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To sort valid medical terms from hype, ask a credible expert to decipher any confusing terms or phrases. A supplement can't increase your strength, immunity, stamina, or energy level, either. For more about supplements promoted to athletes, see Ergogenic Aids-No Substitute for Training in chapter 19. Ergogenic means the potential to increase work output a supplement can't do that 3. Fact Nutrition is a science, based on fact not emotion or belief. Be skeptical of case histories and...

Functional Nutrition Eat Your Omegas and s

No doubt about it seafood can be good for your health. Overall, it has less total fat and less saturated fat than meat and poultry. For this reason, eating fish regularly may help lower your blood cholesterol levels. Moreover, seafood supplies several vitamins and minerals. Recently there's been interest in the functional food benefits provided by the omega-3 fatty acid content of fish. Omega-3 fatty acids-polyunsaturated fatty acids of a somewhat different structure-are found mostly in...

Weight for Health

Despite known risks, overweight and obesity have become national and global epidemics, and not just for adults. Overweight among children and teens has risen dramatically within the past two decades. Key reasons In the United States, typical eating and lifestyle patterns provide more calories (energy) than many people need too many consumed, too few burned in physical activity. That said, some people don't need to lose weight. Instead they need to strive to keep their healthy weight over the...

Miracles Dream On

Charlatans prey on mature adults with promises of easy cures or ways to stay young. Many products they peddle are foods, substances from food, or supplements. No substantial evidence is provided for many claims that their products offer benefits for treating arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, or other maladies-or for helping people live longer. Many miracle products are costly. Money used to buy them is better spent on healthful, flavorful foods. Their harm may go farther than the...