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Terpenes – Potently Healthful Aromatics

“Terpenes” is a term healthcare practitioners rarely use, and it would probably generate a confused look on most patients’ faces. However, these compounds have numerous applications for supporting health and wellness. The term “turpentine” probably comes to mind first when you see or hear this term and it’s no coincidence. Turpentine is the original word […]

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Plenty of Room for Fiber on Ketogenic Diets

The exploding popularity of ketogenic diets is undeniable. Whether someone’s goal is fat loss, improving blood sugar control, supporting athletic performance, or potentially improving management of a neurological or neurodegenerative condition, patients are flocking to this low-carb high-fat way of eating. While a vast body of research supports this approach for numerous applications—with some experts positing that carbohydrate […]

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Harnessing the Power of Herbs for Pain

Chronic pain is a serious issue affecting individual families and public health as a whole. Millions of people live with chronic pain and effective interventions that are truly safe and free of undesirable side-effects are scarce. According to the 2016 National Pain Strategy from the National Institutes of Health, nearly 20 percent of U.S. adults experience […]

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The New Heart-Healthy Diet

Prevailing wisdom on what’s good for the heart seems to change as quickly and as often as the weather. Recommendations to engage in regular physical activity and avoid smoking have stood the test of time, but dietary advice for cardiovascular health has shifted significantly. Let’s take a look at where the science currently stands on […]

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Creatine – Benefits Beyond Exercise

Creatine is among the most popular ergogenic aids for sports and exercise. As a nitrogenous organic compound, 95 percent of which is stored in muscle, it is proposed that large doses of creatine can enhance athletic performance by delaying muscle fatigue, particularly during high-intensity interval training. Claims have been made that creatine supplementation promotes gains […]

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New review demonstrates a nutraceutical approach to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a growing epidemic in the U.S. and throughout the world. It is a condition characterized by lipid build up in the liver, and is the leading cause of abnormal liver enzymes. Insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome are all major factors in the development of NAFLD, primarily driven […]

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Astaxanthin inhibits oxidative stress and protects against mitochondrial dysfunction

Astaxanthin is a red-orange carotenoid mainly produced by microalgae (haematococcus pluvialis) and accumulated in many marine organisms such as salmon, trout, shrimp, and lobster. Astaxanthin’s molecular structure provides its unique features such as touting a higher antioxidant activity than of other carotenoids. Previous research suggests that astaxanthin offers health-promoting benefits in the prevention and treatment of […]

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New insight into the role of protein, leucine, fish oil, and vitamin D in sarcopenia and functional decline

The aging process is associated with sarcopenia and functional decline. The loss of muscle mass between the ages of 40 and 80 is approximately 30%–60%, and is associated with disability, illness, and death. Prevention strategies are the most effective treatment options against musculoskeletal aging. In a recent review published in Nutrients, researchers investigated the role of […]

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Melatonin supplementation shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health

According to a recent review published in Molecules, researchers demonstrate that melatonin may be a promising adjunct in the treatment of heart failure, as it plays an essential role in cardiovascular health. This new, comprehensive review reveals substantial evidence supporting the importance of melatonin supplementation in various cardiac pathologies and disorders, as outlined here. Epidemiological studies […]

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Reduced carotenoid and retinoid concentrations found in patients with atopic dermatitis, according to a new study

Atopic dermatitis is the most common chronic disease of the skin. It is generally considered a type of eczema and is strongly linked to food allergies; therefore, diet plays a role in its treatment and prevention. The cause of atopic dermatitis is still poorly understood; however, it involves genetic factors, inherited and acquired skin barrier […]

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