Children’s DHA™ from Nordic Naturals® Wins 2010 Gold Award from Alive Magazine January 22, 2011 1 Comment

Nordic Naturals, the industry leader in omega-3 fish oil recently received a prestigious gold award this year for its Children’s DHA from alive Magazine. The alive Awards promote and recognize outstanding product innovation while enhancing the credibility of natural health products. Since 1994, these prestigious gold, silver, and bronze awards have been presented to manufacturers for the best consumer products in a variety of natural health categories.

The gold winner in “Children’s Products”, Children’s DHA is Canada’s leading fish oil product for children, and has been a favorite among children and their families for many years. Made entirely from Arctic cod liver oil, Children’s DHA is rich in the omega-3 DHA, essential for the proper function of the brain, eyes, nervous, and immune systems. Easily swallowed or chewed by children three and over, this product is available in strawberry-flavored liquid or chewable soft gels. Children’s DHA also contains healthy levels of 100% natural vitamins A and D.

Vitamin D Intake Levels – RDI Values Increased by Scientific Committee December 14, 2010 No Comments

Vitamin D recommended daily intake (RDI) was largely increased for all populations in North America by the U.S. government panel in charge of setting recommended daily intake levels for vitamins.

Specifically, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report advocated a doubling of vitamin D intake for infants (to 400 IU), a tripling of vitamin D intake for those between ages 1 and 50 (to 600 IU), a 50 percent hike in those ages 51 to 70 (to 600 IU), and a 33 percent increase for those older than 71 years old (to 800 IU). The IOM panel also doubled the upper safety level, to 4,000 IU/day.

The committee reviewed about 1,000 published studies, and concluded that vitamin D along with calcium are vital for maintaining bone health.

On calcium, the report said post-menopausal women should be cautious about calcium intake over concerns about kidney stones, though they advocated adolescent girls are most in need and should increase their calcium intake to 1,300 mg/day.

Source:  http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/DRIVitDCalcium.aspx

Additional Resources:  http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-QuickFacts

Vitalah Oxylent Becomes the Official Prenatal Multivitamin of the American Pregnancy Association November 12, 2010 2 Comments

Vitalah, creators of Oxylent, announces its collaboration with the American Pregnancy Association (APA) with a shared mission of supporting women and their developing babies. As the official prenatal multivitamin of the APA, Prenatal Oxylent is an innovative and great-tasting way for women to receive vital nutrients for preconception, pregnancy and lactation through a high quality vitamin/mineral supplement specially formulated for pregnancy and postpartum. Prenatal Oxylent uses a unique revolutionary effervescent delivery system, which offers exceptional absorption of vital nutrients. Naturally sweetened with stevia, Prenatal Oxylent powder can be added to 6 – 8 oz of water, over ice for a great-tasting, nutritious, hydrating drink in delicious Sparkling Cranberry Raspberry flavor. The product contains no gluten, lactose, caffeine, sugar, artificial flavor or color.

The American Pregnancy Association is a leading non-profit organization in the United States that is committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy and community awareness. Resources for pregnant and lactating women and their families can be found at www.americanpregnancy.org.

“It is an honor to collaborate with the APA and contribute to their educational initiatives,” announced Lisa Lent, Founder and CEO. “As an innovative company, we understand that women have many choices when it comes to supplementation during the reproductive years. We are pleased to offer a safe and unique, high quality alternative that provides important nutrients in a great tasting effervescent drink form that promotes absorbability.”

According to Brad Imler, Ph.D., President of the American Pregnancy Association, “We welcome Vitalah to our organization because we know that the company is devoted to safety and purity through quality ingredients and third party testing.”

Vitalah also offers effervescent multivitamin products formulated especially for adults and children.

Vitalah was founded by Lisa Lent as an “invitation to health” born from her passion to create a “healthy” travel experience. Her brand, Oxylent, is a premiere, unique blend of high quality, essential nutrients that creates a synergistic environment enabling the body to function at peak levels. Oxylent was named one of the top ten best new products of 2009 by Vitamin Retailer magazine and recipient of the 2010 Best of Supplement Award (BOSA) by Better Nutrition magazine. When you purchase Oxylent, you help support Vitamin Angels—a global organization that provides under-nourished children with nutritional supplements. To learn more, see www.oxylent.com or call 877.699.5368 (877.OXYLENT).

Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Sport – First Omega-3 to be certified by NSF November 4, 2010 No Comments

Ultimate Omega Sport

Ultimate Omega Sport

Nordic Naturals, the industry leader in omega-3 fish oil, has created the ultimate fitness solution for sports enthusiasts with Ultimate Omega Sport™ — concentrated fish oil for high intensity support. It has been used in clinical trials with professional athletes and proven to be free of athletic-banned substances.

Ultimate Omega Sport is the first omega-3 fish oil worldwide to be included in the NSF Certified for Sports Program, which provides certified products with an approved symbol on the packaging. The Certification Program’s rigorous testing and certification process ensures that the product fully complies with current NSF standards and that athletes can enjoy Nordic Naturals’ Ultimate Omega Sport fish oil without unknowingly consuming banned or prohibited substances or their metabolites.

According to neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon, “Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Sport provides the best source of omega-3s for athletes in training. As a neurosurgeon I have seen the benefits of this powerful omega-3 fish oil in my practice and as an endurance athlete myself.”

Ultimate Omega Sport provides highly concentrated omega-3s, packing 1,650 mg of EPA+DHA per serving and delivers these important benefits:

  • Promotes heart health
  • Supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response
  • Supports respiration and circulation
  • Promotes mental performance and focus
  • Supports healthy metabolism

“My clinical research with patients and with professional football players clearly indicates the importance of fish oil for athletes and sports participants. Key results include joint support as well as improved heart health. We chose Nordic Naturals for this research because of its superior reputation,” adds Dr. Maroon.

Introducing New Chapter Organics – Whole Food Supplements or Supplemental Food? November 3, 2010 No Comments

New Chapter

New Chapter

We are excited to introduce New Chapter Organics. New Chapter philosophy is that nourishment, protection and health come from a whole food complex with no synthetic chemical isolates. Recently, New Chapter announced that its multivitamins are the first in the nation to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification.  New Chapter has long been committed to rooting out Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and is now demonstrating that commitment by pursuing Non-GMO Project verification for its entire line of whole-food vitamins, minerals and herbs. Over 75% of New Chapter’s products have already been granted Verified status by the Non-GMO Project.

New Chapter is the first and only vitamin and supplement company to have achieved this extraordinary breadth of verification. New Chapter is proud to be the leading advocate of the non-GMO movement within the dietary supplement industry.

Key highlights of New Chapter products:

  • The first full line of whole-food complex vitamins and minerals certified to be made with organic ingredients.
  • The first full line of probiotic nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
  • The first national brand to deliver a wholly natural, herbal and clinically-tested approach to inflammation response.
  • The first full line of organic mushroom supplements to assure potency — New Chaper’s Lifeshield® Mushrooms.
  • The first company to utilize a Supercritical Extraction Process for herbal therapeutics that uses no hexane or solvents, producing a wholeness of herbal extract that was unprecedented at its introduction — and still rare today.

Being whole food vitamins, minerals and herbs allows for better absorption by the body. New Chapter’s whole food complex vitamins and minerals are rich with naturally occurring phytonutrients that deliver the full spectrum of nature’s benefits. Learn more about this product line.

Carlson Niacin Time – 500mg of Niacin with No Flush/ Time Release October 28, 2010 2 Comments

Carlson Niacin Time (500 mg)

Carlson Niacin Time (500 mg) – No flush/ time release is finally back in stock after several months from manufacturer.

Niacin is a type of B vitamin. It is water-soluble, which means it is not stored in the body. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need a continuous supply of such vitamins in your diet.

Niacin is involved in the proper metabolism of fat and fat-like substances such as cholesterol and often prescribed as a treatment for elevated total cholesterol, high trigylcerides and other types of lipid disorders.  However, Niacin taken in a single 500mg dose often causes flushing or itching.

Carlson Niacin-Time contains niacin prepared by a patented method to minimize these unpleasant side effects. With many people there is absolutely no flush, and the amount needed is sometimes less than needed with other forms of Niacin. Each Niacin-Time tablet provides a gradual release of 500mg over a period of 5 to 7 hours for sustained absorption. See more details.

Fish Oil Benefits Patients with Early Heart Failure October 19, 2010 No Comments

heart-failureFish oil has significant benefits for those that suffer from early heart failure according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America.

The study was led by Dr. Mihai Gheorghiade of Northwestern University in Chicago examined 93 patients experiencing early heart failure. These patients were given between 850 and 882mg of fish oil everyday for one year.

