Less Than 1Tsp. Ginger and Cinnamon Daily Relieves Muscle Soreness in Athletes

kill_pain_with_ginger_cinnamonMany well-intentioned workout resolutions have been thwarted by the first signs of sore, stiff muscles in the days following a visit to the gym.  A new study finds that two common kitchen spices help relieve that post-workout muscle pain.

Researchers at Iran’s Isfahan University of Continue reading

How Do We Reduce Inflammation?

inflaIn Part I of this series, we looked at what inflammation is and how it contributes to cancer development and progression. In Part II, we examine how to discern if inflammation is an issue for you, some valuable assessments to consider to measure it, and the very specific actions you can take to lower inflammation levels that Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium

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  • Vitamin      K2 is an important fat-soluble vitamin that plays critical roles in      protecting your heart and brain, and building strong bones. It also plays      an important role in cancer protection
  • The      biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper      areas in your body, Continue reading

The Inside Scoop on Vitamin K

This is an introduction to vitamin K, which is closely connected to blood’s capacity to clot.

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin discovered in the early 1930s by a Danish biochemist, Henrik Dam, who won the Nobel Prize 13 years later. The letter “K” comes from the German word “koagulation,” which has to do with blood clotting.

The vitamin consists of many different but related chemicals. Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (menaquinone) are the two natural forms. Both are found in a variety of foods,

Vitamin K is essential for the key proteins in our bodies, including some that are critical Continue reading

Vitamin K Can Prevent Arterial Hardening and Cognitive Decline

Vitamin K is a critical nutrient widely known for its ability to promote normal blood clotting. A wealth of new information demonstrates that this vitamin in its multiple forms can provide a powerful anti-inflammatory shield to protect against many lethal diseases of aging. Writing in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers show that vitamin K works with other fat-soluble nutrients to protect the brain from arterial calcification that leads to a stroke or cognitive decline. Vitamin K works to prevent the deposition of calcium within arterial walls and ushers the mineral toward the normal construction of bone throughout the body. The research provides proof that eating a healthy diet to maintain adequate stores of vitamin K over a lifetime can help prevent arterial hardening, atherosclerosis and cognitive decline.

To determine the effect of vitamin K on cognitive function, researchers studied three groups of mice that were broken into different levels (low, adequate, or high) of vitamin K supplementation in their diet over the course of their lifetime. Vitamin K is a fat soluble nutrient that can easily cross the blood-brain barrier to provide antioxidant support to a critical organ Continue reading

Improving Calcium Supplement with the Help of Crustaceans

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have developed a unique technology that stabilizes an otherwise unstable form of calcium carbonate. This mineral form provides significantly higher biological absorption and retention rates than other sources presently used as dietary calcium supplements.

Calcium is considered to be one of the most important minerals in the human body for maintaining bone mass and coronary health. Insufficient dietary calcium intake can induce osteoporosis and poor blood-clotting.

“Since most adults today achieve their daily dietary intake of calcium with supplements, this new form will prove to be substantially more beneficial,” according to Dr. Amir Berman, a researcher and a member of the BGU Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

According to the new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, this type of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC) consists of unstable, nano-sized particles. Several species of crustaceans, including freshwater crayfish, are capable of stabilizing this mineral form so they can efficiently store and rapidly re-use large calcium quantities. Using new technology inspired by the crustaceans’ natural process, the BGU researchers tested this synthetic ACC compound against other commonly used calcium supplements.

Results of experiments performed on laboratory animals showed that the absorption and retention rates were up to 40 percent higher in the blood and 30 percent higher in bone when the ACC compound is compared to other calcium sources. Such dramatic enhancement in absorption may be useful in reducing the necessary dosage of calcium, lowering side effects and increasing a patient’s compliance.