Vitamins and Minerals: From A to Zinc

carrots-sweet-potatoesThe world of vitamins and minerals can be confusing and intimidating. There are eight forms of vitamin B alone! In the next few weeks, I hope to bring a little more clarity to vitamins and minerals, the reasons we need them, the different forms they come in, and how much we need to take.

We’ll start right at the beginning with vitamin A.

The food most commonly associated with vitamin A may be carrots! Carrots contain carotenoids, a group of pigments found in yellow, orange and green fruits and vegetables. Carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, broccoli, sweet potatoes Continue reading “Vitamins and Minerals: From A to Zinc”

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New Product: Pathway Algae Based Calcium

algae-base-calciumCalcium exists in many forms, and when it comes to calcium supplements, there are many choices. Some forms are definitely better than others for absorption and bioavailability. We like to stay on top of new products and new forms of nutrients and, to that end, we’re excited to tell you that we now carry a vegan calcium product that is made from sea vegetables.

Pathway Algae Based Calcium features Aquamin, a unique marine multi-mineral complex sourced from red seaweed found in the pristine waters off the coast of Iceland. This comprehensive formula contains a highly bioavailable form of calcium, magnesium, plus many other additional important trace minerals. In just three tablets daily, Pathway Algae Based Calcium provides 1,000 mg of calcium in addition to vitamins K2 and D3, marine minerals, as well as an organic fruit and vegetable blend, and citrus bioflavonoids. Continue reading “New Product: Pathway Algae Based Calcium”

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Multivitamins May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk

New research published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP) has found an 84% reduction in developing precancerous lesions and tumors when rats were fed a high fat, low fiber diet, with the addition of a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Six groups were fed the low fiber, high fat diet and given different combinations of supplements and carcinogens that mimicked human colon cancer. The conclusion was that regular supplements of multivitamins and minerals could reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Colon cancer is the second most common form of the disease affecting men and women in the US, with nearly 150,000 new diagnoses each year. Diet and lifestyle choices play a large role in colon health. High fiber and nutrient dense foods are important in keeping the colon healthy. And now research indicates the importance of a good quality multivitamin and mineral as well.

Pathway Multi Two is a comprehensive multivitamin and mineral that incorporates the latest research on nutrient transport and interaction to enhance absorption.

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The Most Nutritious Foods to Add to your Diet Today!

After a brutally hot summer it has been such a treat to experience the recent cooler weather. One of my favorite aspects of the cooler months, and something that I’m reminded of every year as we start that transition towards fall, is that certain foods become even more tasty than in the warmer months.

As the weather cools, it becomes the very best time of year to incorporate leafy green veggies – spinach, kale, collards, chard, cabbage, bok choy, mustard greens, escarole, etc. – into the diet. These veggies taste the best this time of year; they get sweeter as the weather gets colder, and actually are best after the first frost!

Greens: Why should we eat them?

Despite the widely divergent dietary theories you may have come across in your own research and reading, one area that every nutritionist, registered dietitian and other health professional can agree upon is that we should eat more vegetables. And I’d have to add my own voice to that recommendation as well…while perhaps getting a little more specific.  Continue reading “The Most Nutritious Foods to Add to your Diet Today!”

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Fall Flavors: The Most Nutritious Foods You Can Add to Your Diet This Season

With the recent chill in the air, the shortening days, and of course the turning of the calendar pages, it is now undeniable: Fall is officially here. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, mostly because I enjoy cradling a big steaming bowl of soup in my hands, smelling the variety of scents that rise from the bowl, be it lentil, or beef barley, or butternut squash, or some other delicious soup packed with the wonderful vegetables that ripen during this time of the year. While I love all of the Fall foods, my favorites include sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash (especially butternut!), apples, and of course, greens. Continue reading “Fall Flavors: The Most Nutritious Foods You Can Add to Your Diet This Season”

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