The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals – Part III (Magnesium and Calcium)

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This installment of the series starts the discussion on minerals with calcium and magnesium. While you have probably heard a lot about calcium from commercials promoting dairy products, magnesium doesn’t get discussed a lot – yet, it participates in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in your body. Find out what these two minerals are important for, what happens when you are deficient and how to ensure adequate intake.

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The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals – Part II (Vitamin C and the B Family)

Vitamin C and others

(… Continued from Part I) VITAMIN C Benefits of Vitamin C Just like vitamin E, Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid, or ascorbate) is also an anti-oxidant and, thus, protects from free radical damage.  Free radicals accelerate aging and are believed to cause, among other things, cancer, arthritis and heart disease.  In addition to that, vitamin C also triggers the production of intracellular glutathione – a master antioxidant in your body that has many beneficial effects, including pathogen deactivation Vitamin C also aids in growth and repair of tissues (it forms a protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels), helps in healing wounds and is required for a range of essential metabolic reactions. One of the most commonly known function […]

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The essential guide to vitamins and minerals – Part I

Vitamins and Supplements

Multi-vitamins are good, right? What can be easier than taking one pill a day to ensure you get all important vitamins and minerals in a convenient package (if you remember to take it, that is)? Well, if you have been diligently doing just that – you might be surprised to know how small of an effect (if any) it might have had.

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Overstated benefits of juicing: the ugly truth

Overstated Benefits of Juicing

Juice detox websites are abundant and continue to thrive. Most people believe that our bodies accumulate some inordinate amounts of filth and toxins and that some magical juice cleanse is going to flush all that bad stuff out of their systems.  Organic cleansing juices are among the most expensive items on grocery shelves and the variety of guided juice cleanse protocols and home detox systems is quite impressive.  “What is the best juice to drink to detox?” still remains a popular question. Rarely does anyone stop to think (or properly research) the real benefits of juicing and the dangers of juice diets that overstate the pros and understate the cons.  Let’s look at what juicing really is (and what it […]

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