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5 Crucial Nutrients for Vegetarians

5 Crucial Nutrients for Vegetarians
A vegetarian or vegan diet can be a healthy lifestyle, but it takes a little planning to eat a variety of foods to meet your dietary needs. Unfortunately, even the most carefully planned plant-based diet may lack key nutrients. Whether you’re a lifelong vegetarian, a recent convert or somewhere in between, make sure you’re getting key nutrients by including the foods below on your grocery list.

This mineral is necessary for muscle contraction, blood vessel constriction, and hormone and enzyme secretion. A Purdue University study suggests plant sources alone may not fulfill your calcium needs. If you don’t consume dairy, you may need a dietary supplement.

On Your Grocery List: calcium-fortified soymilk (try Relivables® Fortified Soy Milk), fortified cereal and orange juice, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, bok choy

Dietary iron is needed for the creation of neurotransmitters and the transportation of oxygen throughout the body. The human body doesn’t absorb plant-based (non-heme) iron as efficiently as animal-based (heme) iron, so vegetarians could be at risk for deficiency.

On Your Grocery List: spinach, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, molasses, whole-wheat bread, peas, dried apricots, prunes, raisins, asparagus, strawberries

Vitamin B-12
This important vitamin, which contributes to a healthy nervous system and the creation of red blood cells and DNA, is available primarily in animal products. It’s essential for vegetarians — especially those who avoid dairy and eggs — to take a dietary supplement containing B-12.

On Your Grocery List: fortified cereals and veggie burgers, nutritional supplements like Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now®

The function of over 300 enzymes in the human body and immune system health rely on zinc. Like iron, vegetarian sources of zinc are not as easily absorbed by the body, so make sure your dietary supplement contains zinc.

On Your Grocery List: white beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, fortified cereal, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds

Every cell in the human body needs protein. It is also necessary for building and repairing tissue. Vegetarian protein sources are often low in saturated fat and high in fiber, so eat up!

On Your Grocery List: beans, nuts, nut butters, peas, tofu, veggie burgers, soy nuts (try Relivables® Soy Nuts)

Note: All Reliv products mentioned in this Healthy Living Tip are vegetarian and vegan.

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July 13, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Soy, Vitamin, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

#1 Killer in Women – Heart Disease

Did you know that the #1 killer in women is Heart Disease?  It is important to take care of your hearth (it is your engine for your body).

Today I share with you another great article by our friends at:

Take Vitamins to Heart

Much attention is focused on breast cancer prevention in women — and rightly so. Yet we often forget that the number one killer of women in America is heart disease.

Exercise and a healthy diet are key to a heart-healthy lifestyle. New studies are suggesting women may want to consider adding multivitamins to their fight against heart disease.

A study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed women with no history of heart disease who took multivitamins had a 27 percent lower risk of heart attack. Meanwhile, women who took multivitamins with other supplements had a 30 percent lower risk.

A separate Dutch study found multivitamin use lowered the incidence of heart attack by 51 percent. Yet another American study found the combined use of multivitamins along with supplements of vitamin A, C or E was associated with 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease.

The association between multivitamins and fewer heart attacks was even stronger in women who took multivitamins for more than five years.

So what’s behind the decreased risk of heart attack? Researchers credit the potentially protective effects of the antioxidant vitamins C and E, along with B vitamins and minerals.

Women AND Men Benefit From Heart-Healthy Nutrients
Whether you’re a man or woman, antioxidants improve the elasticity and overall health of arteries, according to research published in Nutrition and Metabolism. Researchers found that daily supplements of vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and selenium significantly improved the elasticity of arteries. These antioxidants also improved levels of HDL (good) cholesterol in people with multiple heart disease risk factors. Antioxidants not only protect against cell damage, they also may repair damage.

Do Your Heart Good
Start today with a brisk walk around the neighborhood. Follow it up with a nutritious Relìv shake. CardioSentials®, Relìv Classic® and Relìv Now® are ideal nutritional supplements to add to your daily routine to boost your heart health. CardioSentials contains vital antioxidants such as CoQ10 as well as plant sterols and has been clinically shown to improve cholesterol levels. Classic and Now offer an optimal balance of vitamins — including antioxidants — and minerals along with other important nutrients to support overall health.

So what did you think of the article? Did you find it educational? Please feel free to comment below. If you felt this had great value please pass along the great information by re-tweeting or sharing on your favorite social media site.

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

October 20, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Health, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Vitamin | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Study shows Vitamin C may improve mood

Well, you know me and my surfing the internet!

