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11 Oct

Berberine and Blood Sugar

Berberine has become synonymous with supporting the maintenance of healthy blood sugar levels, as well as having benefits for the gut, brain and heart. A recent article delves into the biological mechanisms of this botanical to confirm its influence on blood sugar.

Although not fully understood,...

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04 Oct

BPA Disrupts Insulin Response

In a previous blog, we discussed the mechanisms by which Bisphenol A (BPA), a compound used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, induces undesirable weight gain. By disrupting the entire adipocyte metabolism and inducing a pro-inflammatory state, BPA is considered an “obesegen”.

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27 Sep

The Vagus Nerve Links to Reward Circuitry

The vagus nerve continues to make news as a significant player in the gut-brain connection. Once considered a nerve that primarily mediates suppressive functions such as fullness and nausea, recent research conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine (and published September 20 in the journal Cell...

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20 Sep

Breast Milk Provides Food Allergy Protection

Replicating the nourishment found in mother’s milk has been a challenge, especially since science continues to reveal its complex composition. Previous research indicates breastfed children have a lower risk of certain medical conditions, such as wheezing, infections, asthma and obesity....

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13 Sep

Exercise and Improved Cognition

A new study by a Massachusetts General Hospital research team found that exercise is one of the best ways to turn on neurogenesis, the process of producing new neurons. Neurogenesis takes place in the hippocampus and striatum, and is essential to learning and memory. Because beneficial effects...

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06 Sep

CoQ10 Benefits Inflammation

Many metabolic diseases can be attributed to chronic inflammation. The effect of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, ubiquinone-10) on inflammatory markers in patients with metabolic disease has recently been evaluated. CoQ10  is a compound produced by the body and stored in the cell’s mitochondria. It not...

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30 Aug

Veggies Boost Probiotic Benefits

Taking probiotics with a Big Mac might not do you any good at all, according to an article published by the Division of Immunology at Harvard Medical School. In fact, The Western diet, very low in dietary fiber, has shifted our gut microbiota to become less diverse than more traditional diets,...

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23 Aug

Balancing Blood Glucose with Bicarbonate

Bicarbonate is an important pH regulator in the body and serves as a major part of the intracellular buffer system. Although much is known about its involvement in many essential human metabolic processes, there is not a lot of data about the association between serum bicarbonate and glucose...

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16 Aug

B’s and Omega-3’s: Better Together for Brain Health

Too often, we look at the physiological effect of different nutrients in isolation, however, more and more research is uncovering the synergistic benefits of nutrients in combination. Take omega-3s and B vitamins, for example. An unlikely pair, they have been shown to work better together when...

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02 Aug

Vitamin D Toxicity

Everywhere we turn, we hear about the merits of supplementing with vitamin D, particularly when the sun disappears during long winter months. Vitamin D supplementation has been positively correlated with the support of the immune system, and cardiovascular and bone health. However, oftentimes...

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