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Much of a baby’s cognitive health is determined during gestation; unfortunately, today’s typical diet often doesn’t provide expectant mothers with all the nutrients her developing baby’s brain needs for healthy development. Lutein and Brain Health for the Developing Baby During pregnancy, lutein levels in the mother’s bloodstream increase while other carotenoid levels remain fairly constant.1 The same differential pattern for increased lutein over other carotenoids is also noted in cord blood and breast milk, supporting the assertion that...read more
As a treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs), cranberry (Vaccinium genus, several species, most often macrocarpon) has been studied scientifically since the early 1960s, although it has been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years. Amerindians of New England utilised the leaves of the plant, rather than the fruit, to treat urinary disorders, according to accounts by early European explorers. 1 In addition to many published reports of original research, there have been several reviews and meta-analyses published in recent years....read more
DHA, found in Omega-3 essential fatty acid, is well researched and well known for its health benefits in adults and in children. In 2002 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the inclusion of omega-3 and omega-6 Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) in infant formula. Supplementation with DHA is especially important since this fatty acid is predominant in the membranes of cells in the brain and in the retina of the eyes. One of the most interesting studies on omega-3 EFA supplementation and infants was done by I.B. Helland and colleagues,...read more
Antioxidants for A Glowing Complexion The benefits on general health obtained from antioxidant-rich foods are well known. But did you know that antioxidants also help maintain healthy looking skin? Although there is no conclusive proof that antioxidants keep skin from aging, experts do agree they can ‘capture’ free radicals that help protect us from certain diseases while also giving us a healthy, glowing complexion. Your First Line of Defense: Fruits and Veggies Nutritionists suggest following the Food Guide Pyramid and eating three to five...read more
Fish oil must to go through a purification process to reduce contaminants and must be carefully handled and stored to maintain its quality. To ensure that the fish oil products have in fact been purified and been handled appropriately, tests are performed for validation. Test results must meet certain standards. Standards have been determined as being safe and are scientifically determined to ensure a stable product. Different standards exist for different organizations, and they are all acceptable and within limits to ensure a safe and fresh...read more