Turmeric is a member of the ginger family of plants and is well known for its use in curries and other Eastern dishes. Its bright yellow color makes it useful for dyeing fabric, and it’s also used in decorative body work, particularly at Indian weddings, where the bride is often treated to a bridal mask. As part of this traditional practice, turmeric and milk are mixed together and applied to skin the night before the wedding—creating a golden glow that’s not only beautiful but said to ward off evil spirits.
You’ve got the basics covered, right? Whey protein at breakfast and before the gym, a pre-workout with creatine and caffeine, BCAAs while you train, glutamine when you’re done and a casein protein shake at bedtime. Sports nutrition supplements support all your efforts, but without a clean diet to supply the nutrients your body needs, you’re not going to get very far. It’s always best to fuel up with vitamins, minerals and other essentials from real food, but for back up, bodybuilders should consider taking a multivitamin.
The deeper we get into autumn, the more orange we see. The leaves change color and the local farmers’ market begins to fill with pumpkins and other orange foods and foliage. In the supplement world, though, people are seeing orange for a different reason.
The buzz is all about turmeric (Curcuma longa), the orange- and dark-yellow-hued spice which is native to India.
Q. I hear a lot about hyaluronic acid for skin care. What exactly is it? How does it work?
Dr. Linda Miles D. O. M. responds:
Hyaluronic acid is a remarkable, multi-benefit ingredient in skin care, so it’s no wonder you are hearing a lot about it. With magazines, TV shows, even Dr. Oz touting hyaluronic acid, it really has become a must-have in skin care products for those who want rich, superior moisture as well as anti-aging benefits.
What’s hot and not in health this week? Let’s explore the latest trends and info, including an amino acid that doubles as an antioxidant and the not-so-appetizing ingredients used to make pet food.
I love being outside in this great weather, but I worry about the sun damaging my skin. How can I protect myself this season?
Dr. Linda Miles L. Ac., D.O.M. responds:
During the summer months, your skin needs protection from the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun produce harmful free radicals that damage the skin and accelerate the aging process causing lines, wrinkles and discoloration. Antioxidants have the power to fight these free radicals, protecting the skin. Read more →
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