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Running a Sale on Your Private Label Vitamins

men at desk with paper, pencil, laptops - running a sales promotion for supplements

Running a Sale on Your Private Label Vitamins

Running a sales promotion for your private label vitamins or anything else can be an effective way to bring your numbers up. However, many small business owners do not know how to properly run a sale and end up wasting time and money on something that can easily be done. If you take the time, you can run a sale that will bring in new customers and garner loyalty from current customers. Continue reading to learn more about properly running a sales promotion for supplements.

Running A Sales Promotion For Supplements

Set Goals

Before you start to come up with the visuals and method of your sales plan, you will need to decide what your goal is. This means identifying what you want your promotion to accomplish. Some examples of goals for running a sales promotion are:

  • Bring in new customers
  • Bring back old customers
  • Increase sales during slow months
  • Promote new products
  • Increase sales for an old product

While there are many more options for why you would run a sales promotion, this list is a good start. You may even use a combination of these as the base for your promotion plan. As long as you have a set goal for your sale, you can move on to planning it out.

Come Up With Sale

Once you have set your goal, you can start planning what your sale will be and when it will be held. This is arguably one of the most important steps in running a sale for your private label vitamins.

Sales Ideas

There are many sales ideas that you can use to promote your supplements. If you want, you can simply discount a certain product. However, it may be better to offer a buy one get one free deal as it is the same as offering a 50% discount. Many people will choose the buy one get one option as they like the idea of getting something for free.

If you don’t want to offer a free product at the moment or discount a product, you can offer a bundle pack. An example of this would be offering an Advanced Multi supplement along with a Children’s Advanced Multiple at a discounted price. In fact, one study found that there was a 73% increase in the sale of lotion when in a value pack.

When To Hold The Sale

Determining when to hold your sales promotion can be tricky because it depends on what kind of store you operate. If you run an online business, and over the weekend or overnight sales would be good as you do not need to worry about business hours. However, if you have a physical location, it may be best to run the sale all day on a certain day of the week. Another thing you can do is hold a sale for specific holidays like a Mother’s Day Sale or something similar. In addition to that, look at your past data from previous sales so you can see when your customers are most active or around times that you already see an increase in sales.

Advertise Sale

Once you know what your sale is going to consist of and when you are going to hold it, you are going to need to advertise it. You can do this by sending an email to those on your subscriber list. Other ways include posting about it on all of your social media channels and maybe even consider spending some money to promote those posts on all platforms possible. If you have a physical store location, consider publishing your sale in the weekly newspaper and having a sign in your window.

No matter which way you approach advertising your promotional sale it is important that you advertise or else no one will know about it and it will be a waste of time. Even if it is a “flash-sale” at least give some notice so people know it is coming. The US Small Business Association recommends flash sales as “Nothing sparks spending like a really limited time offer.”

Post-Sale Analysis

After you have completed your sale, and everything is done, it is important to look back on it. That way you can we what went well and what didn’t. You can then use this information to better improve further sales promotions. What you want to look for is how much your sales increased during the promotion and how many were new customers that had created an account with you and how many are returning under a previous account. What you can also do is look to see how many of the new customers came back to buy something else from your business.

Conclusion

When it comes to running a sales promotion for supplements and your private label business, you will need to know a lot. One thing to remember is to set your goals for your sale and plan it out. Another is to advertise your sale and then look back so you can improve in the future. Be sure to check out one of our previous articles to learn about Using Instagram to Grow your Private Label Business.

Sources

https://www.sba.gov/blog/18-ideas-marketing-seasonal-business-season
https://www.leadpages.net/blog/promotion-ideas-to-boost-sales/
https://www.b2bmarketing.net/en/resources/blog/why-promotions-are-so-important-and-why-you-should-run-them-often
https://www.economist.com/business/2012/06/30/something-doesnt-add-up

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Using Instagram To Grow Your Private Label Business

over the shoulder shot of someone holding a phone on instagram - Instagram for a private label business

Using Instagram To Grow Your Private Label Business

Many people use Instagram to keep in touch with their family and friends who they do not see often. However, did you know that you can use this social media platform to grow your small private label business? In fact, it may be best to get started on Instagram as soon as possible so you can get a jump start on gaining new followers. So, how do you use Instagram for a private label business?

Instagram For A Private Label Business

Set Up Business Account

One of the first things you are going to want to do when you first create an account for your private label business converts the personal account to a business account. To do this you will need a Facebook business account to link to your Instagram business account.

Once you switch to a business Instagram account, you will unlock many features to help grow your business. However, in order to best use these features like insights and advertising, you will need to have a complete profile.

Complete Profile

A complete Instagram profile consists of a few things. The first being a profile picture. When choosing this, make sure it shows what your brand is about, and it could even just be your logo. Next, you want to fill out your bio with what your business is about and maybe include your most recent private label supplement. One thing you can do is add a link such as Linktree which is a service that compiles all your links into one. The best part is that it is free to start using.

The last thing you want to do when completing your profile is to come up with a theme or feel that you want your page to have. Create a pattern of post types or a schedule for when you post. You can even use tools like Planoly to plan out your posts and make sure they look aesthetically appealing together.

Find your Target Audience

When you are first starting out on Instagram, you won’t have many followers except for maybe some close friends and family. However, you are going to want to branch out and expand your following. To start, look at the followers of businesses similar to yours and see if they are interested in what you are doing. Research the demographic that you want to sell your products to and learn as much as you can about them and the content that might appeal to them.

Then start posting and making efforts to gain new followers. You can start by giving them a follow and seeing if they follow back. If not, try liking some of their posts and engaging with them like commenting something on their photo. Make sure that it is still relevant to what the photo is and not bombarding people with click bait or insincere interactions as they might end up blocking you. Once you have gained somewhat of a following by doing this, and posting consistently, you will need to tailor your content to what your audience likes.

Create Content For your Audience

As previously mentioned, once you have gained a following and are posting often, you need to tailor your content to what your followers want. The Instagram algorithm favors pages with higher engagement rates. Be sure to check out this article to learn about How the Instagram Algorithm Works. One way to see what kind of content best suits your audience is by conducting an A/B test. This will allow you to post the same content, but with one variable difference to see which performs better. After some time, and different tests, you can continue to narrow down what is best for your page. That way, regardless of what type of content, such as photo, video, or story, you can still post what is best for your page.

Use Hashtags Correctly

In addition to creating content that is tailored to your audience, you are going to want to use hashtags to grow your small private label business on Instagram. Instagram posts with hashtags receive many more impressions and tend to do better than ones without. Try it for yourself, by conducting an A/B test with one post with hashtags and one without. That way, you can find if they will work for you. If you find that hashtags work for you and your Instagram for a private label business, you don’t want to just fill your posts with irrelevant hashtags. Even if some of these are trending, if it has nothing to do with your brand, don’t use it because there are still popular hashtags that you can use that correlate with your brand and business.

Giveaways

Hosting a giveaway on Instagram is one of the best ways to gain new followers. In fact, if you partner up with an influencer who is a specialist in your industry, you can better gain new followers. Depending on the size of their following, often times influencers will promote your product in exchange for sending them free product.

If you host a giveaway with an influencer, make sure that you have all people come to your page and follow you to enter. If done consistently, you will gain more and more followers and, eventually, customers.

Conclusion

When it comes to Instagram for a private label business, there are a few things to know. The first is to set up your account and optimize it so people can find you. The next, and probably most important is to tailor your content to what your audience wants. Lastly, remember to do giveaways as people love getting things for free and will follow you and potentially become one of your customers.

