NPA Challenges Wall Street Journal to Get It Right about Supplements

Posted on November 1st, 2011 by Solanova

The Wall Street Journal is being criticized for undermining the benefits of vitamins in a recent story.

While responding to “a story about the benefits of vitamins” in the Wall Street Journal, the Executive Director and CEO of Natural Products Association (NPA), John Gay commented that -

“It is disappointing that the Wall Street Journal would devote space to such a sensationalist and inaccurate item. Trying to scare Americans away from taking dietary supplements to improve their health is just plain irresponsible. Consumers deserve to hear more about the many benefits of vitamins and other dietary supplements, and I call on the Wall Street Journal to bring fairness to its reporting.

The story makes use of two recent studies that NPA believes did a disservice to the tens of millions of American who take dietary supplements. Detailing the flaws in the studies and the conclusions reached would take too much space, but to pick one major issue: as the Wall Street Journal acknowledges, “Observational trials can only show an association, not a cause and effect.” We agree, and find it troubling that a story in the Journal would use such a study to assert that “the case for dietary supplements is collapsing.”

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. More and more studies show that vitamins have real and widely accepted health benefits. These include providing nutrients, boosting immune systems, and improving overall health. Even the authors of the vitamin E study mentioned in the article noted the benefit of vitamin E with Alzheimer’s disease and age-related macular degeneration.

The article itself notes that calcium is “important to bone health” and folic acid “reduces the likelihood of a common birth defect if taken by pregnant women.” It also states that “Researchers and nutritionists are still recommending dietary supplements for the malnourished or people with certain nutrient deficiencies or medical conditions.”

Far from collapsing, the case for vitamins is supported by experts who know best the value of good nutrition. That is why NPA has long advocated that consumers use dietary supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle. Half of all Americans take dietary supplements because they know they work.”

Jeff Wright, NPA president and owner of Wright’s Nutrients in New Port Richey, Fla., adds:

“Like so many of my fellow health food store owners, I’m dedicated to helping consumers supplement their diets with the nutrients they need. Research is the cornerstone of our industry, and it seems that every week there is a new report about the importance of vitamins to the health of millions of Americans. Stories like the one in the Wall Street Journal might scare some Americans away from taking dietary supplements to improve their health, and that is just plain irresponsible.”


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    “Stay Hungry… Stay Foolish…” Steve Jobs (1956-2011)

    Steve Jobs was a man who built a legacy that will be remembered for many decades to come. His life has motivated so many around the globe.

    His demise has raised a concern on Cancer a dreadful disease which took him away.

    Positive thinking, a healthy diet with regular exercise can be a handful in reducing the chances of such a dreadful illness.

    Antioxidants play a crucial role in preventing cellular damage-the common reason for aging, cancer and several degenerative diseases.

    If you are lucky enough to catch cancer early, do not squander your opportunity to treat it early. Once you are under the treatment don’t forget to eat a healthy diet to overcome the stress of the cancer pills.

    In evaluating 106 adult cancer patients with early stages of active disease of 6 months or less, 62 returned food records. Cancer patients had substantial dietary deficiencies and may need dietary counseling and/or supplements. Supplement Intake of male and female cancer patients compared to a 1985 FDA Survey had lower supplements usage of 10 vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, D, E, B6, B12; niacin; riboflavin; thiamine; and zinc.

    Have your part of supplement to replenish your body with the benefits of Antioxidant, Vitamins and Minerals to find a healthy you and reduce the chances of occurrence of such a dreadful disease.

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Vitamin A, C and E

Posted on August 1st, 2011 by Solanova

    Lately, one of my friends felt a small lump in her breast. She ignored it at first. She thought it was probably some allergic reaction or pus and that it would subside in a day or so. Instead, to her surprise, she noticed that the lump in her breast was growing larger.

    Ultimately she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The 38 year old woman was one of the estimated 200,000 plus cases of breast cancer in the United States.

    Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any other cancer, except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, though there are a number of risk factors.

    All we can do is to eat healthy, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle so as to reduce the chances of this horrifying disease. One way of eating healthy is to include food that has lots of antioxidants and vitamins such as Vitamin A, C and E.

    There are several studies on breast cancer and from 51 such studies it has been concluded that the risk of breast cancer is reduced by 17 percent in those with the highest vitamin A intake (compared to the lowest, pooled OR= 0.83). Furthermore, dietary Vitamin A, dietary Vitamin E, and total Vitamin E intakes, all reduced the risk of breast cancer when results from all the studies were pooled, and became insignificant, when data from cohort studies was pooled. The authors thereby conclude, “…the total intake of Vitamin A and retinol could reduce the risk of breast cancer.”

