EpiCor – a Quality Supplement for Overall Wellness that Works Like a Prebiotic

Out of curiosity while watching the Olympics, I searched to find what an Olympian’s diet consists of (complex carbs, protein & healthy fat). I saw that most elite athletes use dietary supplements. Nutritional supplements are taken as an addition to a good diet, and when one is on the go and too busy to eat a truly balanced and whole-foods diet, supplements are necessary for optimal wellness, let alone a high-functioning athletic body. Supplements improve deficiencies and help increase absorption of essential nutrients.

EpiCor is one such product that essentially works as a prebiotic and has the scientific research history to back it. EpiCor is a single-ingredient, comprised of immune-supporting compounds like protein, fiber, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidant and other metabolites. It’s GMO-free, gluten-free, kosher and GRAS status by the FDA. Remove the buzz words, and it’s a great 1x/day capsule that helps balance the immune system so it’s ok if you’re not on top of your game 24/7. Because that’s for the birds, or the Olympians.

Consumer Reports recently cited that 94% of physicians recommend vitamins or minerals to their patients. Half of all Americans take them. For those sceptics, let me say that supplements ARE regulated by the FDA for safety, quality and labeling under a category of Food. The FTC also is responsible for regulating advertising. Yes there are bad products out there that have negatively affected this industry, but that shouldn’t stop a smart consumer from taking something that is proven safe & effective and not imported. NutraSense stands by the importance of sourced and made in the USA.

We formulate our niche line with high quality, science-backed, single sourced ingredients. Check out www.nutrasense.com for products ranging from shellfish-free joint health care, to creatine for muscle building, to immune health.

The Glucosamine Market Today

The Glucosamine market is robust and growing stronger due to the aging population and, thus, the rise of joint related ailments as this group becomes more active with a focus on healthier lifestyles. New scientific studies are plentiful covering the benefits of glucosamine supplementation, the top choice in the treatment of osteoarthritis to maintain healthy cartilage in joints and ease pain. The level at which our bodies naturally produce this substance decreases with age and results in joint deterioration.

Today there are more mega companies producing glucosamine, but only one U.S. Company manufactures a US-sourced vegetarian, shellfish-free & kosher ingredient. NutraSense manufactures its Glucosamine-Extra Strength™ with this Regenasure® brand of glucosamine from Cargill, and we have for 20 years!

Market analysists predict that shellfish-free glucosamine sales will dramatically increase as consumers become more aware of its benefits and also more health conscious about what they consume. Regenasure is GRAS status and FDA approved for food, beverages, and supplements. In my opinion, taking this in capsule form is best since its formulation is unaffected by the heat and pressure associated with tableting and food manufacturing.

Taking a pure, quality glucosamine supplement twice a day, either alone or in combination with chondroitin, is a smart choice for those of us with sore knees and joints who want to maintain joint integrity!

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Digestive Enzyme Supplements Can Help Combat Digestive Distress

nutra-blog-happyMore people than ever are experiencing stomach and digestive upset. For many, it’s becoming the norm. Sixty to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), chronic constipation, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophogeal reflux, GI infections, and pancreatitis, not to mention general indigestion and food intolerances. The most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, accounting for 10 to 15 percent of digestive issues and 12 percent of visits to primary care physicians, is IBS. Many people don’t realize that digestive problems can cause health issues and symptoms beyond the digesting system, including headaches, upper back pain, mid-back pain, sinus issues, gall bladder symptoms, appendicitis-like symptoms, stabbing low back pain, front thigh pain, and knee pain. Continue reading

Counteract Holiday Binge Eating with Dr. Shahani’s Probiotics

IS3-DRSPF-2The holiday season is upon us. Between the big family dinners, the holiday parties, and the endless stream of tempting holiday treats, overeating is nearly impossible to avoid. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer with digestive discomfort. Taking steps now to maintain a healthy gut will reduce the likelihood of intestinal distress later. Probiotics are an excellent way to accomplish this.

Different strains of probiotics are available to target different areas of the gastrointestinal tract. However, not all brands of probiotics are the same. As many as 95 percent of existing commercial probiotic brands contain organisms that aren’t even alive and active by the time they reach your gut. NutraSense offers Dr. Shahani’s brand of high quality probiotics made by Nebraska Cultures. Dr. Khem Shahani was a pioneer in the field of probiotics and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on probiotics and their role in digestive health. He discovered the popular DDS-1 strain of acidophilus in the late 1950s and laid the groundwork for manufacturing probiotics that survive through the stomach and remain viable in the colon to provide maximum benefits. His family continues his scientific research today. Continue reading

Creatine Can Improve Mental Performance as Well As Physical Performance

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Creatine is commonly used by athletes, but perhaps it should also be a staple for academics. For years, creatine supplements have been widely used with excellent results for increasing muscle mass and lean body mass, physical endurance, and recovery. But did you know creatine is also clinically proven to positively affect mental performance? Continue reading

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This international health campaign was created in 1985 to increase awareness of the disease and help raise funds for research. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, second only to skin cancer. Every year in the U.S., more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. There are currently more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. and about 1 in 8 women born in the U.S. today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. However, in recent years there has been a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incident rates among women aged 50 and older, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause. Continue reading

Study Indicates NEM Reduces Pain from Osteoarthritis in Knee and Hip

JC1-NEM30-2If you are among the nearly 20 percent of adults in the U.S. who suffer from knee and hip osteoarthritis, a new study may provide you a treatment option. A recent study in Germany supports the claim that Natural Eggshell Matrix (NEM) can reduce osteoarthritis pain in the knee and hip. NEM is a unique, all-natural egg protein matrix found between the egg albumin and the eggshell.

The 2-month open-label study was conducted between March and July 2012 at six different clinical sites throughout Germany to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of NEM for the relief of the pain and discomfort associated with osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip. The study included 44 subjects, 27 females and 17 males between the ages of 32 and 95, who had moderate, persistent osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, ankle, knee and hip, or knee and ankle. All of the subjects completed baseline evaluations and were evaluated again at 10, 30, and 60 days using a short-form questionnaire. They were given 500 mg of NEM daily for the duration of the study. Continue reading

Help Prevent Childhood Obesity by Setting the Right Example

WM1-CHI180-2September is Child Obesity Awareness Month. One in three children in the U.S. is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for a variety of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. But childhood obesity can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. One of the best ways to help your children or grandchildren maintain a healthy weight is to lead by example. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grain, exercising, and taking supplements are great steps toward achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

If you need to drop a few extra pounds and find it difficult due to a lack of time to exercise, try a natural supplement that helps eliminate dietary fat by inhibiting the absorption of fat during digestion. Chitosan is a basic raw ingredient, a natural fiber, derived from the shells of crustaceans, like shrimp and crabs. Chitosan acts as a barrier inside the intestines that limits the absorption of fat during digestion. It has been shown to be effective in treating obesity, high cholesterol, and Crohn’s disease. Continue reading

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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Not Just for Kids

Immunizations help prevent dangerous, and sometimes deadly, diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis, everyone needs to get their shots – even adults.

Many people tend to think of immunizations as a precaution for children. But the truth is that adults, even healthy ones, need to get vaccinations to protect their health. Every year, thousands of adults in the U.S. needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. Continue reading