A recent study has revealed that the diabetic drug, metformin, will deplete serum levels of vitamin B12 resulting in increased levels of homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine are associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
Therefore, regular supplementation of a B-Complex vitamin including Vitamin B-12 may help prevent high levels of homocysteine and thus prevent coronary heart disease and stroke. Click here to learn more about B-Complex benefits.
Source: Long term treatment with metformin in patients with type 2 diabetes and risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency: randomised placebo controlled trial
Many, if not most prescription medications, have the side effect of causing vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies which can potentially lead to other unintended complications.
The economic burden due to vitamin D insufficiency in the United States is $40-$53 billion per year. This can be corrected for pennies a person per day. Learn why you're most likely not getting enough Vitamin D and how this can cause illness and chronic disease.
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Isotonic-capable supplements are a drinkable supplements, which are superior to pill-form supplements for their delivery and absorption. When taken correctly, you will absorb 90-95% of the supplement in 5-10 minutes. Compare this to pill-form supplements that contain binders and fillers, which can upset your stomach and prevent maximum absorption. Typically, you only absorb 25-30% of a pill-form supplement and this can take up to 4 hours!
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Obesity costs companies 12 billion US dollars per year. CNN Headline News (18 June 2003)
This figure has only risen over the years. If businesses focused on providing their employees with a worksite wellness program, billions of dollars per year would be saved!
Catechins, a family of polyphenols found in green tea, may help protect the eyes against glaucoma and other eye related diseases, according to recent research. The green tea compounds can travel from the digestive system into the tissues of the eyes.
Researchers analyzed eye tissue from rats that drank green tea and found that the lens, retina and other tissues absorbed significant amounts of the catechins. Catechins act as powerful antioxidants that protect sensitive eye tissue from oxidative damage which can be caused by UV radiation and other sources.
Source: Green Tea Catechins and Their Oxidative Protection in the Rat Eye
Women who consume a diet high in trans-fats have a significantly increased risk of developing endometriosis. This is in comparison to those women who consume a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the type found in fish and flax seed. These women are found to have a significantly reduced risk of developing endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a pelvic inflammatory condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is formed elsewhere in the body. Endometriosis can cause scar tissue and adhesions that can then lead to debilitating pain.
Source: A prospective study of dietary fat consumption and endometriosis risk
Alissa Robertson, MS, RD, Nutrition Specialist and Owner of Lifestyle Management & Nutrition, received her Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Vermont. Upon graduation in 2003 she spent four years providing nutrition education and counseling to local Vermonters. In 2007 she returned to the University of Vermont to complete a two-year Master's program in Dietetics and Nutrition. She is now practicing as a Registered Dietitian at Essex Physical Therapy located in Essex Center, Vermont.