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Magnesium Benefits

Magnesium benefits the body in a multitude of ways and is essential to good health. The fourth most abundant mineral in our body, about fifty to sixty percent of the body’s magnesium is found in our bones, with the balance in our muscle and other soft tissues. Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, regulates heart rhythm, supports a healthy immune system and keep bones strong. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is involved in...


Keeping Texas Youth Fit and Healthy

The number one health concern among U.S. parents is childhood obesity. Being overweight can negatively impact a child’s self-esteem, behavior, friendships and even academic achievement. With one in nine American children residing in Texas, we have a “Texas-sized” problem on our hands.

Since students spend most of their time in class, schools must be part of the solution. Quality physical education that includes health-related fitness assessment helps children learn to take care...


Vitamin and Supplement Questions

In our order department, callers regularly contact us with vitamin and supplement questions.  We use the term “vitamin and supplement” to encompass vitamins, minerals, herbs, omega-3 fatty acids, and any other dietary supplement. We know there are many more supplement users than the ones we to talk to, or correspond with through email. We want to offer a few of our hints and tips regarding supplement use:

• One of the most asked vitamin and supplement questions is whether to...


Stop Feet From Stinking – The Impact of Zinc

I know it’s a somewhat personal question, but do your feet stink? In a “Dear Annie” advice column, Annie had a nurse write in and report that a zinc deficiency can cause body odor, including stinky feet. I decided to look up the science on zinc to find any literature connecting a zinc deficiency with odor.

Our body requires zinc for the functioning of more than 300 enzymes. The U.S. recommendations for daily intake are 8 mg for women and 11 mg for men. While food sources of zinc...


Folic Acid Benefits and Risks

Folic acid benefits and risks have been received a lot of attention, both positive and negative, following a study by the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Let’s review the benefits and risks of this B vitamin and the role it plays in our overall health.

Folic acid is the man-made form of the water-soluble B9 vitamin, which is found in both supplements and fortified foods. Its naturally occurring counterpart, folate, can be found in a wide variety of foods, including leafy...


Who Needs Iron Supplements?

It’s difficult to talk about multivitamins and miss talking about the iron. An essential mineral, iron handles the task of transporting oxygen to the muscles and organs.

There are two forms of dietary iron: heme and non-heme. Heme iron sources include meat, fish and poultry, while iron in non-meat foods is non-heme iron. Non-heme iron is found in a wide variety of foods (beans, lentils, yeast leavened whole grain breads, dried fruits, broccoli, spinach and other leafy greens,...


Not All Multivitamins Should Include Vitamin K, Say Experts at Cooper Concepts

Vitamin K fosters blood clotting and strengthens bones but is not included in all multivitamins for health reasons, say experts with Cooper Complete, a Cooper Aerobics Company.

Vitamin K fosters blood clotting and strengthens bones but is not included in all multivitamins for health reasons. Someone with a medical condition may want to consult a physician first before selecting a multivitamin, say experts with Cooper Complete, a Cooper Aerobics Company.

The Dallas-based firm...


Ginkgo Biloba and Memory

We recently had a reader write in and ask us our opinion on Ginkgo Biloba, a supplement not currently in the Cooper Complete line.

Americans spend more than 100 million dollars annually on Ginkgo Biloba supplements. Ginkgo is most commonly taken by older adults worried about memory loss issues. While consumers typically believe that ginkgo will minimize the impact of dementia or Alzheimer’s, the research is pretty inconsistent and inconclusive.

The Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory...


Prenatal Vitamins

We received this question today via email:

The Email “Hello – My active wife, for our first time, became my active pregnant wife. I did not see prenatal products on your site and wondered (a) if you had such a product, and (b) if not, could you recommend a few companies’ products that are very good (and why, if you have time). Thanks so much for all you do and for looking into this specific request. All the best, Paul N.”

Our...


Vitamin K Forms

We recently had an email asking us about Vitamin K:

“I recently heard that there are different forms of vitamin K. I noticed Cooper Complete has vitamin K. Is it vitamin K2? I’m not sure how many different kinds of vitamin K there are.”