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https://www.onlinemarketinginstitute.org/blog/2017/03/succeed-small-business-instagram/
https://us.accion.org/resource/your-small-business-instagram-marketing-strategy/
https://newsfeed.org/how-to-get-started-with-instagram-for-business/
https://newsfeed.org/6-tips-for-a-successful-business-instagram-profile/

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The Effects of Too Much Sugar on the Body

colorful candies on white backdrop - why too much sugar is bad

The Effects of Too Much Sugar on the Body

Sugar is hiding in many places where you think that it is least likely to be. This is because, in the world today, many products have added sugar to them. While added sugar is okay when eaten in moderation, due to it hiding in many foods, people tend to eat unhealthy amounts of it. So, what does this added sugar do to the body when too much is consumed? Continue reading to learn more about why too much sugar is bad for the body.

Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad

Weight Gain

In the world today, the rates of obesity have been rising over the years. The added sugar that is in certain drinks is thought by many to be one of the main causes of this epidemic. Sodas, juices, and sweet teas contain a lot of fructose, which is a simple sugar. One study found that consuming this sugar, as opposed to glucose, the sugar in starchy foods could increase your hunger and desire to eat. The study also found that excessive fructose consumption may cause leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that regulates hunger and tells your body to stop eating. With both of these combined, sugary drinks won’t leave you feeling full, but instead, leave you wanting more to eat or drink.

Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. High-sugar diets have been associated with a number of diseases, heart disease being one of them. In addition to that, a study among over 30,000 US adults found that people who consumed 17-21% of their calories from added sugar had a 38% greater risk of dying from heart disease. They were compared to those who only got 8% of their calories from added sugar.

Just one can of soda contains around 52 grams of sugar. This is around 10% of your daily calorie consumption. If you already drink one soda each day, you are already over the recommended 25- 37.5 grams or 100-150 calories. This is why it is important to avoid sugary drinks as much as possible and choose healthier alternatives.

Acne

Those who eat a diet that is high in refined carbs, with sugary foods and drinks may have an increased risk of developing acne. This is because foods with a high glycemic index, like sugary foods, raise your blood sugar quicker than foods with a low glycemic index. Studies have shown that diets with foods that have a high glycemic index had a greater risk of acne than ones with a low glycemic index. One population study showed that those who lived in rural areas who ate mainly non-processed foods had less acne than those who lived in urban areas where many foods have added sugar. In fact, the odds of boys developing acne in these small villages were 85% lower than those in the city.

Energy

As previously mentioned, foods high in added sugar can raise your blood sugar quicker than the foods without as much added sugar. This spike in blood sugar can lead to increased energy. However, one problem with this energy is that it only lasts for a short amount of time. This can lead to a sudden drop in blood sugar which is also known as a crash. To avoid this, instead choose foods that are lower in added sugar, but have high amounts of fiber. One way to keep your energy stable is to pair carbs with protein or fat so you can keep your blood sugar stable as well.

Liver Health

Unlike many of the other types of sugar such as glucose that are taken up by the cells throughout the body, fructose is mainly broken down by the liver. This sugar is converted into energy or stored as glycogen. Unfortunately, the liver can only store so much glycogen before the rest turns into fat. Too much of this and you overload your liver which leads to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is an excessive fat buildup in the liver. One study of over 5,900 adults showed that those who drank a sugar-sweetened beverage such as soda, juice, or tea daily, had a 56% higher risk of developing NAFLD compared to people who didn’t. While it is okay to occasionally have a sugar-sweetened beverage, if you consume one too often, you are at risk of many health complications.

Conclusion

When it comes to why too much sugar is bad, there is a lot that comes from getting too much sugar due to many foods containing excess amounts. In order to avoid this, you need to choose foods that do not contain as much added sugar and avoid sodas or other drinks that contain more than you should get in a single day. Be sure to check out this article to learn about The Importance of Eating a Balanced Diet.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4443321/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24493081
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a well balanced meal on a wooden table - eating a balanced diet

The Importance Of Eating A Balanced Diet

a well balanced meal on a wooden table - eating a balanced diet

The Importance Of Eating A Balanced Diet

There are many people in the world today that do not eat a balanced diet. These people are not getting the nutrients that the body needs to function properly. However, it is not too late to turn around and start eating right. So, why not provide your body with the nutrients it needs? Continue reading to learn more about eating a balanced diet.

Why The Body Needs A Balanced Diet

The human body needs a balanced diet packed with nutrients to function properly. In addition to this, if all you do is eat unhealthily, you are at risk of becoming overweight or obese, developing illnesses, and many other health risks. The US Department of Health & Human Sevices (HHS) states that “About one-third of US adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents are obese.”

However, even if you are not overweight eating a balanced diet is still important. The HSS also states, “Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death.” This makes it crucial for everyone to eat healthily.

What Does A Balanced Diet Include?

Fruits

These are a great source of nutrients, whilst also being a delicious snack between meals. Fruits are great sources of many of the essential nutrients that people are commonly deficient in such as vitamin C, folate, and potassium. In addition to that, most fruits you eat are low in fat, sodium, and calories, and all of them have no cholesterol. However, many fruits are high in sugar so if you have conditions like diabetes, you may want to find a low-sugar fruit. Some options for fruit are:

  • Raspberries (low sugar)
  • Strawberries (low sugar)
  • Apples
  • Oranges (low sugar)
  • Peaches (low sugar)
  • Bananas

When choosing your fruit, try to find ones that are in season and are in your area as these are fresher and can provide more nutrients than when they are out of season. You want to aim to get 2 – 2.5 cups of fruit each day to help maintain a balanced diet

Vegetables

Vegetables are among the main sources of some of the essential vitamins and minerals the body needs on a daily basis. Some nutrients they provide are vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, potassium, and dietary fiber. Along with this, many veggies are low in calories and low in fat. However, one thing to note is that any dressings or seasonings added to the vegetables will increase the fat and calories so it is best to avoid them or use them in small quantities. Try to get 2 – 2.5 cups of vegetables each day to have a balanced diet. Some nutrient-packed veggies are:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Green Beans
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Collard Greens

Grains

Grains can be divided into two separate groups. These groups are whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain grains that have not been refined and still contain the bran, germ, and endosperm. On the other hand, refined grains have had the bran and germ removed. In doing this, these refined grains lose most of their nutritional value. Some of these grains have some nutrients added back to them. However, the fiber is not added back to it.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, refined white flour is the most consumed grain. It is okay to have some refined grains as long as you are getting whole grains too. In fact, it is recommended that half of your grains come from whole grains (3-5 servings). You can find whole grains in many foods like:

  • Whole Oats
  • Whole Wheat
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice
  • Corn
  • Whole-Grain Bread and Pasta

Proteins

Protein is a nutrient that is used in the body for muscle and brain development. The average male should aim to get 56-91 grams each day, while the average female should aim to get 46-75 grams of protein. Many people get their protein from a variety of meats. If you are getting it from meat, try to go for leaner, low-fat meat such as chicken, fish, and certain cuts of beef and pork. If you trim off any skin, you can reduce the fat and cholesterol in some of these meats, making it better for your health.

In addition to meats, there are other sources of protein. This makes it easy for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle to get their nutrients too. Some protein-rich foods that are non-meats are:

  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds

Dairy

Most of the world get their calcium and vitamin D from dairy products. This food group also provides other nutrients in small amounts. However, dairy products are also sources of fat, which makes it important to choose wisely. If you are going for milk, try to get a low-fat, or skim milk. The same thing goes for the yogurt you purchase. If you find that the dairy milk you get has too much fat, you can get the same nutrients from plant-based milk. Almond milk and Soy milk are usually fortified with calcium and many other nutrients, so you won’t be missing out by going this route. Just check the label on the product to ensure the nutrients are there.

