Supplements for Masters Athletes– Help, Harm or Hype?

Can we prevent or reduce symptoms of colds through nutrition?

Introduction

runny noseOn average, adults have 2-4 colds per year with kids having 6-8 bouts of the runny nose, sore eyes and sore throats a runny noseyear. Athletes of any age who train hard are increasingly susceptible to these upper respiratory infections, especially during the colder months. Apart from a visit to the family doctor for medications, we have been told that remedies such as honey and lemon drinks, echinacea, oranges or even a shot of rum or scotch may be the cure we need. This paper reviews the research evidence for nutritional remedies that may help prevent or treat the symptoms of the common cold.

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Do multivitamins really protect us against cancer or heart disease?

The Introduction

Millions of post-menopausal women use multivitamins in the belief that these supplements prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The marketing and advertising industry has lead us to believe they will help prevent chronic disease. But what are the facts? A recent American study examined relationships between multivitamin use and risk of cancer, CVD, and mortality in 161,808 post-menopausal women.

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