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Nutrient Deficiency Special Report™

While breaking the nocturnal fast is important, eating appropriately is just as essential. Eating a good breakfast, low in fat, and rich in dietary nutrients will mentally and physically set you up for anything the day may throw at you.

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Clinical Insights – The History Of Stevia

Dr. Moises Santiago Bertoni, director of the College of Agriculture in Asuncion, first learned of what he described as “this very strange plant” from Indian guides while exploring Paraguay’s eastern forests in 1887. This area was not the herb’s native ‘growing ground.’ Consequently, Bertoni, by his own account, was initially “unable to find it.” It was 12 years before he was presented with tangible evidence — a packet of stevia fragments and broken leaves received from a friend who had gotten them from the mate plantations in the northeast. He subsequently announced his discovery of the “new species” in a botanical journal published in Asuncion.

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Clinical Insights – Stevia Research

Stevioside, a glycoside present in the leaves of the plant, Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni (SrB), has acute insulinotropic effects in vitro. Its potential antihyperglycemic and blood pressure-lowering effects were examined in a long-term study in the type 2 diabetic Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rat.

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Clinical Insights – The FDA And Stevia

While the American public has waited in vain for a safe artificial sweetener to be developed, citizens of certain other countries have for years — in some cases, for centuries — enjoyed a safe, natural sweetener that is virtually calorie-free and to which many other health benefits have been attributed. This miracle sweetener is a South American herb called Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni — commonly known simply as stevia, estimated to be some 150 to 400 times sweeter than sugar.

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Clinical Insights – Fish Oil Taken Throughout Life Improves Old Age Cognition

ABERDEEN, Scotland–Scientists conducted an observational study examining the effects of food supplement use on cognitive aging on subjects born in 1936, and tested for mental ability in 1947. The subjects were followed up in 2000 and 2001, at which time cognition, diet, food supplement use, and risk factors for vascular disease were assessed. In a nested case-control study, fish oil users were matched with nonusers, and cognitive function was related to erythrocyte omega 3 essential fatty acid (EFA) composition.

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