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Have hay fever? Then the approach of allergy season probably has you running to stock up on tissues with lotion. But new research from the University of Florida1 may help: turns out that taking probiotics for allergies could help you find relief. The Probiotics For Allergies Study: Two Bacteria One of the most powerful combinations of bacteria for boosting immunity and overall gut health are lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (the same two found in femMED’s Probiotic supplement.). Scientists decided to see if the combination would also...read more
Has this ever happened to you? You’re coughing, aching and feeling miserable. You head to the medicine cabinet in your fuzzy pink slippers to get a hot lemony beverage, and while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil you notice that – eek – the package expired five years ago! After you congratulate yourself on your general good health (because hey, five years ago . . .) you start thinking “Will this still even work?” It’s a good question and we decided to ask the experts if you should spring clean...read more
5 Key factors that influence the price of your supplement. Regulatory Compliance Let’s dive into the first and most important issue, which is regulatory compliance. There is a lot of confusion by consumers who falsely assume that the dietary supplement industry is unregulated. In 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) defined dietary supplements as a category of food; therefore, regulations are in place for all dietary supplement manufacturers and brands. Some dietary supplements are formulated under careful conditions...read more
Why should you care about fish oil quality? Fish oil is prone to oxidation because it is made up mainly of fats. When exposed to the oxygen in the air, the fat molecules in the oil start to break down. How does this affect fish oil quality? It can lead to an unpleasant “fishy” smell and spoiled, rancid product. Stability, also known as shelf life, refers to how quickly and easily a product will break down under the product’s directed storage conditions. Just like dairy and other products high in fat, fish oil is prone to spoilage and can...read more
Although breast milk is the preferred source of infant nutrition, epidemiological studies have shown that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) levels in breast milk are highly dependent upon the geographical location of the female population under study and the related habitual diet of the population, with the highest DHA levels in N. American Inuit and in some Asian populations. 1, 2 In women supplemented with DHA at a level of 200-400 mg/day, DHA levels are increased to at least 0.32% of milk fat, and this is a level associated with an enrichment of...read more