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Using Cranberry to Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) refer to bacterial infections of the bladder, which sometimes involve the kidneys. About 14.8 million adults suffer from UTIs annually, typically affecting more women than men. 

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What is GERD? How is it Treated?

Approximately 7 million Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms (GERD).  We treat GERD as if it was a case of too much stomach acid, when in reality, 90% of sufferers do not have enough acid. Using medications that further reduce stomach acid doesn’t make sense and may cause serious problems. 

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Can Black Tea Help Lower Cholesterol?

Approximately one in six adults in the United States is diagnosed with high cholesterol. A few different items are measured when one’s blood levels are tested for cholesterol: total cholesterol, high density lipoproteins (HDL- good cholesterol), and low density lipoproteins (LDL- bad cholesterol). Until recently, cholesterol medication was usually prescribed based upon the LDL level.

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Can Magnesium Help With Stress?

Magnesium regulates over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. One of the main functions of magnesium is to help relax muscles. Evidence has shown that taking magnesium supplements may also help people with moderate stress levels.

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Bacteria and Your Mood

You know that what we eat can change how we feel. But did you know the “good” and “bad” bacteria in our guts can affect our moods?

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Probiotics May Shorten Your Cold

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 20 million workdays and the equivalent of $40 billion are lost every year due to the common cold. Studies show that probiotics may be able to decrease the duration and severity of colds.

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Topical Vitamin C for Fever Blisters

Many people know that vitamin C is essential for good health and can help increase immune function, but did you know that vitamin C could also be effective in the treatment of blisters caused by Herpes simplex and Herpes zoster, also known as shingles? Oral vitamin C can help prevent outbreaks by strengthening the immune system, and it can help shorten the duration of current outbreaks.

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Plant from India May Aid in Weight Loss

Gymnema sylvestre* is a plant that is native to southern India. It is currently being researched as a potential treatment for weight loss and high blood sugar. Common names for the plant include cowplant, ram’s horn and miracle fruit.

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GERD Medication and Multivitamins

Do you have gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)? If so, you likely take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). PPIs are potent acid-reducing medications.

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Pineapple Ingredient May Help With Sinusitis

The lingering effects of a respiratory infection may lead to sinusitis, or inflammation of the sinuses. This is typically caused by bacterial overgrowth and infection in the sinuses while the nasal passages are blocked from mucus produced by the body. 

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What is a Bioflavonoid?

We often tout the benefits of citrus fruits for vitamin C, but what about the flavonoids that give them their bright colors?

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Fight Seasonal Allergies With Fewer Side Effects

Every year, high pollen counts trigger allergy symptoms all across Eastern Iowa. If you are one of them, you may be experiencing watery eyes, a runny nose, a scratchy throat or feeling like you have “tickle bugs” in your throat.

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Plant Sterols Can Help You Lower Your Cholesterol

Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in a similar fashion as the cholesterol drug Zetia. Plant sterols are similar in structure to cholesterol and are found naturally in plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, soybeans, breads, peanuts and peanut products.

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The Connection Between Calcium and Vitamin K

Recently the news media has reported about the dangers of getting too much calcium from supplements: increased risk of heart attack and stroke and calcium deposits in blood vessels.

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Garlic- For More than Just the Kitchen

Garlic is an herb that has been used for thousands of years to flavor food, but it also has some real health benefits. For years, garlic has been used to help improve blood pressure and high cholesterol. 

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Garcinia cambogia for Weight Loss?

Trying to lose weight in 2014? We all know that diet and exercise are the key components of a successful weight loss regimen, but what about a few supplements to help us along?

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Probiotics Can Help Newborns with Colic

Probiotics can help adults stay healthy and keep up the numbers of good bacteria in the intestines, but what about colicky newborns? A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows what smaller studies worldwide have noticed: colicky newborns given probiotic drops containing Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 showed a greater improvement in colic symptoms over those given placebo.

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Healthy Skin, Hair and Eyes Need Niacin

Niacin or vitamin B3 helps keep skin, hair, eyes and liver healthy. It is also very important for helping our body convert food into energy. The main sources of niacin from food are yeast, meat, fish, peanuts and eggs.

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Are Your Kids Getting Their Omega-3s?

A new study at Oxford University in the U.K. has shown that a representative sample of UK schoolchildren aged seven to nine years had low levels of key omega-3 fatty acids in their blood.

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Newly Discovered Functions of Vitamin K

Vitamin K has long been known to be important for normal blood clotting. Now researchers are discovering that vitamin K has a vital role throughout the body, especially in bones and blood vessels. 

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Protect Your Eyes With Supplements

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease among people 50 years and older. The disease slowly gets worse over time and can eventually lead to blindness.

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Another Reason to Take Probiotics

A recent study on the efficacy of probiotics on blood lipid levels showed that people with high, borderline high and normal cholesterol had a decrease in total cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides after taking probiotics.

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Recent Article Stirs Fish Oil Controversy

Recently, an article was published that stated “fish oils may raise prostate cancer risks.” The article has caused a lot of controversy about fish oil supplementation.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

According to recent research, you may reduce your risk for breast cancer by 14% by ingesting omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found both in our diet and in dietary supplements.

