Nutritional supplements may help fill in nutritional gaps during dieting but you should not skip your daily servings of vegetables or fruit by taking vitamin or mineral supplements. However, if you do not eat a variety of nutritious foods, you should take a daily dietary supplement. Dietary supplements are appropriate for people who are:
People under extreme physical labor or athletes.
§ People under extreme stress.
§ Poor eaters, who don’t eat well.
§ Suffering from a condition that inhibits them from digesting and absorbing nutrients properly, such as anemia.
§ Recovering from surgery on the digestive tract, such as gastric bypass.
§ A vegetarian who does not complement their diet with sufficient protein.
§ Trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are breast-feeding
§ Women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding.
§ Postmenopausal women
§ Living with a medical condition that is affecting how your body absorbs, assimilates, uses or utilizes nutrients.
§ Excreting too many nutrients, such as hyper-hydrosis, sweating chronic diarrhea.
§ Suffering from food allergies or food intolerance.
§ Suffering with a disease of the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, digestive tract, intestines or pancreas, such as diabetes or hepatitis.
Talk to your doctor, nutritional consultant, nutritionist or dietitian about which supplements may be best suited for your individual health condition. Be sure to ask about possible side effects and interactions with current health issues or with the medications which you are taking.
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Clinical Research – Resveratrol & Acai
You already know about the heart-healthy effects of red wine, but new studies at Harvard Medical School and the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Biology have found that Resveratrol, a natural compound found in the skin of red grapes and hence in red wine, may radically reduce the risk not only of heart disease but also age related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. It might also counter the effects of a high-fat diet and even prolong life.
Resvertatrol, a nutrient found in red wine, keeps estrogen from causing breast cancer in test-tube studies. Resveratrol increases production of an enzyme that destroys dangerous estrogen metabolites.
Resveratrol has the ability to prevent the first step that occurs when estrogen starts the process that lead to cancer. Scientists believe that this could stop the whol progression that leads to breast cancer down the road. This is dramatic because it was able to be done with fairly low concentrations of Resveratrol.
A University of Florida study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry on Jan 12. 2006 found that Acai berries triggered a self-destruct response in up to 86 percent of leukemia cells tested in vitro. In the current UF study, six different chemical extracts were made from Acai fruit pulp, and each extract was prepared in seven concentrations. Four of the extracts, were shown to kill significant numbers of leukemia cells when applied for 24 hours. Depending on the extract and concentration, anywhere from about 35 percent to 86 percent of the cells died.
Safety You should always read product labels for cautionary warning statements. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and dietary supplements. Therefore, there is no guarantee of strength, purity or safety of most over the counter supplement products. Standardization helps improve product quality; most are distributed through healthcare providers. Otherwise, effects may vary. If you have a medical condition, or are taking prescription drugs, other drugs, herbs, or nutritional supplements; you should speak with a qualified healthcare provider before starting a new health program or therapy. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.