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  1. Probiotics and Prebiotics: Ask the Nutritionist

    Question: What are probiotics and prebiotics? How can I benefit from consuming them? Answer: Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food fo

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  2. Athletic Supplements: Fact vs. Fiction

    Do popular sporting events -- the Olympics, the World Series, the Superbowl -- inspire you to get fit and build your strength and stamina? Go for it! Just don't look for a quick fix in an athletic supplement bottle. "Athletic supplements are not nearly as helpful as people imagine," says Dave Ellis,

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  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. 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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