Weekly Health Roundup: Top 10 Posts from Around the Web

beauty and health  We most often equate vitamins with physical health.  But what about vitamins and nutrients for vim and vigor?  This week, writers discuss how vitamins and nutrients promote both looking and feeling good.Weil Advises on Nutrition for HealthDr. Andrew Weil lists the five foods to reduce the risk of stroke and help health.  These magnesium-rich foods include: green leafy veggies, nuts and seeds, whole grains, black beans and seafood. Shop the outside aisles of your grocery store and stock up on these beauties to live a healthful life as you age.Is Vitamin C the New Anti-Wrinkle Cream?Writer Ana Johnson outlines a recent study that found that low vitamin C intake may have a big impact on wrinkles.* As an antioxidant, vitamin C reduces the harmful effects of free radicals created by many factors including smoking, processed foods and pollution, thus preserving smooth and glowing skin.*Keeping Kids Healthy and HappyBlogger Salynn Boyles highlights research noting how vitamin D benefits healing.  A study noted that kids with low vitamin D levels had worse outcomes when they were very ill.  Keep your young ones smiling with a good dose of vitamin D daily!Vitamin B12 and EnergyNeed energy?  Get vitamin B12! Writer Diane Dean discusses how low vitamin B12 levels sink energy levels. Diane outlines those at high risk of such having low vitamin B12 levels, like vegetarians and those taking medications to reduce stomach acid, among others. She discusses the signs of low vitamin B12 levels, and lists ways to ensure you get enough of this energy enhancer.Vitamins for Healthy TressesWriter Brandi Abbey outlines vitamins needed for good hair health.  Biotin, vitamins A, E, B5 and inositol improve the elasticity and luster of the hair. Read on to find food and vitamin sources beneficial for healthy locks.Inactivity as Deadly as Smoking?Many dangers exist for couch-potato behavior. Writer Diane Dean outlines the draw backs of leading a sedentary life.  A recent study notes that one-third of adults do not exercise as they should, and one in ten deaths result from diseases from inactive lifestyles, like heart disease and diabetes.Multivitamins and WrinklesWriter Ana Johnson infuses a bit of her biology knowledge while discussing the effect of vitamins on DNA health.  As the tips of DNA strands (called telomeres) help cells divide over time, they shorten, which promotes cell death. Those taking vitamins may see a beneficial impact on their telomeres, likely as a result of the vitamins' antioxidant effect. Taking vitamins may hold your wrinkles at bay!*That's it for the week!  Make sure to check back in with us next week, when we discuss B vitamin deficiencies and what to do about them.

Do Multivitamins Reduce Signs of Aging?

anti-aging vitaminsDo you know what a telomere is? If you are like the rest of us, you probably don't.  Even so, you are being influenced by them on a daily basis. A telomere is a strand of DNA found at the tip of each chromosome that helps cells divide properly.  Telomeres shorten each time they help the cell divide, and when they are gone the cell dies.  This process is sometimes referred to as replicative senescence
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The 5 Best Vitamins For Healthy Hair

hair vitamins  While hair loss can be attributed to some medical conditions such as alopecia, it’s also a natural part of growing older.  But there are small things you can do every day that may help.  Here’s the lowdown on the top 5 vitamins that can help keep your hair healthy, strong, and help to lower the risk of potential loss.
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Health + Beauty Roundup: Top 10 Posts from around the Web This Week

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We have to take the good with the bad, right? With weekend family camping trips, lazy days at the beach, exotic vacations and the heat of summer comes the perils of scorched skin, chlorine-stiff tresses, bare muffin tops, and saddle bags usually concealed behind "clothe's doors."What is the web saying about summer health and beauty? (more…)

Dietary Vitamin C: A Wrinkle Reducer?

skin vitamin cMany of us strive for a glowing, youthful, wrinkle-free appearance and may even pay a lot of money to try to keep wrinkles at bay with a variety of lotions and potions. But, did you know that I recent study found that wrinkles may have more to do with diet than any other factor? (more…)

Vitamin D May Play a Role in Weight Management

weight loss aided by vitamin dVitamin D holds many health perks, like enhancing bone health and cell growth.  But recent research shows that it may also play a role in both weight gain and weight control.*According the the Center for Disease Control, more than one-third of Americans (35.7%) claim an obese status, and, despite efforts, no state has reached the 2010 national goal to lower obesity to 15%. The number of states that contain 30% or more obese residents rose from zero in the year 2000, to twelve in 2010. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. (more…)

The Best Nutrients for Healthy Skin

best vitamins for healthy skinHealthy, glowing, blemish-free skin seems to be a goal for many people, considering American’s spent $33.3 billion on cosmetics and beauty products in 2010 . But no matter how many lotions and potions you apply ON your skin, did you know that healthy skin actually starts from the inside out? Beautiful skin is a direct reflection of what is going on inside your body. The right multivitamin or nutrients in your diet can actually do more to keep your skin healthy than many expensive beauty products. An adequate intake of antioxidants, vitamin B complex, and fish oil will help get you on the right track to beautiful skin. (more…)