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niacin heart health

Is Niacin heart healthy? Probably, but it depends on who you ask

For a time, Niacin, or Vitamin B3, when used in conjunction with statin therapy, was the only supplement approved by the FDA to prevent heart attacks. This stamp of approval from a government agency was the result of a 2001 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) study that found Niacin raised HDL, while lowering bad… Read More

Ashwagandha health benefits

The power of adaptogens: 7 health benefits of ashwagandha root

Ashwagandha is an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine, where it has been used for around 3,000 years to support the body’s resilience in the face of stress. The botanical name for ashwagandha is Withania somnifera, and the herb is a member of the nightshade family of plants. It is sometimes known as Indian ginseng, and… Read More

Morning Sickness Genetic

Is my morning sickness worse because of genetics?

If you’ve ever had or known anyone who has experienced morning sickness in pregnancy, you’ll know that it’s more like “all day sickness” and can strike at the most inopportune times. Around 70%-80% of women experience nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP), typically in the first trimester. (R) Not everyone has to deal with morning… Read More

UTI treatment

Can urinary tract infections be cured with diet and supplements?

Although I have been lucky never to have had one, urinary tract infections (“UTIs”) are a common and recurring problem for millions of Americans, especially women, with complaints of UTI accounting for an estimated 7 million doctor visits every year. E. Coli, a nasty type of pathogenic bacteria, is thought to be the culprit behind… Read More

Vitamin C supplements high quality Vitamin C

Not all Vitamin C is created equal

Vitamin C is a “scavenger antioxidant,” meaning its job is to mop up free radicals circulating in the body. (R) This, in turn, helps to protect cells against oxidative damage. We list Vitamin C several times in our guide to nutrigenomics, and I even use a Vitamin C shower filter to take the chlorine out… Read More

Glucosamine Supplements

Do glucosamine supplements work? My experience after 6 months

Glucosamine supplements have long been the talk of the running community. I’ve gone on and off of glucosamine and chondroiton supplements over the past six years I’ve been a runner … much like I’ve gone on and off of running. Since I was attempting to more seriously lace back up my running shoes after the… Read More

Vegan diet nutrient deficiency

The Vegan Guide to Dietary Supplements: B12, Iron and More

Attracted to its low environmental impact and potential health benefits, more and more people are beginning to follow a vegan diet and lifestyle. Just a few months ago, John experimented with a vegan diet for a week and wrote a blog detailing favorable results. Many people will find benefit from going vegan for the short… Read More

Vitamin B12 Shots

My experience with Vitamin B12 shots

For those playing along at home with their 23andme data, I am heterozygous (A/G) for MTRR rs1801394. I was hesitant for this rite of passage. In what sort of world did a newer team member of a company get a shot of B vitamins injected into their backside to be an official part of the… Read More

MSG in supplements

The MSG in your supplements

Updated January 24th, 2018 Most everyone has heard of the dreaded monosodium glutamate, or “MSG” for short (remember the word glutamate in that phrase). The stereotype is that MSG is an additive in many Chinese dishes, and so it’s easily avoided, but it’s actually much more common than you might think. What if I told… Read More

Bifidobacterium vs Lactobacillus Strains

Bifidobacterium vs. Lactobacillus probiotics: what’s the difference?

All the growing interest surrounding probiotics has led to an explosion in the supplement market, which is estimated to be valued at $45.64 billion and growing. A probiotic is defined as a microorganism that survives the digestive process to confer a health benefit on the host, which in this case, is us. The health benefits… Read More

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