Health Benefits of Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a very potent antioxidant that we’ll be hearing more and more about over the coming years.  Specifically, it functions as a carotenoid antioxidant though it does not get converted to vitamin A.  Though it’s a ubiquitous pigment found in the marine environment which  provides the pinkish-red color to lobsters, shrimp, salmon, and crayfish,…

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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,…

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Phytostanol Margarine for Lowering Cholesterol?

Elevated serum cholesterol and, in particular, LDL Cholesterol (LDL-C) are important risk factors for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Does phytostanol and phytosterol-enriched margarine help lower cholesterol levels in user and non-users of statine medication?

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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.…

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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

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Does Dietary Nitrate from Beetroot Juice Improve Athletic Performance?

Competitive athletes are always looking for an edge. As someone who used to compete in sports such as bicycle racing, swimming, and cross-country skiing, I used to spend countless hours reading about nutrition and ergogenic supplements. Though there can be certain risks associated with it and I wouldn’t recommend it...

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Diabetes Weight Loss Workout

The incidence of diabetes continues to rise alongside the incidence of obesity.  In fact, according to the CDC, the incidence of diagnosed diabetes is now 8.2 per 1000 population which represents an increase of 148% over the past 28 years. Given the comorbidity between obesity and diabetes, we’re now facing what’s been commonly referred to…

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