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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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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Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine and Athletic Performance?

Both exercise enthusiasts and competitive athletes are often looking for ways to improve their athletic performance and shed body fat.  In most cases, this involves optimizing their training methods and nutrition.  Some also look towards nutritional or dietary supplements to help. One common target for potentially improving athletic performance involves increasing blood flow to muscles…

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Does Purple Passion Fruit Peel Extract Ease Arthritis Pain?

Osteoarthritis is an exceedingly common condition that affects over 20 million Americans.  As we age, our chances of developing osteoarthritis continue to increase. Generally regarded as the ‘wear and tear’ type of arthritis, factors such as joint injuries among others can lead to its development. For those who suffer from this condition, previous research suggests…

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Why Use Probiotics?

Though it may surprise some of you, our bacteria actually outnumber our human cells by a factor of 10 to 1.  These bacteria play an important role in the function of the human body–particularly involved with metabolism and nutrition. Most probiotics contain various strains and species of bacteria–though there are some exceptions including certain types…

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Cinnamon Supplements Improve Blood Sugar Control?

For today’s post, I happened to find an interesting article that was just recently published in the medical journal, Diabetic Medicine:  A Journal of the British Diabetic Association regarding the health benefits of cinnamon supplementation.  No, I’m not talking about Cinnamon toast, or the cereal called Cinnamon Toast Crunch either… Researchers in London conducted a…

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How to Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the United States according to the Center for disease control and prevention. Common risk factors for cardiovascular disease include: hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, family history, cigarette smoking, alcohol intake, metabolic syndrome, and physical inactivity. From that list, there are plenty of…

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