Thursday, February 28, 2008

Company, Owners Face Federal Fraud Charges for Selling Supplements Online

A federal grand jury indicted three businesses in Springfield on Thursday on charges of fraudulent marketing. The grand jury believes the companies, their two owners and business associates fraudulently marketed several dietary supplements over the Internet with illegal claims that the products could prevent, treat, or cure a number of diseases. Investigators say the businesses sold the products to a business in Michigan that used several Web sites to sell more than $16 million worth of the products in 2005 and 2006.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Does Good Skin Come in a Tablet?

Great skin just got another wrinkle.

Cosmetic treatments are no longer just about creams and emollients — the latest trend is about working from the inside out. "Ingestibles" are supplements such as omega-3 oils, alpha lipoic acid, grape seed, pomegranate extract and many other nutritional-sounding words you never used to hear at the cosmetics counter.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Ontario's Ultimate Fighting Stalemate

The Montreal Canadiens are one the hottest teams in the NHL and a sense of optimism is growing in Quebec that Les Glorieux could go deep in the playoffs this season.

But the hottest ticket in Montreal these days is not for a Canadiens game, but for the Ultimate Fighting Championship card which will be held at the Bell Centre on April 19 -- the first time in history an UFC event will be held in Canada.

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Despres Fights Back Against Doping Penalty

Canadian bobsleigh pilot Serge Despres says he has "possibly the lowest recorded positive test in the history of drug testing," and it will cause him to miss the Vancouver Olympics.

Despres, of Cocagne, N.B., was handed a 20-month suspension on Tuesday after testing positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone in an off-season test last summer.

The 29-year-old, who drove Canada 2 to an 11th-place finish at the Turin Olympics in 2006, has hired high-profile California lawyer Howard Jacobs to fight the case. On Tuesday, they filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, although not to contest the finding, because Despres recognizes that he has some responsibility for the positive test.

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Bacteria Help Boost Immune System

Eating food infested with bacteria is not always a bad a thing.

Oak Park triathelete Karen Steward-Nolan does just that to keep her body going while training, which sometimes requires running 10-20 miles on a treadmill during the Chicago winter months.

One of Steward-Nolan’s favorites is yogurt, a good choice of snack because it contains “good” bacteria.

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GlaxoSmithKline Planning to Launch More Supplement Products

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK Consumer) is planning to launch more products in the health supplement category in 2009, reports Business Standard.

Recently, the company launched ActiBase, a protein supplement in New Delhi, and is now planning to launch it in the other parts of the country in a phased manner. The protein supplement market is estimated at Rs 5 billion and is dominated by Protinex.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Natalie Waples: A Fit Image, the Natural Way

She knew at a young age that she wanted to make a name for herself.

Developing her skills in both stage presentation and public speaking through pageants at the regional, provincial, national and international level, Canadian Overall Figure Champion, Natalie Waples, took an interest in figure competitions and fitness modeling in 2005.

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The Role of Nutrition in Martial Arts, Military and Police Personnel

For a considerable amount of time, nutrition has not played a prominent role in the life of many martial artists, police, and military personnel as a means of improving their performance. Top athletes are always looking for an edge. Although the martial arts are more of a way of life and a life style than a sport per se, the needs of the martial artist are the same as that of the elite athlete. Mental aspects not withstanding (i.e. mental awareness, strategy, cunning, etc.), the need for speed, agility, strength, flexibility, and the ability to recuperate from tough workouts (and unforgiving sparring partners) is paramount to the success of athletes and martial artists alike. Police and military personnel can also have unique requirements that require them to perform at peak physical and or psychological levels.

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Probiotics Ward Off Flu in Elite Athletes

Marathon runners may be less likely to get sick if they dose up on good bacteria, according to Australian research which may help give elite athletes the edge they need.

A study by the Australian Institute of Sport found endurance runners given a probiotic supplement suffered less severe flu and cold symptoms than other athletes.

Their illness also generally lasted only half the time of those not taking the supplement, lead researcher Dr David Pyne said.

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Can Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

"Several popular studies have shown those individuals that have a greater intake of these fatty acids may very well have a (decreased risk) of developing Type 1 diabetes," Rodriguez said.

In those studies, the DHA appeared to prevent or delay the destruction of insulin-producing cells. Without intervention, Frank has a 78 percent chance of developing the disease before his 5th birthday.

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The Role of Zinc Supplements in the Development of the Immune System

Zinc is an essential nutrient that has an important role in the growth and development of many cells, tissues, and the immune system. Zinc is considered a cofactor for over 300 metalloenzymes and one of the symptoms of zinc deficiency is an increased frequency of bacterial and viral infections. The effects of zinc and immune function have been well studied. The cellular and molecular effects of zinc on immunity are beyond the scope of this review and the reader is referred to several recent reviews for additional information.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Supplements Made Me Do It

As a child, I couldn't get away with rule-breaking by saying, "The devil made me do it!" Yet this is essentially what some Major League Baseball players say when accused of steroid use: "The supplements made me do it."

Today star pitcher Roger Clemens is expected to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. The players and their representatives who have spoken so far -- to legislators and the press -- have offered a litany of excuses for how they ended up in the midst of a steroid scandal. The most preposterous, by far, is that dietary supplements are to blame.

Clemens, for example, has repeatedly denied using steroids or human growth hormone. But he acknowledged that he has been injected with vitamin B-12. Tainted B-12 was how Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro explained his failed steroids test in 2005. In his congressional testimony last month, Baseball union chief Donald Fehr blamed not just dietary supplements, but Congress for insufficient regulation.

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Is Human Growth Hormone the Fountain of Youth?

Marie Miano, like some professional athletes, takes human growth hormone — but she has a prescription.

"I feel like the fountain of youth because I feel better than I did before. I feel younger, I feel healthier." she said.

At 54, she started growth hormone injections after reading actress Suzanne Sommers' book — just one Hollywood celebrity sold on HGH.

Actor Sylvester Stallone freely admits he used the hormone as he prepared for his latest Rambo movie.

"The way people think of HGH is archaic," the actor said on the Today Show.

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Doctors Use Wii Games for Rehab

Some call it "Wiihabilitation." Nintendo's Wii video game system, whose popularity already extends beyond the teen gaming set, is fast becoming a craze in rehab therapy for patients recovering from strokes, broken bones, surgery and even combat injuries.

The usual stretching and lifting exercises that help the sick or injured regain strength can be painful, repetitive and downright boring.

In fact, many patients say PT — physical therapy's nickname — really stands for "pain and torture," said James Osborn, who oversees rehabilitation services at Herrin Hospital in southern Illinois.

Using the game console's unique, motion-sensitive controller, Wii games require body movements similar to traditional therapy exercises. But patients become so engrossed mentally they're almost oblivious to the rigor, Osborn said.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Supplement Trends for 2008

11-Feb-2008 - Healthy aging, balanced energy and inflammation are the three core health concerns that consumers try to address with dietary supplements, according to a new report.

The Hartman Group’s Tinderbox on Trends 2008 draws its conclusions through ethnographic research, which includes consumer interviews and observation in the home and in retail outlets.

According to the research group, when a health concern presents itself, most consumers will first examine their diet. When food does not remedy the situation, they look to supplements, preferably from whole foods, to correct and balance their condition.

Supplements most popular with “leading-edge” or “core” consumers were those that addressed aging, energy and inflammation, said Hartman.

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Weight Lifting Could Keep Diabetes at Bay

A team of researchers has concluded that weight lifting not only helps to burn excess fat, but also helps to prevent diabetes.

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Supplements Could Help Fill UK Nutritional Gap

04/02/2008 - A fifth of adults in the UK ignore nutritional guidelines when it comes to buying food, a survey has revealed, which could further open the door for dietary supplements.

According to the Health Food Manufacturers' Association (HFMA), some 38m adults mistakenly believe potatoes count as one of their "five-a-day" portions of fruit and vegetables.

The shocking statistics open up further potential for the use of supplements to help plug the nutritional blackhole.

HFMA nutritionist, Dr Marilyn Glenville said: "With only 15 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men eating the recommended five-a-day fruit and vegetables, it is important that people are trying to keep themselves in good health by using supplements on a daily basis."

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Work Out to Exhaustion -- and Beyond -- With Carnosine

For years, elite athletes and their trainers have known that in order to increase muscle mass and strength, it’s necessary to work muscles to complete exhaustion, since it’s at the brink of muscle failure where the body’s ongoing protein synthesis is put on hold because available adenosine triphosphate (ATP) -- which is critical for protein synthesis -- is fully depleted by the contractions of the exercise. When the exercise ceases at the point of exhaustion, the body over-reacts, signaling muscle cell nuclei to drastically increase protein synthesis. It is thought that this results in super-increase of muscle protein.

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