“3 Popular Supplements That Are a Waste of Money”
by Frederic Patenaude
This might make me a few enemies, but I believe that 99% of supplements and “superfoods” on the market are an absolute waste of money.
It seems like every time you turn your head, someone is offering the latest and greatest “beauty enhancing” or “breakthrough” superfood or supplement.
But what if I told you something shocking yet so simple to understand: there’s no “food” that arrives in a bottle, having been made in a factory and sold in powdered form, that will ever compare in terms of “super-nutrition” to fresh fruits and vegetables.
But still, almost every day I get an e-mail that says, “what do you think of __________” (fill in the blank with whatever supplement or superfood is now being promoted as the latest “amazing” product).
Although it would take forever to review every product on the market, let’s review some popular supplements and superfoods that, in my opinion, are an absolute waste of money.
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In the past, mothers used to hold their children down while shoving a spoonful of cod liver oil down the hatch. “You are not leaving this table until every last vegetable is off that plate,” you may recall. Liver was much more common back then and milk with breakfast was a given. Today, there are still many foods that health experts agree are essential to optimal body performance and a balanced diet. The big difference is that many of these rations actually taste great, or at the very least, come in supplement form!
For snackers, texture is a big thing. You love the crunch of a potato chip or the way a chocolate chip cookie just sort of melts in your mouth. The good news is that one of the power foods on our list has just the crunch you need to feel satisfied: almonds! Two ounces or 48 of these tasty nuts will give you 50% of your daily magnesium, which ensures heart health, as well as providing vitamin E, fiber and monosaturated fat, which is the good kind. One study last year found that participants who ate 2.5 ounces of almonds per day lowered their cholesterol significantly after just one month! Other studies suggest a link between almonds and reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Some people like complementary health foods. These are things that they won’t so much taste, but can sprinkle or grind up onto other food to add an extra boost. Flax seeds are an easy addition to salads, vegetable and rice dishes, and oatmeal. This super seed is one of the few plant sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining a balance within the body and fighting off heart disease, strokes and depression. Flax seeds also carry a photoestrogen, which mimics the body’s estrogen, and works to reduce cholesterol, as well as circulating estrogen to prevent breast cancer.
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L-Arginine is a dietary substance and an amino acid that helps the body rid itself of ammonia and is used to make such compounds in the body as creatine and glutamate. It is possible to convert it to glucose and glycogen when needed. The health benefits of this substance are many. Preliminary research has found that Arginine may help with conditions such as atherosclerosis and erectile dysfunction. It is involved in the formation of protein and in larger amounts it stimulates the release of growth hormones and prolactin.
One of the most prominent health benefits of L-Arginine is its use in patients who can benefit from increased blood flow, such as erectile dysfunction and heart disease. This substance is used in the production of nitric oxide, which increases blood flow, reduces blood vessel stiffness and improves blood vessel function. Increased blood flow due to arginine makes it a possible use in cases of erectile dysfunction. It helps dilates the penis’ blood vessels, this increased blood flow helps sustain an erection. It helps increase blood flow throught out body, this is why it is believed to help with heart disease and erctile dysfunction. L-Arginine is also used in the care of and relief from arthritis symptoms as it is a component of collagen. Collagen is vital in the production of new bone cells and tissue. For this reason, it is also thought to promote the rapid healing of wounds, especially bones.
Athletes take advantage of the health benefits of L-Arginine due to the amino acid’s ability to promote the release of human growth hormone, which enhances energy and endurance in the body. Athletes also use it to increase the production of insulin and creatine phosphate, which is thought to increase lean muscle mass and enhanced fat loss. L-Arginine has been found to have healing properties and may aid in the healing of bones and wounds.
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We all have to admit to the many advances in our health care we can be thankful for today. Before the 1900’s poor sanitary conditions including inadequate sewage waste and disposal systems as well as contaminated food and water were attributed to the main causes of death aside from natural causes. Once we began to understand more about the invisible world full of bacteria, things like indoor plumbing and the sterilization of medical instruments were introduced. With the passage of time, we have become more and more conscience about our personal hygiene. This has resulted in a significant decrease in infectious diseases.
On the other hand, while there has been a tremendous decrease in deaths due to infectious diseases, starting with the introduction of penicillin in the 1940’s, new issues within the disease related causes of death cropped up. Instead of dying of many infectious diseases, death from serious chronic conditions has gotten out of control. The main causes of death are not from poor hygiene, they are dying from the lack of something else.
And this is where our discussion turns to the dark side of antibiotics. The sad truth of the matter is this – the destruction of bad bacteria by means of antibiotics also kills our amazing probiotic bacteria friends.
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Diets tend to be pretty strict about cutting out red meat. If a good burger is your weakness, then you may be tempted to cheat. No need! There are delicious hamburgers you can create at home that are healthy and taste good.
Beef Up the Fiber
Adding fiber to your burgers can make them healthier and block seven calories for every gram of fiber.
Try adding fine-grind bulgur to your hamburger before cooking it. Bulgur adds three grams of fiber to the meat and subtracts two grams of fat and one gram of saturated fat. To make it taste good, soak half a cup of fine-grind bulgur in water for 10 minutes. Drain the water out and add the bulgur to a pound of lean ground chuck. Mix them together, form patties, and cook them like any other burger.
You can also try this with rolled oats for a meatloaf-type burger. Add a cup of rolled oats and half a cup of tomato paste to the meat and mix well. These burgers will take a little longer to cook, so cook them on a lower heat.
Beef Up the Vegetables
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We are all familiar with vegetable drinks like Tomato Juice and V-8 Cocktail. Are they a good way to get some high quality nutrients? Probably not the best, especially since they lack most, if not all, the fiber content. They also contain LARGE amounts of sodium.
Try making your own vegetable drinks, or vegetable smoothies. Here are some sample recipes. By using raw vegetables you get ALL the nutrients, AND the fiber.
You will need a juicer for these, unless you soften the harder vegetables and then a blender will do. Just don’t use any processes that see some of the goodness thrown out. For example, my best juicer separates the juice from the pulp. I then take at least some of the pulp and use a blender to add it back to the juice. The pulp has too much goodness (and fiber) in it to just throw away.
I have 2 juicers. A small powered (and relatively inexpessive) one, and a heavier duty Champion juicer. The Champion is more powerful and much easier to clean. When you buy a juicer, try to get a look at all the parts, especially the parts that grind or crush items like carrots. Picture how easy or hard they will be to clean.
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When you grab a quick bite from the vending machine, you may not be informed of the nutritional information of what you are eating. What goes into your body has a big impact on your health. A poor diet can actually cause deficiencies, life threatening conditions like metabolic syndrome, obesity and weight gain, and chronic systemic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The seven major classes of nutrients that are vital for human life are minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, water and fats. Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of these nutrients.
Nutritional value is a term used on today’s food labels. It points out the amount of a nutrient that is provided by a single serving of a food item. Daily values are used to establish standards for comparison. Nutritional information is presented in a format regulated by law. It is therefore consistent from product to product and allows you to compare the foods available to you. It gives you a break down of the energy provided by the food and of the nutrients it contains.
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