The adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys, support us through stressful events. They secrete hormones that make us resilient in times of difficulty, like a sleepless night, illness, surgery, stress at work, stress at home, loss of a loved one, meltdowns at the store with toddlers, financial pressure, etc. The challenges – whether they’re short-term, long-term, severe or relatively mild – can have a cumulative negative affect on adrenal function. Read More
Monthly Archives: September 2014
Green tea has a long history of use, having been first brewed in China back in 2737 BC. Its major active component—epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCg) —is one of the most extensively studied polyphenols, and a wide body of research backs up what East Asian grandmothers have known for generations: a few cups a day might not keep the doctor away, but their beneficial effects on health might make the doctor’s job a little easier.With carbohydrate intolerance and eventual development of metabolic syndrome being tied to an ever-increasing number of downstream health issues, patients can always use another natural tool in their arsenal to help manage blood glucose and insulin levels. Considering these, and other potential health impacts, why not have access to a tool whose main side-effects are a pleasant flavor and the possible calming and relaxing effects of L-theanine? Read More
B Vitamins Improve Cognitive Function in Subjects with Elevated Homocysteine:
A clinical trial recently published in June 2014 reports that B vitamin intake improves cognitive function in middle-aged and elderly individuals with elevated homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid made by the body from methionine. Elevated levels are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Read More
The notion that gluten can affect the brain has generated its share of controversy in recent years, but now an Australian study confirms that for those with celiac disease, these symptoms are not all in their heads. The study shows that ‘Brain Fog’ is REAL! It shows that for untreated celiac patients, cognitive performance greatly improved on a gluten-free diet. Read More
A touch of Wellness & Matter of ‘Did you know?’ Older people often lose their sense of taste, hence their appetite along with it, which can lead to nutrient deficiencies. In a study by Irish researchers of 200 people ages 70-87, a daily supplement of 30mg of zinc helped to restore sensitivity to salty taste, and also increase appetite. Are you taking your zinc? How about those in your life that are older?