Micronutrient Health Blog | SpectraCell Laboratories - October 2016

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Why is vitamin B5 called the anti-stress vitamin?

Also known as pantothenate or pantothenic acid, vitamin B5 is sometimes referred to as the “anti-stress” vitamin because it can reverse some biological damage caused by stress. Physical, emotional, and psychological stresses trigger the adrenal glands to secrete cortisol (a long-term stress hormone) and adrenaline (a short-term stress hormone). Chronic stress drives the production of too much of any of these hormones, which causes damage in the body long after the stress signal has ended. Wh... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Breast Cancer Prevention or Earlier Diagnosis –Which is Better?

The short answer is - both. Ask most women, and many will tell you that a mammogram is the most powerful tool when it comes to breast cancer prevention. Unfortunately, getting a mammogram is not truly preventive, although it is a very powerful tool for early diagnosis. In other words: mammograms do not prevent breast cancer from developing, even though these procedures facilitate early diagnosis that in turn allows providers to target the cancer in its earlier, more treatable ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CoQ10

Why you should know about CoQ10 if you are taking a statin. Most Americans have heard of statins, a group of drugs commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol levels.  But many people are not familiar with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), the micronutrient that is known to be depleted by most people who take statins. In fact, the original patent for statins (AKA “HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors”) acknowledged this as early as 1990; however, this is still not widely known today. CoQ10 (AKA ubiq... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, October 4, 2016