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Are You Getting Enough DHA?

Healthy Aging
Sardines and mackerel are sources of essential fatty acids
Docosahexaenoic acid for brain and eye health Are you familiar with DHA, also known as docosahexaenoic acid (pronounced doh-koh-sah-hex-ah-een-oh-ick acid)? DHA is the longest-chain omega-3 fatty acid, found in fish oil and in the diet in general. Along with its omega-3 companion, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), DHA is essential for health…

Keeping Your Immune System On Guard

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Six supplements that support healthy immune system function Let’s face it: we are surrounded by a veritable sea of viruses, bacteria, and other infectious agents. What keeps these nasties at bay, in addition to physical barriers such as the skin and mucus secretions, is the immune system. If pathogens happen…

Spring Equinox Detox

Healthy Aging
Green veggies and detoxification
Does detoxing really help health? Spring is almost here! The days are gradually getting brighter, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and the dawn chorus is sounding more cheerful. The challenging cold, dark days of winter are certainly behind us and longer, warmer days are on the horizon. The Spring…

Seasonal Allergies? Consider these nutritional tools!

fall leaves allergies
Focus on antioxidant support Although spring brings the joys of warmer days and colorful flowers, it’s also the beginning of allergy season for many (over 19 million of us, to be exact!)[1]For some of us, allergies hit us worse in the fall. Unfortunately, if you have an allergic disposition, it…

The Multivitamin Debate

Whole foods multivitamin
What does science say about multivitamin and mineral supplementation? Dietary supplement use is common in the United States, with more than half of the population using such products.[1],[2],[3],[4] Similarly, a majority of health professionals, including physicians and dieticians, use dietary supplements themselves and recommend them to patients.[5],[6],[7] Among supplement users,…

Bile Acids: Beyond Gut Health

Got Gut Health?, Healthy Aging
Natural support to improve metabolism
The role bile acids play in metabolic and liver health The use of bile therapeutically dates to ancient times. Bile from many different animals, and even humans in the time of battle, have record in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) beginning in the Zhou dynasty from 1046-256 BCE.[1] In TCM, bile…

The Tradition of Chios Mastiha

Botanicals, In The News
Mastica tree in Chios, Greece
The intangible cultural heritage of Chios mastiha (mastic) gum production Oftentimes, we take our nutritional supplements without so much as a thought to how they happen to come to the powder that fills the capsule. Others of us, who also probably are mesmerized by television shows like “How It’s Made,”…

Whole Herb vs. Standardized Extracts vs. Isolated Bioactive Constituents

Tablets, capsules, and softgels with natural supplements
When using botanical medicine, which is best? It often seems that dietary supplements come with endless array of options, particularly in an online world where one can find hundreds of choices with a seemingly simple search term such as “probiotics.”  Similarly, with vitamins and minerals, we are offered so many…