Oils

Oils are something that is needed to have a balanced diet, but at the same time, should be eaten sparingly. Foods such as salad dressing and mayonnaise can be purchased in low-fat and low-sugar forms as a healthier alternative. If you have something that requires vegetable oil, you can replace it with olive oil as it is a healthier choice. Another thing with oils is to avoid deep-fried foods as they are just empty calories meaning they provide little to no nutritional value. Try to get between 5-7 teaspoons each day in your diet

What Does A Balanced Diet Look Like?

A balanced diet is when you take all of the different food groups and get the recommended amount each day throughout your meals. For breakfast, you can have low-fat milk or yogurt, cheese, and eggs to get dairy and protein, along with whole-grain toast or cereal to get your grains. You can add butter or avocado to your toast to get some fat and add some of your favorite fruit to gill that category.

Lunch could consist of a simple salad. All you will need is some of the leafy green vegetables along with a mix of others, throw in some chicken or tofu for protein, add some whole grains, and pair with a little bit of your favorite salad dressing.

Your dinners should be something that is easy to make, but is also nutritious. You should try to get a cup of veggies like steamed broccoli, a cup of whole grains such as brown rice, and a protein such as Halibut. Add in a small side salad and you have a meal that can be used again for lunch the next day if you have leftovers.

One thing to remember about having a balanced diet is to also not go overboard on the snacks. If you choose to have a snack, make it a healthy one by just having fruit and veggies paired with something like hummus or peanut butter.

Conclusion

When it comes to eating a balanced diet, there is a lot that you need to know. The first thing is that everyone needs to have a balanced diet. However, it can be very hard to get a balanced diet and eat perfectly each meal. That is why supplements are available to help fill the nutrient gaps that show up whenever you eat something with a lower nutritional profile. If you are looking to contract to manufacture your own supplements, fill out a contact form or call us today at (888) 866-5755

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https://www.choosemyplate.gov/eathealthy/vegetables/vegetables-nutrients-health
https://www.unitypoint.org/livewell/article.aspx?id=ff0de079-682c-4f1a-b686-6b5b50e2f541
https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/eat-healthy/importance-of-good-nutrition/index.html
https://www.choosemyplate.gov/eathealthy/grains

Who Would Benefit From A Glucosamine Supplement?

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Who Would Benefit From A Glucosamine Supplement?

There are many people in the world today that supplement with glucosamine. Some people will even get a glucosamine supplements for their dog or cat. However, there are still many people who would benefit from a glucosamine supplement that do not take one. Continue reading to learn more about glucosamine and if you are someone who would benefit from trying a supplement.

What Is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is a compound that occurs naturally in the body and is classified as an amino sugar. It is a building block for a variety of molecules, but it mainly is used to help develop and maintain the cartilage in the joints. When used as a supplement, whether it is a topical cream or oral supplement, it can help with joint health and maintenance.

Where Is It Found?

As previously mentioned, glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance in the body. However, there are no naturally occurring food sources of glucosamine. This means that the only way to get it other than making it in your body is through supplementation. However, where do the supplements get their glucosamine from if it can only be made in the body? The answer is simply from shellfish or it is made artificially. The Mayo Clinic states, “In supplement form, glucosamine is harvested from shells of shellfish or made in a lab.” The reason as to why they make artificial glucosamine is for those who have a shellfish allergy. Be sure to check out this article to learn all about How Shellfish Affects The Body.

Uses Of Glucosamine

Healthy Joints

As mentioned above, the main role of glucosamine is to help develop and maintain the joints in the body. It does this by assisting in rebuilding and maintaining the cartilage between the joints. There are many studies that suggest that supplementing glucosamine may help protect the joints by preventing the cartilage from breaking down. One study divided 82 cyclists into two groups of 41 each. One group was given a daily glucosamine supplement of 3 grams, while the other was given a placebo. At the end of the study, the researchers found that the glucosamine supplement reduced collagen degradation in the knees by 27%. This was compared to the 8% that was in the placebo group.

Inflammation

In addition to being able to help keep your joints healthy, research indicates that glucosamine may be able to help deal with inflammation. In a study of over 200 people, glucosamine supplements were linked to a 28% and 24% reduction in two markers of inflammation. This study also found that if the supplement was taken with chondroitin, the results could be upped to a 36% reduction. Even though studies like this show promise for glucosamine being able to reduce inflammation, many also simultaneously use chondroitin, which is not bad, however, more research is needed to know for sure.

Who Would Benefit From A Glucosamine Supplement?

There are many people who would benefit from a glucosamine supplement. One of the above studies used cyclists to determine if glucosamine could help, and it did. This could mean that athletes would be some people who would benefit from a glucosamine supplement. The reason is that most, if not all sports are going to require you to use your joints in strenuous activity.

dark brown dog running through water - who would benefit from a glucosamine supplement

Another group of people who would benefit from a supplement of glucosamine is older people. This is due to older people not being able to produce enough glucosamine naturally in their bodies and the cartilage breaking down as you get older. If left untreated, this can lead to serious consequences.

The final group of people who would benefit from a glucosamine supplement is not even people at all. It is the dogs and cats that many own as pets. They are constantly on their legs, and older dogs and cats need it the most. At Matsun Nutrition, we manufacture glucosamine supplements for small dogs, medium dogs, and large dogs, along with cats of all sizes. We can also manufacture vegetarian glucosamine for dogs with a shellfish allergy.

Conclusion

There are many different people who would benefit from a glucosamine supplement. Even pets are some who would too. Here at Matsun Nutrition, we manufacture a custom glucosamine formula that is tailored to your needs whether it be for people or pets. To get started, call us today at (888)-866-5755 or visit our website here.

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https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-glucosamine/art-20362874
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23358550 |
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24738579

How CoQ10 Affects The Body

red meat on ice - health benefits of CoQ10

How CoQ10 Affects The Body

As people get older, they tend to feel like they have less energy to do things. A lack of CoQ10 could be the answer to their problem as this nutrient has many health benefits and functions within your body. Continue reading to learn more about the health benefits of CoQ10, where you can find it, and any side effects that may come with it.

What Is CoQ10?

Coenzyme Q10, otherwise known as CoQ10 is mainly used to help generate energy inside of your cells. In the body, it is stored inside of the mitochondria of your individual cells. The mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouse of the cell, as they are responsible for producing energy. In addition to helping to make energy within the mitochondria, CoQ10 also serves as an antioxidant to help protect the cells from free radicals. These free radicals damage the cells and other parts of the body when left unchecked. Your body is exposed to free radicals when it metabolizes foods, and when it comes in contact with pollutants and toxins such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, and UV light from the sun. Check out this article for more information on antioxidants.

Where Is It Found?

CoQ10 can be found in many different places. The human body usually produces plenty of CoQ10 on its own, however, as people age their ability to produce it can diminish. For this reason, it is important to be able to get CoQ10 from other sources outside the body. Food sources of CoQ10 include:

  • Organ Meats: Heart, kidney, and liver
  • Other Meats: Pork, chicken, and beef
  • Fatty Fish: sardines, mackerel, and trout
  • Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach
  • Legumes: Soybeans & lentils
  • Fruits: Strawberries & oranges
  • Nuts & Seeds: Pistachios & sesame seeds

In addition to the above food sources of CoQ10, there are also supplements available for those who cannot eat these foods and cannot produce enough on their own. Here at Matsun Nutrition, we can help you create a custom CoQ10 formula to meet all of your needs. Please visit our website here to get a quote for your supplements.

Health Benefits of CoQ10

In addition to being stored in the mitochondria to help produce energy, CoQ10 has many other possible health benefits that can only be received by those who have enough of it in their bodies.

