What causes apples or bananas to brown? The culprits are enzymes, which oxidize phenolic compounds to make o-quinones. O-quinones produce a brown color by reacting to form compounds with amino acids or proteins. These catalysts serve a similar role in our bodies, as they are used to accelerate the process of turning one substance into another.

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Plants give us so much of what we need to survive and thrive. For a long time, it’s been understood that many plant species house a large and diverse supply of omega fatty acids. The research world and most of the consuming public know how important omegas are to our health, but a refined and specific knowledge about which plant-based omega sources suit different needs still eludes many. There are also useful details about extraction, delivery options and recent developments within this category for retailers to familiarize themselves with, so let’s get started.

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When it comes to beauty, many consumers are drawn to topical products. But there’s more to the story of moisturized, healthy and vibrant skin, hair and nails. Tell shoppers that beauty starts from the inside, and not just figuratively speaking. Cosmeceuticals can be ingested orally to benefit the skin, hair and nails as the perfect companion to topicals like lotions or balms. 

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Kids are taught how to balance, whether it’s learning to walk, carrying dinner plates to the sink or keeping the momentum on a seesaw without falling off. Most Americans are not applying what they learned on the playground to their eating habits. Too many are letting their nutrition crash to the ground by not achieving their recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of minerals such as iron, while other minerals, like calcium, are sometimes devoured to a dangerous extent.

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The wide and diverse range of marine oil products, and the omega-3 content they all offer, has ascended the ranks to health staple status over recent years. Consumers are now beginning to plumb deeper into the inner lives of their marine oil selections, and to ask more of them in both efficacy and stability.

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Pop quiz: Which of the following could be indicators of future heart problems?
a. Unhealthy cholesterol levels
b. High blood pressure
c. Elevated homocysteine levels
d. All of the above
e. What’s homocysteine?!?

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With such a heavy emphasis on supplements and nutrition today in sports, it is important for athletes to understand their specific needs. These needs vary across a wide range of sports and topics. While some aspects of sports nutrition are commonsense, new information is breaking every day. The following are some of the latest trends in the sports nutrition sector.

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It seems as if, for most of the medical community today, the question is not if a patient is suited for statin use, but “How soon can we get you on them?” It’s hardly hyperbole: According to statistics from the 2005–2008 government health survey, approximately 32 million Americans were taking a statin drug. This roughly equals the populations of Florida and Illinois combined.

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We all know that fussy child who has refused to eat anything but chicken nuggets for weeks on end. “It’s a phase,” her parents say. “She’ll grow out of it soon.” They’re right to a certain extent. All children go through some amount of “stranger danger” with foods, not wanting to eat anything but a few familiar items. Too many kids—from the very young to teenagers—never learn to eat a balanced diet, however.

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What do pizza and pumpkin pie have in common? They contain nutrients that, in supplement form, could help maintain prostate health—probably the last thing eaters think of while chowing down! Here, we cover how important supplements like lycopene and saw palmetto could help protect prostate health.

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