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Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DIM-Avail

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Quick Overview

Due to its crystalline structure, absorption of DIM is minimal when given orally (similar to CoQ10). DIM absorption can be greatly enhanced by emulsifying it with lecithin in rice bran oil, including with it compounds that hold it in solution such as beeswax, and finally adding fat-soluble nutrients that aid absorption through the gut wall. DIM-Avail™, which gets its name from its high bioavalability, is a unique combination of such ingredients. 

Research tells us that a low level of the 2-hydroxyestrone and a high level of 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone are not desired. DIM works by helping to increase 2-hydroxyestrone and therefore improves the 2/16 hydroxyestrone ratio.*

20-Hydroxyecdysone: The Pro-Anabolic, Plant Steroid

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

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

With the rise of democracy and the crumbling of political boundaries in the previous USSR, many long-time Russian secrets were slowly revealed to the western world. One of these secrets used to give Soviet athletes a decided advantage—one that we can now share. It’s a plant called Rhaponticum carthamoides, and it contains a remarkable substance called 20-Hydroxyecdysone which helps promote increases in muscle mass and athletic performance.

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health 5-HTP Synergy

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Quick Overview

5-HTP Synergy™ is a synergistic formula of 5-hydroxytryptophan (50 mg) and vitamin B6 (10 mg) for supporting overall neurotransmitter metabolism by providing precursors of serotonin. 5-HTP readily enters the blood brain barrier, however conversion into serotonin requires the cofactor vitamin B6, which is included in this formula. 5-HTP Synergy™ may be used during the day to support healthy mood or appetite or at bedtime to support sleep.

5-HTP The Second Coming of Tryptophan

5-htpBy Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences.


Smart Supplementation™ is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart Supplementation™ is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

The essential amino acid L-Tryptophan has an extremely successful history of clinical use in treating depression and anxiety. As a sleep inducer, it preceded the currently popular supplement, melatonin, and almost everyone who used it got excellent results. Many women also found it to be particularly good at reducing the emotional symptoms of PMS. As a matter of fact, L-Tryptophan was probably the single most effective supplement that my wife ever used for PMS. Great stuff, L-Tryptophan.

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Adrenotone


Quick Overview

Adrenotone™ is a combination of standardized herbs and nutrients which are known for rejuvenating the adrenals. This product is designed to promote healthy cortisol levels, hypothalamic and pituitary function (HPTA axis), and catecholamine production (dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine).* Adrenotone™ does not contain glandulars.

Top Ten Supplements For Primo Health

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Taking vitamins and supplements without consulting with a nutrition professional can lead to unwanted health issues, and can end up being a waste of your money. It is best to do some sort of nutrition assessment like the Primo Blood Chemistry Analysis in order to identify any deficiencies or potential health issues related to nutrient deficiencies.

It is also very important to choose high quality supplements. Many discount store supplements are made with fillers and unnatural ingredients that can exacerbate symptoms. Some use synthetic versions of vitamins that are not easily absorbed or assimilated by some people.

The Health Benefits Of Vitamin D

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Modern lifestyle and diet have made the "d" in the vitamin D stand more for deficient than for anything else. The 2003 National Institute for Health (NIH) conference on vitamin D reported "a growing prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency in the U.S. population." Previous concerns over vitamin D toxicity along with a modern sun-phobic America are probable causes of this growing trend towards a lack of something good.

Growing concerns over skin cancers and aging skin have forced many of us out of the sun and into the dark about vitamin D. Dramatic increases in sun protection are suspiciously coinciding with decreases in blood vitamin D levels. But is this correlation really that mysterious? Not if one knows that sun exposure is the body's main source of vitamin D production. The Vitamin D Council website states that "the high rate of natural production of vitamin D3 cholecalciferol in the skin is the single most important fact every person should know about vitamin D..."

Vitamin D And The H1N1 Virus

Vitamin D may be a misnomer. Because our bodies can produce vitamin D by action of sunlight on our skin, most scientists consider it more of a hormone than a vitamin (Murray; 1996:39). Nonetheless, recent research is increasingly confirming the important role that this hormone/vitamin may be playing in the health of our country. Very recent studies may even show that it is protective against the H1N1 virus as well as a treatment for fighting this dreaded flu.

