Banishing Teen Angst about Nutrition

It might be easier to predict the movement of the stock market than to anticipate the moods of teenagers. In a matter of an afternoon, their characters may change from silly to sullen, from needing a hug to wanting solitude. But, one thing is for sure. Their growing bodies desperately need great nutrition.

O-mazing Omegas

Did you know that omega-3 deficiency can be deadlier than eating too much trans-fats? Last month’s Research News section offered this interesting finding from the Harvard School of Public Health, in which researchers found that getting too few dietary omega-3s accounted for 72,000–96,000 preventable deaths in the United States in 2005 (see August issue, page 10).

Man running on beach

Muhammad Ali once said, “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.” I might be bold enough to add good nutrition to that list.


Fads in healthcare are everywhere we turn. Ayurvedic medicine, however, is not one of them.

BluebonnetBluebonnet Nutrition adds EarthSweet Chewable D3 vitamins to its product offerings. This fat-soluble supplement is available in 400, 1,000, 2,000 and high-potency 5,000 IU Vcaps, each of which is said to help support bone mineralization.  12915 Dairy Ashford, Sugar Land, TX 77478, 

Kelp RootAccording to Fine USA Trading, this Kelp Root Extract is the richest source of sea minerals, especially iodine, in the ocean. This concentrate of Kombu root is 90% sodium- reduced, which balances sodium and potassium levels. Health benefits include iodine maintenance for immune system and thyroid health as well as detoxification with sodium alginate for colon health. 1311 Sartori Ave., Ste.

From Enzymedica, Inc. comes ViraStop 2x for increased immunity and overall health support. ViraStop 2x contains Enzymedica’s Thera-blend of eight different proteases, which help the body break down bacteria, yeasts and viruses.  SRP: $69.98 (90 servings).

Ayurvedic HerbThe Himalayan Institute introduces Chyawanprash (amla), an ayurvedic tonic for stress reduction, rejuvenation and antioxidant support. The supplement boasts 36 selected herbs and fruits combined with four food ingredients. Chyawanprash is prepared according to GMP standards and contains no preservatives, additives or synthetic ingredients. SRP: $14.95.

OxylentFrom Vitalah comes Oxylent, an effervescent multivitamin. The drink delivers a powerful blend of enzymes, electrolytes, amino acids and vitamins and minerals in a bioavailable liquid form sweetened with stevia. The powder packets, available in Sparkling Berries or Sparkling Mandarin, are easily mixed with water.