Energy Drinks That Make A Difference

While there's often no shortage of things on our to-do list, we often run short on time and energy. Today, young and old alike are looking to energy drinks to help beat the energy deficit in today's fast paced world, and it seems to be working for them.

What's so different about the energy drinks of today versus traditional soda or coffee? Maybe it's some of the unique ingredients like Taurine, Choline chloride, D-ribose, Inositol and Guarana. These are just some of the popular ingredients in high quality energy drinks on the market today. Click here for more information.

Good News for Vitamin and Mineral Users

Three recently published studies showed positive findings for the role of vitamins in disease prevention and overall wellness. Intake levels of calcium, vitamin D and B vitamins showed a strong association with reduced risks of acute health conditions. The Council for Responsible Nutrition applauded the study conclusions stating that the new findings may lead to some new avenues of research.

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported a positive link between high intakes of calcium from both food and supplements and lower incidences of colorectal and other digestive cancers in both men and women. Additionally, women who consumed up to 1,300 mgs of calcium per day had an overall lower risk of cancer. Click here for more information.

The First Group of Players on Your Team - Vitamins

The first group of players on your team is vitamins. If you're like most teenagers, you've probably heard one of your parents say, "Eat your vegetables - they are packed with vitamins!" Vitamins are compounds found in abundance in whole, fresh foods. Your body needs them to function properly and each one has a special role to play.

Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in your body, mainly in fat tissues and the liver. Vitamins A, D, E. and K are fat-soluble, meaning they dissolve in fat but not in water. They are happy to remain stored in your body and the body's own intelligence will send them to where they are needed at the right time.

Water-soluble vitamins are different. They really can't be stored in the body for very long. That's because these vitamins dissolve in water, so extra amounts are carried out of your body. Because they don't stick around, you need to replenish them every day. Vitamin C and all the B vitamins are watersoluble. Click here for more information.

Mid-Life Intake of Folate and Vitamin B12 May Help Avert Alzheimer's Later in Life

According to researchers, higher levels of vitamin B12, especially in combination with high folate levels, may be associated with better cognitive performance many years later among older women. The loss of one's cognitive ability later in life is usually associated with Alzheimer's disease. The scientists arrived at their conclusion after examining the relationship between blood folate and vitamin B12 levels and cognitive function among 619 older subjects who participated in a long-term study of diet and brain aging.

Source: Alzheimer's & Dementia – The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, Volume 1, July 2005

Folate And Carotenoid Deficiencies Associated With Rising Heart Disease Levels In Central And Eastern Europe

Researchers recently conducted a survey of coronary mortality in 16 countries and diet in 19 countries to see if lower intakes of identified cardioprotective nutrients would be associated with the coronary epidemic in Central and Eastern Europe. Based on their analysis they concluded that a diet containing low levels of folate and carotenoids may be a major contributing factor to elevated coronary risk seen in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Folate is a part of the B complex vitamin group and carotenoids are a class of natural fat-soluble pigments found principally in plant foods.

Source: America Dietetic Association, Volume 104, Issue 12, 2004

Folate Intake Appears To Lower Blood Pressure In Women

According to research presented at the American Heart Association's 58th Annual High Blood Pressure Conference, young women who consume more than 800 micrograms of folate per day can cut their risk of developing high blood pressure by almost a third compared to those who take in less than 200 micrograms per day. Source:

Vitamin B Supplementation May Help Reduce The Risk Of Peripheral Arterial Disease

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health recently examined the relationships between dietary folate, vitamin B-6 and B-12 and peripheral arterial disease. They reviewed data from 46,036 men and, during 12 years of follow-up, documented 308 cases of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which can affect the aorta and its major branches and often occurs along with arteriosclerosis. Results of the review showed that for each 400 mcg/d increment of folic intake, PAD risk decreased by 21 percent, and men with the highest folate intake had a 33-percent lower risk of PAD than men with the lowest intake. There were also weak inverse associations between intakes of vitamins B6 and B12 and PAD risk. Source: