Going Green: Adding Leafy Greens to Virtually Any Diet

Dark leafy greens are great sources of many vital nutrients, including iron, calcium and fiber. These antioxidant jackpots are also ideal sources of calcium and vitamins A, C and K. It is important to add a variety of these greens to your diet, so finding new and creative ways to fit them in can prevent green veggie boredom. Create a flavor-packed side dish by sautéing mustard greens, kale and others with light olive oil, diced shallots and fresh garlic. Or, try kale chips to satisfy that crispy, crunchy craving in place of chips or other less healthy snack options. These options make the greens the spotlight of the dish. If you want something a bit more incognito, there are many other ways to fit them into your diet without radical changes. Smoothies have risen in popularity over the last few years, and these thick treats are a perfect vessel for (Read More)

Are You Getting All the Vitamin C You Think You Are?

Most nutritional products that are sold to help build your immune system contain vitamin C. What you may not realize, is that if a product says you are getting 1,000 mg, you are really only absorbing approximately 19%! If you try to take more, to make up for the low absorption rate, it causes stomach distress and you eliminate the vitamin C before it gets into your bloodstream.

The Dangers of Low Levels of Vitamin C

Most of us are not getting the vitamin C dosage we need for good health. This is because illness, trauma, stress, and injury all use up large quantities of vitamin C in animals, including us humans. But the main difference between us and other animals is that we’ve lost the ability to make our own vitamin C.