Making the nutritional grade

As we enter 2016, many of us are thinking about our health and nutrition. After the indulgences of the holiday season, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s on our plate. When it comes to getting essential nutrients through food, it’s not enough to add the right foods to your menu, you also need…

How to protect your eyes year-round

As the temperatures cool down (goodbye summer, see you next year!), the sun may be shining a little less brightly, but that doesn’t mean you should pack your shades away. Maintaining healthy eyes and vision is a year-round job. 5 ways to keep your eyes healthy throughout the year: Wear sunglasses: Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet…

A Heart-Healthy Message from Santa and Mrs. Claus

Two of the most beloved holiday icons are leveraging their celebrity this season to bring attention to heart disease – the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. Mrs. Claus is inviting American families to join her in making the same, heart-healthy lifestyle changes she and Santa are taking on this year to raise…

Supplements are important – even for celebrities

Did you know singer Katy Perry takes 26 vitamins and supplements every day? She must know how important taking a daily supplement can be to help fill in the nutritional gaps you may have in your diet. Registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer says most people would benefit from a well-chosen supplement.    How do you know…

Seeing Well for a Lifetime

More than half of Americans are worried about their vision worsening later in life, according to a recent survey by DSM Nutritional Products/Kelton. Studies show nutrients like lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 DHA and EPA, vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene can help improve eyesight.

What Nutrients are Important for Eye Health?

What’s good for your heart and brain is good for your eyes – especially when it comes to nutrition. The connections aren’t too surprising – your eyes rely on tiny arteries for oxygen and nutrients just like your brain does, and your heart relies on much larger arteries. Keeping all those arteries healthy can help…

How To Eat Right for Eye Health

Registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer recently presented some thoughts on how to eat right for eye health on the TV program AM NorthWest in the Portland, Oregon area. Check out the full segment here. Elizabeth says: One in every four Americans suffers from one of the two leading causes of blindness: cataracts or age-related macular degeneration….

Important Nutrients for Eye Health

Are you one of more than 21 million Americans who suffer from vision trouble? According to a survey by the Ocular Nutrition Society, 78 percent of baby boomers rank vision as the most important of the five senses. Fifty five percent of those surveyed worry about vision loss, nearly as much as heart disease and…

Pregnancy and Nursing benefits of DHA

DHA during Pregnancy Nutrition before, during and after pregnancy plays an important role in fetal and infant development, as well as in maternal well-being. During pregnancy, DHA supports optimal infant brain, eye and nervous system development and is particularly important in the third trimester when significant brain growth occurs. Maternal DHA supplementation during pregnancy and…