More than 200 million Americans routinely swig and swish mouthwash to prevent tooth decay and bad breath. But new research suggests this seemingly healthy habit could increase risk for type 2 diabetes, particularly for those already at high risk for the disease. A three-year study involving 945 middle-aged, overweight adults found that using mouthwash at least twice a day was associated with a 55 percent higher risk for diabetes or the precursor to the condition, known as prediabetes. The study’s authors aren’t sure why, but they theorize that antibacterial agents added to mouthwashes, such as chlorhexidine and triclosan, may do more harm than good. These ingredients destroy the harmful bacteria responsible for gum disease and cavities. But they also wipe out “friendly” bacteria that are essential for the production of nitric oxide, a compound that helps regulate insulin, which in turn keeps blood sugar levels in check. “Mouthwash is often (Read More)
A recent Harvard study of more than 28,000 women showed those with the highest blood Lycopene levels were half as likely to develop heart disease. As emerging research and science bring forth compelling evidence regarding advances in nutrition, we seek to incorporate them into our formulas
The large volume of research regarding vitamin D continues to grow. Despite the overwhelming emerging science that has brought Vitamin D (specifically vitamin D3 found in our Dense Bone formula) to the forefront of nutritional health – a whopping 77% of the population is lacking in sufficient vitamin D. The link between low levels of vitamin D and depression are garnering increased attention because of the growing prevalence of depression in our society.
The 60 minutes piece that was aired on CBS confirmed what we have been reporting about sugar for years – even to the point of being criticized for linking sugar consumption and cancer. If you have not seen this expose on 60 Minutes – please spend some time to see the tremendous health issues sugar poses not only for diabetes and obesity – but heart disease and cancer as well.
That beer belly of yours might not be associated with beer at all, according to a Czech Republic study cited recently by Harvard’s Harvey B. Simon, M.D. Though most of us can agree that drinking copious amounts of beer will more than likely result in negative health effects, scientific research suggests that consuming beer in moderation can actually improve your health. Take heart, beer lovers, and consider the following rewards of kicking back with your favorite brew. Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Disease A lower risk of cardiovascular disease has been observed in men and women who drink beer. The higher HDL levels (known as “good cholesterol”) in alcohol can be linked to this, according to Harvard researchers, who observe a consistent 25-40% reduction in risk. Having high levels of good cholesterol can be a big health boost for your heart, especially if you are able to keep levels of “bad” (Read More)
Halloween is here, which means children will be frolicking the streets in pursuit sugary goodness. As October comes to a close, we enter American Diabetes Month, this November. We found it intriguing that americans binge on sugar right before we enter a month dedicated to diabetes awareness. Why not bring awareness before the damage is done? We want to bring light to some of the jaw dropping numbers associated with sugar consumption and diabetes in america with this infographic below.
Vitamin D is essential to your health. It has been proven to provide the body with the following health benefits: Bone Health Diabetes prevention Heart health and prevention of early death due to heart attack Decreased risk of cancer Lower blood pressure Yet, you are probably not getting as much vitamin D as you should. You have been taught since childhood that all you have to do is let a little sunshine fall on your skin and your body will make its own supply. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Why sunlight alone won’t work Not enough sun. During the winter months, the sun is too low on the horizon in the sky too few hours. The sun is blocked. This is true especially in the winter when people wear more clothing. However, even in the summer, when people wear fewer clothes, sunscreen can block the UV rays necessary for (Read More)
Inflammation is now recognized as an overwhelming burden to the healthcare status of our population and the underlying basis of a significant number of diseases. The elderly generally bear the burden of morbidity and mortality, which may be reflective of elevated markers of inflammation resulting from decades of lifestyle choices. Lower cancer rates are associated with diets high in fiber, fruits, vegetables, and tea. AD and PD may be prevented or treated with aggressive vitamin E, curcumin, acetylcarnitine, and catechin supplementation.
America’s love affair with coffee is no secret. Many cannot imagine beginning their day without the morning pick-me-up from the nearest Starbucks. The legal addictive stimulants offer us a boost on our way to work, when we’re flagging at break, and get us home from work. As Tom Hanks states in the 1998 cult-classic You’ve Got Mail, our coffee offers us an “an absolutely defining sense of self.” Lately, coffee has been getting a different kind of attention, as green coffee bean supplements seem to be the latest weight loss craze. Dr. Oz hails the new supplement as a ‘miracle pill that can burn fat fast for anyone.’ Weight loss isn’t the only health benefit that can be found in coffee. Read on to discover 6 health benefits to consider when brewing your next cup of joe.
Harvard University researchers found that physical inactivity is causing 5.3 million deaths per year. Parking yourself on the sofa for hours on end may be just as bad for you as smoking cigarettes.