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    It’s summertime! Time to get healthy!

    submitted by GNC Newtown

    Each day, more and more people are turning to natural supplements to fill the nutritional gaps in their diets.

    A recent survey among those who regularly use vitamins and natural supplements noted the following as the major areas of concern: cardiovascular health, cognitive support, joint health and digestion. Here are some of the more popular products chosen for these needs:

    HEART HEALTH – The first line of defense is using Omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish or vegetarian sources. These keep inflammation under control, while reducing the blood’s tendency to form clots. Omega 3’s keep cell membranes pliable, so blood vessels remain open and free flowing. Another heart supplement is Coenzyme Q-10. This compound supplies the biochemicals needed for cellular energy. It enhances the heart’s pumping action maintaining a regular, coordinated beat.

    JOINT HEALTH – Turmeric is fast becoming the popular choice for joint health. This Indian spice is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Turmeric also supports healthy blood sugar and liver function. Boswellia, like turmeric, is an Ayurvedic herb used for centuries as a joint remedy. Studies have shown that it reduces the age-related wear and tear of cartilage, resulting in less pain and improved physical function. Glucosamine and Chondroitin have also been shown to lubricate joints, while supporting healthy cartilage.

    DIGESTIVE HEALTH – Probiotics/Acidophilus support a healthy balance of micro flora in the colon. This contributes to a more efficient elimination system, better digestion and improved immune function. Green foods are another excellent choice for improved digestive health. The colon needs an alkaline environment to stay healthy. Green drinks from barley grass, wheat grass, chlorella and spirulina help get us there. Aloe Vera Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar are other weapons in the battle for optimal gut health. They aid in removing toxins and alkalizing the body.