    “KNOWING IT EXISTS IS NOT ENOUGH. GET INFORMED, PASS IT ON”

    NIH: National Cancer Institute

    Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/39843 “Retinol, vitamins A, C, and E and breast cancer risk: a meta-analysis and meta-regression,” Fulan H, Changxing J, et al, Cancer Causes Control, 2011, [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Epidemiology, Public Health College, Harbin Medical University, 157, Baojian Street, Nangang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang, People’s Republic of China).

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Posted on July 25th, 2011 by Solanova

    When was the last time you enjoyed walking, dancing or playing in the rain?

    When it starts raining, all we think of is staying safe and not go out because we might catch a cold or the flu and fall sick. Most of us think “when rains come, can the flu be far behind?” ….yes it is true, but only when your immune system is in alarmingly lower level.

    But as a child, you never thought this true at all. You would actually enjoy playing in the rain and still keep the flu at bay. This is all because of the strong immune power a child has.

    Our confined living conditions and stressful way of life is actually ruining our immune system. We keep ourselves away from nature and become excessively sensitive to weather changes.

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A sense of fun to stay fit

Posted on November 28th, 2010 by Solanova

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    We all know the holidays can be stressful, rushed, and filled with decadent treats and overindulgence, which is why this time of year is especially important to keep on top of your fitness regime.

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    The weather is much cooler now, but what better time to seek out fun activities you can do with your friends?  Check out your local ice skating rink.  Grab some friends and practice your figure 8’s and Axel jumps.   Or bundle up and take a walk or a hike in a nearby park.  The cold will make you move faster while you enjoy the beautiful winter scenery.  And if you’re lucky enough to live close to a ski resort?  Well, you know what to do!

    Give a gift that keeps on giving.  Why not buy a series of yoga classes for you and a friend as a special gift that is good for both of you?  The class will keep you both committed, and will allow you plenty of hang out time while attempting downward facing dog or the plank.

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exercise your right to be healthy!

Posted on November 18th, 2010 by Solanova

    Every little bit helps. We’ve heard that piece of sage advice our whole lives.  Whether we’re discussing saving a few dollars, or cutting out excess fats or sugars in our diet, the little changes can really add up.

    So why not extend this theory to physical activity? Small efforts like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking during your lunch break, or riding your bike to the grocery store can add up to big, positive changes in your health and waistline over time.

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Put vitamin “d” in your diet!

Posted on November 5th, 2010 by Solanova

    A new study shows that consumption of calcium and vitamin D while on a diet regimen, actually helps to facilitate further weight loss:

    In a study involving an analysis of data collected from a 2-year trial involving 322 subjects (mean BMI: 31 kg/m(2), mean age: 52 years), of which 126 were followed for 6 months for serum vitamin D changes, higher dairy calcium intake and increased serum vitamin D were found to be associated with greater diet-induced weight loss. According to multivariate logistic regression modeling adjusted for age, sex, baseline BMI, total fat intake, diet group, vitamin D concentration, and dairy calcium, a 1 SD increase in dairy calcium intake increased the likelihood of weight loss >4.5 kg in the preceding 6 months (OR=1.45), and a similar increase was seen for serum 25(OH)D at 6 months as well (OR=1.7). The authors conclude, “Our study suggests that both higher dairy calcium intake and increased serum vitamin D are related to greater diet-induced weight loss.”

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    Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/39386, “Dairy calcium intake, serum vitamin D, and successful weight loss,” Shahar DR, Schwarzfuchs D, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2010 Nov; 92(5): 1017-22. (Address: S. Daniel Abraham Center for Health and Nutrition and the Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. E-mail: dshahar@bgu.ac.il ).

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Posted on October 23rd, 2010 by Solanova

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know when to say when

Posted on October 11th, 2010 by Solanova

    For some, fall means crisp, clean air, beautiful walks through the foliage and a plentiful and delicious Autumn harvest.  But for many, fall instead represents the madness of back-to-school activities, shopping and carpooling, not to mention the crazy fiscal 4th quarter dash to make year-end company goals, all racing toward the hectic holidays and a spanking new year so we can do it all over again.

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Spice of life

Posted on October 8th, 2010 by Solanova

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