One in Twelve Men Are Color Blind: Take the Test

cb

Story at-a-glance −

Color blindness is said to affect about one in 12 men and one in 200 women worldwide
The term color blind refers to people who can only see in black and white or shades of gray Continue reading

Important Reasons to Optimize Your Vitamin K2

k2Story at-a-glance −

Vitamin K1 is the primary form of vitamin K responsible for blood clotting

Vitamin K2 is essential for bone strength and the health of arteries and blood vessels

Vitamin K2 deficiency Continue reading

Supercharge Your Workout with Beet Juice

imagesNZLC0FFHHow would you like to be able to work out longer and use less effort to get the same benefits?  Oh, and without resorting to Lance Armstrong’s strategies?  It’s possible, according to research finding that juicing beets can enhance the performance of Continue reading

Blood Test Identifies Changes in Gene which Are Linked to Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

btAfter analyzing three sets of different blood samples from 325 patients, a Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention Research Study determined that there are links between lowered levels of a gene called SKA2, plus a higher level of chemical changes that alter its function, Continue reading

Magnesium Lowers Colorectal Cancer Risk

magAn astounding 70% or more of Americans are deficient in the essential mineral magnesium.  Low levels can have deadly effects. 

Epidemiologic studies have suggested that low magnesium may be associated with higher rates of colorectal cancer among other diseases.  Now a meta-analysis confirms that higher magnesium intakes are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer and Continue reading

Methylwho? Why You Should Know About Methylation

methylI was giving a lecture to a group of psychiatric fellows recently, and I got to my slide on folate.  I get excited about this topic, and so I rambled on about the one-carbon cycle, and SAMe, methylcobalamin, and the MTHFR mutation.  As I looked away from my slides, I could see the vacant stares from the near-audience and knew I had lost them.  If highly educated and Continue reading

Vitamin E May Alleviate Symptoms of Liver Disease Brought on by Obesity

vitaEStory at-a-glance

  • Vitamin E may help relieve the majority of symptoms associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a common obesity-related fatty liver disease
  • With no known treatment – and often no symptoms until serious damage has    occurred – Continue reading

Miracle Mineral Slashes Stroke Risk 24%

potassiumIf you’re like most folks, the word “diet” sends a cold shiver up your spine — and I don’t blame you one bit.

For years we’ve associated dieting with giving up our favorite foods and consuming bland, tasteless meals with all the texture and excitement of cardboard.

Well, no more, friend. Because I have one… that’s right, just ONE … Continue reading

Drinking Iced Tea Raises Kidney Stone Risk: Study

Kidney stones affect about 10 percent of the U.S. population, researchers say

People who drink iced tea may be putting themselves at greater risk for developing painful kidney stones, a new study indicates.

Researchers from Loyola University Medical Center explained that the popular summertime drink contains high levels of oxalate, a chemical that leads to the formation of small crystals made of minerals and salt found in urine. Although these crystals are usually harmless, the researchers cautioned they can grow large enough to become lodged in Continue reading

Shocking Revelation Study Has Made About Our Food

kidYou almost certainly have a significant amount of cancer-causing substances in your body. And, so does everyone you know. That shocking revelation is the conclusion of a wide-ranging clinical study that found that every single one of its test subjects tested positive for alarming levels of at least one known toxin. And, these are not the ill-defined “toxins” of the mainstream media—they are seriously harmful chemicals like arsenic, dioxins, DDE (what the body turns DDT into), dieldrin (a chemical linked to Parkinson’s disease, breast cancer, and other ailments), and Continue reading

Eight Ways to Fight Colds with Food

Eight Ways to Fight Colds with Food

Cold season is still here, and many of you may be looking for a better way to fight off this pest than just popping some vitamins every day. Well, here’s a list of the top eight foods to keep those nasty cold bugs away — and we’re not talking about just the usual bowl of chicken noodle soup!

 1) Carotenoid-rich foods: Carotenoids are potent antioxidants that Continue reading

Purple Potatoes

Did You Know…

… a “Hot” potato prized in Ancient Peru may be key to curing cancer?

In the 16th century, the Inca people ruled most of South America from their mountain capital in Cusco, Peru.  To manage this vast territory, the Incan empire cultivated fighting skills, Continue reading

For Better Muscles: Eat Spinach, Skip the Mouthwash

SPINACHMitochondria, tiny cell structures that power our muscles, can develop leaks that hurt muscle performance. Research shows, however, that substances found in spinach can stop these leaks and make mitochondria mightier. But to get the full effect, you may have to ditch your mouthwash. Strong mouthwashes kill off the oral bacteria that enable the body to put spinach’s Continue reading

Mustard Greens Contain Muscle-Building Compound

Popeye famously ate spinach when in a jam to instantly build his biceps and gain the strength to save a damsel in distress. Well, a new study conducted at North Carolina State University suggests that he may have been better off eating mustard greens.

Leafy greens have previously been indicated as vegetables that encourage muscle growth because of their nitric oxide content. Another component known as homobrassinolide — a plant hormone found in members of the mustard family — has been shown to stimulate protein synthesis while preventing degradation of muscle.

“We hope that one day brassinosteroids may provide an effective, natural, and safe alternative for age- and disease-associated muscle loss, or be used to improve endurance and physical performance,” said researcher Slavko Komarnytsky, Ph.D. Continue reading

Gluten Weakens Bones

Years ago, a bread company boasted that its product “builds strong bodies 12 ways.” But if you’ve got a gluten problem, bread may actually be destroying your body, not building it. In particular, it may be weakening your bones. And unless you stop eating gluten-containing foods (made from wheat, barley and rye), the deconstruction of your bones may continue until you suffer debilitating osteoporosis.

Looking back on my own experience with celiac (an autoimmune reaction to gluten), I can remember several medical misfortunes that should have indicated to an alert healthcare practitioner that I was suffering a health problem that needed investigation. For example, in elementary school, while playing baseball, I broke a bone in my hand while fielding a relatively slow ground ball. Continue reading