf and regular tea contain these flavonoids so you can choose whatever suits your lifestyle and taste preference. 1

What is rooibos tea?

Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis , formerly A. Contaminatus ), is a leguminous shrub with needle-like leaves native to mountain slopes of western Cape Province, South Africa. Its beverage use by the Hottentots was first reported by the botanist Carl Thunberg in 1772. About 1900, it began to be marketed and then domesticated on a small scale. Seed selection and improved cultivation and processing started in the 1920s. Important advances were made in 1930. 1

What are plant-based supplements?

Plant-based supplements are made from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, spices, bark, flowers, leaves, and other botanical ingredients. The exact source depends on which vitamin or mineral is needed. Typically, the process starts with a plant that is already naturally high in the desired nutrient. From there, supplement manufacturers use a variety of methods to extract the desired nutrient and create a plant-based supplement that can provide the full Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.1

What are phytonutrients?

Plant foods contain thousands of natural chemicals. These are called phytonutrients or phytochemicals.”Phyto” refers to the Greek word for plant. These chemicals help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats.1

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