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Are you interested in  Alzheimer's disease?  Here you may discover that brain shrinkage was reduced by 90 percent with B6, B12 and folic acid- according to Oxford University Research, 2013. Are you interested in weight loss? Be sure to read the cautions below.  You will find  a solid set of tools and  insights for health and wellness as you investigate the latest information about safe supplements.

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"The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public. References suggested:

American Botanical Council provides reliable, up-to-date information about herbs based on modern science and traditional wisdom. The publications are peer-reviewed, and include a vast selection of periodicals, books, monographs, safety reviews, continuing education materials and searchable online databases.

ConsumerLab provides independent testing, quality ratings and comparisons of hundreds of vitamins, supplements and other health products.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) is an interactive resource for reliable information on herbs, dietary supplements, alternative systems of medicine, vitamin and mineral ingredients of currently available natural medicines and more. Information includes safety and effectiveness ratings, drug interactions and uses for each product. This consumer version does not require a log-in.

Natural Standard, founded by healthcare professionals and researchers, provides high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition..

The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) provides information for patients and professionals on advanced evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative health care to improve the lives of people affected by cancer."

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OXFORD, England, May ,2013 -- British researchers at Oxford University announced vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid lower levels of homocysteine, which may reduce Alzheimer's disease risk. Dr. David Smith of Oxford University in England said the amino acid homocysteine is linked to shrinkage of the brain. 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, now found brain shrinkage was reduced by 90 percent in particular areas of the brain most vulnerable in Alzheimer's. . ..

In light of this current research, you may find investigating the wellness potential in  B vitamins  of interest.


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Safe Supplements and Mild Cognitive Impairment

Safe Supplements and Mild Cognitive Impairment

Previous studies show patients with mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease, suffered 50 percent less brain shrinkage overall if they took vitamin B supplements.

The current study ... published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, found brain shrinkage was reduced by 90 percent in particular areas of the brain most vulnerable in Alzheimer's patients, the Daily Telegraph reported. "It is too early to know whether these effects mean someone is less likely to develop dementia," Dr. Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said in a statement. "It is also not clear from other research in this area whether B vitamins would have any benefit for those who already have dementia."

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 We asked our colleagues at The Sage CompanionGreg Hottinger (Slim Coach) and Professor Fred (Fitness Finesse) to let us know the part good nutrition plays in  being Fit and Healthy. Explore  information they (and others) have provided. (Be sure to bookmark this page and come back as this is an ongoing project.)

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Disclaimer: The nutritional and health information provided on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional advice of any kind.

If you are a person who has been prescribed coumadin, for example,there could be very serious interactions with supplements that are safe for other people. 

Please know that this report is NOT intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any illness. Your use of  this website indicates your understanding and agreement with these terms. Be sure to take note of possible negative effects in the safe supplements review below.

Any number of our readers have expressed concern about assuring quality and  safety of vitamins and supplements they use asking: Have these products been  laboratory tested to meet FDA standards for identity, purity and composition?  Can people- regardless of age or physical ability  know for sure that products are tested for heavy metals, microbiology and contaminants?

Again, be sure to consider possible side effects and refer to
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

8 Common Safe Supplements & Potential Side Effects
as per The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

Here are the most common "safe supplements"

(calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium gluconate) Likely effective in combination with vitamin D in preventing and treating bone loss and osteoporosis. Taken daily, appears to reduce some PMS symptoms.

Belching, gas.Calcium can decrease the effectiveness of certain antibiotics, osteoporosis drugs, and thyroid drugs.

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We found it  convenient and cost-effective way to order online. In terms of good nutrition, please do connect with our Nutrition Coach here at The Sage Companion.   We think that good nutrition is especially important- regardless of age- and recommend you connect right here with  Greg Hottinger who is a friend and who is the lead nutrition expert for The Biggest Loser Club.

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 A multivitamin formula can be vital for many age-friendly functions for older adults  including the promotion of strong bones by assisting calcium metabolism.

Current Scientific Research is discovering that low vitamin levels may be implicated in degenerative illnesses.

Vitamins can influence a host of key biological functions vital to health and well-being.

Common Safe Supplements & Potential Side Effects

as per The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

(American cranberry, large cranberry, cranberry extract) Possibly effective for preventing recurrent urinary-tract infections. Large amounts can cause stomach upset, diarrhea. Might increase the effects of the blood thinner warfarin.

(EPA/DHA, omega-3 fatty acids, PUFA) Possibly effective for reducing triglyceride levels. Latest research indicates capsules could be implicated in prostate cancer.  Fishy aftertaste, upset stomach, nausea, loose stools. High doses can increase levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in some people or increase the chance of bleeding. Might increase the effect of blood-thinning drugs and high blood pressure medications.

(G6S, glucosamine sulfate 2KCl, glucosamine sulfate-potassium chloride) Likely effective treatment for reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Might also help slow progression of osteoarthritis. Nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, headache. Might increase the blood-thinning effect of warfarin and cause bruising and bleeding.

(acidophilus, acidophilus lactobacillus, probiotics) Possibly effective for preventing diarrhea while taking antibiotics. Gas. People with poor immune function should check with their doctor first. Might cause infection in people taking immunosuppressant drugs.

(African plum tree, African prune, Prunus africana) Likely effective for reducing symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Nausea, abdominal pain. 

(ademetionine, adenosylmethionine, S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine, sammy) Likely effective in reducing symptoms of major depression, reducing pain, and improving functioning in people with osteoarthritis. GI symptoms, dry mouth, headache, mild insomnia, anorexia, sweating, dizziness, and nervousness, especially at higher doses. It can make some people with depression feel anxious. Might lead to a toxic reaction when taken with the cough suppressant dextromethorphan, certain antidepressants, or narcotic pain relievers. Might worsen symptoms when taken with the Parkinson's drug levodopa.

(Hypericum perforatum, Saynt Johannes Wort, SJW) Likely effective for improving symptoms of some forms of depression. Insomnia, vivid dreams, anxiety, dizziness, headache, skin rash, and tingling. It can cause skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun. Can decrease the effectiveness of a wide range of drugs, including birth-control pills, heart medications, HIV/AIDS drugs, and warfarin. Might also increase the effects or side effects of certain antidepressants.

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