• Creatine

    Creatine

    What is creatine? Creatine is a natural compound that works like a gas pump for your muscles. The fuel from which muscle cells draw energy is a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and creatine helps cells make new ATP to keep your tank from running low. Your kidneys, liver, and pancreas make about 1 to

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  • Iron

    Why do I need iron? Iron is one of the most abundant metals on the planet, which is a good thing because our bodies can’t function without it. Iron makes it possible for your red blood cells to carry oxygen to the rest of your body. If you don’t have enough iron, your body won’t

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  • Bilberry

    Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus ), the European blueberry, first caught the attention of the medical community during World War II, when British Royal Air Force pilots who snacked on bread and bilberry jam before their night missions started hitting their targets more often. Today, the fruit is widely used in Europe to relieve eyestrain. What is

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  • Zinc

    Why do I need zinc? Zinc may come last in any alphabetical listing of nutrients, but it’s one mineral that your body absolutely can’t do without. It plays a key role in your immune system and wound healing. It’s also important for fertility and growth. Severe cases of zinc deficiency can cause hair loss, impotence,

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  • Diabetes: What Does a Healthy Plate Look Like?

    Diabetes: What Does a Healthy Plate Look Like?

    Balancing your plate is a great first step toward a healthier diet.

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  • Sports Drinks

    Do I need sports drinks? When you’re sweating your way to a serious thirst, water isn’t always enough. That’s why old-time American ranchers used to drink batches of switchel — a mixture of water, molasses, and vinegar — during haying season. Workouts have changed since then, and, thankfully, so have the energy drinks. The water

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  • Chromium Picolinate

    What is chromium? It’s a metal that’s much more valuable in your body than on your car. Chromium, found in tiny amounts in most foods, works like a key to unlock insulin. Without this nutrient, insulin is much less effective at controlling blood sugar, building proteins, or performing any of its other jobs. If you

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  • Aloe Vera

    What is aloe vera? The aloe vera plant (Aloe barbadensis) is the source of two very different herbal products: aloe gel and aloe juice (also called aloe latex). Although you may hear the terms juice and gel used interchangeably, it’s important to know the difference. Aloe gel, the clear, jellylike stuff that oozes from a

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  • Kava Kava

    Kava (Piper methysticum ) is a plant from the pepper family native to the South Pacific islands. The herbal remedy, also known as kava kava, is derived from the root of the flowering shrub. For centuries, this root was chewed or mashed into a pulp and then mixed with water or coconut milk — and

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  • Diet and Diabetes

    Diet and Diabetes

    Eating several small meals throughout the day rather than two or three big ones can help keep your blood sugar stable.

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