news bites Most Popular Supplements Approximately 7 out of 10 American adults take dietary supplements, according to a survey of more than 2,000 people, age 18 and older, conducted for the Council for Responsible Nutrition. Overall health and wellness is the most popular reason, and energy ranks second. These are the most popular supplements:
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ASTAXANTHIN ENHANCES ENERGY Feeling a bit worn-down by midafternoon? Astaxanthin, a nutrient that gives salmon its pink color, may help. A Japanese study of 39 people, published in the Journal of Clinical Therapeutics & Medicines, found that taking 12 mg of astaxanthin daily for 8 weeks signiﬁcantly improved both mental and physical energy when facing typical daily challenges. Beneﬁts included better concentration and mood, and less physical stress and fatigue. Saliva tests showed lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. The study tested a natural form of astaxanthin (AstaReal), which comes from algae and is an ingredient in a variety of supplements.
RESVERATROL HELPS WOMEN WITH PCOS Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) increases risk for diabetes by disrupting insulin function, and raises levels of testosterone, which can impair menstruation and fertility and stimulate growth of facial and body hair. Supplementing with resveratrol, found in red wine, grapes, and nuts, can help restore hormones to healthier levels, according to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Taking 1,500 mg daily of resveratrol, for 3 months, reduced levels of testosterone by an average of 23 percent and levels of insulin by nearly 32 percent. Researchers believe the supplement works in part by increasing cells’ sensitivity to insulin, which improved by 66 percent.
Drinking more than two sodas daily doubles the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to research published in the European Journal of Endocrinology. Both sugary and artiﬁcially sweetened drinks produced equal damage.
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