Multivitamins: What You Should Know

vitaminsMany people turn to vitamin supplements to ensure that they get the appropriate daily dose of substances like iron, vitamin C, Omega-3 fatty acids or probiotics.

Before you get swept away in this convenient trend, there are a few things you should know, however. Woman’s Day Magazine offers the following 10 facts about multivitamins:

  • Consider temperature and storage requirements. Supplements that contain oils or probiotics should be refrigerated to prevent them from becoming exposed to too much heat, light and oxygen.
  • Different medications may interfere with your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals. Aspirin or birth control effect the body’s vitamin C levels, for example, and a boost in intake may be necessary.
  • Folate, or folic acid, is a B vitamin which the body often struggles to absorb. Contrary to popular belief, a synthetic type is better than naturally-derived folate in this case.
  • If you are a vegetarian, or don’t eat much meat during the week, you may want to consider a vitamin B12 supplement. This is a crucial substance that supports the body’s blood supply and nervous system, and is found mainly in animal products. Though some dark green vegetables, such as spinach, have B12, the plant form is not well-absorbed by the human body.
  • Be careful not to get too extreme. Vitamins are good for you, but large doses can effect digestion, moods and even the liver. Do your research, and maybe even consult with an expert.
  • Iron can be dangerous in large doses- if your multivitamin contains iron, make sure to take only the recommended amount each day. If you are pregnant or anemic, a doctor can recommend the appropriate dose for your needs.
  • Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble, so take them with a bit of fatty food to maximize their benefits. Water-soluble vitamins, on the other hand, include B and C.
  • Prescription medications may interact with certain vitamins, or deplete your body’s stores. Discuss the possibility with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do your research when you buy your vitamins, as labels can be misleading. The FDA regulates vitamin supplements like food, and not like medications.
  • Vitamin supplements cannot replace a healthy diet. Your daily routine and dietary habits will have a much stronger impact on your health than your multivitamin can.

MA+D for Art and Design in Miami

This President’s Day weekend treat yourself to one of the premier art fairs of the year: Miami Art+Design or MA+D. The Fair is being held at the gorgeous, brand new “in the round” waterside pavilion at Naguchi Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

In-the-Round Pavillion at the Naguchi Bayfront Park
In-the-Round Pavillion at the Naguchi Bayfront Park

Taking place over the five day period beginning on Friday, February 14 and ending on Tuesday, February 18, MA+D is Miami’s most chic fine art event, and not to be missed. Co-hosted by International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) and the French SNA (sponsors of the Paris Biennale), MA+D will feature the most respected and prestigious art dealers from around the world, presenting their best works from all time periods.

“The fair will be especially attractive to collectors, architects, and designers from throughout the United States and Latin America,” said Christian Deydier, President of the SNA. “Miami is a vibrant, exciting city that has become a major cultural meeting point for the Americas.”

Some of the many galleries which will be represented at the Fair include the Paris-based Galerie Alain Marcepoil; Robilant + Voena of London and Milan; and Phoenix Ancient Art with galleries in New York and Geneva.

There will also be an opening night preview on February 13 which will benefit the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. For more information call Ximena Gallegos at 305-348-2254.

Daniel Straus, HealthBridge Management, Announces Fundraising Campaign for the Valerie Fund

valerie_fund_logo.gif w=300With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, most people are collecting ideas for romantic date nights, the perfect red velvet cupcake recipe, and a new dress or pair of shoes. Companies, however, have different plans. CareOne LLC, for example, is using Valentine’s Day to support the Valerie Fund and the thousands of children with cancer and blood disorders who are supported by the organization. Daniel Straus, HealthBridge Management executive and CEO of CareOne, has set a $1 million fundraising goal for the Valentine’s Ball.

“Those of us at CareOne feel that there’s no more meaningful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than in support of The Valerie Fund,” Straus said in a statement.

“The work of the Valerie Fund is heartwarming, supporting both superb state-of-the-art outpatient healthcare and emotional support each year for thousands of New Jersey children with cancer and blood disorders. The fund is a wonderful example of love being expressed by giving to others, and we are proud to support it. We’ve set a fundraising goal of $1 million. That’s an ambitious goal but I am confident in the ability of our team to achieve and perhaps even exceed it.”

Straus went on the explain that members of the CareOne team, as well as affiliated companies like Healthbridge Management, have worked hard to support the fundraising campaign in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

“I am so proud of the CareOne team,” he said. “In addition to CareOne executives and team members, residents of many of our Centers raised funds with events such as bake sales and jewelry sales. Many of our vendors and suppliers also participated. This is the CareOne community coming together to help those in need.”

“The hard work and tremendous empathy of all those in the CareOne community has been remarkable to witness,” The Valerie Fund co-founders Ed and Sue Goldstein added. “The Valentine’s Ball will go a long way towards supporting the Valerie Fund’s mission. It will allow us to continue to provide comprehensive healthcare support for the seven Valerie Fund Centers that are so vital to these children and their families, including those without medical insurance.”

Top Super Bowl Commercials of 2014

Millions of people gathered in front of their televisions on Sunday to watch the epic showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. Though the game ended up being surprisingly anticlimactic, this year’s Super Bowl commercials have garnered worldwide attention, and social media outlets have been buzzing with them for the past several days.

So far, according to twitter, Facebook and other social media shares, this year’s top ten Super Bowl ads are:

Budweiser’s “Puppy Love”

Dannon Oikos’ Full House Reunion

Toyota’s ad starring Terry Crew and The Muppets

Budweiser’s “Ian Up for Whatever”

Jaguar’s “British Villains”

Cheerios’ “Gracie”

Carmax’s “Slow Clap/Slow Bark”

GoPro’s “Red Bull Stratos”

Beats Music’s “Ellen DeGeneres”

Kia’s “The Truth”

Which was your favorite?