Micronutrient Health Blog | SpectraCell Laboratories - July 2012

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Why Do We Get PMS?

Excerpt from Eva Cwynar, M.D.'s new book, "The Fatigue Solution" We've come a long way since the time when doctors used to debate the reality of PMS, but the short answer is that there are many reasons why PMS occurs. There are several different theories: Decline in progesterone levels. PMS symptoms occur during the luteal phase of a woman's cycle, which is when progesterone begins to rise (right after ovulation) and then starts to plummet about 7 days later. When you are about to get your p... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NEW! SpectraCell's Asthma Quick Reference Chart

During last week's webinar, "Nutritional Considerations of Allergies & Asthma", we created and offered a copy of our new "Asthma Quick Reference Nutrient Chart".  This visual tool is an excellent resource to emphasize to your patients the many inter-related roles that nutrition plays in disease prevention and management.View and/or download our flyer on Asthma HERE. You can also view the rest of our library of quick reference nutrient charts HERE. Each chart is available as an indivi... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, July 26, 2012

Recorded Webinar: Nutritional Considerations of Allergies and Asthma

Presented by: Ron Grabowski, R.D., D.C.Topics of Discussion: How does the gastrointestinal tract affect allergies? What nutrients act as antihistamines? How do certain medications for asthma affect an individual's nutritional status? Why is magnesium so important to the COPD patient? Click HERE to listen to our recorded webinar as well as download the corresponding presentation slides. Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nutritional Considerations of Pain

Below is a list of various nutrients that affect a person affected with body pain. Cysteine - reduces pain caused by systemic inflammation due to its potent antioxidant properties. Inositol - in animal studies, treatment with inositol induces antinociception (pain reduction). Oleic Acid - this fatty acid is a precursor of oleamide, an analgesic that affects neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine and GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), all of which play a role in pain signa... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, July 23, 2012

Nutritional Considerations of Insomnia

Below is a list of various nutrients that affect a person with Insomnia. Vitamin B3 (niacin) - increases REM sleep; improves both quality and quantity of sleep by converting trytophan to serotonin. Folate & Vitamin B6 - both are cofactors for several neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine, many of which regulate sleep patterns. Vitamin B12 - normalizes circadian rythms (sleep-wake cycles); therapeutic benefits of B12 supplementation, both oral and intravenous,... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nutritional Considerations of Fibromyalgia

Below is a list of various nutrients that affect a person with Fibromyalgia. Carnitine - deficiency causes muscle pain due to inefficient cellular energy metabolism (mitochondrial myopathy) which presentas as fibromyalgia. Choline & Inositol - altered levels of both nutrients seen in fibromyalgia; choline & inositol are involved in pain perception. Serine - blood levels of this amino acid are much lower in fibromyalgia patients. Vitamin D - low levels impair neuromuscular function an... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Friday, July 13, 2012