Heart Health

older man and woman sitting on an ocean pier - health benefits of CoQ10

Heart failure is usually a consequence of other heart issues such as high blood pressure. When issues like high blood pressure affect the heart so often that it is unable to pump blood throughout the body, heart failure occurs. However, many studies have looked into whether or not CoQ10 may be able to help relieve these symptoms and help those with heart failure. In one study of 420 people with heart failure, participants were treated with CoQ10 for two years. After the two years, CoQ10 improved their symptoms and also reduced the risk of dying from heart problems. This is not the only study that shows the heart benefits of CoQ10. Another study of 641 people gave their participants a Coq10 supplement or a placebo for a year. In the end, the people in the CoQ10 group had been hospitalized less frequently for heart failure and other complications.

Skin Health

The skin is your body’s largest organ. It is also constantly exposed to things that can damage it and cause aging. In an attempt to protect against damage, many people take a CoQ10 supplement as it is an antioxidant that can protect against free radicals as mentioned above. Some people take this one step further and apply a cream or ointment with CoQ10 onto their skin. One review of multiple experiments showed that when applied to the skin, CoQ10 can help reduce oxidative damage caused by ultraviolet rays and decrease the depth of any wrinkles.

Brain Health

As previously mentioned, the mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cells with their main function being to produce energy. They also produce energy for brain cells. As people age, their mitochondria function can decrease. This can lead to brain cells dying and several serious brain diseases. One study in animals showed that CoQ10 may be able to reduce harmful compounds that damage brain cells. This, in turn, could help protect the brain from damage and slow the progression of some conditions.

Possible Side Effects & Concerns

Even though there are many health benefits of CoQ10, there are also some side effects to be cautious of. The Mayo Clinic states that “CoQ10 supplements appear to be safe and provide few side effects when taken as directed.” Some side effects you may encounter are:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

One thing to remember is that these are mild effects and there is not any serious side effect when taken as directed. Check with your doctor before starting any supplement so they can better advise you.

Conclusion

When it comes to the health benefits of Coq10 there are many that people can receive by simply taking in the nutrient. However, it is important to remember that there are some possible side effects and to talk to your doctor before starting a new supplement. If you are interested in contract manufacturing your own custom CoQ10 supplement through Matsun Nutrition, visit our website here or give us a call at (888) 866-5755.

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Wound Healing Nutrients

nutrients to help heal wounds

Wound Healing Nutrients

It is inevitable that you will get hurt sometime in the future. While you may not be able to tell the severity of the injury, you might still be able to prevent further damage. This is partially done through the foods you eat, as some foods contain nutrients that have wound healing properties. So, what are these nutrients and what foods contain them? Continue reading to learn more about some nutrients to help heal wounds.

Nutrients to Help Heal Wounds

Vitamin C

Another nutrient that can promote wound healing is vitamin C. Vitamin C is a great nutrient due to its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are compounds that protect the body from all the damages caused by free radicals. To learn more about free radicals and the effects of antioxidants, check out this article here.

When it comes to wound healing, vitamin C plays an important role. One study showed that it plays a role in all phases of wound healing. However, its main role is in the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that is a component of tissues that makes several body parts. The main thing it helps is the skin. It can improve the skin, and also help make new skin. That is why many people take collagen supplements in an effort to slow aging.

You can get vitamin C from a wide variety of foods. The main source that most people know of is citrus fruits. These include oranges, grapefruit, and lemons. However, they are do not contain the most vitamin C. Bell peppers contain more vitamin C than any citrus fruit. So, if you want to up your vitamin C intake, try some bell peppers instead.

Protein

Proteins are complex molecules that do many things for the body. Protein is also a building block of the tissues and organs. This makes it essential in order to make new skin, cells, and other parts that could have been damaged. One study published to the National Institutes of Health states that “Protein deficiency has been demonstrated to contribute to poor healing rates with reduced collagen formation and wound dehiscence.” As mentioned above, collagen is used to make new skin. This makes it even more vital that you get enough protein into your diet.

There are many foods that protein is found in. The most common foods that have protein in them are meats. Chicken is many peoples go-to for protein due to it being lean meat. However, beef is still a good source of protein. Other common sources of protein are eggs and even peanut butter.

Calcium

Another of the nutrients to help heal wounds is calcium. While calcium may not help with a cut or scrape on your leg, it is used to strengthen and maintain bone health. This can be useful if your injury includes a broken bone. One study showed that calcium supplementation is a potential strategy for treating fractures in the bones. If you do not want to supplement calcium, you can get it from many sources. Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt are among the most popular sources of Calcium. However, there are still other foods with calcium such as almonds and kale.

Vitamin D

On its own, vitamin D does not have any direct benefits to healing injuries. However, when paired with calcium, it can have an effect. This is because the body needs vitamin D in order to absorb calcium. The previous study mentioned above also stated that “Calcium and vitamin D are essential for maintaining bone health.” Without vitamin D, your body will not be able to absorb as much calcium as it can. In fact, Harvard Medical Shcool states that “Without vitamin D, your body would only be able to absorb 10% to 15% of the calcium from your diet.”

You can get vitamin d from many sources such as eggs, salmon, and the body manufactures its own vitamin D when the skin comes in contact with the light from the sun. For more on the benefits of vitamin D, check out one of our previous articles here.

Conclusion

There are many nutrients to help heal wounds that you can take to help you recover from your injuries. While you can get these nutrients from the foods you eat, you can also get them from supplements. One thing that is important to note is that you cannot simply take these nutrients, and overnight, expect your wounds to be healed. These nutrients have the ability to help your body recover, but they cannot immediately heal you.

Here at Matsun Nutrition, we have stock formulas to choose from to help you create the perfect supplement for your brand. For more information about what we do, please visit our website, or give us a call today at (951)-813-2316.

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Nutrients Found At Christmas Dinner

Nutrients Found At Christmas Dinner

The holiday season is when friends and family come together to enjoy each other’s company. Many people do this by having a big Christmas dinner either on Christmas eve or on Christmas day. Regardless of when it is held, many people stuff themselves and take in a lot of excess calories. However, there are some good nutrients in the foods that are being eaten. Continue reading to learn more about some nutrients at Christmas dinner.

Nutrients At Christmas Dinner

Turkey

Turkey is one of the more common holiday foods and also is very nutritious. It contains many nutrients such as selenium, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium potassium and even choline, Which you can learn more about here.

In addition to these vitamins, turkey is also loaded with some of the B vitamins. There are three main B vitamins with these being, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, and lastly, vitamin B12.

Vitamin B3 also called niacin is used in the body to produce energy and allow the cells to communicate with each other.

Pyridoxine, vitamin B6, is used to support the formation of amino acids. Amino acids are compounds that combine in order to form proteins.

Finally, vitamin B12 is crucial for DNA production and is also used to help form red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues, they then bring back the carbon dioxide to the lungs so you can exhale.

While it isn’t present as much as the others, turkey also contains other B vitamins like folate, thiamin, and riboflavin (B9, B1, & B2).

Ham

Ham is another holiday staple dish, and like turkey, it can be the main course for the meal. It contains many nutrients as well. Some of these nutrients are thiamin, selenium, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorus, and even iron. It also contains many other nutrients in small amounts.

One potential benefit that pork can have is its ability to aid in exercise performance. Another nutrient not mentioned above was beta-alanine. Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid. The body uses it to produce carnosine which is important for muscle function.

One study showed that high levels of carnosine, through beta-alanine supplementation could reduce fatigue and improve physical performance in trained sprinters. This could mean that if you intake enough pork you could be able to have better workouts and burn the excess calories from the Christmas dinner.

Potatoes

Potatoes are arguably the most common side dish around the holiday season. During Thanksgiving, they are usually mashed and served alongside some gravy. However, at Christmas dinner, many people opt into serving them as baked potatoes.

One thing that gives potatoes their benefits is the antioxidants in them. Antioxidants protect the body from compounds called free radicals that damage your body if left unchecked. Your body is exposed to them in many ways such as the pollution in the air, cigarette smoke, and UV light from the sun. Your body also makes free radicals when it converts the food you eat into energy (metabolism).

