Most people are not aware that there are two types of vitamin D, and they are not interchangeable. In fact if you are taking vitamin D2 it could do you more harm than good.
A recent meta-analysis looked at mortality rates for people who supplemented their diets with D2 versus those who did so with D3, highlighting the significant differences between the two.
The analysis of 50 randomized controlled trials, which included a total of 94,000 participants, showed:
A six percent relative risk reduction among those who used vitamin D3, and A two percent relative risk increase among those who used D2.
Vitamin D3 is an important supplement for overall health but make sure you are taking D3 rather than D2.
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If you suffer from mood swings and constant stress you may want to consider phenylalanine and tyrosine, the amino acid precursors of neurotransmitters and neurohormones.
Phenylalanine is one of eight essential amino acids. Both phenylalanine and its derivative tyrosine, are precursors of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. These neurotransmitters are known as “catecholamines” because of their adrenaline-like effects in the brain and body. Dopamine mediates many forms of motivated behavior and motor function, while epinephrine and norepinephrine modulate the “fight-or-fight” mechanism.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are released at nerve endings in the brain where one nerve cell is close to another. They allow messages to pass from one cell to the next and are essential for communication between cells. A balance between neurotransmitters that excite and those that are calming maintains healthy brain function. Parkinson’s disease, for example, is caused by an imbalance of the neurotransmitter dopamine in specific areas of the brain.
Additionally, tyrosine functions as an “adaptogen” by relieving the physical symptoms of stress, such as high blood pressure, mood swings, and anxiety. In one study, 23 male U.S. Army personnel, aged 18-20 years were exposed to extreme weather conditions. On the first test day, half the group were supplemented with L-tyrosine while the other half got a placebo. On a second test day, the groups were switched so that the tyrosine supplemented group received a placebo. The other half of the group now received tyrosine. Tyrosine significantly reduced many of adverse behavioral effects produced by exposure to cold and lack of oxygen at high altitude. These included headache, coldness, distress, fatigue, muscular discomfort, and sleepiness.
With the recent mention of Raspberry Ketones on the Dr. Oz show their popularity as grown exponentially. The write up below provides a sound explanation of how Raspberry Ketones actually work. If you are looking for a product with Raspberry Ketones in it we recommend ANS Melting Point.
Raspberry Ketones are aromatic compounds found in red raspberries that have been shown to aid fat loss without stimulating the central nervous system. The molecular structure in Raspberry Ketones are similar to capsaicin – the thermogenic (caloric burning process through heat) agent in chilies and red peppers, but are thought to be far more potent than capsaicin at lipolysis (fat cell destruction).
Due to the similarity in structure of Raspberry Ketones to capsaicin, scientific research to test the fat loss effects of Raspberry Ketones were conducted, and clearly showed that Raspberry Ketones prevented weight gain in mice even when the animals were on a high-fat diet. Also, when rats were overfed fructose, Raspberry Ketones prevented fat synthesis.
Raspberry Ketones fat loss effects come from their ability to enhance norepinephrine-induced fat loss by promoting the relocation of HSL (hormone-sensitive lipase) to translocate to within the fat cell. HSL is the enzyme that, once inside the fat cell, slices apart fat molecules into various fatty acids in preparation for fat metabolism, which means that consuming Raspberry Ketones may lead to overall increase in fat being burned for energy without the use of harsh stimulants.
Supports bone health by promoting calcium absorption. Some animal and epidemiological trials show that vitamin D plays a role in preventing breast cancers.
Dose: 1000IU to 3000IU per day
Omega 3 Fats
Oily, cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines have omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that reduce the risk heart attack and heart disease, combat depression and reduce inflammation.
Dose: 1000mg of EPA and DHA per day
Bone building peaks during childbearing years. A calcium supplement helps ensure there is enough bone mass to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Choosing a supplement with magnesium can improve the absorption of calcium.
Dose: 800mg per day
Numerous studies show that probiotics can help enhance immune health and improve digestion.
Dose: 30 billion CFU per day