Aromatherapy Scents for Bath Products

Of all senses, smell is the most mysterious. A scent can take you back in time to a piece of nostalgia you’d relegated to history, warn you of danger, and even provoke action and lift mood. Essential oils are concentrated botanical extracts that add a new and luxurious dimension to your baths. They won’t cure cancer any time soon, but …

Supplements for Cold and Flu Season

Colds and flu are caused by hundreds of different rhinoviruses, all of which survive best in the cooler ecosystem of the nose. Everyone has their favorite remedy, but the vast majority do little more than lighten your wallet. 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for illnesses caused by rhinoviruses, so that common cold deserves to be treated with care. Separating …

Vitamin Myths and Facts

The supplement industry is rife with myths, largely based on vitamins’ dramatic effects on patients who have deficiencies. Here are some of the myths and facts about common vitamins: Vitamin C and the Common Cold Vitamin C’s influence on seasonal flu has proven to be underwhelming in human trials. Taken early, it can shorten your illness, but it won’t cure …

What Does Vitamin B Help With?

Vitamin B is among the most common deficiencies in the western world, so to some, it can seem like an energy panacea, easing frazzled nerves, improving sleep, and invigorating your days. Many diseases and medications can reduce absorption of B12, and folic acid levels tend to decline during pregnancy. Symptoms of deficiency can be hard to pin down, so if you’re …

Who Needs Vitamins, Anyway?

Obviously, everybody needs vitamins. The question is, are balanced meals enough to supply your body with sufficient nutrition, or do you need vitamin supplements? 68% of Americans use dietary supplements, and the numbers are still climbing. 44% of them do so to improve their general wellbeing, but indiscriminate use can be benign at best and harmful at worst. Supplements can …

Positive Outlook for Dietary Supplement Industry

Grand View Research expects the nutritional supplement market to reach $275 billion globally by 2024. Sports nutrition products alone are expected to generate $37 billion by 2024. Culture of Nutrition Diet trends have been coming and going for decades. Avoid this nutrient, increase that intake, achieve results: you’ll see messages like these everywhere. In the Information Age, consumers have more …

Back to School: Why Study Chemistry?

Chemistry touches everything you do. If The Food Babe had strong knowledge of the topic, her paranoia about chemicals would have dissolved into a lake of dihydrogen monoxide. Even the most benign things sound dangerous when you lack knowledge, and everything from yoga mats to human cells is made of chemicals. A little chemistry knowledge can help you stay healthy, relieve stress …

Trending Supplements 2017

The supplement industry will be worth $278 billion by 2024, and North America accounts for 28.5% of the market. Forget Big Pharma. Big Supp is profit-friendly enough to support you if you navigate it wisely. Amino acids generated about 14% of the revenue share in 2015, while dietary capsules were worth $26.42 billion. Omega-3 took up much of that category. …

Science or Snake Oil? Determining Quality Ingredients

In the words of Ben Goldacre, telling snake oil from remedy using online studies requires you to make sense of “a glorious, necessary mess.” Clinical trials have to confound the bias of researchers, publishers, and patients alike, otherwise their results are unreliable. Double blind, randomized human trials are the only gold standard that shows genuine efficacy. Animal and in vitro …

How are Dietary Supplements Regulated?

The same manufacturers behind Prozac and painkillers frequently make your nutritional supplements, but they’re regulated differently. Congress’s Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act removed almost all the hoops supplements had to jump through, standards to which prescription and over the counter drugs are still held. This leaves the FDA responsible for regulating nutritional supplements. Though regulated differently than prescription and …