Orange Juice or Milk?

Milk Calcium vs. Orange Juice Calcium

Is the calcium you get from supplements or fortified orange juice absorbed as well as the calcium from milk? Scientists at Tuft’s Mineral Bioavailability Laboratory say, “Yes”.

The results of an experiment done by Tuft’s showed that blood and urine tests proved that calcium from all three sources was equally absorbed.  This is good news, especially for people who do not like or cannot drink milk. A glass of orange juice can make up for the milk many people get in their daily morning cereal.

Reduce Dairy Fat with Low Fat Milk

However, it is worthy to note that this doesn’t make the three calcium sources nutritional equals.

Milk, for example, contains protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, riboflavin and phosphorus. Orange juice has vitamin C and folate. Supplements are great if you need to get calcium, but overall, it is always best to get it in food if possible.

In other words, building a healthful diet is not just about getting enough calcium. It is important to construct and eating plan with a wealth of vitamins and minerals, which is why fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, low-fat dairy and other low-fat protein sources should all be figured in.

Since fruits are a favorite among many and rightfully so, how about a very enjoyable, refreshing fruit treat? And since we can’t leave out all-important vegetables, consider the quick recipes below the fruit-sweet treat.

Island Party Kabobs Recipe

Star Fruit  Sweet orange for Orange juice
Oranges (but not if too juicy)
Kiwifruit Slices
Assorted Melons

Assemble on kabob sticks and serve. Chill in the refrigerator before serving for a tasty cooler on a hot summer day.

Veggie UP Tuna or Egg Salad

Let’s not forget our vegetables!

Serve tuna or egg salad a new way by cutting off the top of a hard roll,  hollowing  it out and filling it with the salad. Add fresh onion, tomato and lettuce and put the top back on. Enjoy.

Chili Bean Pita Pizzas

Black beans, corn, plum tomato and green chilies in a pita. This one packs a wallop of vegetable goodness!

Spread 1/4-cup fat free salsa over two small (6-inch) unopened pitas. Divide 1/2-cup canned black beans (rinsed and drained), 1/2 cup corn kernels, 1 chopped plum tomato, and 1-tablespoon chopped green chilies between the two pitas.  Top with 1-1/2-ounce 2-percent Monterey Jack cheese.  Bake in a 450-degree oven for eight to ten minutes.

Lutein Lowers Risk of Heart Disease?

Lutein: Can it Lower Risk of Heart Disease?

People with higher levels of lutein in their blood also have healthier (i.e., less clogged) arteries. Lutein contains carotenoids, which have shown beneficial effects in reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and eye disease, and in enhancing the body’s immune response.

Lutein is a yellow pigment found in egg yolks, spinach, collard greens, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, and oranges. It is part of the carotenoid family of nutrients. The artery-protective nature of lutein is yet one more reason why a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent heart disease.

Lutein rich foods

How much lutein do we need?

Research suggests a minimum of 6 to 10 mg per day of lutein from dark green leafy vegetables. This much is required to realize its health benefits. Even if you eat a balanced diet, you’d need a large bowl of fresh spinach to get about 6 mg. Most Americans just don’t consume enough foods rich in lutein.

Tip: If you are not a vegetable-lover, try chopping up some kale or spinach and adding it to spaghetti sauce or meat loaf. You will not taste it, but you will still get all its benefits.

Helps Computer Eyes Computer eyes

A study from Beijing research, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, has noted improvements in the sensitivity to contrast on a computer screen in subjects taking lutein! Thirty-seven healthy subjects between the ages of 22 and 30 with long-term computer display light exposure were studied. The subjects were observed following 12 weeks of supplementation. There was a trend towards improved visual acuity and measures of contrast sensitivity in the subjects taking the supplement verse the placebo group.

Lutein is available in nutritional supplements for people wanting to supplement their dietary intake. Make your diet even better for your eyes and skin. Nature’s Bounty Lutein naturally contains zeaxanthin and promotes good eye health.

Resources: JAMA network, British Journal of Nutrition, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

FDA Cult of Tyranny?

FDA Cult of Tyranny?
FDA Cult of Tyranny?

Is the FDA Cult of Tyranny?

There is a new film out regarding the FDA and the possible tyranny they are engaging in with pharmaceutical companies. The video is very convincing and something it appears we should all, as responsible and concerned citizens – at the very least – listen to and consider.

The video says that 6 million is spent daily on lobbying for drugs – that’s chilling. They state that drugs are often approved simply based on who has the most money. In other words, safety and efficacy may not matter a whit to the FDA.

Speaking of drugs, pay close attention to ads for prescription pills. Listen to the long list of side effects. There are two drugs currently advertising that actually list cancer as a possible side effect.

Yet, the FDA approves these drugs. The pharmaceutical companies make a fortune. Then people get sick or worse. Lawyers get in on the action and file huge lawsuits. People may win a little – if they are still alive. Lawyers get most of those fees.