The patients were monitored through monthly checkups. It was found that patients who took fish oil showed improvements in left ventricular ejection fraction, exercise capacity and hospitalization for heart failure.

“Whether this intervention will have similar effects for patients with other etiologies, more advanced stages of heart failure, or for patients who are not on evidenced-based therapy remains unknown,” Gheorghiade explained in his presentation.

“I am hoping that further studies will be conducted to assess the effects of this potentially important therapy on left ventricular function and clinical outcomes in other patients.”

Source(s):

1. Heart Failure Society of America
2. Nodari S, et al “Effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on left ventricular function and functional capacity inpatients with dilated cardiomyopathy” HFSA 2010; Late-breaking abstract.

Fish Oil Benefits Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors August 30, 2010 No Comments

New Research to appear in Journal of Nutrition (September 2010) finds that fish oils and diets rich in omega-3 compounds can help improve the health of people with risk factors such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance, high cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat commonly known as metabolic syndrome which increases the risk of heart attack and diabetes.

The study examined the effects of placing 117 people with metabolic syndrome on four different diets (a diet high in saturated fat, a diet high in monounsaturated fat, a diet low in fat and high in complex carbs such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and a low-fat diet high in complex carbs that was supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids).

The researchers found that participants on those diets rich in monounsaturated fat or low-fat, high complex carbs and omega-3 fatty acids had lower triglycerides than those in the other two groups.

“It would be interesting to extend out studies beyond 12 weeks to confirm the longer-term effects of dietary fat interventions on cardiovascular risk factors in metabolic syndrome,” according to the researchers.

Introducing Nature’s Way Alive! Once Daily Ultra Potent Multivitamins August 5, 2010 No Comments

Nature’s way just introduced the most complete adult Multi-Vitamin & Whole Foods Energizer™ with more energizing nutrients from more natural sources than other multi-vitamin brands. Alive!™ Once Daily Ultra Potency with 26 Fruits & Vegetables, 24 Vitamins & Minerals, 14 Green Foods, 12 Organic Mushrooms, 12 Digestive Enzymes.

Some highlights:

  • Extra B-vitamins for energy
  • 1,000 IU of vitamin D3
  • Plant-based Aquamin® calcium
  • Potent citrus bioflavonoids
  • Cardiovascular support blend
  • Plus lutein and lycopene

Whole Body Nourishment with essential ingredients that help support:

  • Bone Health: Boron, Calcium, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamins D & K
  • Colon Health: Calcium, Folic Acid, Selenium, Vitamin D
  • Daily Energy: Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Vitamin B6
  • Eye Health: Lutein, Selenium, Vitamin A (Beta Carotene), Vitamins C & E, Zinc
  • Heart Health: Folic Acid, Pomegranate, Resveratrol, Vitamins B6, B12, C & E

This is available in several variations — for Men’s Women’s and Adult.

Fish Oil Enhances Green Tea Effects on Alzheimers Disease in Animal Studies July 30, 2010 No Comments


Fish oil, when combined with epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)—a polyphenol and antioxidant found in green tea, may affect chemical processes in the brain associated with Alzheimers disease, according to a study published in Neuroscience Letters. This study, which used an animal (mouse) model of Alzheimers disease, builds on previous research linking the disease to peptides (amino acid chains) called beta-amyloids and laboratory studies suggesting that EGCG decreases memory problems and beta-amyloid deposits in mice.

Researchers from the University of South Florida divided Alzheimer’s disease-model mice into five feeding groups. During a period of 6 months, each group was fed one of five diets: fish oil only; high dose EGCG; low dose EGCG; low?dose EGCG and fish oil; or a regular diet (control). The researchers observed that low dose EGCG alone did not reduce the Alzheimer’s disease-related chemical processes in the brain. However, the mice fed the combination of fish oil and EGCG had a significant reduction in amyloid deposits that have been linked with Alzheimer’s disease.

Further research is necessary, however, to determine if the combination of fish oil and EGCG affects memory or cognition, and whether it might have potential as an option for people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: Giunta B, Hou H, Zhu Y, et al. Fish oil enhances anti-amyloidogenic properties of green tea EGCG in Tg2576 mice. Neuroscience Letters. 2010;471(3):134–138.

