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Buyer Beware! Supplements from Well-Known Stores Found to be Fake!

Copyright_elenathewise_123RFStockPhotoThe New York Attorney General has sent “cease-and-desist” letters to GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, demanding that they remove certain herbal supplements from NY stores. The letters cite independent tests that showed the supplements do not contain the plant materials that are listed on their labels.

According to the tests, only 21% of the tested material contained DNA from plants matching the labels. The products contained, instead, worthless or potentially harmful contaminants, such as rice powder and house plant DNA.

The AG hired Dr. James A. Schulte II of Clarkson University, an expert in DNA barcoding, to examine the contents of herbal supplements labeled as Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto, and Valerian Root.

According to the AG press release, the tests confirmed their suspicions:

“The DNA test results seem to confirm long-standing questions about the herbal supplement industry. Mislabeling, contamination, and false advertising are illegal. They also pose unacceptable risks to New York families—especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”

Of all the tests, only 21% confirmed DNA barcodes from the plants on the labels. Plants that were not on the labels were found in 35% of the products tested and a significant number showed no plant matter of any kind. Some of the filler and contaminants identified were rice, beans, pine, citrus, asparagus, primrose, wheat, wild carrot, and various houseplants.

Consumers in the U.S. spend an estimated $61 billion dollars on dietary supplements annually.

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How Does Your Diet Rank? Best and Worst of 2015

Copyright_lightkeeper_123RFStockPhotoU.S. News and World Report has ranked 34 of the most popular diets with help from experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes, and heart disease.

The report urges readers to choose the best diet for themselves based on their own weight goals, their ability to follow diets in the past, budget, personality, and interest in exercise, but the information in this list can help you find the best diet for each.

The experts ranked each diet on a scale from 1-5 in 7 areas:

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Disease, Health Studies, Prevention
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How Did You Sleep Last Night? Poor Sleep Linked to Dementia

Copyright: garyphoto / 123RF Stock PhotoTwo new studies now link poor sleep to changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The first study comes from Uppsala University. Results from the study that followed patients for 40 years have finally just been released.

They report that elderly men who, late in life, begin to have difficulty sleeping are significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men who do not say they have trouble sleeping.

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Healthy Foods, Prevention
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Worried about Gluten? 5 Affordable Grains You CAN Eat.

Copyright: scorpp / 123RF Stock PhotoEven if you haven’t been diagnosed with a gluten-intolerance or, the much more serious condition, celiac disease, you may have symptoms that make you suspect a gluten sensitivity.

People who are sensitive to gluten may experience fatigue, headaches, or gastrointestinal symptoms, such as gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Some people believe that gluten intolerance may be responsible for a wide range of other conditions as well.

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Diabetes? Make Sure You Drink the Right Tea!

Copyright: volff / 123RF Stock PhotoA recent analysis of several studies that documented both tea consumption and the incidence of Type 2 diabetes in European countries has found good news. There appears to be an “inverse correlation” between the amount of tea people drink and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

In other words, countries that consume more tea see fewer people developing adult diabetes.

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Exercise, Health Studies, Prevention
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You Know Yoga’s Good, But Did You Know This? (New Study)

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If you’ve ever tried yoga, you know that the gentle movements and meditative breathing can be surprisingly energizing, but you probably still feel you need to walk briskly or bike or swim, to get your heart rate up. A recently released analysis of 37 randomized controlled trials says you may not need to after all.

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Science Says Fasting May Keep You Young

Copyright: daizuoxin-123RF Stock PhotoA new study from University of Southern California reports findings that periodic fasting may be able to trigger “stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system.”

Fasting for periods of two to four days at a time over the course of six months was shown to lower white blood cell counts in both mice and humans, and, in the mice, it seemed to have “flipped a regenerative switch.”

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Disease, Health Studies, Prevention
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Simple Test May Help You Prevent Stroke

Copyright: -bunyos-123RF Stock PhotoStroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted: either by being blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures.

A stroke is a medical emergency, but a new study may have found a way to help prevent stroke by identifying those at risk before they show any symptoms.

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Farm Fresh? Free-Range? Organic? Are More Expensive Eggs Better?

egg buyingGo into any large U.S. grocery store for eggs and you are confronted with a confusing array of labels: Farm Fresh, Organic, No Hormones, Omega-3, All-Natural, Cage-Free, Free-Range….

The only thing you may know for sure is that the prices seem “free-ranging,” too.

Anders Kelto, writing for NPR, says many of the terms you see on those egg cartons don’t mean what you think they do.

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Is Your “Weird” Sleep Normal? History Says Yes.

public domain - Teodoro S GruhlAccording to the National Institute of Health, sufficient sleep is required to keep your brain working well and to protect your physical health. It’s when you are asleep that the brain is forming new pathways to help you learn and remember. It’s also when your body is most involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Chronic sleep deficiency is tied to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. It even increases the likelihood that you will become obese.

We’ve long known that between 7 and 8 hours of sleep seems to be ideal. Most of us assume that means we need about 8 uninterrupted hours if we’re going to feel our best, but at least one researcher is saying we may be wrong.

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