There are two forms of vitamin K, K1 and K2. The vitamin K in Cooper Complete multivitamin and mineral formulations is K1. Vitamin K1 (phytonadione) is the natural form of vitamin K found in the vegetables we consume, and is...


Diet for Age Related Macular Degeneration – Eat More Fish!

In a study published in the July 12 (2010) journal of Ophthalmology, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore analyzed data from 2,520 adults aged 65- to 84 who had eye exams and completed detailed dietary questionnaires. 15 percent of those in the study were identified as having early- or intermediate- stage Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), while less than 3 percent were in the advanced stage of the disease. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in senior...


Multivitamin Too Big To Swallow – Basic Two?

We recently received this question:

“Has your company considered manufacturing a smaller sized complete vitamin which would be easier to swallow? Even if one would have to take two pills it would be an improvement over the current option.”

The Basic One multivitamin and mineral product you take was introduced several years ago after we had scores of requests for a one-a-day product. When the Cooper Complete product line launched in the late 1990’s, we...


Vitamin D Levels – What’s Right?

A listener on KGO radio in San Francisco recently emailed this question in after hearing a Cooper teammate interviewed on the Joanie Greggains show.

“I’m really worried that I’m going to overdose on Vitamin D. The bottles still claim that 400 IU Vitamin D is 100 percent of the daily value, but the Cooper expert said that 2,000 IU vitamin D is in all their multivitamins. What’s the right amount for me. If I take a multivitamin with 2,000 IU vitamin D AND calcium...


If Cooper Complete is good, is Elite Athlete better?

We recently had this question: “My doctor has suggested that I (female) take Cooper Complete With Iron, and that my husband take Cooper Complete Iron Free. I noticed that there is a Cooper Complete Elite Athlete which seems to have more of certain key ingredients. What is the difference for us between the two kinds of multivitamins?”

Cooper Complete Iron Free and Cooper Complete With Iron are our most comprehensive multivitamin/mineral supplements. These two products are...


Chia Seed Facts

We’ve recently had several questions about Chia seed.

Chia is a member of the mint family and was historically used as a staple food in the ancient Aztec diet. In the popular book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, author Christopher McDougall describes a fermented energy drink that includes chia.

Chia ads promote the product as being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and a good source of fiber, protein, minerals and...


Vitamins for Athletic Performance

We received the following question via email recently. The writer attended a symposium at UCLA in 1994 where Dr. Cooper spoke about the vitamins and minerals he suggested long-distance runners take to counter free radicals. The writer advised that she is still a long-distance runner, and would like to know what the current recommendations are. Her notes from the 1994 symposium document that Dr. Cooper suggested long-distance runners take 1,000 mg Vitamin C, 400 IU natural Vitamin E, and...


Cayenne Pepper Supplements

We recently received an inquiry about Cayenne Pepper supplements. Cayenne pepper is a member of the Capsicum family of vegetables, which also includes red peppers, bell peppers, pimento and paprika. Capsicum adds color, pungency and aroma to foods. The level of pungency (heat) in peppers depends mainly on the concentration of capsaicinoids. Chili peppers and red peppers have higher capsaicinoid levels, while paprika has lower levels. Spanish paprika, made from pimentos, has almost no heat...


Omega-3 and Vitamin D Heart Health Benefits

More than 200 years ago Scottish philosopher David Hume wrote, “A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.” Today, that advice still holds true, especially when it comes to nutritional supplementation.

In the multi-billion dollar vitamin and supplement industry, products often claim more “sizzle” than “steak.” However, when you look at the research, evidence shows that supplementation with appropriate nutrients makes sense for most people. The key being...


Safe Disposal of Supplements

While the science suggests that setting a multitude of New Year’s resolutions isn’t honestly a great idea and that we do much better if we focus on one goal at a time, many of us continue to view New Year’s as an overall fresh start. For me, my re-focus on healthy eating means clearing the cabinets and cupboards of leftover contraband from the holidays, and while I’m at it, checking expiration dates on all pantry items as well as all the condiments that have accumulated in the...


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