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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

The Natural Appetite Suppressant CCK

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

The Natural Appetite Suppressant
By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Cholecystokinin (CCK) is a very interesting neuropeptide that has a great benefit to anyone who is trying to lose weight. CCK is produced by special cells in the intestinal wall in response to a meal that contains some fat. Basically, it causes bile and pancreatic enzymes to be released for fat digestion. Besides helping fat digestion, research has demonstrated that CCK also causes a reduction in food intake in several species, including humans.1 In other words, it helps you to control your appetite; clearly an advantage if your trying to eat less and reduce body fat.

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Topics: supplements, weight loss, neurotransmitters, gallbladder health

Dietary Supplements for Depression and It's Treatment

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Dec 5, 2014 9:30:00 AM

A Role for Dietary Supplements in It’s Treatment
By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Are you depressed? If so, you’re not the only one. In fact, approximately 20.9 million American adults have a mood disorder, and approximately 14.8 million experience major depressions1; the primary cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15- 44.2 Another 3.3 million Americans suffer from chronic, mild depression.3

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Topics: brain, supplements, botanicals, depression

Supplement of the week: Design for Health NeuroCalm

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Dec 4, 2014 5:12:00 PM

Quick Overview

NeuroCalm™ is designed to promote activity of GABA and serotonin, which may help support healthy mood, cravings, and feelings of calm, satiety, and satisfaction.* NeuroCalm™ contains PharmaGABA™, a form of GABA naturally manufactured via a fermentation process, which is considered more effective than chemically produced synthetic forms. Support for the production of calming neurotransmitters is also provided by L-theanine and taurine.
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Topics: supplements, B Vitamins, depression, neurotransmitters, anxiety