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Nutrition for Healthy Eyes

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Mar 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Eye Disorders

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

There are a number of different common disorders of the eye. These include cataract, conjunctivitis, macular degeneration and night blindness. Following is a brief description of each.


The term cataract refers to any cloudiness or opacity of the normally transparent crystalline lens of the eye. A cataract may or may not cause a loss of vision, depending on the size of the opacity, its density, and its location. Severe cataracts are a major cause of treatable blindness throughout the world. Oxidative damage caused by free radicals is considered to be an important factor in aging and the development of chronic diseases, including cataract formation. For this reason, many of the dietary supplement recommendations focus on antioxidants which can neutralize the oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

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Topics: anti-aging, vitamins, minerals, eye health

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Twice Daily Multi

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Mar 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Quick Overview
Twice Daily Multi™ contains optimal amounts of many nutrients not easily obtained in most diets. It uses higher quality ingredients than most multivitamins, including vitamin E as high gamma mixed-tocopherols, our proprietary NatureFolate™ blend of active isomer naturally-occurring folates, and TRAACS® true amino acid chelate minerals for optimal tolerance and absorption. These exceptional ingredients are combined in an up-to-date, science-based formulation to create a truly superior multi.*

Product Description

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Topics: Vitamin D, supplements, B Vitamins, Vitamin A

Health Benefits of CoQ10

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Mar 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Coenzyme Q10

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Although structurally related to vitamin K, coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) is not a vitamin, but rather coenzyme that helps to utilize oxygen as part of its important role in cellular energy metabolism. Research has also shown that CoQ10 functions in a number of other beneficial ways including free radical scavenging.1 Following is a brief review of that research.

Free radicals

Chemically, free radicals can be defined as a molecule with an unpaired electron. In the process of trying to balance itself by gaining or losing an electron, the free radical causes oxidative damage on a cellular level. CoQ10 has the unique property of being able to accept or donate an electron without itself becoming a free radical. By doing this CoQ10 can help neutralize free radicals and the oxidative damage they cause. This is significant since numerous disease states are thought to be due to excessive oxidative stress of free radicals, including hydroxyl radical, peroxynitrite, superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide. In addition, CoQ10 may inhibit certain enzymes involved in the formation of these free radicals.

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Topics: cardiovascular, free radicals, blood pressure, breast cancer

Supplement of the week: Apex Energetics Electro-pH™ Complex

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Feb 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Product Description:

Electro-pH™ Complex supports the body's fluid electrolytes through key minerals, including potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. The potassium and sodium are in bicarbonate form for nutritional alkaline support.‡ Additionally, the formula utilizes trace minerals (zinc, selenium, and molybdenum).

Suggested Use

Mix 1 scoop with up to 8 ounces of water. Mix well before drinking. Use once a day, or as directed by your healthcare professional.

Storage instructions: Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Keep this bottle tightly closed.

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Topics: supplements, vitamins, electrolytes, sports nutrition

Healthy Energy Sports Drinks

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Feb 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Energy Sports Drinks

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

The longer an event lasts, the greater impact nutritional factors have on performance. In events lasting less than an hour, there is little need to consume extra fluid, electrolytes or calories during the physical activity. However, in longer events, problems such as glycogen depletion and hydration can occur.1

Glycogen depletion

When liver and muscle stores of glycogen are depleted, any demanding physical activity comes to a halt. This is primarily due to a lack of readily available calories necessary to maintain blood sugar levels. As blood sugar levels drop, fatigue sets in. Low blood sugar is not immediately life threatening like dehydration but it does slow down performance.2 Carbohydrate loading in the days prior to the event will help store extra glycogen, but in long term events this must also be supplemented with some immediate form of calories 2-4 hours before exercise.3

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Topics: electrolytes, sports nutrition

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Feb 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A Supplement for Diabetes, Body Composition, Cardiovascular Health & Antioxidant Protection
By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Don’t you just love the smell and taste of cinnamon in a warm, gooey cinnamon bun? As it turns out, the cinnamon may actually provide you with some significant health benefits (although the same can’t be said of the gooey bun; sorry). So let’s take a closer look at cinnamon.


The use of cinnamon for health is not new. In fact, cinnamon bark has been used for several thousand years in traditional Eastern and Western systems of medicine, for such purposes as anorexia, bloating, dyspepsia with nausea, flatulent colic, and spastic conditions of the GI tract.1 Cinnamon also has a history of traditional use in Korea, China and Russia for treating people with diabetes.2

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Topics: cardiovascular, antioxidants, botanicals, medicinal herbs, body composition, blood sugar

The Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Feb 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

(Capsicum annuum; C. frutescens)
By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences


Cayenne or Capsicum consists of the dried fruit of Capsicum frutescens, Capsicum annum, or a large number of hybrids of these species and varieties within the Solanaceae (Nightshade) family that are capsaicin rich. Because these plants have been cultivated for such a long time, peppers from them differ widely from one another in size, shape, and potency. They are not true peppers but were misnamed by the early Spanish explorers who confused their pungency with the pepper they were used to, namely black pepper (Piper nigrum) in the Piperaceae family.

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Topics: supplements, botanicals, medicinal herbs, recipes, heart disease, metabolism

Does Mercury Toxicity Cause Hypertension

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Dec 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Hypertension and Mercury Toxicity
Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

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Topics: supplements, detox, blood pressure

Supplements Good for Detox

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Dec 10, 2014 5:23:00 PM

Dietary Supplements to Support & Promote the Process
By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

In her 1962 groundbreaking book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson wrote: “For the first time in the history of the world every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” Of course humans have always been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals from plants and other sources, but Rachel Carson’s point is well taken. Modern living exposes all of us to an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis. This includes environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, industrial compounds and chemical byproducts, medications, cosmetic additives, inorganic chemicals, etc. These chemical substances which are foreign to the biological system are referred to as “xenobiotics.”

The good news is that the body was designed to detoxify and excrete xenobiotics. The bad news is our bodies may not always be equipped to handle the volume of modern, environmental pollutants and toxic substances. This problem may be exacerbated by the fact that the refining of many of our foodstuffs has caused them to provide considerably less of the nutrients that are essential to the detoxification process.1 2

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Topics: amino acids, supplements, botanicals, detox, liver health

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health 7-Keto 60 capsules

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Dec 9, 2014 5:55:00 PM

Quick Overview

7-Keto® is a registered trade name for the compound 3-acetyl-7- oxo DHEA, a stabilized form of 7-oxo DHEA. Once ingested, acetyl-7-oxo DHEA is cleaved to 7-oxo DHEA, a DHEA metabolite naturally found in the body. Although 7-oxo DHEA is similar to DHEA, it does not convert into estrogenic or androgenic hormones.

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Topics: alcohol, supplements, weight loss, hormones, depression