women’s health

Low Iron is Common – and Dangerous, says Lorna Vanderhaeghe

An interview with Lorna Vanderhaeghe by Jason Sebeslav, Owner of The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS, is a leading women’s health expert and has been researching nutritional medicine for over 25 years. With degrees in nutrition and...
Halt Uterine Fibroids & Heavy Periods

Halt Uterine Fibroids & Heavy Periods

By Lorna Vanderhaege Heavy menstrual bleeding and endless spotting caused by uterine fibroids is the main reason for  hysterectomy – and Canada has the highest rates of hysterectomy in the world. If both the uterus and ovaries are removed women are thrown into...

Natural Comfort: Red clover improves vaginal dryness

Results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial indicate that a standardized red clover supplement is a natural alternative for minimizing vaginal dryness in healthy, postmenopausal women. As women get older, the vagina becomes dry and overly delicate in response...

Avoiding Pregnancy Blues: Experts advise more omega-3

A woman’s risk for depression is higher during pregnancy, but this risk may be lowered by ensuring an adequate intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids, report researchers. Omega-3s are found in cold water fish, such as salmon and mackerel, as well as flax seeds....

Boost Calcium Absorption: Vitamin D an important counterpart

Not only is it important to get enough calcium in the diet, but vitamin D levels in the body are essential to regulate the absorption of that calcium. New research demonstrates that supplements of vitamin D can increase calcium absorption by up to 65%, even when the...

Low Iron Common: Women and children especially at risk

Women and young children are most at risk for iron deficiency, but most are unaware they are anemic until diagnosed by a physician, according to Nancy Andrews, MD, an expert in iron metabolism. Iron-deficient anemia reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood...

Plant Power: Omega-6 oils increase heart benefit from fish oils

Combined fish (omega 3) and plant (omega 6) derived fatty acids are more effective for combating heart disease in women than fish oils alone, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (77, 1:37-42,2003). The study was carried out...

Vitamin C may help boost fertility

Women that are having trouble conceiving due to luteal phase defect may be helped by supplementing with vitamin C, according to researchers. Luteal phase defect is marked by insufficient progesterone levels during the luteal phase, the time between ovulation and the...

Calcium plus exercise for top bones

According to researchers at the University of Arizona, exercise combined with calcium citrate supplementation provides a significant improvement in bone mineral density (BMD) for postmenopausal women. Building BMD is important in avoiding osteoporosis, the gradual...

Soy isoflavones reduce breast cancer risk

In a public health study in Japan, researchers found that regular consumption of soy isoflavones could reduce the likelihood of breast cancer. The researchers at the National Cancer Center Research Institute in Tokyo followed a group of 21,852 Japanese women, aged 40...