Dietary Supplements for Diabetes?

The incidence of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate worldwide.  Worldwide, approximately 250 million people have diabetes—according to the World Health Organization.  In Canada, the number of patients with diabetes is projected to increase from 1.4 million in 2000 to 2.4 million in 2016 .  What’s more is that the health care cost associated…

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Supplementation with Lees of Brown Rice Reduces Waist Circumference?

The Lees of brown rice are by-products of its fermentation in the process of making rice wine.  Brown rice itself is an unrefined whole grain which is a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other constituents.  Previous research suggests that intake of whole grains is associated with a lower risk of both diabetes…

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Probiotics Improve Bowel Function in Elderly

Elderly patients who are hospitalized for various reasons are often prone to developing bowel problems.  Most commonly, they have problems with constipation, but diarrhea is another common complaint.  We all know that bowel problems are almost the furthest thing from glamorous in our society, but they still have a huge impact on our day-to-day well-being.…

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Does Creatine Improve Arthritis Symptoms?

Creatine supplementation is almost turning into the Aspririn® of the supplement industry.  No, it’s not quite a complete parallel in terms of why people supplement with creatine, but new uses are often being found for this traditional sports supplement.  Either way, I guess it’s too late for the slogan, “Creatine, the wonder supplement that works…

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Branched-Chain Amino Acids Lower Your Risk of Obesity?

With the recent buzz surrounding the obesity epidemic, particularly in developed nations with the Americans leading the way, people are starting to look closer at dietary factors that affect their weight. Branched-chain amino acids, of which there

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Intermittent Fasting, Whey Protein, and Weight Loss?

For those of us who’re looking to lose weight, a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition might offer some hope.  Losing weight is never easy as it requires a lifelong commitment to changes in dietary habits as well as activity level. Years ago, I read a book by Greg LeMond, the former…

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Does Dietary Nitrate from Beetroot Juice Improve Athletic Performance?

Competitive athletes are always looking for an edge. As someone who used to compete in sports such as bicycle racing, swimming, and cross-country skiing, I used to spend countless hours reading about nutrition and ergogenic supplements. Though there can be certain risks associated with it and I wouldn’t recommend it...

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