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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Fish Oil

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

Fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, provides many health benefits for those who take it regularly. In this article, we will go over some of the main reasons why certain individuals may want to include fish oil in their daily diet. Most people have heard about the cardiovascular benefits of fish oil with omega 3. Although there is conflicting evidence about the role of fish oil in preventing a first or subsequent heart attack, studies do suggest...

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Dealing with Mild Stress or Anxiety? Here Are Our Top 4 Recommended Supplements For Overall Mood Support

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

Stress is a part of the human experience. Some stress, such as a work or school deadline, athletic competition, or planning a wedding or a big trip, is actually positive. It helps us to be alert, focused, motivated and productive. However, many people experience chronic stress without adequate coping skills or breaks. This increases the risk for developing anxiety symptoms, as ongoing elevations of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol deplete levels of neurotransmitters associated with feelings of well-being, including serotonin.*....

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10 Superfoods Everyone Should Try To Incorporate Into Their Diet Plan | Superfoods for Diet

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

Have you ever read two different articles promoting a “superfoods diet”, only to find conflicting information and come away wondering what superfoods are the best? That’s probably because superfood is not a scientific term with specific criteria, but rather a marketing buzzword for foods like blueberries, salmon, kale and almonds, which appear on most any list of superfoods. Here is a list of 10 superfoods that will help power up your diet and give you the energy you need to perform at your best....

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Four Sinus Supplements that help support normal respiratory function | Respiratory Function Supplements

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

With winter around the corner, and cold and flu season on the way, many people may be wondering about the use of supplements for sinus congestion. In addition to general immune support supplements which can be taken on an ongoing basis to benefit overall wellness, certain nutraceuticals may aid in a more targeted response, such as promoting normal mucus levels and helping to maintain normal sinus and respiratory function during seasonal challenges.*

In this post, we will go over a few key supplements for sinus health...

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What are Pancreatic Enzymes? | How They Support Healthy Digestion

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

Pancreatic enzymes are often recommended as digestive support supplements. In this post, we will explain exactly what pancreatic enzymes are, what specific enzymes they contain, who may benefit most from their use, and how they support healthy digestion and nutrient absorption.

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Comparing the Different Types of Magnesium Supplements | 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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Botanicals & Nutrients for Osteoarthritis | Osteoarthritis Supplements

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 Support for Cognitive Health | Cognitive Health Supplements

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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Vital Nutrients Rejects Skip Lot Testing | Top Rated Vitamin Brands

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 | Quality Supplement Brands | Vital Nutrients

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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