Fish oil Supplement Intake may Lower Breast Cancer Risks No Comments

Fish oil supplement intake was found to be associated with a lower risk for breast cancer according to a study published in the July issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

“Use of nonvitamin, nonmineral ‘specialty’ supplements has increased substantially over recent decades,” write Theodore M. Brasky, from Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues. “Several supplements may have anti-inflammatory or anticancer properties. Additionally, supplements taken for symptoms of menopause have been associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in two case-control studies there have been no prospective studies of the association between the long-term use of these supplements and breast cancer risk.”

“[T]his is the first prospective study to report on the association of specialty supplements with breast cancer risk,” the study authors conclude. “Our finding of a reduced risk of breast cancer with use of fish oil warrants further study of this agent, focused particularly on timing of exposure and dose, as well as on mechanisms of action that might explain differences by tumor stage or histologic type.”

The study was funded by The National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute.

Source: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010;19:1696-1708. Abstract

Nutrition for your Eyes – Veggies, Fruits, Fish and Supplements for Sharp Vision June 15, 2010 No Comments

We bring you some nutrition tips for healthy eyes based on an article by Evelyn Theiss, The Plain Dealer.

Good nutrition for eye health goes beyond carrots and their beta carotene, doctors now say, and the addition of some key nutrients can help avoid two leading causes of vision loss and blindness — age-related macular degeneration and cataracts — and aid conditions such as dry eyes.

The key nutrients include lutein (it helps with night vision), zeaxanthin (it protects the eyes from ultraviolet damage and prevents free-radical damage to the retina and lens), omega-3 oils (the DHA in them prevents retinal damage), zinc (good for preventing macular degeneration) and vitamin A (helps our night vision, but excessive doses can be toxic.)

Lutein, especially, is crucial when it comes to eye health as we age — it is present in the macula of the retina and helps us discern fine details. We are born with a certain amount, but since the body doesn’t produce it, the amount of lutein in your eyes depletes with age — so the only way to get it is by ingesting it.

Ideally, at least nine servings total of fruits and vegetables a day are recommended for your eyes and your general health, particularly green leafy vegetables.Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said less than 15 percent of the population consumes even five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

People who eat fish more than four times a week have a lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consume it less than three times a month. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to improve blood circulation to the eye.

Improving your nutrition is not necessarily easy. Take baby steps if you need to and consider taking supplements in case you decide to boost your totals using supplements.

The main nutrients shown to help you keep your eyes healthy as you age are those with the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin; essential fatty acids (omega-3s in particular); vitamins A, B, C and E; and zinc.

In the Age-Related Eye Disease Study, the National Eye Institute (of the National Institutes of Health) found that the combination of daily supplements to bring down the risk or progression of age-related macular degeneration is: 500 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E, 15 mg of beta carotene, 80 mg of zinc oxide and 2 mg of copper, also known as cupric acid. For the second ARED study now under way, the level of zinc has been cut back to 25 mg.

As always, it’s best to talk to your doctor for advice before starting a new regimen.

Heart Health Key Nutrients – Plant sterols, Omega-3, Red Yeast Rice and CoQ10 June 3, 2010 No Comments

Here are some tips to complement your omega-3 intake for healthy heart with additional key nutrients.

Phytosterols or Plant Sterols

Simply stated, phytosterols are the “fat” of plants. The major phytosterols found in nature are beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol. The typical daily diet contains 100-300 mg of phytosterols.

At usual levels of consumption, phytosterols have little effect on blood cholesterol concentration. However, because phytosterols share structural similarities with cholesterol, they bind to sites in the intestines that would be used for cholesterol binding were they not blocked. Dietary consumption of phytosterols in the 1200 mg per dose range has been shown to reduce intestinal and biliary cholesterol absorption and helps to retain healthy cholesterol levels that are already within normal limits.

Red yeast rice and CoQ10

Combine the proven cardiovascular benefits of Omega-3 (at least 1 gm of DHA and EPA) with the lipid-metabolizing red yeast rice and the antioxidant power of CoQ10 to support healthy blood lipid levels, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels, in healthy individuals.

Arthritis Awareness Month: Natural Supplements to help you keep moving May 18, 2010 No Comments

Arthritis Foundation

“Arthritis is a debilitating disease that profoundly impacts the lives of millions of Americans on a daily basis,” says John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO, Arthritis Foundation.  The message from Arthritis Foundation for May which is the Arthritis Awareness Month is that “Moving is the best medicine“.

From an inflammation management perspective and support joint cartilage rebuilding and support, certain science based natural supplements may work for long term use compared to NSAID pain relief medications.  However, please consult with your doctor before starting any supplementation program to make sure there are no interactions. The most common natural supplements include:

These can help to manage inflammation and reduce debilitating pain.  With pain relief comes the ability to keep moving and keep up good blood circulatory health which is so essential for arthritis management. Each person is unique and some combination of these supplements can help with pain relief in a synergistic manner. Having said this, we agree with the Arthritis Foundation that “Moving is the best medicine”. Supplements and pain relief medications play only a supporting role in keeping you physically active longer!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Pregnancy May 1, 2010 No Comments

At no other time of a woman’s life is she more concerned about good nutrition than during pregnancy. As a practicing obstetrician, one of the commonest questions I am asked is what should a pregnant woman eat to make sure her baby gets off to the best start in life. Scientific research continues to expand our knowledge of nutrition in pregnancy, and perhaps the most important recent development in this field is the role played by omega-3 fatty acids in the development of a healthy baby.

Omega-3 fatty acids are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are indispensable for human growth and development, yet are not synthesized by humans. These must be obtained from the diet, specifically from either fish or flaxseed oil. However, a “normal” adult diet is severely deficient in these critical nutrients.1 This imbalance is primarily the result of an American diet, which consumes less fish, grass-fed meat, and free-ranging poultry than was consumed decades earlier. This deficiency in omega-3 intake is compounded by the fact that after a woman’s first pregnancy, her maternal stores become depleted, rarely returning to pre-pregnancy levels. Subsequent pregnancies continue this depletion.

This lack of an essential nutrient is important, as Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to be a critical component for both neurological and early visual development of the baby. With approximately 60% of the brain composed of lipids, these types of compounds make up almost 20% of the total brain fatty acids. Recently published research has confirmed that adding these nutrients to the diet of pregnant women can definitely have a positive effect on visual and cognitive function of the child, with effects measurable up to the age of four.

Omega-3 fatty acids may also have positive effects on the pregnancy itself. One of the most feared medical complications of pregnancy is pre-eclampsia, also known as toxemia. Pre-eclampsia, which complicates approximately 5-10% of all pregnancies, is a leading contributor to maternal mortality, preterm delivery, fetal growth retardation, and perinatal mortality. Women with lower storehouses of omega-3 fatty acids have much more risk of developing pre-eclampsia. Whether supplementation can decrease the risk of pre-eclampsia is currently under study.

An even more important benefit is the role of omega-3 fatty acids in preventing pre-term labor and delivery. Women with lower amounts of omega-3 fatty acids have a higher risk of preterm labor, and supplementation with this vital nutrient has been shown to decrease the risk of this often catastrophic pregnancy complication. Omega-3 fatty acids may also lower the risk of post-partum depression, as well as the well-known benefits for preventing heart disease.

Fortunately, there are now easy ways to supplement a pregnant woman’s diet with this essential nutrient. One might think that eating more fish would be a simple, natural way to get more omega-3. However, due to increased mercury pollution caused by coal burning power plants, the levels of mercury in fish are getting dangerously high. The FDA has issued advisories that limit the amount of fish that is safe for a pregnant woman to consume. Specifically, large “predator” type fish such as swordfish, (fresh) tuna, shark, and mackerel are not considered safe for pregnant women. Canned “light” tuna is OK in moderation. Mercury is a potent neural toxin, and may be responsible for cognitive delays and other types of brain damage. Developing babies are the most vulnerable to this type of toxin.

A safer option may be vitamin supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to the fish oil capsules sold in health food stores, at least two brands of pre-natal vitamins contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also available in some types of infant formula. For breast-feeding mothers, supplementation would be recommended so the nutrients can pass to the baby in the breast milk.

Research into the role of this important nutrient is continuing, and all of the benefits may not be known for years, especially given the long time required to study the effects of brain development. However, the data so far seems to be encouraging, indicating a benefit for both mother and baby at this critical time of life. Pregnant moms have always wanted to give their babies every advantage in life, and one way to contribute is with good nutrition during pregnancy. Omega-3 fatty acids can be an important, maybe even a critical, addition to a pregnant woman’s diet.

Editorial provided by Steve Hasley, MD. Dr. Hasley is a practicing obstetrician at West Penn Hospital.

Original Source: http://www.expectantmothersguide.com/library/pittsburgh/omega-3.htm