One study found that the colored potatoes, like the purple ones, can have three to four times more antioxidants than white potatoes. Regardless of what potatoes you use, make sure to keep the skin on it, as that is where most of the nutrients are.

Hot Chocolate

One of the most common drinks found around the holiday season is hot chocolate. This warm drink can do many things for the body. Its benefits come from the cocoa powder that is present in it. One possible benefit of cocoa is it may be able to reduce high blood pressure.

One study found that cocoa had a small, yet significant reduction in blood pressure. However, the effect was even greater in the people who had high blood pressure from the start. One thing to note is that while you may be receiving benefits from the hot chocolate, it has many other things that you should limit, so remember to drink it in moderation.

Brussel Sprouts

Even though they are one of the most disliked vegetables, Brussel sprouts are incredibly nutritious. In fact, a half-cup serving contains more than the amount of vitamin K that you need each day. They also contain vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese and folate. They are also rich in antioxidants which as mentioned above, protect the body from free radicals.

One study found that the compounds found in vegetables like Brussels sprouts possess some anti-inflammatory properties. As mentioned above, Brussels sprouts are rich in antioxidants. Studies have shown that kaempferol, one of the main antioxidants in Brussels sprouts, has anti-inflammatory properties. To ensure that you are getting the most out of your Brussels sprouts, steam them or roast them.

Conclusion

When it comes to the nutrients at Christmas dinner, there are many foods that contain many benefits. If you eat a balanced diet and don’t overeat at the holiday season, you can ensure that you are making wise decisions and are staying healthy. Be sure to check out one of our previous articles to learn about How Shellfish Affects The Body.

Recipes

Perfect Roast Turkey
Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham
Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Homemade Hot Chocolate
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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benefits of shellfish

How Shellfish Affects The Body

benefits of shellfish

How Shellfish Affects The Body

Shellfish are very nutritious and come with a wide variety of health benefits. However, many people have an allergy to shellfish that makes them unable to eat it. Regardless, it is important to know how much of it to eat and how it affects the body before you take a bite. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of shellfish and some alternative foods with similar benefits.

What Are Shellfish

Just like the name suggests, shellfish are animals that live in the water and have a shell or shell-like surface on their exterior. Most of them live in salt water locations like the ocean, however, there are a few species that live in freshwater.

Shellfish can also be divided into two categories with these being crustaceans and mollusks. Crustaceans include animals like shrimp, crayfish (crawfish), lobster, and crab. On the other hand, scallops, clams, mussels, and oysters are all examples of mollusks.

Health Benefits Of Shellfish

Nutritious

For the low amount of calories that shellfish have, they are extremely nutritious. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) gives the following nutrients for 100g (3.5 ounces) of each shellfish.

TypeCaloriesProteinFat
Shrimp

10620.4g1.77g
Crawfish8216.47g1.18g
Crab11822.81g1.23g
Lobster8917.86g1.79g
Clams295.71g0g
Scallops7115.04g0.88g
Oysters12712.73g5.45g
Mussels15523.89g4.42g

In addition to having low fat and calories, with high amounts of protein, shellfish contain many other nutrients. Some of these include Calcium, Iron, Sodium, vitamin A, vitamin C, Potassium, Omega-3 fatty acids and many more. To find if your shellfish contains any of these nutrients, click the links in the table above, or search for it here on the USDA’s website.

Heart Health

As previously mentioned, shellfish contain a plethora of nutrients within a small serving size. One such nutrient is the Omega-3 fatty acids. The main Omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is found in many plant foods while EPA and DHA are found in fish and other seafood like shellfish.

There are many studies that show that Omega-3 fatty acids have a link to a lower risk of heart disease. One study, conducted between 1986 and 1986 showed that, in 18,244 healthy men in Shanghai, China, those who ate more than 7 ounces (200g) of omega-3 fatty acid-rich shellfish each week were 59% less likely to die from a heart attack than those who ate less than 1.74 ounces (50g) each week. Other foods that are good for your heart are nuts, spinach, avocados, berries and much more.

Brain Health

Omega-3 fatty acids can not only be beneficial for your heart health, but they are also good for your brain too. The National Institutes of Health state that “Some, but not all, research shows that people who consume more omega-3s from food such as fish may have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other problems with cognitive function.”

One study published back in 2010 gave 485 older adults who had age-related cognitive decline either 900mg of DHA or a placebo every day. After the 24-week study was finished, those who were on the 900mg of DHA performed better on memory and learning tests than those who were on the placebo. Other foods that are good for your brain are berries, walnuts, dark chocolate and many more.

Weight Loss

The last of the benefits of shellfish is its ability to help with weight loss. As previously mentioned in the nutritious section, shellfish are low in calories and high in protein. This protein is also a lean protein meaning that they are great foods for people trying to lose weight. This is due to protein-rich foods keeping you feeling full and satisfied. This can prevent you from eating excess calories. If you have an allergy to shellfish there are still foods that contain the same properties. Check out this article to learn about some Foods to Boost your Metabolism.

Side Effects & Concerns

When it comes to the side effects of shellfish, there are not a lot of concerns to worry about. The main concern is if you have an allergy to shellfish. If you do, it is important to avoid them completely, as well as any product that may contain it. If your family has a history of allergies you should talk to your doctor before eating it, or feeding it to one of your younger children. The other concern is if you are consuming too much of them. While they may be considered a healthy food with all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, too much can be bad. Try to get around at least 2 portions of seafood each week.

Conclusion

There are many different health benefits of shellfish that you can receive if you eat the food. However, it is important to know that if you have an allergy, there are other foods that are available to get the same benefits. Lastly, it is also important to not consume shellfish excessively as too much can be a bad thing.

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https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/index.html
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https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-Consumer/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20434961

How Citric Acid Affects The Body

effects of citric acid - lemons in a line

How Citric Acid Affects The Body

Citric acid is found in many foods and is what gives things a tart and sour taste. It also can be manufactured to be used as a food additive. However, what are the benefits of citric acid and how does it affect the body. Continue reading to learn more about the effects of citric acid on the body.

What Is Citric Acid?

Citric acid is a chemical compound that does many things for the body. It was first discovered and isolated in 1784 by the Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele when he crystallized it from lemon juice. Later on in 1893 Carl Wehmer, a German chemist discovered that the mold from penicillium could produce citric acid from sugar.

Where Is It Found

Citric acid is found naturally in many foods, and there is a manufactured form of it that is commonly used as a food additive. Natural citric acid can be found in many fruits. Citrus fruits are some of the best sources of it. Some example of citrus fruits are:

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Grapefruit

While they do contain the most amounts of citric acid, they are not the only fruit that contains it. Pineapples, strawberries, cherries, and even tomatoes contain small amounts of citric acid.

The citric acid that is manufactured can be found in the ingredients of different foods, supplements, and even medicine. The reason as to why the natural acid is not used is due to the price being expensive, and the supply is far lower than the demand for it. Manufactured citric acid is recognized as safe by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Benefits of Citric Acid

Citric acid can do many things for the body. Many of the benefits of it also come from the foods that it is found in. However, there still are some benefits that you should know. Citric acid is used to help with metabolism in the body. This means that citric acid plays a role in turning the food you eat into energy.

While it does not directly affect the body, citric acid is used as a disinfectant against many viruses and bacteria. One study showed that is a safer alternative to other cleaning products like chlorine bleach.

Kidney Stones

According to the National Kidney Foundation, “One in ten people will have a kidney stone over the course of a lifetime.” These stones can be very painful and it can be hard to avoid them.

However, one study from the Korean Journal of Urology shows that consuming foods and drinks that are high in citric acid can help prevent kidney stones and break up small kidney stones that are in the process of forming.

