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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.
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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.”

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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?

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Mother Catalogues Children and Animal Friendships in Russian Countryside

Many mothers will testify to the fact that throughout their busy days they have little time to sit back and enjoy their children or to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them in the form of simple, everyday moments. That is one of the reasons that Elena Shumilova, a mother in Russia, has taken over the internet with her amazing photography. Shumilova, a mother of two in the outskirts of Andreapol, purchased her first camera in 2012 and has been snapping breathtaking photos of her children ever since.

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“Children and animals – it’s my life. I’m a mom with two sons and we spend a lot of time on the farm,” Shumilova said in an interview. When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image.”

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Shumilova explained that her education in architecture, as well as experience in painting and sketching, have defined her “feeling of photography and composition.”

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“I’ve been shooting every day and processing the images at nights. By autumn I felt I found my own way of approaching photography,” she said.

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View more of Elena’s photographs here.

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BMW 328i Named Luxury Car of the Year

bmwCars.com recently announced the 2014 BMW 328i as the winner of the Lifestyle Award. The newest  Luxury Car of the Year is a perfect combination of “luxury, sport and prestige” and surpassed the other luxury sedans of 2013.

According to Cars.com, the BMW 328i “does everything well.”

The BMW has exceptionally strong acceleration due to its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, according to the website. It also has “progressive, fade-free brakes, and sharp, nimble handling.”

“It’s quick,” Cars.com adds, with “zero to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. It’s frugal: Observed gas mileage in our testing rang in at 28.1 mpg combined city/highway. The list of equipment, both standard and optional, is quite complete.”

BMW Product Planning and Strategy Manager Paul Ferraiolo accepted the award.

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Coconut Oil and Oral Health: Dr. Nadia Kiderman

coconut oilThe health benefits of coconut oil have been researched for many years, and numerous studies have revealed that the aromatic oil can indeed improve a person’s well-being as well as prevent health complications in the future. In fact, recent studies have shown that coconut oil may have another beneficial use- oral health and hygiene. Dr. Nadia Kiderman, DDS, an expert based in New York City, wrote an article discussing the positive effects of coconut oil on a person’s smile.

“According to a study from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, coconut oil’s antibacterial properties could spell good news for your smile and help you avoid cavities,” Dr. Kiderman explains.

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“A team of researchers is presenting the research at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference this year. They looked at what effect coconut oil had on the mouth when it came into contact with certain enzymes used in the digestive process. The results showed that the coconut oil reduced the growth of several strains of the Streptococcus bacteria, including a strain involved in tooth decay.”

Though further research is required, lauric acid, a substance in coconut oil, becomes a monoglyceride called monolaurin when digested. Both lauric acid and monolaurin are known to have strong microbial properties, and can destroy harmful pathogens including bacteria, fungi and certain types of viruses.

Coconut oil is often used in skin care products, and is added to many health drinks and supplements. Perhaps with additional research, it will soon be added to oral hygiene products as well.

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