According to 2016 consumer survey data, 71 percent of U.S. adults take some type of dietary supplement. And the appeal of supplements is obvious. We know vitamins are necessary for health, so why not make sure we’re covering our bases? The darker side of dietary supplements is that many of the alleged health benefits are coming straight from people who stand to make big money from vitamin sales, and the research doesn’t always agree with the claims of vitamin manufacturers and retailers. Here’s a look at four vitamins you may want to think twice about.
We know vitamins are necessary for health, so why not make sure we’re covering our bases? (iStock)
According to 2016 consumer survey data, 71 percent of U.S. adults take some type of dietary supplement. And the appeal of supplements is obvious. We know vitamins are necessary for health, so why not make sure we’re covering our bases? The darker side of dietary supplements is that many of the allege…
It's not only how much weight you put on, but where you gain the flab that can affect your risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.
Researchers have found that women who store excess pounds around their midsections are more likely to also accumulate fat around their hearts, a risk factor for heart disease. This was especially true for black women, according the study which was published in Menopause.
"Studies have shown that it's not just being overweight that matters, it's also where you store the fat," said study coauthor Samar R. El Khoudary, Ph.D, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. "When the fat is near the heart it can be like a metabolically active organ that can secrete toxic chemicals. And because there is no border between the fat and the heart, it's much easier for those toxic chemicals to pass into the heart."
While the study focused on women who were near, at, or post menopause, the results would most l…
Despite most of us thinking that we’re brushing our teeth correctly or flossing frequently enough, dentist visits are often full of surprises. Irritation, cavities, gingivitis ― the list of our maladies goes on and on.
It’s always important to go back to basics and make sure that you’re brushing your teeth with proper technique. When it comes to ways people are brushing their teeth incorrectly, Jessica Hilburg, DDS and associate dean for clinical affairs at the NYC College of Dentistry, is the expert.
She told HuffPost that there’s one important part of your mouth that too many people skip over. “Sometimes people forget to brush the insides of their teeth, the surfaces that face the tongue and the palate,” Hilburg told HuffPost. ”Sometimes people forget these areas because we don’t see them when we look in the mirror. Food and plaque can buildup in these areas so it’s just as important to brush there as it is on the front of our teeth where we can easily see.” Hilburg also said not brushi…