What is the capacity of your diet to absorb free radicals and prevent oxidation in your body? It’s probably pretty good if you are eating foods with a high ORAC value. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This is all fancy talk for antioxidants, a term you are probably more familiar with.
What is a sea buckthorn berry? It is a small orange berry, and like most berries, they are extremely nutrient dense. What makes this berry unique is that it is the world’s richest source of omega 7. Like the goji berry, when harvested from the pristine mountainous land of the Himalayas, you get a superior product. Foods that grow and flourish in areas of high altitude, where temperatures and seasons can be extreme, have to be hearty, and always seem to have extra magical, nourishing powers.
Our genes naturally program the creation of tens of thousands of proteins and enzymes telling each of our 70 trillion cells what to do. The MTHFR gene specifically codes for an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This enzyme (also known as MTHFR) depends on folate or folic acid to function, and also influences folate activity in the body.
If you are prone to the dreaded cold sore, below is a shopping list of supplements you may want to look into that can really help discourage the appearance, and/or support the disappearance of them. These supplements can be taken all year long or as needed seasonally.
The discovery of Helicobacer pylori (H-pylori) is one of the most significant medical findings of the 20th century. It was first described over 100 years ago by a Polish Clinical Researcher Prof W. Jawroski, but it was not detected until 1982, when Robin Warren and Barry Marshall discovered it.
Let’s have a quick lesson on joint health and cartilage to help keep away the pain and stiffness commonly associated with aging.
Cartilage building cells are called chondrocytes. As we age, chondrocyte activity slows down and eventually fails to adequately compensate for the daily wear and tear placed on the joint. But don’t let that discourage you, and don’t give up on your joints!
Did you know Vitamin D is not really a “vitamin”, it is more like a hormone. Our bodies produce it when the sun’s rays react with cholesterol after being absorbed by your skin. So what happens when you avoid the sun, live in a northern climate, or use a daily dose of sunscreen? No sun rays are absorbed, which means no Vitamin D is produced. Most hormone levels decline as we age, and the same is true for Vitamin D production.
Everyone wants a “quick fix”. This fact will probably remain true until the end of time. Doing a cleanse has long been a popular cure-all choice. The problem with the “quick fix” is that the problem you are trying to fix has probably taken years to form, and you may feel like you have been successful with a “quick fix” remedy, only to find out weeks or months later that the problem is still there or it has “come back”.
Working in health food stores for several years, I have heard a lot of confusion amongst customers regarding the differences between the various forms of supplemental and baking yeasts. These include nutritional yeast, brewer’s yeast, and baker’s yeast, popularly referred to as dry active yeast, or instant yeast.
Whether it is a trip for business, pleasure, or both, many times we return from the trip and feel like we need a vacation! I want to do everything possible to minimize, or better yet eliminate that feeling. You may not have thought about the connection between travel and stress, or realize that you could support your adrenal health for the purpose of traveling.
Seasonal sinus problems are one of the most common health issues in the United States. The immune system is responsible for an allergy. The body is over-reacting to something that is normally harmless, releasing antibodies and histamine. Allergies exhibit most of their effects in the respiratory tract, causing irritation to the mucosal lining and increasing mucosal secretions. Histamines recruit inflammatory agents to further increase inflammation.
Many people, including doctors, get the wrong measurement indicator with the wrong supplement. We hope this post starts to clarify the confusion for you. The most common measurement units used for supplements are milligrams and micrograms.
Mcg is the abbreviation for Microgram (you may see μg used in place of mcg, especially in Europe), there are 1000 mcgs in 1 Milligram
Mg is the abbreviation for Milligram, there are 1000 mgs in 1 Gram
As you “age” everything in your body ages including your immune system. Fortunately, super foods and supplements that offer outstanding immune support are also anti aging powerhouses. It is really hard to choose the top 3, so these are based on price, availability, and effectiveness.