It has long been known that a deficiency of vitamin D can cause rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. But more importantly, the Vitamin D Council website reports that a deficiency of this vitamin "plays a role in causing seventeen varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, and periodontal disease. Some scientists even argue that exposure to the sun may even help prevent deadly forms of skin cancer, like melanoma."

Vitamin D From The Sun

As natural production of vitamin D from the sun is our most important source of this valuable substance, how much sun do we need? Recent research indicates that you need about 4,000 units of vitamin D per day (currently there is insufficient evidence to establish an RDA for vitamin D). According to the Vitamin D Council website, most of us make 20,000 units of Vitamin D after 20 minutes of exposure to the sun (sans sunscreen lotion). Therefore, exposing a large percentage of the skin to 15 - 20 minutes of sunlight (avoiding sunburn) would supply most of the needed supply of this vitamin. During the winter months, or for persons avoiding the sun for other reasons (ie, aging effects), there should be supplementation. Many health experts believe that cod liver oil is a good source of vitamin D during the winter. Vegetables are typically low in vitamin D, yet are highest in green leafy vegetables (Murray 1996:39).

Don't Overdo It

Over-supplementation of vitamin D can also lead to toxicity. "Increased blood concentration of calcium..., deposition of calcium into internal organs, and kidney stones are some of the characteristics of vitamin D toxicity" (Murray 1996:42). Care should be taken when supplementing with Vitamin D. Nonetheless, given the current trend towards deficiency of this supplement, the Vitamin D Council website claims that taking 2,000 units per day is safe for most individuals. Ordering a 25 hydroxy vitamin D test from your physician can be very helpful in determining dosage of the vitamin.

As the field of science and medicine grows, we may see more of this mixed-message type of recommendation occurring. However, it is the test of time that will reveal the truth about our bodies and how they function optimally. In the case of vitamin D, we sort of "threw the baby out with the bath water." As we continue to discover the importance of this seemingly simple vitamin, let us not waste time in implementing what we already know. Do not be afraid to spend a few moments a day in the sun without any sunscreen. And if you will be in the sun for an indefinite period of time, ensure any products that you use are safe to be absorbed by your skin. Remember that the liver needs to process those substances and remove them from the body along with everything else it has to do.

So it's not so bad to take a walk on the sunny side of the street!

Many people with chronic conditions are showing up low in Vitamin D. It may be necessary to supplement with vitamins to get the levels back up to healthy ranges. If you'd like to know more about Vitamin D testing and supplementation, sign up for a FREE Supplement Consultation.

The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

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Is that a sweet potato? Or is that a yam? Good question! I was confused myself for so long. But now I know there is a distinction. That orange colored flesh of the picture on the left is the sweet potato, though it is often labeled as a "yam." It comes from the plant family known as Convovulaceae, or Morning Glory. It is very different from the yam that comes from the Caribbean, which is an edible root of the Discorea genus. The true yam is rough and scaly. And its nutrient content is much different from the sweet potato. There are several varieties and colors of the sweet potato. To make matters even worse, the sweet potato is not a potato either!

The Health Benefits Of Quinoa

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You may be surprised to see an article about quinoa by a grain-free guy like me. But in actuality quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a grain but a seed. It is one of the least problem-causing "grains," can be  tolerated by most gluten sensitive individuals and is even accepted by some Paleo eaters (those who stretch the rules). It is a gluten-free grain that is versatile and has many health benefits with its strong nutrition status.

Quinoa is actually the seed of an herbaceous plant related to spinach and Swiss chard. The most popular seeds are a tan or yellow color. But several varieties and colors exist from black, to red, orange purple and pink. It has a rich nutty flavor with a tasty crunch.

Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 4

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This week I've dedicated my blogging to the health practice of juicing vegetables for optimal health. If you've missed Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 of Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, I suggest you back up and read those first.

By now I hope you're convinced you want to try juicing and you're pretty comfortable with knowing what you need to make a delicious, nutritious high quality juice. I only have a couple tips left and mostly want to help you with choosing the right equipment. If you've ever shopped for a juicer, I'm sure you know that the options are endless as are the price differences. Hopefully I can make the process of selecting the right juicer a little less daunting. But first I want to discuss something that always comes up when we discuss juicing vegetables.

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