Fighting Gout

The Arthritis Foundation defines gout as a “form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood.” When uric acid builds up in the body, sharp crystals in a joint form and can cause pain.

One study published back in 2010, showed that citrate, a derivative of citric acid can reduce uric acid levels as well as increasing urine pH levels. This is important because when urine is at a low pH, uric acid crystals will form. This study concludes that not only can citric acid help fight gout, but it can also help prevent it altogether.

Side Effects of Citric Acid

There are many effects of citric acid on the body. Most of them only come when it is taken in excess. If you take a medicine with citric acid, it is possible to overdose on it. However, if you are eating a few oranges, the likelihood of you experiencing any of these is extremely rare. The Mayo Clinic states that in children, overdose signs include, changes in behavior, fast or deep breathing, and in severe cases drowsiness.

The University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine recommends that individuals contact their doctor at once if you experience any of these side effects:

  • Swelling or rapid weight gain
  • muscle twitching, leg pain or cramps
  • Numbness in hands, feet, or even mouth
  • Fast, Slow, or uneven heart rate
  • Weakness such as shallow breathing, dizziness, confusion, or mood changes
  • restlessness
  • coughing up blood
  • seizure

It is important to remember that this is not a full list. For a fuller list of more side effects of citric acid, please visit the University of Michigan here. Another thing to remember is that these side effects are for medicine containing citric acid and your daily multivitamin supplement, or fresh citrus fruit most likely won’t cause these side effects. However, it is important to consult your doctor before making any big changes.

Conclusion

When it comes to the effects of citric acid, there is a lot to keep in mind. There are good things that citric acid can do like prevent kidney stones, however, it is possible to get too much from a medicine that is prescribed by a doctor. If you get too much, it is vital to contact your doctor immediately. Be sure to also check out this article to learn about How Xylitol Affects The Body.

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foods for a vegan-friendly Thanksgiving

Hosting A Vegan-Friendly Thanksgiving

foods for a vegan-friendly Thanksgiving

Hosting A Vegan-Friendly Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time where friends and family come together for a good time and a nice meal. However, there are some people who may not be able to enjoy the “traditional” Thanksgiving meal due to a vegan lifestyle. What can these people make so they can enjoy the holiday season along with the rest of their family and friends? Continue reading to learn more about some foods for a vegan-friendly Thanksgiving.

Foods For A Vegan-Friendly Thanksgiving

Turkey Substitutes

Turkey is the most common Thanksgiving dish. It is also usually the main course for the meal. There are still ways that vegans can enjoy something similar to this classic dish.

Tofurkey is a great option for vegans who want to try something similar to turkey. I Love Vegan explains how to prepare and cook a tofurkey on their website. You can visit them by clicking the link here.

Another option for a vegan-friendly main dish is a roasted cabbage. This dish can go great for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Delish has a recipe for vegetarians that can easily be modified by replacing butter with vegan butter to make it vegan-friendly.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are one of the more well known and common side dishes at a Thanksgiving dinner. However, they are not vegan-friendly unless you prepare and cook them a certain way.

To make mashed potatoes vegan-friendly, you need to avoid using dairy and substitute the butter for vegan butter. If you are having trouble with making your own vegan-friendly mashed potatoes, Delish has a recipe you can find here with the details on how to prepare and cook it.

Gravy

Gravy goes great either with mashed potatoes or even a turkey substitute like the tofurkey that was mentioned above. Although that traditional gravy requires turkey drippings so you will need to make a vegan-friendly version of this sauce.

You can use the drippings from the tofurkey mixed with flour and vegetable broth to make a simple but yummy vegan-friendly gravy. Another option is to make a vegetable gravy like the Wold Mushroom Gravy from Oh My Veggies. You can find this recipe and many more on their website here.

Salads

At first, you may think that salads are already one of the foods for a vegan-friendly Thanksgiving, however, salads sometimes contain cheese, meats, and other non-vegan elements. Another thing that could make a salad non-vegan is the dressing that is on top.

To make sure that your salad is vegan-friendly try to ensure that there are no non-vegan foods in your salad or your dressing. If you prefer to follow a recipe, here is one for a Spinach Salad and one for an Arugula Salad. Here is a Vegan Ranch Dressing recipe that will go perfect with any salad recipe and is also oil-free.

Casserole

Casseroles are another great side dish for every Thanksgiving dinner. A Casserole will usually contain dairy which can easily be substituted with something like almond or coconut milk. If you do not want to take this route, you can simply follow a vegan recipe.

Delish has a recipe for a vegan-friendly green bean casserole that utilizes almond milk instead of the traditional dairy milk. You can find this recipe along with many more on their website here. Here is a recipe by Contentedness Cooking for a delicious Vegan Potato Casserole.

Pie

When it comes to dessert at Thanksgiving, the pie is the first thing that comes to mind. This is because it is a staple food for any Thanksgiving dinner. However, many pies are not vegan-friendly.

Pumpkin Pie is the most common pie when it comes to thanksgiving. To make a vegan pumpkin pie, you can substitute milk for coconut milk, and substitute any other non-vegan food with a vegan counterpart. Delish has a recipe for a vegan pumpkin pie that you can find here.

Sweet Potato Pie is another choice for vegans who still want a slice after dinner. This recipe that is also from Delish is very similar to the pumpkin pie recipe that was mentioned above.

Conclusion

There are many different foods for a vegan-friendly Thanksgiving. One thing to remember is that instead of making a completely new dish, you can always substitute non-vegan foods like milk or butter with their vegan counterparts to make the dish vegan-friendly. As long as you make sure that you are getting a balanced diet to avoid a deficiency you can follow a vegan diet and enjoy Thanksgiving too.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Matsun Nutrition.

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benefits of xylitol

How Xylitol Affects The Body

benefits of xylitol

How Xylitol Affects The Body

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that has been used in many foods for many years. It can also be found naturally in a plethora of other foods. But what exactly is it and what does it do for the body? Continue reading to learn more about the health benefits of xylitol on the body.

What Is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol. These are a hybrid of sugar molecules and alcohol molecules. Despite the name, “sugar alcohol” they do not cause intoxication. Xylitol can be found naturally in certain fruits and vegetables and the body also makes small amounts of xylitol through normal metabolism. This makes xylitol a great substitute for sugar in your diet. In fact, it has 40% fewer calories than your average, everyday table sugar.

As previously mentioned, xylitol is found in certain fruits and vegetables and can be produced in the body through metabolism. There are many other sources you can you get it from. Try these foods next time you want to add xylitol to your diet.

  • Chewing gum
  • Peanut butter
  • Sugar-free candy
  • Fruit drinks
  • Jellies

Benefits of Xylitol

Low Glycemic Index

One major negative effect of added sugar is that it has the ability to spike blood sugar and insulin levels. However, a review published in 2011 showed that xylitol contains zero fructose and has minor effects on blood sugar and insulin. This means that these harmful effects of sugar do not apply to xylitol.

In addition, xylitol has a glycemic index (how quickly a food raises blood sugar) of 7. On the other hand, regular sugar has a glycemic index of around 60-70. As previously mentioned, xylitol also has around 40% fewer calories than regular sugar. Both of these make xylitol a great alternative to sugar for people who are diabetic or even are just trying to lose a few pounds.

Dental Health

Along with having a low glycemic index, xylitol can also improve your dental health. This is due to one of the leading causes of tooth decay being a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. This bacteria is mostly responsible for the plaque on your teeth. The bacteria feed on the glucose that you get from the food you eat throughout the day. If you replace the sugar that you eat with a sweetener like xylitol, then these bacteria have no fuel available and will eventually starve to death. This could be the reason that many dentists recommend a chewing gum that is sweetened with xylitol. One study backs this up by showing that xylitol-sweetened chewing gum reduced levels of harmful bacteria by 27-75% while the friendly bacteria levels stayed the same.

