Algaecal / Calcium / Nutrition / October 18, 2012

Since calcium is the 5th most-abundant element by mass in the earth’s crust, calcium, like salt or wheat, has historically been considered a commodity. Commodities are generally perceived by consumers as equal in quality, regardless of how they’re packaged. So buyers typically reached for the cheapest calcium supplement available, as they felt ‘calcium is calcium’. But as health and wellness took on a much greater significance in peoples’ lives, big business reacted by ‘line extending’ with all sorts of product variations on what were once simple commodities. So now there are literally hundreds of calcium supplements on store shelves. They all are marketed in a flattering light to attract your attention and money, by convincing you that one is better than the other. Each tries to create distance from competing products by any means possible. When overloaded with hundreds of…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / Vitamin D3 / October 4, 2012

Can The Sun Make You Slim? It’s well known that vitamin D is important for fighting depression, strengthening bones, and boosting immunity. But if that’s not enough of a resume for one single letter, recent evidence suggests that vitamin D can also affect your weight. Though it can be had for free, 77 percent of Americans are vitamin-D deficient, according to a recent study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (1) Interestingly, a similar number of Americans are also overweight. Cause or coincidence? Read on, then decide. Is Made in the Shade Worth the Weight? As you know, Vitamin D is produced in your body when sun exposure is adequate. We can get a smattering of D from other sources such as salmon, tuna and eggs.  But hide in the shade from the super doses the sun provides, and science…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / September 30, 2012

Frailty, which is a symptom of osteoporosis, is the leading cause of death, according to Dr. Oz. It is a bigger problem than cancer and heart disease, because 25% of people who fracture a hip will die within a year because of it. A fracture can render you bedridden during the golden years, when staying active is so crucial. It is often the onset of a downward spiral that is so hard to physically rebound from, which explains this shocking statistic. However, many doctors continue to recommend typical rock sourced calciums with only added vitamin D as an antidote to thinning bones, which is so commonplace for women past age 40. Calcium, sourced from limestone and marble, was introduced to treat osteopenia and osteoporosis more than 60 years ago -with the only real innovation since being the addition of vitamin…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / September 14, 2012

The world woke up to Mediterranean diet in the mid-1990s and from the time Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University’s School of Public Health spoke of it in the positive, the Health shelves in bookstores have been replete with bestsellers on Mediterranean Diet. Even television’s lifestyle shows have run series on Mediterranean Diet and enjoyed a cult-like status. Many a study were launched and funded to find out about the health benefits this diet rich in olive. Today we know that olive has a very positive and strong impact on our cardiovascular health. It also protects us from certain cancer types. It now turns out that using a Mediterranean Diet rich in olives also protects our bones and including them in your diet for just two years exhibited a protective effect on bones which were on their way to losing…

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Nutrition / Research / September 12, 2012

For as long as I can remember, most people I’ve met are divided in 2 camps on the subject of vitamin supplements. One side is certain that vitamins are unnecessary, and are modern day placebos filled with snake oil. You’ll recognize them because they tend to say things like “ya can’t live forever!” and they all know someone who lived to 100 on a diet of moonshine, jerky and tobacco. The other is the ‘health nuts’ who are always popping the latest capsule, tincture or potion, all in the name of longevity. While not in their oxygen chamber, you’ll spot them filling recycled bags at Whole (Paycheck) Foods with bottles of supplements meant to cure ailments you’ve never heard of. ‘Heal thyself’ is their mantra, and will go near a hospital only under court order. Which side is right? Well,…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / September 6, 2012

If you’ve had an ongoing interest in alternative health and supplements, you’ve probably heard an expression that regularly gets thrown around – “calcium is calcium.” I’ve heard store staff say this when asked to recommend a particular product – which translates to “just pick the cheapest one.” And doctors often repeat this if asked by a patient which product they recommend: “I tell my patients to take the kind that they tolerate best and is least expensive,” Marcy B. Bolster, MD, professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina and director of the MUSC Center for Osteoporosis and Bone Health. (1) It’s simple, and provides easy to follow advice for those shopping for the world’s most purchased mineral. But is it accurate? Yes and no. Once “Free”, All Calciums Are Equal…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Nutrition / August 24, 2012

What’s The Recommend Daily Calcium Intake For Women? The Internet has no doubt made our lives easier- but with all the wisdom of the world now at our fingertips, it’s hard to keep track of all the information. For instance, previous generations only had to remember to eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Today, however we have access to all the health information that a Harvard medical grad does- and more! But finding legitimate information sources – and keeping it sorted-  that’s the trick. Let me help…For years now, all day and every day I sift, search and sort through health information. I discard animal studies in favour of human studies, delete small trials for large trials, and have developed very keen radar for authors with vested interests. So that being said –  what is the…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / August 24, 2012

Most of the pre-prepared foods available at department stores and fast food take-aways have high salt content. We know that high salt content in food is associated with a number of risk factors for health such as hypertension, heart diseases and stroke. New research from University of Alberta in Canada now points that high levels in salt in your food also leaches calcium out of your body and in the long run could be leading you towards osteoporosis if you are not careful about your diet. (1) Researchers at the University of Alberta found that when sodium was being excreted by the body after being filtered out through the kidney, it was also taking calcium along with it. The team of researchers lead by Dr. Todd Alexander worked on animal models and cells to find that it was no coincidence…

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