Green Coffee Bean Extract for Weight Loss?

For those of you who’re interested in shedding a few pounds–whether your motivation comes from wanting to improve your overall health or simply look better at the beach this summer, the coffee bean just keeps giving and giving… Previously, I wrote about how coffee mannans (coffee mannooligosaccharides) which are basically an indigestible component found in… Read More

Health Benefits of Green Tea?

Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.  Speaking of water, with all of the potential health benefits of green tea, in particular, perhaps we should be putting it in the water?  Seriously.  Or rather, let’s take a look at some reasons why you should be drinking green tea more… Read More

Natural Remedies For the Common Cold

For those of us in colder climates, many of us have already battled the common cold this season.  Though generally not a serious illness for those who’re otherwise healthy, the common cold can be a nuisance. Keep reading to find out some natural cold remedies that have been evaluated in randomized controlled trials. What Are… Read More

Does L-Arginine Increase Growth Hormone Levels?

Market research suggests that l-arginine is a very popular amino acid supplement among male students.  L-arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid that’s involved in several metabolic pathways.  Accordingly, a typical western diet provides approximately 3-6 g of l-arginine per day [1]. L-Arginine and Growth Hormone For athletes, two of the most important pathways include… Read More

Do Probiotics Prevent Upper Respiratory Tract Infections?

As a former competitive athlete (in the sports of cycling and winter biathlon), I know that there’s nothing more frustrating than an interruption in your off-season training schedule from getting sick.  With all of the buzz surrounding probiotics, do they actually work to prevent upper respiratory tract infections in athletes (URTI’s)? To answer that question,… Read More

Probiotics Improve Bowel Function in Elderly

Elderly patients who are hospitalized for various reasons are often prone to developing bowel problems.  Most commonly, they have problems with constipation, but diarrhea is another common complaint.  We all know that bowel problems are almost the furthest thing from glamorous in our society, but they still have a huge impact on our day-to-day well-being.… Read More

Branched-Chain Amino Acids Lower Your Risk of Obesity?

With the recent buzz surrounding the obesity epidemic, particularly in developed nations with the Americans leading the way, people are starting to look closer at dietary factors that affect their weight. Branched-chain amino acids, of which there […] Read More