Reduce Infections

In addition to dental health and a low glycemic index, xylitol also has the ability to reduce ear infections. This is because the bacteria that live in your mouth can end up causing ear infections. One study backs this up by showing that xylitol can starve this bacteria the same way it does with the plaque producing bacteria mentioned above. Another study conducted back in 1996 showed that in children, daily usage of xylitol-sweetened chewing gum could reduce the rate of infection by up to 40%.

Side Effects Of Xylitol

Xylitol is generally safe, however, for some people it can cause digestive issues like bloating or diarrhea. Fortunately, these cases are somewhat rare unless you have ingested an excessive amount of xylitol.

Xylitol & Dogs

For humans, xylitol consumption is relatively safe as mentioned above. However, xylitol is incredibly toxic for dogs so it is important to keep xylitol or anything that contains it out of paws reach. Poison.org states that “When swallowed by canines, xylitol absorption is rapid. Vomiting can be seen in only 30 minutes, but full symptoms can be delayed for up to 12 hours.” It is important to get your dog to a doctor within this amount of time especially is you see some symptoms of xylitol poisoning. Some of these symptoms are:

  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Conclusion

Xylitol is a great choice as a sweetener. There are many health benefits of xylitol that can only be obtained if you get it into your diet. It is also important to always keep xylitol and any products that may contain it away from places where your dog has access to it so they do not get sick as they could potentially die.

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https://www.poison.org/articles/2009-oct/artificial-sweetener-can-poison-your-pet

common nutrient deficiencies

How A Deficiency Can Affect Your Body

common nutrient deficiencies

How A Deficiency Can Affect Your Body

There are many different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are needed every day in order to stay healthy. However, not everyone is able to get enough of each of these vitamins. Continue reading to learn more about some of the most common nutrient deficiencies.

Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Iron

Iron is an essential mineral that is used to do many things in the body. For example, it is used to make hemoglobin and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that transports oxygen throughout the blood vertebrates. Myoglobin is similar, however, it transports blood to the muscle cells. It is also used to make certain hormones. Iron deficiency is very common as it affects more than 25% of people across the world.

Symptoms include iron deficiency includes tiredness, weakened immune system, weakness, and impaired brain function.

There are two different types of iron that you can get from certain foods. These are heme iron and non-heme iron. Heme iron is absorbed better than non-heme but can only be found in animal foods like meats. On the other hand, non-heme iron is more common as it can be found in animal foods and plant foods but is not as easily absorbed.

Calcium

Calcium is another essential mineral that is needed to maintain strong bones and teeth along with aiding in cell function. A survey taken back in 2010 showed that 15% of teenage girls less than 10% of women, less than 22% of teenage boys and men in the United States met the daily recommended amount of calcium. This makes around This makes a lot of people at risk of developing a calcium deficiency.

The National Institutes of Health state that “Symptoms of serious calcium deficiency include numbness and tingling in the fingers, convulsions, and abnormal heart rhythms that can lead to death if not corrected.”

Some symptoms of mild calcium deficiency are muscle aches, cramps and spasms, and pain in the thighs and arms.

Fortunately, there are many foods that contain calcium so you can reach the daily recommended amount. You can find it in foods such as dairy products, vegetables like kale and broccoli and some cereals have calcium added to them.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is one of the thirteen essential vitamins that are required each day. It is needed because it helps to keep the body’s blood and nerve cells healthy. Another thing that it does is help make DNA. Check out this article for more on The Benefits of Vitamin B12.

When you are deficient in this vitamin, you could experience things such as weakness, constipation, tiredness, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Vitamin B12 is found in many foods like beef liver, clams, and other meats, however, it is not found naturally in plant foods. This makes it hard for vegetarians and vegans to reach the daily recommended amount. In fact, as much as 80-90% of them could maybe be deficient. That is why it is recommended that they consume a B12 supplement.

Vitamin D

The next one of the more common nutrient deficiencies is vitamin D. Being another one of the thirteen essential vitamins, vitamin D is found in many foods and helps the body maintain strong bones. It does this by aiding in calcium absorption.

If you do not get enough of this vitamin, you are at risk of developing harmful diseases or serious medical conditions. These are rickets and osteomalacia. Children who are deficient are at risk of developing rickets, a disease that causes the bones to soften. On the other hand, adults are at risk of developing osteomalacia a disease where the bones become more susceptible to breaking.

You can get vitamin D from many sources such as the sun. When your skin is in direct contact (meaning no sunscreen or clothing covering your entire body) with the sun, your body is able to produce vitamin D. If you cannot do this due to various reasons, you can find it in foods such as fatty fish and even milk. Vegetarians and vegans are some people who could greatly benefit from a vitamin D supplement.

Iodine

Iodine is a mineral that aids in the production of thyroid hormones. These are what control the metabolism in the body. It is important for everyone to get enough, including pregnant women and newborn infants.

While it is not as common in the United States, iodine deficiency affects around 30% of people worldwide. Mild iodine deficiency could cause a lower than average IQ in children. However, the NIH says that a serious deficiency can cause permanent damage to the fetus in pregnant women by causing stunted growth.

Iodine deficiency can also cause the production of the thyroid hormone to slow and stop. You will know if you have a deficiency in this nutrient is you have swelling in the neck, fatigue, and even sudden weight gain.

The reason that iodine deficiency is not common in the United States is that most households have iodized salt. Other sources of iodine include fish and dairy products.

Vitamin A

The last one of the more common nutrient deficiencies is vitamin A. Vitamin A is needed for healthy vision, immune system, and reproduction. It also helps the organs in the body function properly.

If you happen to become deficient, you can expect to experience, eye damage such as xerophthalmia. This is an eye disease that causes your tear ducts and eyes. It can also lead to night blindness. Depending on how serious your deficiency is, this damage could be permanent.

Luckily vitamin A can be found in many foods such as beef liver, salmon, leafy green vegetables, fruits, and fortified breakfast cereals.

Conclusion

There are many common nutrient deficiencies in the world. In order to avoid them, you need to make sure that you are getting the recommended daily amount for each of them. This can be done by eating a well-balanced diet or through supplementation.

Sources:

https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/is-your-body-trying-to-tell-you-something-common-nutrient-inadequacies-and-deficiencies
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20181782/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23356638
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23472655

Tools To Up Your Businesses Social Media Game

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Tools To Up Your Businesses Social Media Game

Social media is one thing that every business needs. No matter how big, or how small your business is, you need to have a presence on the internet. As your presence grows and you gain more followers, it can be hard to keep up with all of them. However, there are tools that you can use to help manage your social media accounts. Continue reading to learn more about social media tools to up your business game.

Social Media Tools

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a social media tool that allows it’s users to manage all of their accounts. With Hootsuite, you can also schedule and publish posts, and get some analysis about your page. They have free options that are somewhat limited but will allow for a good start. You can pay to unlock a pro version to even further up your game. Score.org goes on to say, “If you want one that is free and easy to use, then Hootsuite is your go-to option for planning and scheduling posts.”

Sprout Social

Sprout Social is another great tool that you can use to up your social media game. With it, you can schedule and publish posts and even monitor these posts once they have been posted. One thing that sets Sprout Social apart from the other tools is its collaboration features. Using it you can easily delegate tasks to your team members and then track the progress on these tasks. You can also analyze keywords on the site to better the performance of your posts. They do not have any free options, however, they do offer their deluxe ($59 per month), premium ($99 per month), and team plans ($500 per month). This is the perfect tool if you have a larger budget for your company.

