to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, women are four times more
likely than men to develop the disease. If your diet does not provide
enough calcium, a dietary supplement can help you get back on track.
-- Food sources of calcium include milk, cheese and yogurt. Aim for food
that includes at least a 10 percent daily value (DV) of calcium. This
information can be found on the food label.
-- If your diet contains too many low-nutrient foods, such as sugar-
sweetened sodas and potato chips, consider taking an iron supplement.
People prone to iron deficiency include pregnant women and teenage
-- Low iron intake can limit oxygen delivery to cells, resulting in
fatigue and decreased immune function. A balanced diet that includes
foods such as meats, poultry, fish and beans, should provide enough
iron. If iron levels are not otherwise met, an iron supplement may
help restore your health.
Popular Dietary Supplements
-- Among the most popular natural products in complementary and
alternative medicine is echinacea, an herbal supplement used to boost
the immune system. Studies indicate, however, that echinacea does not
help prevent or treat colds and the flu, as is commonly believed.
-- St. John's wort is also one of the most commonly used herbal
supplements. According to a study by the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, this plant extract has minimal
health benefits in treating major depression. St. John's wort may,
however, help treat milder forms of depression.
-- Omega-3 supplements can help promote overall health. Evidence most
strongly supports fish-oil supplements as a treatment for improvements
in the effects of cardiovascular disease.
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved