Germs Help the Body Produce Vitamin C

Groundbreaking new research indicates that humans are capable of synthesizing vitamin C via their highly complex and capable microbiome.

We live in a time and age where decades old assumptions about the human body are being overturned on a surprisingly regular basis. Continue reading

Methylwho? Why You Should Know About Methylation

I 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

The Trouble Seniors Face Today with Their Health

Today I’ll finish off this three-part series on the troubles seniors face with nutrition. I’ll be covering what your primary needs are, how your nutrition needs change as you age, and where you can go for assistance.

Seniors have different nutritional needs than other people. Even if you’re in great shape, it’s still important Continue reading

Camu Camu

Did You Know…

… that the camu camu fruit has more vitamin C than any other known fruit in the world—and delivers miraculous therapeutic benefits?

Deep within the Peruvian Rainforest originates a berry so potent it can heal chronic diseases, Continue reading

Ward off Cancer, Protect against Radiation, and Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Mint

A seemingly humble herb, mint offers a variety of exceptional health enhancing features. Research has shown that certain varieties of mint have properties that help defend against cancer and damaging radiation. Not only does this herb offer protective benefit, but it also provides those who suffer from irritable bowl syndrome much needed relief. Continue reading

The Most Important Vitamins as You Age

Nutritional deficiencies are quite common among older adults. Getting improper nutrition for less than one year can lead to full-fledged deficiencies in vitamins B and C. More than a year spent not getting proper nutrition would result in deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as B12. The more frequent chronic illnesses and medication use further compromise the nutritional status in older individuals. One study found that there was a high number of vitamin deficiencies found even among those who claimed to be taking multivitamin supplements on a daily basis. Continue reading

UVB-Exposed Mushrooms Shown To Have Higher Vitamin D Content

Considering the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. and abroad, researchers and nutritionists have been working on ways to increase consumption of the vital nutrient. A study that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that one solution may lie in fungi exposed to ultraviolet light. Continue reading

These Berries Help Prevent Cervical Cancer

What could be better than a delicious fruit that is also a cancer-fighting food? Raspberries are an antioxidant food that contains some special compounds called “ellagitannins.” This family of compounds, which are almost exclusive to the raspberry, is reported to have anti- cancer activity.

In recent health news, a study performed at the Ohio State University has found that raspberry extract could inhibit cervical cancer growth.

Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer worldwide. It is a challenge for doctors to treat this type of cancer. Because of this, the researchers at Ohio University set out to investigate food-based cancer preventative measures — specifically, the raspberry. Three human cervical cancer cell lines were treated with a black raspberry extract for the clinical trial. Various tests Continue reading

Riboflavin and Feverfew Target Migraines

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Mitochondria, the powerhouse inside the cell, generate high-energy chemicals. In between migraine attacks, this important function is much reduced. Riboflavin has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention of migraine attacks to help affect this specific action. Here are three clinical studies worth taking a look at:

1. Fifty-five migraine patients received either 400 mg of riboflavin or placebo for three months. Riboflavin treatment was much better than placebo treatment in reducing the frequency of attacks and the number of headache days (59% in riboflavin vs. 15% in placebo).

2. Twenty-six migraine patients  Continue reading

Herbal Remedies for ADD/ADHD

Modern science has now proven that ADHD treatment programs that include herbal remedies, boost concentration and memory. A recent study undertaken by the Sheba Hospital in Israel has reported that herbal remedies can often improve cognitive functioning in patients with ADHD.

Herbal remedies are often prescribed by holistic practitioners to treat mental illness and hyperactivity along with including riboflavin, magnesium, B-complex vitamins, and thiamine in the diet through foods or daily multivitamins.

Some herbs, such as 100% aloe vera juice, pumpkin seed extract, ginkgo biloba, evening primrose oil (an omega-6 fatty acid),and mahonia grape, can promote nutritional delivery to the brain and balance neurotransmitters. These herbs may be beneficial in the treatment of ADD and ADHD.

Two Indian herbs, GotuKola and Ashwaganda, have been shown to be effective for concentration and release of anxiety. Chamomile, passionflower and skullcap have also shown great promise.

Generally, these herbs have dosage recommendations on the supplement package, but in rare cases where doses are not given, doses of ½ teaspoon into a well diluted tincture, three times a day and mixed with fruit or vegetable juice is usually appropriate.

Other recommended herbal and homeopathic remedies include Hyoscyamus, which is known to help alleviate over-excitability and restlessness. It also provides relief from frenetic outbursts and tic-type involuntary twitching.

Another one is Verta Alb. This herb can help stabilize a person with ADHD. Arsen Iod is often used for the hyperactive-impulsive type child. A fourth remedy, Tuberculinum, is also touted as a treatment for the symptoms of ADHD.

The International Cod Liver Omega-3 Foundation recommends the use of a Cod Liver Oil based (CLO3) as one of the alternatives to traditional prescription medications, such as Ritalin, to treat mental illness and hyperactivity in children. Omega-3 (also referred to as n-3 or w-3) is the name of a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Oil-based fish and dietary supplements are the richest and most generally available sources of omega-3. Some of these sources include fish oil and cod liver oil. Krill, bread and fruit juices are also effective.

The compounds referred to as omega-3s are Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), and Docusahexaenoic Acid (DHA). Omega-3s found in plant and vegetable sources are not as effective as cod liver oil or other fish oils.

The best and most effective source is only found in fish such as mackerel, salmon, fresh tuna, and fish oil, specifically cod liver oil. Experts recommend a minimum daily intake of 450 mg of fish oil omega-3s in order to fortify joint, brain and cardiovascular health, particularly in children with ADD or ADHD.

A research study published in 2002 concluded that there is a significant benefit to using Omega-3 dietary supplements to treat ADD/ADHD.

Unfortunately, the prescribing of multiple medications to treat ADD/ADHD has created a “polypharmacy” culture in a drug obsessed society, where we first turn to drugs to mask the symptoms rather than changing nutrition, lifestyle or adding herbs to treat the cause.

Your first and best single form of treatment should be with natural remedies. If these do not appear effective then talk to your doctor or psychiatrist to explore other options.