Do you ever find yourself cutting evening plans short so you can race home while it’s still light outside? As we get older our eyes change, and the moonlit drives you once enjoyed may now fill you with anxiety. A variety of factors can cause night blindness, but it’s possible that your diet may be lacking vitamin A. Find out how vitamin A affects your eyes and what you can do to get enough of it.
Over 220 million Americans take supplements every day despite scientific evidence that they are poorly absorbed. To help fill the micronutrient gaps in your diet, you can try these eight pro tips from Dr. Vincent Giampapa, MD, and Elizabeth Candela, RDN, to boost vitamin and mineral absorption from the supplements you’re taking and the foods in your diet.
When was the last time you went for a physical? Did your cholesterol results come back within the normal range? If your “bad” cholesterol tested high, it might be helpful to introduce some more niacin into your diet. Read more below to understand the benefits of niacin.
One of the dietary fibers attracting increasing interest among researchers and nutrition aficionados is the soluble dietary fiber beta glucan, found in oats, brown rice, barley, baker’s yeast and medicinal mushrooms like maitake and shiitake. Beta glucan acts as a soluble fiber prebiotic (food for your probiotics) in your gastrointestinal tract, assisting your gut’s probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in functioning optimally, and it has so many other benefits.
Have you ever cut yourself so badly that you wondered when and how you would finally stop bleeding? Vitamin K plays a major role in blood clotting, and it is even known as the “clotting” vitamin. Read on to understand vitamin K’s functions, benefits, and sources.
According to the Food Allergy Research & Education group FARE, an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. have food allergies, including 1 in 13 children. Because allergic reactions to foods can be life-altering and potentially life-threatening, it’s crucial that the many signs of food allergies be known and their underlying causes well-understood. It’s also important that signs of food allergies not be confused with food sensitivity symptoms — the unpleasant physical reactions triggered by the digestive system’s inability to fully break down and absorb certain foods or their components.
Probiotic supplements and probiotic-rich foods are at the top of many health-conscious shopping lists for a good reason! Probiotics offer a myriad of health benefits by adding friendly bacteria to your gut. But the increased buzz around prebiotics and their health benefits has led to the question: What is the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic, and which is more important? The truth is, both work synergistically and both are important for improved health. If you want to improve digestive health, spur weight loss, or support your immune system, understanding the differences between prebiotic vs. probiotic supplements and foods is vital.
Making sure you have enough vitamin E in your diet will help to support your immune system and keep your eyes healthy. Eating a salad of dark greens with a light oil and vinegar dressing can be a simple way to incorporate a little more vitamin E into your day. If you find it difficult to get enough vitamin E, you can also try a vitamin E supplement. Learn more about this important essential vitamin.
If you have difficulty swallowing pills, you aren't alone. Perhaps you have a pronounced gag reflex that keeps you from swallowing pills, or you care for a young child or an elderly individual who isn’t able to put the pill in their mouth and swallow with a sip of water—this isn't uncommon.
If you don’t spend much time outside, you may be low on vitamin D. While it’s important to use sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for long periods of time, spending about 15 to 20 minutes outside each day without sunscreen will help your body absorb some nourishing sunshine. Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is a key nutrient your body needs for bone and vision health. Find out why this vitamin is so important and how to get it.