Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NIH Report: Research has not shown antioxidant supplements to be beneficial

After listening to a recorded webinar on Whole Foods vs. Supplements I got to wondering "Is it true research shows vitamin supplements don't prevent chronic disease? Is it true there is no medical research to prove you get healthier taking vitamin supplements?"  I looked to the NIH for help.  I was surprised to find, it's true! There is no evidence vitamin supplements prevent chronic disease and in some cases isolated vitamins such as Vitamin E may be harmful to the body.

I was also surprised to see the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association no longer recommend adding vitamin supplements to your diet. They all recommend eating the whole foods with natural occurring phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins not man made reproductions. Definitely something to think about the next time someone encourages you to take a multi-vitamin or even a group of them. If vitamins don't make you healthier, why are you taking them?

If you're not sure, ask me to send you the rebroadcast of Whole Food vs Supplements and read the article below.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH) posted Antioxidants in Depth on their website. Here's how it starts .... 
  • Vegetables and fruits are rich sources of antioxidants. There is good evidence that eating a diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruits is healthy, and official U.S. Government policy urges people to eat more of these foods. Research has shown that people who eat more vegetables and fruits have lower risks of several diseases; however, it is not clear whether these results are related to the amount of antioxidants in vegetables and fruits, to other components of these foods, to other factors in people’s diets, or to other lifestyle choices.
  • Rigorous scientific studies involving more than 100,000 people combined have tested whether antioxidant supplements can help prevent chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and cataracts. In most instances, antioxidants did not reduce the risks of developing these diseases.
  • Concerns have not been raised about the safety of antioxidants in food. However, high-dose supplements of antioxidants may be linked to health risks in some cases. Supplementing with high doses of beta-carotene may increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers. Supplementing with high doses of vitamin E may increase risks of prostate cancer and one type of stroke.
  • Antioxidant supplements may interact with some medicines.
  • Tell all of your health care providers about any complementary and integrative health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Diets high in vegetables and fruits, which are good sources of antioxidants, have been found to be healthy; however, research has not shown antioxidant supplements to be beneficial in preventing diseases. Examples of antioxidants include vitamins C and E, selenium, and carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. This fact sheet provides basic information about antioxidants, summarizes what the science says about antioxidants and health, and suggests sources for additional information.

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Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach 
Wellness Consultant 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for?

It’s official, it’s the Thanksgiving holiday here in the states. Many have been planning holiday menus, developing guest lists, seating charts, decorations and all the hoopla around the Thanksgiving celebration. So, I too got busy thinking of how to keep our Thanksgiving healthy and help you with yours too. Then I got to thinking “What is really happening at Thanksgiving?” It seems for many Thanksgiving eating too much food, watching too much TV and maybe drinking too much alcohol. Has Thanksgiving come to be synonymous with over-indulgence? Did we forget what Thanksgiving is really about?  

In the last few weeks I have heard the pain of many families not having the same Thanksgiving as years past with all the “trimmings” because money is in short supply. With “the holidays” straight ahead a new sadness has been added as many are unable to provide the same “things” as last year. I got to thinking maybe now is a good time to begin to rethink what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s not about over indulgence, it’s about being grateful for what we do have however little that may seem.

How about thinking about Thanksgiving a new way perhaps a more thankful way. Thanksgiving does not have to be about the food, decorations or hoopla. It can be about something more meaningful like taking a day to be truly thankful for your family, friends, food, shelter, warmth and your health. For one day forget about how you wish things were different and be truly present with what you do have and be grateful for it.

This year start a new tradition by putting the GIVING back into Thanksgiving by donating your time or resources to a local charity, invite someone you know over to share your Thanksgiving holiday and to let your family and friends know how much you appreciate them. This tradition is character building, creates integrity and a since of giving back to the world. Take time to appreciate you too, how you have made the world a better place for having been in it, and the good you have brought to others.   

Kevin Eikenberry shares with us the powerfulness of being grateful and how life changing it can be, in his article the Power of Gratitude he calls it the magic potion of health and happiness. That’s a Thanksgiving worth celebrating.

Your partner in health, 

Wellness Consultant
Health Coach

Friday, November 3, 2017

The One Thing Nutritionists Wish You’d Stop Doing

From food bloggers to television shows to Pinterest boards, there’s an overwhelming amount of nutrition information, everywhere you turn. How’s a normal person supposed to identify the difference between trendy diet news and legitimate science-based advice?
I called on some of my fellow registered dietitians to help me set the record straight — because we’re the ones required to stay informed on current nutrition research and trends (or else we lose our credentials!). Below is a list of the most common diet mistakes committed by clients who are just hoping to be healthier. Are you guilty of any of these?
You... Don’t Eat Enough Calories
“I have many clients who try to continually eat less and less calories. They think, ‘If I lost weight eating 1,500 calories, then I will lose even more if I only eat 900.’ But it won’t work — because at some point the calorie intake for the day is too low. It’s different for each person, but typically the body then becomes more efficient at using the lower calories because your body is just trying to survive. This is the starvation mode.” —Jennifer Pullman, MA, RDN, LDN
Read the full article hereThe One Thing Nutritionists Wish You’d Stop Doing

Your partner in health, 

Certified Health Coach 
Wellness Consultant 
C2 Your Health LLC
Top 50 Health Promotion Professional Award