Why I Support the Use of Dietary Supplements

It’s true, it is often questionable to consider using Dietary Supplements for daily use. After all, we all eat a good amount of foods. So, what’s the point? And, to add to the questions, the FDA continues to examine the use of—or misuse of—supplements as being detrimental to the well-being of most Americans.

With all the facts on the table, I still contend that with various factors at hand we should give taking dietary supplements a good look. It has been my experience that with the environmental issues we have at hand, the amount of stress most of us endure on a daily basis, and the lack of adequate nutrition throughout the day from poorly planned meals or the lack thereof; it is probably best to take a conservative amount of most multi-vitamin and mineral supplements. Continue reading Why I Support the Use of Dietary Supplements

What is Turmeric? How is it used? Supplement or Spice?

We have all probably heard of Turmeric but may not be using it consistently. Turmeric is an herbal perennial plant of the ginger family. It is native to southwest India requiring high temperatures and rain to survive. Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes, and then boiled and dried, and finally ground into a bright yellow powder commonly used as a spice in Indian and Pakistani curries. One ingredient is curcumin, which has a distinct earthy slightly bitter, peppery flavor and a mustardy smell. It has a wide variety of uses, partly as a herbal supplement and partly, as a great spicy ingredient in many Indian dishes. Continue reading What is Turmeric? How is it used? Supplement or Spice?

The Truth About Dietary Myths: Supplements

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

The Truth About Dietary Myths: Supplements

If you follow the news, it will not take you long to come across a story about the latest unfolding of the truth about some dietary or nutrition myth, and it always seems to surprise people. Most information, if found in print, is taken as the truth. Yet, obviously this isn’t always the case. We will take the next month to explore this very issue, and try to debunk some of those famous dietary myths. Continue reading The Truth About Dietary Myths: Supplements