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  • Why Vitamin D is Vitally Important

    by Paula Gallagher | January 23, 2019

    Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is one nutrient that the majority of Americans are deficient in – especially those in the northern states. Vitamin D is vitally important for health; deficiency is associated with numerous diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, periodontal disease, macular degeneration, mental illness, propensity to fall and chronic pain.

    Beyond its role in enhancing calcium absorption, research has shown that vitamin D improves immune function (fights colds and flu) Read more

  • Strategies to Lift Your Mood and Help with SAD

    by Paula Gallagher | January 7, 2019

    The darker days of winter can take a toll emotionally and mentally on many people. For some, feeling down and the longing for warm sunshine is constant and can be accompanied by symptoms like fatigue, weight gain and irritability. This feeling is referred to appropriately as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a type of depression that is common during winter months.

    The cause of SAD isn't absolutely clear. However, research indicates that lack of sunlight and the roles of two neurotransmitters, serotonin and melatonin, may have a part in the onset of this disorder.

    Serotonin is known as the "feel good hormone" and helps to regulate our moods. Read more

  • 6 Tips to Build Strong Bones Early

    by Paula Gallagher | December 4, 2018

    Most people think of osteoporosis as a disease that affects people over 65, but bone loss is something that can be prevented or at least minimized by supporting strong bones way before then. Although the best prevention for bone-thinning osteoporosis begins early, during the first two decades of life when you can most influence your peak bone mass by getting enough calcium and vitamin D and doing bone-strengthening exercise, it is never too late to adopt bone-preserving habits.

    Follow these six strategies to help support bone strength and possibly prevent osteoporosis. Read more

  • Vitamin D and Melatonin

    by Rob Brown, MD | March 5, 2018

    sleepingThis week, as I’ve listened to newscasters talk about how the flu is taking over America, it struck me that people are getting sick, in part, because they are deficient in melatonin.

    Vitamin D and melatonin have something in common. They both strengthen the body’s immune system. Their relative production in the different seasons should complement each other perfectly. But, in our world of technology, they are out of sync. Cancer and all sorts of other diseases can develop if an immune system doesn’t function properly. In this post, you are going to gain an appreciation for melatonin and learn what you can do to normalize your brain’s production of this important hormone. Read more

  • Omega-3 Boosts Effectiveness of Antidepressants

    by Paula Gallagher | May 2, 2016

    tiredA new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found that combining omega-3, SAM-e or vitamin D with antidepressants increases the effectiveness of the antidepressants for people with clinical depression.

    Researchers examined 40 clinical trials and found that people who took these supplements along with their antidepressants had fewer depressive symptoms compared to those taking the antidepressants alone.

    The strongest finding was that omega-3 fish oil, in combination with antidepressants, had a statistically significant effect over a placebo.

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