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In June's Issue
  • Fish Oil, Vitamin D & Vitamin K: The Three Amigos for Bone & Heart Health

  • New Research: Can Prebiotics Support Weight Loss?

  • The True Science Behind Collagen


Fish Oil, Vitamin D & Vitamin K: The Three Amigos for Bone & Heart Health
By Jen Morganti, ND, NEEDS Education Director

Supplements can be a great way to boost your nutrient intake, especially on those days when your diet is less than perfect. But in some cases, certain vitamins are best taken together. The fact is, how you take a supplement may impact how much of the nutrients your body absorbs and receives. 

What are Fat-Soluble Vitamins?
There are two types of vitamins— water-soluble and fat-soluble. Most are water-soluble, meaning they dissolve in water and can be excreted rapidly when the body doesn't need them. In contrast, fat-soluble vitamins are best absorbed in fat and are stored in the body's tissues when not in use. Fat-soluble vitamins are best absorbed into the blood stream when ingested with fats. 

The Synergistic Relationship between Vitamins D and K
Many nutrients complement each other; vitamins D and K are a good example of this. They are both extremely important fat-soluble supplements when it comes to supporting our overall health. They both have the primary function of regulating calcium levels in the body through different means. Together, they provide a powerful combination that supports cardiovascular and bone health. Unfortunately, most of us do not get enough of these vitamins from our daily diets, so they should be considered in a daily supplement routine. 

Vitamin D 
Vitamin D is probably most wellknown for supporting optimal bone health and density. Read more


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New Research: Can Prebiotics Support Weight Loss?
By Jen Morganti, ND, NEEDS Education Director

Obesity rates in the United States have more than doubled over the past 40 years. With nearly two thirds of the population dealing with the physical and emotional health effects of being obese or overweight, America needs to get serious about solving the obesity epidemic. The fact is, very few treatments are truly successful. Solutions such as dietary stimulants and bariatric surgery can be prohibitively expensive and come with significant risks.

These factors make it very difficult for healthcare providers to help their patients lose weight, especially children. There is a serious need to research and develop safer, more effective weight loss treatments to enhance the effects of standard weight loss recommendations, such as exercise, calorie reduction, and healthy food choices. 

Prebiotics and Weight Loss 
Prebiotics are plant-based fibers that nourish and help promote the growth of the good bacteria, called probiotics, which live in your gut. These bacteria are critical to good digestion and a healthy gastrointestinal system. 

Although you can take a prebiotic supplement, you can also get prebiotics through your diet. Prebiotic foods are rich in inulin, which promotes healthy gut bacteria, reduces constipation, and helps break down fat. Inulin has even been shown to boost your immune system and improve metabolic health. Read more


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The True Science Behind Collagen
Submitted by NeoCell

Collagen is a protein, but it's no ordinary protein. Collagen defines the structural integrity of our bodies and contributes greatly to the vitality that is typically associated with youth. As the body ages, collagen supplies and the ability to regenerate them decrease. This compromises our structural integrity, leading to overall degradation of cell form and function. 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and can be found in bones, skin, organs, muscles, eyes, nails, teeth, and hair. Best known for their ability to help connective tissue stay vibrant and flexible, collagen proteins serve two main functions in the body—structure and regeneration. 

The Roles of Collagen in the Body 
Collagen is a necessary component of skin, hair, joints, and bones. Seventy percent of the skin is made of collagen Type 1 and 3, one hundred percent of tendons are made of collagen Type 1 and 3, and over one third of healthy bone is composed of collagen.

Collagen proteins are also responsible for regenerating and forming new tissue. Worker cells in the body produce a collagen fiber matrix to form the structure of tissues. Over time, the collagen fibers naturally break down into disorganized collagen fragments known as peptides, which float loosely in the extracellular fluid. Read more



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