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  • Gamma Tocopherol Under Attack

    This study really has no direct bearing on diets containing Vitamin E in forms that include both alpha and gamma tocopherol, nor on common supplement forms. We do not eat these isomers or their metabolites in isolation, and they do not directly flood brain cells as they follow their normal metabolic pathways...
  • The Eyes Have It – What is the Impact of our Lifestyle on our Eyes?

    ...our eyes itch, burn, tear up and turn red.... Aside from these annoying symptoms, what is the full impact of our modern lifestyle on the health of our eyes? This article has two sections: the first will suggest things you can do to lessen eye stress. The second will offer remedies for common eye problems...
  • Wake Up Your Immunity – Travel Wellness

    Travelling during the winter months always brings the risk of infection from colds and flu. The trip can be very short - like going to the grocery store. Or... to another location and time zone... the stress of travelling anytime of the year brings additional risk of illness from change of diet, hanging out in a hotel and working in a different environment.
  • In Pursuit of a Better Sculpted Female Body

    Young female athletes require a very good diet of lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and dairy products. Many young girls avoid dairy products because they don’t want to get fat. Yet, this is the stage when peak bone density it being developed and calcium, magnesium and other minerals are needed...
  • The Colours of Health – The fall colours terms of human health

    Magenta and purple come from anthocyanins while yellow and golden colors come from carotenoids and flavons... Much of the year pro-anthocyanidins are colorless and only display their pigments in the absence of chlorophyll and as the leaf pH changes...Scientists have shown...these antioxidant pigments not only protect leaves and bark, they perform similar functions in us.
  • A Rainbow Harvest – A Crayon Box of Possibilities

    ...a particular food pigment indicates its phytonutrient pedigree and associated health benefits. Furthermore, unusual colours add phytonutrient benefits. For example, purple cauliflower offers the added benefits of purple phytonutrients to those already in this vegetable...
  • The Skinny on Fats – health experts keep changing the story

    Health experts keep changing the story on fats. First we were told that polyunsaturated fats were better than saturated fats. Then it was discovered that refined polyunsaturates were favorite targets for free-radical attack. Next, monounsaturated fats took center stage...
  • Beating The Aging Odds

    Hans Selye...taught that every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older. That’s because stress raises levels of the adrenal hormone cortisol. It increases internal generation of free radicals, disrupts normal metabolism and leads to aging conditions...
  • Relora: A Step Forward in Control

    Relora is a novel blend of plant extracts from patented Magnolia officinalis and patent-pending Phellodendron amurense, and has been shown in a number of clinical, placebo-controlled studies to help to alleviate the symptoms associated with diet-related stress...
  • The Liver: Metabolism's Misunderstood Gatekeeper

    After a slow trip through the esophagus, stomach and small intestine, the remaining nutrient-rich liquid arrives at the liver. From there, the liver goes into action by filtering out toxins and waste, while determining which nutrients will be used, and which will be stored...
  • Don't Be Fooled By Cheap Multiples

    Selecting a multi-vitamin based exclusively on its price tag is almost as ridiculous as selecting one based on how alluring the label is. Choose wisely. Read supplement fact panels like a hawk. Choose a formula that offers generous potencies of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants...
  • When Good Joints Go Bad

    Skilled surgeons now routinely rebuild joint structures. Artificial limbs are becoming as common as cough syrups. Equally impressive, there’s a wealth of dietary supplements that can significantly improve our ability to support healthy joint function....
  • Understanding Pure Essential Oils

    Unlike other human senses, the olfactory nerves of the nasal cavity do not pass through the brain's 'switching station'. This allows aromas to pass directly to the region of the brain responsible for recalling memories, applying learned knowledge and processing emotional response.
  • What Your Liver Is Dying To Tell You

    Disrupting its homeostasis (natural balance) can significantly affect how effective it performs on the job. Years of processed foods, alcohol, fat, OTC medicines and environmental agents can result in a build-up of toxins that forces the liver to work much harder than it was designed to...
  • Supercharge Your Cells – Want to grow old gracefully?

    If you want to grow old gracefully, you must nurture the ten trillion cells that define you physically...[which] are constantly under attack by free radicals – unstable molecules that ...scour the body in search of stable cells, and do whatever they can to rob them of their electrons...
  • Xylitol: A Sugar Alternative No-Brainer

    Nature has blessed us with a host of natural sweeteners that can serve as much healthier alternatives. One of the most exciting of the bunch is xylitol, an all-natural sugar alcohol that was initially discovered in the 1800s. Only now, however, is it getting its due recognition...
  • Stomach Lining Protection Done Naturally

    Many believe that stress is a major culprit. And while it’s true that stress can aggravate previously ignored stomach lining challenges... excessive and long-term consumption of NSAIDS in addition to an unhealthy buildup of gastrointestinal bacteria can be far more threatening...
  • 20 Supplements for a Healthy Holiday Season

    Don’t fret. This business of science and nutrition is a remarkable one, and has afforded us with a wealth of supplements that can help support the five major areas of vulnerability during the holiday season. Let’s examine each, individually....
  • Thyroid – Master and Commander

    Simply put, the thyroid gland relies heavily on a host supporting nutrients to produce the hormones needed to ensure that metabolism goes off without a hitch. Without these vital nutrients, our ability to metabolize food may slow down...
  • Seven Supplements – For Dilemma-Free Digestion

    Fortunately, there are plenty of actions that you can take right now to restore and support a healthy digestive system...By paying close attention to the things that enter your body, and by making use of the natural compounds that we now have at our disposal, there is no longer an excuse or reason to suffer...
  • Herbal Body Cleanses – How Does A Cleanse or Detoxification Work?

    Anti-aging can be best achieved with a healthy combination of exercise and fresh air, a regular detoxification program, and the addition of anti-oxidant and greens supplements to a balanced diet to complete the cleansing, rejuvenation process...
  • Standardized vs. Liquid Extracts – Which is Better?

    Liquid herbal extracts have been used for millennia yet standardized extracts are relatively new to the world of herbs. Why do some manufacturers use standardized extracts while others use liquid extracts? Are standardized extracts superior...as far as their effects on the body are concerned?...
  • Reduce Cholesterol Naturally

    By using intelligent supplementation strategies in combination with a well-advised diet and an exercise program you may find that you get a surprising and beneficial response in both the overall level of your cholesterol, as well as a beneficial shift in the ratio of HDL/LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream...
  • Anti-Oxidants: The Synergistic Approach

    Free radicals are very chemically reactive, unstable molecules and they are created whenever a previously stable molecule gains an electron. They are constantly being produced in the environment and also in the human body...

  • Coping With Cold Sores Naturally

    How fast a person recovers from a bout with cold sores has a lot to do with how responsive their immune system is. Antioxidants, especially Vitamins C and E, Zinc, Selenium and Alpha Lipoic Acid, can eliminate free radicals. Probiotics work at the gastrointestinal level to help boost immune system response...
  • Essential Oils for Summer Ailments

    Therapeutic essential oils can be used to treat sunburn, repel insects, soothe indigestion and heartburn, and expedite the healing process of strains and sprains. Therapeutic essential oils possess a unique molecular structure, which allows them to penetrate cell walls, transport oxygen, nutrients, and the chemical constituents of the oil...
  • Good Nutrition – The Key to Living with Arthritis

    One can live with arthritis yet still have a high quality lifestyle. To control arthritic pain it is important to provide the body with the right nutrients for tissue repair; control and reduce the related joint and tissue inflammation; and assist the body in diminishing and detoxifying the body of toxic contaminants...
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