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Omega-3: The Necessary Fat

Omega-3: The Necessary Fat

  • 4/2/2013 11:18:00 AM
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Wendy Gapinski, M.S.You may have heard a lot about omega-3 in the news recently. But, what really is omega-3? Well, omega-3 is a category of fatty acids that are most commonly found in marine and plant oils. Fats often get bad press but this type actually provides health benefits. Polyunsaturated fats, such as omega-3s, are often easily identified by their ability to stay a liquid at room temperature. Saturated, unhealthy fats typically stay solid at room temperature.  While some of the mec...
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Feeling Sick? Take Some Vitamin C… Wait What?

Feeling Sick? Take Some Vitamin C… Wait What?

  • 4/2/2013 10:30:00 AM
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Steve Bui, M.S.I think it is safe to say we have all heard it at some point in our lives. I remember as a child, my mother telling me on several occasions. In fact, whenever I had the slightest cough, she would squeeze lime juice into everything I ate. Whether it is your loving family, friend, television advertisement, or newspaper, the general consensus has always been that if you are feeling sick, or have flu-like symptoms, increasing your vitamin C intake will help you recover faster and prev...
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Big Bad Hearts…Do Football Players Have Unfavorable Cardiac Structure?

Big Bad Hearts…Do Football Players Have Unfavorable Cardiac Structure?

  • 4/2/2013 10:19:00 AM
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Dustin Joubert, M.A.Changes in the normal structure and size of the heart and its various chambers can indicate exercise training adaptations or disease. Of particular concern is the size and shape of the left ventricle, the hardest working chamber of the heart, which is responsible for ejecting blood through the entire body. It is generally accepted that the type of exercise training causes specific changes in characteristics of the left ventricle. Endurance exercise tends to increase the volum...
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Destined for Heart Disease?-NO Way!

Destined for Heart Disease?-NO Way!

  • 2/20/2013 8:09:00 AM
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John Seawright, B.S.Heart disease is a cruel ailment that befalls many Americans. It is a life threatening disease that does not strike only a single individual; the suffering proliferates through the patient’s entire family. Understanding the causes of heart disease can elucidate avenues of treatment, as well as provide pre-emptive strategies to prevent the disease in the first place.      Heart disease is a complex malady resulting from a poorly functioning ...
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N-Acetylcysteine, the Obscure Antioxidant

N-Acetylcysteine, the Obscure Antioxidant

  • 2/19/2013 12:43:00 PM
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Majid Koozehchian, M.S.The antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a modified form of essential amino acid cysteine, which is both consumed in high-protein food and synthesized in the body, does not receive much attention but has important, positive impacts in the body (1). This antioxidant is a precursor to glutathione (the master antioxidant) in the body, and is readily metabolized into intracellular glutathione.   Following are some benefits reported for NAC:  NAC protects th...
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