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Selenium

What is selenium? Selenium is a trace mineral that is essential to good health but required only in small amounts [1,2]. Selenium is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes. The antioxidant properties of selenoproteins help […]

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Some facts about iron supplements

Iron supplementation is indicated when diet alone cannot restore deficient iron levels to normal within an acceptable timeframe. Supplements are especially important when an individual is experiencing clinical symptoms of iron deficiency anemia. The goals of providing oral iron supplements […]

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What are some current issues and controversies about folate?

Folic Acid and Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular disease involves any disorder of the heart and blood vessels that make up the cardiovascular system. Coronary heart disease occurs when blood vessels which supply the heart become clogged or blocked, increasing the risk of a heart attack. Vascular […]

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Chromium

Chromium: What is it? Chromium is a mineral that humans require in trace amounts, although its mechanisms of action in the body and the amounts needed for optimal health are not well defined. It is found primarily in two forms: […]

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Calcium Intakes and Status

In the United States, estimated calcium intakes from both food and dietary supplements are provided by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2003–2006 [8]. Mean calcium intake levels for males ranged from 871 to 1,266 mg/day depending on […]

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High Risk Groups for a Zinc Deficiency

Alcoholics – 30-50% of alcoholics have low levels of zinc because alcohol decreases zinc absorption and increases urinary secretion of zinc. Vegetarians – The bio-availability of zinc is higher in meats and thus more easily absorbed. Further legumes and whole […]

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What is the recommended intake for iron?

Recommendations for iron are provided in the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) developed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences [1]. Dietary Reference Intakes is the general term for a set of reference values used for planning and […]

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When can iron deficiency occur?

The World Health Organization considers iron deficiency the number one nutritional disorder in the world [33]. As many as 80% of the world’s population may be iron deficient, while 30% may have iron deficiency anemia [34]. Iron deficiency develops gradually […]

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Dietary Supplements – What You Need To Know?

Dietary Supplements – What You Need To Know? Dietary Supplements – What You Need To Know Dietary Supplements – there is nothing wrong to seek homeopathic treatment. Ingredients are perfectly natural and organic. Before the arrival of modern medicine, herbal […]

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Calcium and Healthful Diets

According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “nutrient needs should be met primarily through consuming foods. Foods provide an array of nutrients and other compounds that may have beneficial effects on health. In certain cases, fortified foods and dietary supplements […]

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