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Too Much Vitamin A Can Affect Your Vitamin D Levels

High levels of vitamin A can counteract the benefits of vitamin D by keeping it from becoming active in the body. If you are taking a multivitamin with vitamin A or cod liver oil (which is full of vitamin A and D), you may be consuming enough vitamin A to negatively affect your vitamin D levels.

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Vitamin C May Prevent Exercise-Induced Asthma

Vitamin C has been known to help prevent the common cold, but research suggests that it can also prevent exercise-induced asthma. Recent findings indicate that by consuming vitamin C, you may prevent breathing issues that occur spontaneously during physical activity.

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Get Your Vitamin D the Natural Way - From the Sun!

Even though we can take a vitamin D supplement during the summer months, it is best to get vitamin D the way nature intended- from sunshine. But there’s a catch; if sunscreen is applied, little or no vitamin D is produced in the skin.

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Could You Be Getting Too Much Calcium?

In the past couple years, there have been studies coming out which state that using calcium supplements can be harmful. It is important to reevaluate the use of calcium supplements and how much calcium should be consumed throughout the day.

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Lowering Your Cholesterol? You Could Be Depleting CoQ10!

About one out of every four Americans aged 45 and older take a statin medication to help control their cholesterol. Examples of statin medications include simvastatin, pravastatin, atorvastatin and lovastatin.

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Prevent Allergy Symptoms With Natural D-Hist

Seasonal allergies can make for a miserable time outdoors. Fortunately, there is a natural product that you can take to help manage and even prevent symptoms. Many of the symptoms of allergies are caused by the release of histamine from cells that have become unstable.

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Vitamin D Is Important for Calcium Absorption

Many people are taking calcium supplements in an effort to protect their bones and help prevent osteoporosis. One aspect that is often over-looked is the importance of sufficient vitamin D levels in calcium absorption.

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Glycine May Help With Insomnia

Having trouble sleeping? You aren’t alone! Roughly 30% of Americans suffer with some degree of insomnia. When you look at those over the age of 60, the number goes up to 40-60%.

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Nutrients and Diet Can Help You Battle Allergy Symptoms

Allergies are the immune system overreacting to substances that should be benign. There has been a significant increase in allergy and asthma (an allergic response in the lungs) symptoms world-wide and the incidence of asthma is more common in Western countries than developing countries and more prevalent in English speaking countries.

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Berberine May Have a Positive Effect for Diabetes Patients

Since 2008, there has been an avalanche of scientific research being published on the botanical extract called berberine. It has many properties, but the one most recently in the news is its effects on type 2 diabetes.

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Calcium Carbonate Is Not Always the Best Choice

All salt forms do not have the same solubility, which means some dissolve more easily than others. Dissolution is required for absorption.

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Using Fish Oil to Lower Triglycerides

Using fish oil to lower triglycerides… good or bad idea? A recent report in the Pharmacist’s Letter outlines which active ingredient in fish oil is helpful and which may not be.

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Nutrient Depletion by Oral Contraceptives

More than 10 million women in the United States choose oral contraceptives as their preferred method of birth control. One of the most serious adverse drug effects of oral contraceptives is blood clots.

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Lucinda's Pearls: Supplementation Safety

Lucinda Harms, RPh, is the director of pharmacy at CarePro Compounding and Advance Health. I was reading the journal Hospital Pharmacy this morning and in the section entitled ISMP Adverse Drug Reactions was a short article about a study that was printed in the British Journal of Pharmacology in 2010.

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Lucinda's Pearls: Nutritional Supplementation

Lucinda Harms, RPh, is the director of pharmacy at CarePro Compounding and Advance Health.

There are a number of good reasons why taking nutritional supplements is a good idea. I have listed some of the rationale that you should keep in mind when considering whether they would be a good idea for your patients, customers, family members and even for yourself.

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Lucinda's Pearls: Vitamin K

Lucinda Harms is the director of pharmacy at CarePro Advance Health and CarePro Compounding.

One thing you may not know about vitamin K is that much of our vitamin K comes from the bacteria in our gut. Vitamin K deficiency can occur in seriously ill patients who are receiving antibiotics and have relatively little oral intake.

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Healthcare Reform and Integrative Medicine

We hear a lot about healthcare reform in the news today. The different components of this reform reach into every part of the healthcare system, from access to care to insurance to bedside care – from cradle to grave.

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Advance - MN

Advance MN is an advanced, nutritional formula containing a precise balance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and metabolic nutrients. It contains a patented natural form of 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) as well as 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 per serving.

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Advance - Omega

Advance Omega is concentrated marine fish oil, providing enriched levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 300 mg) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 200 mg). Advance Omega delivers high levels of EPA and DHA, and is lower in saturated fatty acids than regular marine fish oil.

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Advance - Probiotic

Advance Probiotic is an oral supplement of live, beneficial intestinal micro-organisms for nutritional health and well-being. It is taken to restore the normal microflora of the gastrointestinal tract and other tissues of the body normally inhabited by friendly bacteria.

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