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5 All-Star Health Supplements

(Prevention Magazine) Dietary supplements have officially gone mainstream:

About two-thirds of Americans take them, and over three-quarters of doctors recommend dietarysupplements to patients, according to recent surveys. Among the dizzying array of natural products found on pharmacy and health food store shelves, we've uncovered five truly outstanding complementary treatments in pill form that hold up to scientific scrutiny just as well as prescription drugs do.

For Everyone: Fish Oil… Omega-3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, more commonly known as EPA and DHA) found in salmon, tuna, and other fish appear to increase heart health and fight cardiac death by stabilizing the heart's electrical system. Other benefits include lowering blood pressure and triglycerides, slowing arterial plaque buildup, and easing systemic inflammation…

For Everyone: Vitamin D… More than 1,000 human and lab studies indicate that vitamin D not only augments calcium absorption but may also ward off breast, colorectal, ovarian, and other cancers. And getting too little vitamin D could cause premature death from heart disease, according to a recent study…

For People with High Cholesterol: Reducol… Plant sterol and stanol compounds in a healthy diet can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by as much as 20%--comparable to the effects of statin drugs. But the small amounts in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds aren't always enough to provide the 2 g daily of sterols and stanols the AHA suggests for people with high cholesterol, which can increase the risk of heart disease. Foods containing manufactured sterol/stanol blends such as Reducol can help … but Reducol pills may help as well…

For People with Tummy Trouble: Culturelle… The only US dietary supplement containing the active culture Lacto- bacillus GG (LGG), it acts directly on the immune system and helps ward off viral illness; replaces good bacteria killed in the intestines during antibiotic therapy; and keeps harmful bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other infectious microorganisms in check…

For People with Joint Pain: Pycnogenol… This French maritime pine bark extract is cited in more than 200 studies and continues to impress researchers. In two recent trials, osteoarthritis patients who took Pycnogenol for 3 months reduced their pain and stiffness by 35 to 55% and needed fewer drugs such as NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors.

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