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  • All About C

    by Paula Gallagher | February 21, 2018

    orangeSo in our series about vitamins and minerals, we have looked at Vitamin A and all the B vitamins. Today, it's vitamin C's turn. Vitamin C is one of the most commonly taken vitamins and it is also one of the easiest to get in your diet... if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many because of diets rich in processed foods and low on whole foods.

    According to a report published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised, and we should all consume more foods rich in vitamin C. In fact, the scientists believe that the RDA of vitamin C should be more than doubled. Read more

  • 5 Heart Health Facts You Should Know

    by Paula Gallagher | February 19, 2018

    heart-healthFebruary is American Heart Month and heart disease is the number 1 killer in the United States. Not cancer, not accidents... heart disease. For many, this is a preventable disease. A healthy diet of whole natural foods, regular exercise and good quality sleep can go a long way to reduce the stresses on the heart, arguably the body’s most important organ. Sometimes these aren't enough to keep the heart healthy. Here are some preconceived notions that many people have about heart health and what you really need to know to avoid heart disease. Read more

  • Getting to Know B Vitamins

    by Paula Gallagher | January 30, 2018

    vitamin-bThe second installment of Vitamins and Minerals: From A to Zinc, is all about the Bs. Actually, four of the Bs, particularly B1, B2, B3 and B5. Watch for the B6, B7, B9 and B12 in a blog next week. B vitamins are complicated because there are 8 of them, and although they are all lumped under the term vitamin B, each one has individual properties that are vital to your health. The group of Bs is also known as B complex and when taken as a whole, it can provide protection against deficiencies. The whole group of Bs is often found in a multivitamin/multimineral complex. Read more

  • Five Delicious Meat Alternatives

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | January 29, 2018

    vegan-burgerAccording to recent data from the USDA, Americans are expected to eat a record-high average of 222 pounds of meat per person in 2018. That’s devastating news for Americans’ health. To put it in perspective, studies show that eating just 2 ounces of processed meat per day – less than the amount on a typical ham sandwich – can up the risk for colon cancer by 21%. Another recent study found that just one third of an ounce of processed meat a day – the weight of a single poker chip! – can raise the risk for breast cancer. Read more

  • Vitamins and Minerals: From A to Zinc

    by Paula Gallagher | January 22, 2018

    carrots-sweet-potatoesThe world of vitamins and minerals can be confusing and intimidating. There are eight forms of vitamin B alone! In the next few weeks, I hope to bring a little more clarity to vitamins and minerals, the reasons we need them, the different forms they come in, and how much we need to take.

    We'll start right at the beginning with vitamin A.

    The food most commonly associated with vitamin A may be carrots! Carrots contain carotenoids, a group of pigments found in yellow, orange and green fruits and vegetables. Carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, broccoli, sweet potatoes Read more

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