60 Seconds on Vitamin C

Scientists wanted to find out what in foods prevented scurvy. The answer, it seemed, was ascorbic acid because when it was given, people did not get scurvy. However, in nature, ascorbic acid does not exist alone. It is always found with many other compounds such as rutin, flavonoids, amino acids, ascorbate oxidase, and tyrosine, all

Six Easy Ways to Boost Your Immunity

If ever there was a time to become aware of ways to build up your immune system, that time is now. And it may be easier than you think. You may be doing some of these things already. But combined, these immune building superpowers can help to keep you healthy during these challenging times. Let’s

ENDORPHINS: The “Happy Hormone”

Endorphins are part of a group of chemicals naturally found in the brain called “neurotransmitters.” They have pain-relieving properties, euphoric properties (a “high” or buzz or feeling in love feeling), they improve mood, affect the release of sex hormones, and reduce appetite. What Can Endorphins Do? Endorphins naturally block pain signals in the nervous system.

Is Your Diet a SAD Story?

Do you eat a Standard American Diet? If so, your diet – and ultimately your health – might be a SAD story! The SAD diet is high in meats, especially highly-processed lunch-type meats, milk-based foods (cheese yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.), potatoes, processed and prepared foods, fried foods, and sweets. In contrast, a healthy, nutritious diet

How to Avoid GMOs

So what is all the fuss about GMOs? Should I avoid GMOs? GMOs are foods that take genes from one organism and transplant it into another organism. For example, strawberries easily freeze so a gene from a bacteria that tolerates freezing was transplanted into strawberries so they will survive in cold weather. The result is

What Kind of Calcium Do I Need?

What Kind of Calcium Do I Need?

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat. Unhealthy eating habits contribute to Americans failing to get their daily requirement of many essential vitamins and minerals. Even with a

What is an Antioxidant Anyway?

What is an Antioxidant Anyway?

Anti-what? Antioxidant. It’s on food labels and supplement bottles galore – from chocolates to Vitamin E – yet we seldom discuss what an antioxidant does. Most people have no idea what superpowers they hold and why antioxidants are essential to our daily health. ‘Anti’ means to oppose, and ‘oxidant’, or oxidizing agent, create the oxidation