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What Is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine, also known as chitosamine or glucosamine sulfate, is a compound that occurs naturally in the body and is made up of glucose and the amino acid, glutamine.The body needs glucosamine in order to produce glycosaminoglycan, which is a molecule employed in the repair and formation of body tissues, including cartilage. Glucosamine is very effective in alleviating pain caused by osteoarthritis, renewing synovial fluid, repairing joints and rehabilitating cartilage that has been damaged due to the onset of osteoarthritis.Why Glucosamine supplements are necessaryEvery individual produces a certain amount of glucosamine within their body. This production of glucosamine slows down as a person ages resulting in the hardening of the cartilage in weigh-bearing joints including the hips, wrists, elbows and knees. Progressive hardening of the cartilage causes bone spurs, which results in deformed joints accompanied by a lot of pain and limited movement of the joints.Glucosamine, which is available as a nutrition...

 


Do Anti Aging Supplements Really Work?

Recognized and self-appointed health experts vary in their opinions on whether anti-aging supplements really work. You might assume that it would be certified health and medical experts taking one stand, for or against anti-aging supplements, and those claiming to be experts taking an opposite stance. If only it were that easy.If opinions on the subject were more clearly divided, it would make it easier for many consumers to decide whether or not to take supplements touted as aging cures. Most of us would rely on the advice of experts with degrees and other professional associations over those who merely claim to have the expertise to offer us health advice. This is not how it is however, as both sides disagree even amongst themselves on the merits of most health supplements, including those said to have anti-aging properties.Despite claims made otherwise, you cannot stop the process of aging. As you get older, it is possible to reverse the damage or toll that bad eating and exercise habits exact on your body...

 


Tea And Iron Absorption

I was having dinner with friends last night and the waitress was asking if we would like tea to go with our meal. One of my friends highlighted that his wife read somewhere that it is not good to drink tea with meal as it reduces the iron intake from our meal. I found it quite interesting and when I woke up this morning, I googled to see if I can find any information regarding this. It wasn't difficult to find information in the internet at all nowadays - as long as you spend some time on it. The search returned several results related and non-related. In all of the related results, they had shown similar information - that tea reduces the iron intake to a certain extent and it really depends. I will come to that in a short while. Before we go on, let's take a look at the mineral iron, with the symbol Fe in the periodic table. From my previous knowledge in school, I knew that iron is an essential part in hemoglobin for oxygen transport around the body. According to the British Nutrition Foundation, they sta...

 


Coral Calcium - A Dietary Suppliment

Coral calcium is used as a dietary supplement. Taking in enough calcium everyday is an essential part of keeping your body healthy, and if you do not take in enough calcium through your regular diet, calcium supplements are a very good idea. Calcium supplements come in an incredible variety of forms from a great array of manufacturers. Coral calcium supplements are one of the options.Coral calcium is different from other supplemental calcium sources because of where it comes from. As you might guess from the name, it is derived from a coral species of the sea. Because these species are protected, the product is not made from the living coral. It is made from the pieces that have worn off or been washed off of the coral. Many believe that this is a great supplement because the corals mineral composition tends to be similar in many ways to the composition of the human Skeleton. Also, the fact that corals are found in nature, and are not man made tend to shed good light on coral calcium products by labeling them...

 


Important Vitamins and Supplements for Women

It is no secret that women have different vitamin and mineral needs than men. A good example of this is Omega 3 fatty acids. Although both men and women take Omega 3 for better health and longer living, women may experience further benefits from adding more Omega 3's to their diets or by taking supplements containing DHA Omega 3. Studies have found that women who eat fish at least once a week or women who take omega 3 supplements are 35-40 percent less likely to develop depression and other mood disorders. With so many supplements available, and considering the amount of nutritional differences between men and women, it can be difficult to identify the best supplements for a specific individual. The following information discusses some important supplements for women.Women who have not yet reached menopause need to replace the iron they lose by eating foods rich in iron or by taking an iron supplement. Women who have entered menopause may need hormone replacement therapy and supplements to augment decreasing ...

 


Zinc... Nature's most precious metal

Think before you Zinc!Zinc, often described as the most ubiquitous trace element in the body, is of great importance in human nutrition. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that up to 80% of western society may be mildly zinc deficient. More severe zinc deficiency can be seen in developing countries where the population eats less meat and more vegetables. Who is at risk?In Western society moderate to severe zinc deficiency is restricted to certain groups. These include the elderly who have a reduced ability to absorb zinc, vegetarians who are not diligent on zinc intake, alcoholics who excrete a lot of zinc via the kidneys, and athletes and body builders who loose more zinc through sweat and have an increased demand to their exercise regimes. However, most of us at some time or other experience stress, fatigue, overwork and may not eat, or may not have time to eat, a proper balanced diet. It is at these times that we all run the risk of becoming zinc deficient. As zinc is involved in over 300 enzym...

 


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