So who is the big loser in this mess? We are, the little people.

“The thing that is most disturbing is that people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public think it’s doing are as different as night and day”. – Herbert Lay, M.D., former FDA Commissioner

Harmful Weight Loss Supplements

Harmful Weight Loss Supplements

There are many very good weight loss supplements available in today’s weight loss market. All natural supplements can be extremely helpful in anyone trying to lose weight. However, as with all good things come the bad.

Trying to figure out which weight loss supplements are safe and which are not? In the arena of weight loss supplements, there are some key ingredients and factors you can be on the lookout for.

Harmful weight loss supplements include those with ephedra.
Harmful weight loss supplements include those with ephedra.

Ephedra is the biggest villain. Many over-the-counter and prescription weight loss supplements contain ephedrine alkaloids. This is an amphetamine type compound with potentially lethal stimulant effects on the central nervous system and heart.

This type of pill does stimulates your body to raise your heart rate. This creates an effect that will cause your body to burn more calories just to keep your heart rate elevated. This is how it helps you lose weight. But  what is this doing to your heart?

Most cases of injury and even death reported to the FDA in relation to these supplements involved heart attacks or high blood pressure. Some led to bleeding in the brain or stroke. Possible adverse effects of ephedrine range from:

  • Heart attack.
  • Stroke.
  • Seizures.
  • Psychosis.
  • Death.

Clinically less significant effects that could indicate potential for more serious effects include:

  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Gastrointestinal distress.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Heart palpitations.

Ingredients to Avoid

Ingredient panels on these products may list things such as ma huang, Chinese ephedra, ma huang extract, ephedra, ephedra sinica, ephedra extract, ephedra herb powder, or epitonin. All of these indicate a source of ephedrine.
Some of the more popular ephedra fat burners you may have tried or heard of include:

  • Twin Lab’s Ripped Fuel.
  • Xenadrine.
  • Stacker 2 and 3.
  • Muscle Tech’s Hydroxycut.
  • Pro Lab’s Thermothyrolean.

Unless the fat burner explicitly says ephedra free then it more than likely contains ephedra.

Acai Berry is an extremely nutritious fruit that is being seen more and more in both juice and pill form. However, the most benefits come from the berry itself. Because of this, there are some great recipes using Acai that you can use so that you get the most out of the Acai Berry and enjoy some great flavor.

Studies were conducted by scientists at the South African Center for Scientific and Industrial Research. Hoodia gordonii contains an amazing molecule that kills the appetite and attacks obesity. It is organic, and has no known side effects. The previously unknown molecule, named P.57, is up to 100,000 times more powerful than glucose in “fooling” the brain into believing you are full. It can even stop you from thinking about food!

Diet Drugs vs Diet Supplements

Diet Drugs vs Diet Supplements

Do you go to the doctor and ask for a prescription diet drug, or do you hunt down a diet supplement instead? Which way is more effective? First, let’s look at the definition of drugs. This encompasses all drugs, not just diet drugs.

Diet drugs or diet supplements?
Diet drugs or diet supplements?


Drug Definitions

  • A drug, broadly speaking, is any substance that, when absorbed into the body of a living organism, alters normal bodily function.
  • A substance used to treat an illness, relieve a symptom, or modify a chemical process in the body for a specific purpose.
  • A substance, often addictive, which affects the central nervous system.
  • To affect the structure or any function of the body of man.


  • A supplementary component that improves capability of a body function.
  • Vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other substances taken orally. Meant to correct deficiencies in the diet.

Now ask yourself, which sounds better for you, diet drugs or supplements? The answer seems pretty obvious.  Supplements.

Diet drugs are causing untold health problems for people taking them. In Europe, the government is pushing, pushing, pushing weight loss. They had to withdraw a drug called Rimonabant pushed onto over weight victims. One man developed depression so severe he’s still not recovered 2 years later.

From a recent report on diet drugs:

There are many new obesity drugs in the pipeline, though perhaps scared off by the recent debacles. After Rimonabant’s withdrawal, 27 possible diet drugs lined up for trials were abandoned. Drug companies are opting for weight loss products that combine existing drugs.

Reductil was also withdrawn from the market after a study suggested it increased the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Go With Supplements

These reports forget to mention supplements. Why? Because supplements aren’t intertwined with government. The government wants to run health care. They use health departments and paid off so-called experts and buy reports and recommendations. It’s all about money and control, not you, not your weight, not your health.

Supplements are natural; they do not contain man-made drugs that alter the natural disposition of your body. Period.

Mother nature doesn’t need to fatten a wallet or pad a bank account.

What to Watch for When Choosing a Diet Supplement

Be sure the company manufacturing them doesn’t add fillers or additives. Check for medical approval. See if it is certified and endorsed by reputable sources. You will find supplements to be far safer and more effective.