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Meta-analysis: IS Organic Healthier???

Ever since the USDA Organic label began showing up on some food labels in the early 2000s, a debate has raged over whether crops grown without chemical additives and fertilizers rack up more nutrition than their conventional counterparts. Now, a new review of 343 previous studies throws its support behind the pro-organic side. Researchers writing in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops and products made with them (such as cereal) pack 17 percent more antioxidants on average—with levels of some subtypes of antioxidants as much as 69 percent higher. The research team also reported four times more pesticide residue on non-organic foods, as well as significantly lower amounts of some toxic metals in the organic-grown items.

Read the full article at:

Why It’s Worth it to Go Organic | Women’s Health Magazine.

         
     

Vitamin / Mineral Supplementation May Improve Children’s Brain Function

It is well known that adequate levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are essential for optimal neural functioning. A significant percentage of individuals, including children, suffer from deficiencies in one or more vitamins or minerals. This study investigated whether daily supplementation with a multivitamin could alter cognitive performance and mood in healthy children.

 

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study included 81 healthy children aged 8-14. The children were reportedly all healthy and free from food allergies. None of the children used other dietary supplements during the three months prior to the study. Participants were randomly assigned to daily multivitamin and mineral supplements or placebo for 12 weeks.

 

The children underwent laboratory assessments of their cognitive performance and mood pre-dose and at 1 and 3 h post-dose on the first and last days of the trial. Assessments were also completed at home after 4 and 8 weeks at 3 hours post-dose. Cognitive performance was measured using a battery of laboratory assessments, which included tasks assessing mood and the speed and accuracy of attention and aspects of memory. The children in the vitamin/mineral group performed more accurately on two tests of attention. No effects were observed on measures of the children’s mood.

 

Although the results of this study require further investigation, it suggests that vitamin/mineral supplementation has the potential to improve brain function in healthy children.

 

Haskell CF et al. Cognitive and mood effects in healthy children during 12 weeks’ supplementation with multi-vitamin/minerals. Br J Nutr 2008 Nov;100(5):1086-96.

         
     

Don’t Miss Today’s Dr. Oz Show!

Today’s Dr. Oz show should be a special one. He will have two terrific guests on: wellness expert Kathy Kaehler and USANA’s Nutrimeal Free!

 

Kathy is a Fitness Hall of Famer, fitness and wellness trainer, and nationally-recognized healthy living spokesperson.

 

For more than two decades Kathy has been a trusted expert in the national media spotlight, helping everyone from the soccer mom to the celebrity superstar get in shape and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

 

A working mom who has worked with A-list Hollywood celebrities including Julia Roberts, Michele Pfeiffer, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston, Kathy is the creator of Sunday Set-Up,™ an online subscription program featuring a signature system for organizing food at the beginning of the week, ensuring healthy snacks and meals make it to the table all week long. Celebrities including Tiffany Theissen, Melissa Rivers, Nancy O’Dell, Angie Harmon, Lisa Rinna and Rebecca Romijn have embraced Sunday Set-Up, along with thousands of families across the nation, making it a perfect medium for highlighting brands, products and foods that support healthy living.

 

The other special guest, USANA’s Nutrimeal Free, is the ideal solution for weight-conscious consumers looking for a balanced and nutritious plant-based shake. It contains eight grams of fiber and 15 grams of non-GMO, plant-based protein per serving.

 

Made without soy, dairy, egg, or gluten, this 220-calorie shake leaves out the common allergens and extra calories you don’t need. But it provides sustained energy and curbs hunger.

 

Nutrimeal Free’s neutral flavor makes it perfect for mixing. Enjoy it plain or add in your favorite ingredients for a totally personalized meal replacement.

 

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The Ins And Outs Of Reset

It may not seem like it this week, but warm weather is coming soon!  Shorts and bathing suits are just around the corner – are you ready?

 

USANA’s RESET™ weight-management program is simple, convenient, and it works. Each day you replace your usual meals and snacks with delicious USANA® Foods. Plus, you get a bonus snack of one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables each day. USANA also supplies you with their top-rated supplements in the  HealthPak™ pouches included in this kit. Just stick to the program, drink 64 to 80 ounces of water daily, and walk for 30 minutes each day for maximum results.

 

Please take four minutes to watch this video in which USANA’s Executive Director of Health and Science Education, Dr. Brian Dixon, explains what the Reset program is:

 

 

You can also customize your 5-Day RESET Kit by choosing your favorite flavors of shakes and bars. Each custom RESET kit will include:

  • 15 Nutrimeal™
  • 10 Protein Snacks
  • 10 HealthPak packets
  • Program guide
  • Motivational #RESETNATION bracelet

Join #RESETNATION today!

 

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Blood Pressure: Sugar Worse Than Salt?

Well, this is interesting.  Several recent studies, including a meta-analysis of several controlled trials, seem to point to sugar – particularly fructose – as a greater culprit in damaging the cardiovascular system than excessive salt intake:  increased diastolic and systolic blood pressure, increased heart rate, and possibly causing myocardial inflammation.

 

Definitely worth a read:  Blood Pressure: Sugar Worse Than Salt? | Medpage Today.