Vitamins & Minerals
Magnesium is a major mineral that's integral to human health. In nutritional terms, magnesium is classified as a macromineral, one we need in significant amounts daily to maintain normal body functions.
Older Americans often have inadequate magnesium levels, a significant health risk because the mineral helps relax the arteries and is integral to energy production.
"We squander Health in search of Wealth; we work, we toil, we slave. Then we squander wealth in search of health; and all we get is the grave. And in between the Truth is lost, so simple and so pure – that earth's prime nutrients gave us life, and shall forever cure!!!"
Minerals are the often forgotten essential elements for good health. People think of minerals in terms of strong teeth and bones, but minerals are far more important than that.
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting. However, many do not realize that there are different kinds of vitamin K, and they are completely different.
The health benefits of vitamin K2 go far beyond blood clotting, which is done by vitamin K1, and vitamin K2 also works synergistically with a number of other nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D.
Heart of the matter
A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, 8/28/02) noted that a trio of B vitamins saves lives and money for those with heart disease. Dr. Guido Schnyder from the University of California, San Diego directed a team of researchers to these findings regarding folic acid, B12 and B6.
Strokes occur over 750,000 times annually in America, with CDC statistics saying 130,000 deaths are caused by strokes annually. Luckily, anyone can incorporate an anti-stroke diet to lessen the chance of having a stroke. Some researchers with the Karolinska Institute in Sweden conducted a meta-analysis review of several potassium studies and found that higher intakes of potassium was associated with reducing the risk of strokes.
We commonly think of calcium as the primary nutrient involved with the structure of bones – which it is. However, calcium is used by your body for many other purposes, including metabolic and cardiovascular fitness. A new study of women aged 18–50 years shows that calcium intake is directly associated with body weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar metabolism.
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adhdPolyunsaturated fatty acids are essential nutrients for humans. They are structural and functional components of cell membranes and pre-stages of the hormonally and immunologically active eicosanoids. Recent discoveries have shown that the long-chained omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) also play an important role in the central nervous system. They are essential for normal brain functioning including attention and other neuropsychological skills.
A few months ago Dr. Carolyn Dean spoke at The Healthy Life Summit about her book, The Magnesium Miracle. The podcast was very informative and left me wondering if I was getting enough magnesium in my diet.
Question: I know that Western countries are thought to have better nutrition and therefore do not need iodine. But I mostly make my own meals and do not use iodized salt. I have multi-nodular goiter with very low TSH numbers. Will iodine supplementation help me?
A study involving more than 3,700 postmenopausal women looked at the effects of dietary magnesium and found something quite promising: that the mineral can have a dramatic impact on inflammation throughout the body. As the trigger to many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, inflammation is often only directly combated when people feel it's effects. But, with this new research, we learn that we can reduce inflammation throughout the body without drugs and without waiting for the effects to send us to a medical doctor.