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Better Nutrition

Better Nutrition

May 2021
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Since 1938, Better Nutrition magazine’s mission has been to responsibly inform health-food-store shoppers in nutritional approaches to health and wellness, as well as report on the latest research on vitamins, herbs minerals, nutrients, whole foods, natural personal care and beauty items and environmentally friendly products.

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English
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Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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RESOURCES & REFERENCES For links to studies cited in our articles and other helpful sites and books, visit betternutrition.com. SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN’S HEALTH For Mother’s Day, we’re focusing on health topics of particular concern to women, including: The Complete Guide to Breast Health * 10 Supplements for Women of Any Age * Thinking About Pregnancy? * 7 Best Foods for Menopause Check out betternutrition.com all month long for these articles and more—including new and exclusive web-only content. New! NATURAL MEDICINE HUB We’ve partnered with the Institute of Natural Medicine (naturemed.org) to bring you a range of health and wellness articles written by today’s leading naturopathic doctors. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Receive timely articles, recipes, eBooks, and exclusive giveaways in your inbox weekly with our newsletter Healthy Buzz. Photo: (Cover and this page) Pornchai Mittongtare, Styling: Robin Turk, Food styling: Claire…

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vitamin update

For years, vitamin K has lived in the shadows of other, seemingly more important vitamins. But as new research surfaces, it’s impossible to ignore vitamin K’s significance when it comes to health. A study done in the second half of 2020 made a correlation between Covid-19 and vitamin K2 status—researchers found that levels of K2 were significantly lower in Covid-19 patients. And scientists writing in The British Journal of Nutrition theorized that a vitamin K deficiency could play a role in the most severe Covid complications—lung damage and thromboembolism. Vitamin K has also been shown to provide general immune support, improving the body’s response to inflammation. As I write this, further study into vitamin K2 is happening in the Netherlands. Before you buy a bottle of vitamin K, please read “Vitamins D &…

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our writers

* Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC, is an award-winning educator, author, and real food chef. jeannettebessinger.com * Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, is a board-certified nutritionist and best-selling author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. jonnybowden.com * Caitlin Greene is a Boston-based cookbook author, recipe developer, food photographer, and founder of Star Infinite Food. She’s the author of Just Eat Real Food. starinfinitefood.com * Kat James is the author of The Truth About Beauty and creator of Total Transformation Retreats. Listen to her Sirius XM radio show Saturdays on channel 131 (Family Talk). informedbeauty.com * Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc, has a private practice in Juneau, Alaska. She is the author of Managing Menopause Naturally and other books. dremilykane.com * Chris Mann is a California-based wellness writer, entertainment author, and podcaster. ChrisMann.tv * Sherrill Sellman, ND, is a…

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10 anti-inflammatory spices to eat right now

Anti-inflammatory spices can add new flavors to your daily menu and help you stay in good physical and mental shape. And in the long run, they can help ward off today’s major diseases, from digestive distress and depression to weight problems, diabetes, and heart disease. Appealing as such benefits are, the thought of incorporating unfamiliar spices into your diet can be over-whelming. But mixing a couple of spice blends—and keeping them in your kitchen—makes it easy to experience different tastes while enhancing your health. “What matters most is variety and consistency rather than the quantity of one ingredient,” says Stefania Patinella, chef, integrative health coach, and coauthor of The Anti-inflammatory Family Cookbook. A study led by researchers at the University of California San Diego looked at diets and microbiome samples of more than…

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tai chi improves sleep

Regular exercise, such as walking, running, and resistance exercise, can improve sleep. But if those don’t appeal to you, tai chi is another option. An international team of researchers compared the effects on sleep of conventional exercise, tai chi, or no exercise in a group of 320 older adults with insomnia. As well as monitoring subjective data, researchers tracked sleep patterns using wrist-worn devices. The exercise and tai chi programs consisted of three one-hour classes per week for 12 weeks. Compared to participants who did not exercise, those who did conventional exercise or tai chi fell asleep more easily, woke up fewer times during the night, spent less time awake while in bed, and relied less on sleeping pills. At the end of the study and at follow-up checks two years later, those…

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getting vaccinated? take a multivitamin

Vaccines help your immune system fight off infections by building protective antibodies—and a healthier immune system does a better job of producing those antibodies. To that end, research shows that a supplement that enhances natural immune function, such as a multivitamin, may increase the effectiveness of vaccination. Studies of this connection have examined responses to flu vaccines in older people, whose immune systems are typically less responsive. Vaccines against Covid-19 are too new to be studied in a similar way. Key nutrients that enhance immune function and vaccine response include vitamins A (including beta-carotene), B6 , B12 , folate, C, and D. Key minerals include zinc, selenium, iron, and copper.…