There is growing clinical interest in the coenzyme Q10 and its health benefits either as a supplement or in its natural state. Also known as CoQ10, this coenzyme is a natural antioxidant synthesized by our bodies and found in almost all cell membranes. These antioxidants are responsible for removing free radicals from our bodies that can damage cells and contribute to aging, as well as heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.
Studies show that adequate levels of vitamin D intake can protect the health of your muscles, brain and bones. But can vitamin D actually help prevent the causes of stroke? The American Heart Association published reports that vitamin D deficiency has been linked to obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease—the top culprits often leading to stroke. So it would be an obvious conclusion that vitamin D supplements could help prevent these ailments leading to stroke.
H2O is an essential nutrient as our bodies are made up of approximately 60 percent of water depending on your age and activity level. While staying hydrated is always important, it can become more challenging during those hot summer months. Your body loses water not only during active exercise, but also during inactivity through urine, perspiration, sweat and breath, according to the National Institutes of Health. Here are a few tips to help keep you hydrated and replace the water that is lost:
When it comes to the food you put in your body: information is power. Besides helping you make healthier choices, food labels make it easier for you to compare the nutrient content of various options. Some of the key information on nutrition labels include serving size, calories, fat content, cholesterol, protein, vitamin content, and more. The food label also contains the list of ingredients—starting with most prevalent and ending with least prevalent.
From the professional sports competitor to the weekend warrior, all athletes can optimize their performance by eating green vegetables. Unfortunately many people committed to exercise and strength training put an inordinate amount of credence on protein and carbohydrates—often at the expense of green vegetables. Studies show that the best, most natural option for athletes who want to boost their endurance on the track or in the gym is more green vegetables—particularly dark, leafy green vegetables.
When bad germs start to outnumber the good germs in the body—specifically in the gastrointestinal tract, a microbial imbalance occurs creating an unpleasant condition known as gut dysbiosis. Most microbial colonies in the body are beneficial and benign, aiding in many essential and useful functions including digestion, building immunity, and overall health. However, when the body undergoes an alteration of good bacteria, a microbial imbalance occurs with foreign species increasing to fill the void.
New standards have been outlined by the Compounding Expert Committee and the Compounding with Hazardous Drugs Expert Panel concerning the handling of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings. These apply not only to the compounding process and but also to administration of these drugs to patients. Many of these drugs have been traditionally mixed on a variety of spaces—like countertops and workbenches—exposing the compounding professionals. With recent research bringing attention to the often hazardous side effects, USP 800 requires use of PPE, or personal protective equipment, for all professionals involved in the compounding process. In addition to PPE, USP 800 suggests personnel training, custodial waste removal training, and specific controls for maintaining sterility and safety.