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Archive for the ‘ Supplements ’ Category

19 Jan

Fresh Mix

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Not just the latest news – the best! 1) Folic Acid Rocks A major study on folate is making a splash. Scientists say folic acid appears to help stave cognitive decline and may even be linked to reduced chances of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. What is certain is that folic acid […]

17 Jan

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: PANTOTHENIC ACID WHAT IT IS: Part of the B-complex of vitamins, Pantothenic Acid is a water-soluble vitamin. This particular B is unique because it forms two co-enzymes, making it a vital component of good supplementation. WHAT IT DOES: Pantothenic acid helps to oxidize fatty acids and sugars (part […]

10 Jan

Shocking But True

Did you know almost a third of people who break their hip bones will die from complications? It’s astounding – and it’s just one more example of how the commonplace is also the unexpected. We panic about bird flu, when the usual flu is really the killer. Movies sensationalize bear and shark attacks when we’re […]

10 Jan

The Buckler Brief

NUTRIENT: Beta Glucans WHAT IT DOES: For immune system support, beta glucans, a polyssacharide (sugar molecule) offer much potential. Similar to other immune-stimulating nutrients like echinacea and goldenseal, beta glucans, which are derived from yeast, barley, and oats, appear to boost white blood cell count and macrophage activation. Macrophages are literally irritated into action by […]

9 Jan

For Serious?

Sara here. There are days when the news is slow. There are days when the news is groundbreaking. And then there are days when the news is just so odd, you have to check it out. The daily health bites are coming shortly, but in the meantime, you’ll want to click this stuff out. The […]

8 Jan


I saw an interesting piece over at ABC News. It’s not interesting because of the topic (“which vitamins are helpful, which are harmful”) but because media sources continue to offer the same retread of outdated vitamin lore as if it were breaking scientific information. I find it interesting that no one seems to have caught […]

5 Jan


Between bird flu, Rhode Island school closures, conjoined children, the new WHO director, an ethical debate about a disabled daughter, and the ruckus over human-animal DNA splicing, it’s been quite a controversial and bizarre week in the world of science and health. Frankly, I’ll leave these stories to Google and all the pundits chomping at […]

4 Jan

Carb-Free News

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites What’s up, Apples? All kinds of great health news for you today. Here’s the latest you’ll want to click: 1) Fine…But It’s Still a Frankenfat So, we don’t really have a comment on this. What goes on with this line of reasoning? Who thinks this stuff up? “Take bad fake fat. […]

3 Jan

Wednesday Wrap

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites 1) Wash Those Hands, Honey! Bird flu and mad cow may be glamorously scary, but what should be making more headlines is the newest, ugliest superbug crawling around gyms, daycares and door handles. Fortunately, it’s easy to stop if you wash your hands after hanging around public places. Clickativity. 2) What’s […]

3 Jan

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: Arabinogalactans NUTRIENT: Arabinogalactans WHAT IT IS: Arabinogalactans are found in many foods and plant fibers, including garlic, leeks, carrots, radishes, pears, tomatoes, wheat, red wine, coconut, curcumin (found in curry seasoning), echinacea, and some tree barks. The best source for arabinogalactans is the larch tree. Of course, the […]

2 Jan

Vitamins Good for Kids, Too

Here’s a great little study on the important role supplementing plays in child development. Clickativity!

2 Jan

Is There One for Better Hair, Too?

It’s been quite a day for the beverage industry here at the MDA. Is an Annoying Drink Award in the works? Who can say? The latest scam trend is Borba, the alleged wrinkle-preventing, skin-clarifying, change-your-life drink. Aside from the fact that I’m not about to drink something that’s actually pastel in color, the science is […]

27 Dec

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: Milk Thistle WHAT IT IS: Milk Thistle, or silybum marianum Milk thistle is a hardy, prickly plant of the thistle family. It grows easily around the world. It is edible and its leaves are often eaten in a manner similar to artichokes. It can also be made into […]

20 Dec

Wednesday’s Mix: Tastier Than Mesclun

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Almost Deserves a Sherlock Award… The New England Journal of Medicine has announced that Vitamin D is so good for you, it might even help prevent multiple sclerosis, a tragic and degenerative disease of the nervous system that affects about 350,000 people. Actually, the study is really worth checking out, although […]

20 Dec

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: Choline Choline is a B vitamin. It is essential to the body’s functions and it is found in every cell. Choline can be produced in the body, but not in adequate amounts. Choline works in concert with other vitamins, particularly Folic Acid and B12. WHAT IT DOES: Choline […]

19 Dec

Tuesday’s Buzz

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Yo! All kinds of news you’ll want to check out today, Apples. Here’s the best of it: Bite My MDA The FDA says it wants stricter warnings on the dangers of over-the-counter pain pills like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxin sodium. Since thousands of people die every year from painkiller-related problems (even […]

19 Dec

Black Tuesday for Black Cohosh

The latest study doesn’t look good for black cohosh. Here’s the clickativity. Our take: The study was performed by the National Institutes of Health (your friendly government agency), and looked at just over 300 women – so, not exactly a conclusive study. However, size does not always matter – a good study is a good […]

18 Dec

All the News You Want to Click

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Howdy! Here’s the latest & greatest from the world of health news (of course, with our views): Where Studies Get Tricky More breast cancer news. A study of about 2,400 women found that non-hormone-receptor breast cancer survivors who ate 20% fat in their diets had a lesser chance of cancer relapse […]

13 Dec

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: ALPHA LIPOIC ACID (ALA) WHAT IT IS: Not to be confused with alpha linoleic acid, which is flaxseed’s famous precursor to Omega-3 fatty acids, alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant found in the body’s cells. It works in concurrence with several other antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin […]

6 Dec

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: QUERCETIN WHAT IT IS: Quercetin is an antioxidant flavonoid present in everything from wine and tea to onions and garlic. Apples, green vegetables and leafy greens also contain this powerful antioxidant. Quercetin is particularly helpful for overworked blood vessels, meaning it may help those seeking optimal heart health. […]

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