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  1. Do Supplements Give Athletes an Edge?

    You work hard to reach your athletic goals. You stick to your training program and to your nutrition plan. Now you want an edge over the competition. Is there a supplement that could give it to you? Maybe, but results vary from person to person. When scientists study these products, mixed reviews ar

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  2. Skin Care Vitamins and Antioxidants

    You probably already know the three surest ways to ensure youthful skin: Protect your skin from the sun, don't smoke, and eat a healthy diet. In addition, a variety of vitamins and antioxidants may also improve the health and quality of your skin. Here are a few of the most effective ones: Research

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  3. Sleep Supplements: Melatonin, Valerian, and More

    Are you sleeping poorly? Doctors say it's important to look at your lifestyle -- too much caffeine, too little exercise, or too much late-night work or TV. If lifestyle changes aren't enough, medications can help. But supplements may also help provide a peaceful night's sleep. What's been proven to

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  4. Prenatal Vitamins Explained

    If you eat a healthy diet when pregnant, why do you need to take prenatal vitamins? "Even for a woman who eats a 'perfect' diet, it is nearly impossible to get some of the nutrients in the amounts needed during pregnancy, such as iron and folic acid," Bridget Swinney, MS, RD, author of Eating Expect

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  5. Supplements for Pain Relief

    Can supplements help you manage chronic pain? For answers, WebMD turned to integrative medicine experts. "I think supplements can be the cornerstone of good pain management," says David C. Leopold, MD, director of Integrative Medical Education at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in San Di

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  6. 10 Foods Nutritionists Love

    In a perfect world, everything we eat would taste delicious, be super-convenient, and offer plenty of nutritional benefits. But do such foods exist in the real world? They certainly do -- and hard-to-find specialty foods need not apply. These 10 nutritionists' favorites are versatile and delicious,

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  7. 5 Risky Herbal Supplements

    "All natural" -- it's on the labels of a growing number of foods, cosmetics, cleaning products, and over-the-counter remedies. This is, in part, what makes herbal medicine so popular. But does natural always mean safe? Herbal medicine is the use of plants as medicine. Typically taken by mouth or app

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  8. What Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Can and Can’t Do

    Boost energy, lose weight, beat stress, improve performance, and reduce wrinkles! Do these phrases sound familiar? These are just a few of the promises found on the labels of vitamin and mineral supplements. But can vitamin and minerals really live up to these claims, or is it more hype than truth?

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  9. Know the Difference Between Fat- and Water-Soluble Nutrients

    Many people think that taking a daily cocktail of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other supplements is a prescription for a healthy diet. But it's also likely that they don’t know whether the nutrients they're taking are fat soluble, water soluble, or if they are getting more of some nutrients

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  10. How to Choose a Multivitamin

    There are lots of good reasons to take a multivitamin. Even the best eating plans can fall short of meeting all of the 40-plus nutrients you need each day. Most Americans fail to meet dietary recommendations for many reasons, including strict dieting, poor appetite, changing nutritional needs, or le

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