Probiotic Supplements Shouldn’t Be Selected At Random

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As a naturopath, I see countless patients taking probiotics; generally self-prescribed or sometimes recommended by a friend or health food store employee. Many times the patient will report probiotics didn’t help, not realizing there is an art to probiotic selection. Popularity of Probiotics Probiotics are “live organisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a…

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Is Vitamin Water Safe and Effective?

There are a number of vitamin-enhanced waters on the market. Are they healthy? Are they worth it? and most importantly are they effective? I will focus on Coca-Cola’s Glaceau Vitamin Water, as it is one of the most popular, heavily marketed and most consumed vitamin-enhanced waters in the global market. Misconceptions about the ‘healthfulness’ of…

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Everything You Need to Know About Bone Health

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There is a lot of confusion regarding bone health. I’ve been asked many questions about this topic. “Do we all need to take calcium supplements?” “Where does vitamin D fit in?” “Can I get enough support through my diet?” “How does my osteoporosis diagnosis change everything? This article will address all of these questions and…

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CoQ10: A Must-have with Statin Use

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Statins are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in North America. There is controversy about their efficacy and safety – but one thing is for sure:  CoQ10 must be considered as an adjunct treatment. To learn about CoQ10’s use in general, click here. To learn how to pick CoQ10 supplements, click here. A little…

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CoQ10 – Clinical Use Beyond Heart Disease

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Coenzyme CoQ10 plays a very important role in heart disease. Click here to read about the need for CoQ10 supplementation when taking statins. Click here to learn how to select a CoQ10 supplement and what makes a good one. CoQ10 can also be useful for several other disease processes, as I will discuss below. All…

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How to choose CoQ10 Supplements

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Do I need a CoQ10 supplement? Maybe not. CoQ10 is made from L-tyrosine in the endoplasmic reticulum of cells throughout our body [1]. Beyond what is made in our body, CoQ10 is also obtained through food. Foods richest in CoQ10 are animal products: beef, pork and chicken (organ meats are highest), then fish and seafood…

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