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Supplement Education

 

Comparing the Different Types of Magnesium Supplements

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

Magnesium plays many roles in health maintenance, as it activates over 300 different enzymes that are essential to many functions of the body, including protein synthesis, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.* For these reasons, a growing number of people are using supplementation to ensure adequate intake of this vital nutrient. With various types of magnesium supplements to choose from, it can be hard to know what type of magnesium is best. This article will compare known differences in absorption, elemental amount, and molecular size, and how that might translate to user preference.

 

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Botanical & Nutrient Options for Osteoarthritis

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

More than 30 million US adults are affected by osteoarthritis, or "wear and tear arthritis." This specific type of joint disease occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the joints wears away, leading to inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Natural therapies, such as nutraceuticals, may provide additional support to conventional medications and rehabilitation techniques for improving joint comfort and overall function. In this post, some of the best researched nutrients and botanicals for modulating joint inflammation will be examined.

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Natural Supplement Options to help support Cognitive Health

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

More people than ever before are searching for natural ways to optimize brain health and cognitive function, with an eye toward preventing age-related cognitive decline and dementia. This post explores lifestyle strategies for managing cognitive health, including an in depth look at Phosphatidylserine, a naturally occurring nutrient particularly abundant in the brain.*

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Why Top Rated Supplement Brands Reject Skip Lot Testing

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

Current regulations allow manufacturers to perform “skip lot testing”, which means only a fraction of the raw materials will be tested, since they're allowed to perform skip lot testing at whatever frequency they set forth in their operating procedures. It may seem appealing as a cost saving measure – after all, testing every single batch of raw material and finished product is both labor and time intensive. But is skip lot testing adequate? Are the potential savings worth the risks?

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Supplement Quality Myths - Learn What Really Makes a Quality Company

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

When it comes to the nutritional supplement industry, there are a number of common misconceptions, or myths, about quality that continue to circulate among patients and practitioners. Some are simply outdated, others stem from misinterpretations of current regulations, and still others result from marketing claims. This post aims to separate facts from myths about supplement quality.

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Seasonal Allergies: Natural Prevention & Management

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from “hay fever” or seasonal nasal allergies. Pollen is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies, with tree pollen counts being highest in spring, grasses in summer, and weeds (such as ragweed) in the fall. Close to half of the patients who experience said symptoms will try to remedy them with a natural treatment.

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Explore the Benefits of Taking Hawthorn Extract for Health Heath

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

In January 2017, a review of clinical trials reported that intake of certain nutraceuticals - such as Hawthorn, coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine, D-ribose, carnosine, vitamin D, some probiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids, and beet nitrates - may be associated with improvements in functional parameters of heart failure. Improvements in ejection fraction, stroke volume and cardiac output were all observed, with minimal side effects. (1) While most of the nutrients on this list are familiar to integrative and functional medicine practitioners, Hawthorn may be less so, and worthy of an introduction.

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The Role of Detoxification in Optimal Health

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

Every day our bodies are exposed to a wide range of environmental chemicals, which may be present in air, water, food, soil, dust, or consumer products such as cosmetics. These chemicals have been shown to bioaccumulate in the fatty tissue over time, and emerging evidence suggests that exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) may have long term adverse effects on human health, including obesity and metabolic syndrome. For this reason, many integrative and functional medicine practitioners recommend regular nutrient-supported detoxification programs for optimal health.

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The Benefits of a Vitamin K Supplement

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

Practitioners and patients are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of Vitamin K for optimal bone and cardiovascular health. This post will address some commonly asked questions on the various forms of Vitamin K, their benefits, and how best to utilize this important nutrient.

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Seasonal Immune Health for Kids - Supplement Options for Children

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND, Vital Nutrients Medical Affairs & Education

Cold weather is upon us, and for many kids the change of seasons can signal the start of cold and flu season, along with the unwanted side effects of missed days of school and work, and sleepless nights for parents caring for sick little ones.

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