Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

By Dr. Anna Simon Introduction Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is important for metabolism, converting carbohydrates and amino acids to useable energy for the body, and as an antioxidant protecting against tissue damage from free radicals. The earliest recorded isolation of riboflavin was in 1879 by A.W. Blyth, who extracted…

The Increasing use of Dietary Supplements: Benefits and Dangers

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Aiman Bandali INTRODUCTION Over the last few years, particularly since 2010, there has been an increase in intake of dietary supplements. According to the new market report published by Persistence Market Research, the global dietary supplements market was valued at $109.8 billion and is…

Vitamin A

Our bodies need a variety of vitamins and minerals to work properly and keep us healthy. One of those vitamins is Vitamin A, also known as Retinol. It is an important vitamin that is not often talked about. WHAT IS VITAMIN A? Vitamin A is considered to be a fat…

The Latest Scoop on Fish Oil Supplements

By Wendy Brody, Pharm. D. Many people take fish oil supplements for cardiovascular health benefits. Fish oil, refers to the two marine omega-3 fatty acids (FAs) EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Recent studies suggest fish oil may not have the cardiovascular benefits we once thought in certain…

Iron - Essential Mineral for your Health

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  SwapnaliHalder, Ph.D. Iron is an essential mineral or micronutrient that plays versatile roles in the human body. It is a metal denoted by molecular symbol ‘Fe’, that is mostly available in either of two different chemical states, i.e, ferrous or ferric form. Iron…

Do antioxidant supplements prevent the benefits from exercise?

By Dr. Gary Franke Introduction Almost everyone has heard about antioxidants. These nutrients, often vitamins or minerals, are found in many types of foods and are widely considered to be beneficial. Fruits and vegetables are healthy partly because of the antioxidants they contain. The aisles of grocery and drug stores…