So… I found a study that shows vitamin C may improve mood… How cool is that. Check out this article.

Supplementation with vitamin C could improve the emotional state of hospitalized patients, according to new research.

The trial, published in the journal Nutrition, suggests that increasing vitamin C levels in acutely hospitalized patients – who often have vitamin deficiencies – could improve mood response scores by 34 percent.

“About one in five acute-care patients in our hospital have vitamin C levels so low as to be compatible with scurvy,” said lead researcher, Dr. John Hoffer, professor of medicine at McGill University, Canada.

“Patients are rarely given vitamin supplements. Most physicians are simply unaware of the problem. Subclinical deficiencies of vitamin C and D have each been linked to psychological abnormalities, so we examined that aspect in our clinical trial,” added Dr. Hoffer.


The term hypovitaminosis C usually implies a deficiency in vitamin C intake. But in acutely hospitalized patients’ responses to inflammation could re-direct the vitamin away from important tissues and into immune cells – without necessarily indicating nutritional deficiency.

Previous research attempted to pinpoint the metabolic origin of hypovitaminosis C in such patients by measuring their responses to vitamin C provision.

Because psychological abnormalities are a known feature of vitamin C deficiency, previous research included assessments of mood. The results showed increased vitamin C was associated with a 35 percent reduction in mood disturbance.

Although the results from this previous research suggested a strong effect for vitamin C, the mood improvement could not be confirmed due to the set up of the study – and may have reflected a placebo response.

The new trial investigated vitamin C supplementation therapy in a double-blind clinical trial – to examine if previous observations of its effects were replicable in a new patient sample.

Vitamin D was used as an alternative treatment to vitamin C, as vitamin D deficiency is also very common in acutely hospitalized patients and has been linked to abnormal mood.

Mood improvement

The researchers reported that vitamin C was associated with a 34 percent improvement in mood scores. The authors noted the results as comparable to previous research suggesting a 35 percent improvement in scores.

No improvement in mood was found with vitamin D supplementation, “thus making the placebo response an unlikely explanation for the effect of vitamin C,” according to the researchers.

The researchers note the well-known relationship between vitamin C deficiency and psychological state, adding that “the observation that vitamin C provision improved mood in these patients may therefore be considered surprising, but it is not implausible.”

The authors suggested that if sub-normal vitamin C concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid adversely affect brain functions and mood, then their replenishment could improve mood.

“The lack of any effect of vitamin D on mood is good evidence we are not dealing with a placebo response,” said Dr. Hoffer.

“This looks like a true biological effect. Our finding definitely requires follow up in larger studies in other centers.
“The treatment is safe, simple and cheap, and could have major clinical practice implications.” he added.

Source: Nutrition

Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2010.05.016

“Vitamin C provision improves mood in acutely hospitalized patients”

Authors: M. Zhang, L. Robitaille, S. Eintracht, L. J Hoffer

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Would also love to hear your thoughts on alternative health options and if they are better then prescriptions.

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

September 27, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Vitamin, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nutritional Supplements… Worth the Price?

Ever ask yourself this question?

Nutritional Supplements… Worth the Price?

This is a great question and I am glad you asked it. Well, we all know that Inadequate Diet is a major cause of chronic disease – such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many others.  The need to supplement is not longer an option but a must. We can no longer stick our heads in the sand about nutritional supplements.

So how do you know what kind of supplement to take? There are tons of vitamins on the market shelves, everyone is saying buy this or that. We are highly deficient in this vitamin or that mineral. I think every year there is a new study on a new vitamin. So you are either taking a multi vitamin because you really don’t want to take handfuls of vitamins and minerals. Heck I bet most of you don’t know how may of each should you be taking. Can you overdose on vitamins and minerals? The answer to that is a very loud, “YES”.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a company out there that created the perfect vitamin food? That everything worked in synergy? That there was a product that provided optimal levels of health-enhancing nutrients?

I am just glad there is!!!

But is it worth the price? Well, let me share with you an article that I found. Some great information.

Boomers and Recessionary Fears Drive Supplement Growth.

Let me know what you think of the article. Leave your comments below and remember if you found value in this posting share it with your family and friends by re-tweeting or sharing on facebook.

As for my overall opinion…. well lets just say I look forward to not being in pain, sick, and unhealthy. I would prefer prevention then spending my day visiting the doctors or getting prescriptions filled. That is a lot of time out of a persons day and a quality of life that I don’t want to ever experience.

So… go and get more information. Learn about the different nutritional supplements. My skepticism lead me to one company… where will yours lead you?

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

September 6, 2010 Posted by | Diets, Health, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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