DEAR PHARMACIST

Make your New Year’s resolutions a reality


Published: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 9:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 9:36 p.m.

Dear readers,

Why do we deem Jan. 1 as a magical day to help us kick bad habits? We should honor the concept of vibrant health every day. I’ve put together a list of the best supplements to increase the odds of making your resolutions a reality. If you want:

Bigger guns: Whey protein shakes help you bulk up and build muscles over time. If you’re vegetarian, buy hemp protein shakes. Either way, your biceps are going to get bigger! Eat broccoli and Brussels sprouts. These green veggies are muscle-build ing foods because they tame estrogen in the body.

To Slim Down: Try algae, a popular supplement known for increasing energy and reducing cholesterol. Spirulina causes faster weight loss by reducing hunger pangs. It improves thyroid function, which in turn speeds metabolism and burns up all the fruit cake and stuffing you had last month. Also, drink one cup of green tea every night.

Quit Smoking: Although the herb St. John’s wort is best known for its ability to ease depression, it might help you stamp out your cigarettes. Even if you’re on a nicotine patch to help you quit smoking, St. John’s wort could help reduce withdrawal symptoms. It only takes a few weeks to begin working. Consult your physician or naturopath because this herb has some interactions.

More Bedroom Drama: Consider supplements that contain L-arginine, an amino acid that is known to get more blood flowing to your heart and down into your jeans. In the bed room, this means stronger erections and much more stamina.

Ladies should consider topical intimacy creams that contain argin ine, or mint extract because these will heighten sensitivity.

Stop Drinking: Studies suggest that serotonin deficiency is tied to alcoholism and other addictive disorders. Since 5-HTP jump starts the levels of this happy brain chemical, it should help you curb unwanted cravings for alcohol, as well as sweets and carbs, There’s also a prescription medication called Cam pral available.

Reduce Stress: Get frequent massages because this has been shown to reduce blood pressure, release muscle tension and increases feel-good hormones throughout the body. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center found that giving people a Swedish massage reduced levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone.

A bigger IQ: Omega-3 fish oils, specifically DHA. A study found that taking 900 mg daily for six months helped people to improve learning skills and memory. Nosh as often as possible on Thai or Indian cuisine. Accord ing to a 2006 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, people who eat curry have sharper minds (and slower cognitive decline) than those who shy away from the Tandoori.

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