Canva

Canva is a social media tool that allows it’s users to make graphics that range from flyers to social media posts. They also have many templates that you can customize to fit your brand. Socialmediaweek.org says that “Canva is a great place to start if you are intimidated by Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.” They have many templates that are free to use, however, their Pro plan allows you to do many different things with a small price of $9.95 each month. If you are not interested in the payment, Canva still has many valuable free-to-use options.

AgoraPulse

Agorapulse is not as well known as the previously mentioned social media tools, however, it still is a great option for businesses. Along with the ability to schedule and post to your page, Agorapulse lets you filter and easily manage all of the comments, mentions, and messages that your page may receive. You can start with their free trial and if you like it, they have services that range from $99 each month to $499 each month depending on how many people will be using it.

Sked Social

Sked Social is one great tool to use for your business’s Instagram account. It offers publishing and scheduling tools. Two things that really set it apart from other tools is that Sked Social has an in-app image creation feature through Canva. The other thing that sets it apart is its hashtag tools that can help you find a relevant hashtag for the image you just created. Their prices range from $25 per month to $260 per month with each tier offering more features.

Buffer

Buffer allows it’s users to plan and publish content for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn from one dashboard. Classy.org states that “They place a strong emphasis on not just scheduling content, but giving you the tools to create it.” They have plans made for individuals that range from free to $10 per month. They also have plans for larger businesses that range from $50 to $250 each month.

Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo is a tool that gives you a detailed breakdown of the social engagement on each piece of content across many different social media platforms. One of the best ways to use this is to find what is trending with your specific target audience and measure how your posts are doing. Along with all of this, you can also find influencers through Buzzsumo making it one of the best social media tools. Their plans can fit into almost any budget too with prices ranging between $79 per month to $499 per month.

Unsplash

Unsplash is a website where you can download free high-quality images with no copyright. All of these images are also free to use for your website. All you need to do is visit their website, search for any image you want and choose from their selection. This website can be extremely useful if you are looking for that perfect image for a post.

Conclusion

There are many different social media tools that you can use to up your game. Some of these will require you to pay to use their services, however, they usually have a trial period so you can dip your feet into it.

Be sure to check out one of our recent articles for a Guide to Starting a Liquid Supplement Company.

Sources:

https://www.score.org/blog/10-free-social-media-marketing-tools-every-business-owner-should-use
https://www.classy.org/blog/9-social-media-management-tools-change-work/
https://socialmediaweek.org/blog/2016/05/22-tools-applications-used-social-media-professionals/

What You Need To Know About Carbohydrates

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What You Need To Know About Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are found in many different foods and are important to obtain in your daily diet. However, what are carbohydrates and how much should you get. Continue reading to learn more about what carbohydrates are.

What Are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates, otherwise known as carbs, are molecules that have carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Carbs are one of the three macronutrients (a food required in large amounts in the diet). The other two macronutrients are protein and fat.

The main purpose of carbs is to provide energy. Carbs can be broken down into glucose which is then used as energy. They can also be broken down and become fat. This fat is stored energy that can be used at a later time.

Carbs can be classified into two separate categories. These are simple and complex. Each of these is commonly found in many different foods.

Simple Carbs

When people think of simple carbs, their minds are usually drawn towards unhealthy foods with sugar. That is because simple carbs are simply just sugars. Some of these carbs occur naturally in some foods however most simple carbs are added to foods. Some of these to avoid are:

  • Soda & Energy Drinks: These contain a lot of refined sugars and are bad for your overall health in many ways.
  • Candy: If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, try to choose fruit instead.
  • Baked Goods: This includes cookies, cakes, and even pastries. If you decide to have some, consider making your own at home using substitutes for sugar like applesauce.

Simple carbs can be good for you if you are eating the right kinds.

Complex Carbs

Complex carbs differ from simple carbs due to the fact that they have more nutrients. They also have more fiber and take a bit more time to digest. This makes them great for people who are looking to eat less because they keep you feeling full longer. The two types of complex carbs are fiber and starch.

Fiber is vital to obtain in the diet because it helps with regular bowel movements and it also helps control cholesterol. You can get fiber from many sources like:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Whole grains

Starch is the other complex carb. When eaten, it is broken down into glucose. This is the body’s main source of energy. It is found in the same foods as fiber, along with:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Cereal
  • Corn
  • Oats
  • Rice

How Many Carbs Do You Need?

Dietary guidelines recommend that around 45 to 65 percent of your daily calorie intake should come from carbs. However, it is up to you and your health care professional to determine how much you are going to eat because everyone is different and has different needs.

If you are looking to lose weight you might want to cut down on the carbs or substitute for healthier carbs instead.

Conclusion

To recap, carbohydrates are a macronutrient that supplies the body with fuel to use as energy. There are many different foods that contain carbs. Some contain simple carbs, while others contain complex carbs. Simple is mainly sugar and you should stay away from the refined sugars. On the other hand, complex carbs are made of fiber and starch and take longer to digest.

Be sure to check out one of our previous articles to learn about some Foods To Boost Your Metabolism.

Sources:

https://www.nutrition.org.uk
https://www.healthline.com

Foods To Boost Your Metabolism

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Foods To Boost Your Metabolism

There are many different ways that you can boost your metabolism. One of the best ways is to eat right and even add some certain foods that are known to have a positive impact on your metabolism. Continue reading to learn more about metabolism and some metabolism-boosting foods.

What Is Metabolism

Metabolism is defined as the bodily process that is needed to maintain life. It does this by turning the food that you eat into the energy that your body needs. Humans are not the only creature that has a metabolism as all living things have it too. In today’s times, it is commonly associated with weight issues.

Metabolism-Boosting Foods

Protein

Protein-rich foods could help boost your metabolism for a few hours. They do this because your body uses more energy to digest them than other foods. Another benefit of these protein-rich foods is that they can also help you feel full for longer amounts of time. Try These foods next time you want to add some protein to your diet:

  • Meat: Some of the best options are lean meats such as chicken and turkey. Beef is another great choice too.
  • Fish: These also contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Try to get it from salmon, mackerel, and tuna as some other species are high in mercury.
  • Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein because they are affordable, easy to come by and are versatile when it comes to cooking them.
  • Dairy Products: These include milk, cheese, and yogurt. Some dairy products have been fortified with other nutrients too. Check the label to see what is in yours.

Capsaicin

Capsaicin is a chemical that is found in chili peppers. It can also boost your metabolism by increasing the number of calories that you burn. A recent review of 20 studies reported that capsaicin can help you burn somewhere around 50 calories per day.

Avocados

Another one of our metabolism-boosting foods is avocados. These fruits contain many nutrients like polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. They can help because they can help you feel more satisfied and have less desire to eat afterward. One study showed that in individuals who ate avocados with their meal, 23% of them felt more satisfied. Of that same group, 28% also had a lower desire to eat within the next 4-5 hours.

Other Things To Help Boost Metabolism

Drink Water

Not only is drinking enough water important because you need to stay hydrated but it can also increase your metabolism. A recent study showed that it can boost metabolism by 25% of overweight children. Another reason why water can help you if you want to lose weight is by drinking before meals. This can fill your stomach and cause you to feel full quicker. This makes it so you eat less and gives your metabolism more time to work. Be sure to check out one of our previous posts to learn more about the Effects Of Dehydration On Your Body.

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Getting enough sleep helps with metabolism along with overall health. A recent study suggests that a lack of sleep may be contributing to obesity. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults should aim to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to avoid sleep deprivation. Another study conducted back in 2002 showed that in sets of identical twins, the sibling who slept more had less visceral fat and stress. This could be because when they slept, their metabolism was working to get ready for the next day.

Conclusion

There are many different metabolism-boosting foods. It is important to always keep in mind that if you are trying to boost your metabolism to lose weight, eating these foods once will not do the trick. You need to be consistently eating foods like these in order to receive the benefits.