Magnesium—the Missing Link to Better Health

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An estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium. The health consequences of deficiency can be quite significant, and can be aggravated by many, if not most, drug treatments

Magnesium performs a wide array of biological functions, including Continue reading

Beetroot Juice Is Proven Remedy for Increased Stamina

Drinking beetroot juice can boost your stamina and athletic performance, scientific studies have confirmed.

One of the first such studies, conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter and published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2010, looked at seven men who consumed either 500 mL per day of beetroot juice Continue reading

Fewer Animal Experiments Thanks to Nanosensors

Experiments on animals have been the subject of criticism for decades, but there is no prospect of a move away from them any time soon. The number of tests involving laboratory animals has in fact gone up. Now, researchers have found an alternative approach: they hope sensor nanoparticles will reduce the need for animal testing.

Countless mice, rats and rabbits die every year in the name of science – and the situation is getting worse. While German laboratories used some 2.41 million animals for scientific research in 2005, by 2009 this number had grown to 2.79 million. One third were destined for fundamental biology research, and the majority were used for researching diseases and developing medical compounds and devices. People demand Fewer medicines that are safe and therapies that are tolerable, Continue reading

Gas Pump Handles are Filthiest Surfaces Americans touch

Gas pump handles are swarming with loads of bacteria and viruses. They have been identified as the dirtiest surface Americans encounter on the way to work, according to a recently released study by Kimberley-Clark Professional, a unit of personal hygiene giant Kimberley-Clark Corp.

A team of hygienists test-swabbed hundreds of surfaces in U.S. cities to see what objects we touch every day, that breed the worst kinds of bacteria and viruses. These swabs were taken in big cities such as Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

Gas pumps turned out to be number one on the list, as breeding grounds for all sorts of filthy bacteria and bugs. Continue reading

A Natural Way to Fight the Blues

Depression is a major topic in the health news these days, as the veil is being lifted and people are feeling more and more comfortable disclosing their issues. Here is an introduction to SAMe and depression. It is one of the top natural supplements in the fight against depression.

Over in Europe, a supplement has been routinely prescribed by doctors for at least 33 years. Its full name is S-adenosyl- L-methionine, or SAMe for short. In the United States, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that SAMe was released as a dietary supplement. Since then, it’s been widely used and promoted for the treatment of depression, liver disease, and osteoarthritis. Its annual sales exceed $45.0 million, making SAMe one of the most popular items in health food stores.

What is SAMe? Our body makes it from adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and the amino acid, L- methionine. The latter depends on enough folate and vitamin B12 to work; two vitamins that can also lead to depression if you don’t have them in adequate amounts. Continue reading

Time for Enzymes

Health begins with healthy digestion, and healthy digestion depends on enzymes. You need a reliable supply of enzymes to ensure adequate digestion, absorption and use of food nutrients. Enzymes can also protect you against aging, chronic illness, infections, stress and fatigue.

Enzymes are the most exciting of the micronutrients. These specialized proteins enhance vital chemical reactions throughout your body. The actions of enzymes were just starting to be discovered in the 1800s when researchers learned that stomach secretions can digest meat Continue reading