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Lipoprotein(a) and L-carnitine

Lipoprotein(a) and L-carnitine Most people assume that standard cholesterol testing offers an adequate assessment of heart disease risk. If you, like many, have never heard of a lipoprotein profile test, you may be surprised to learn that this test assesses an important risk factor called Lipoprotein(a) or Lp(a) (“lipoprotein little a”). Influenced by genetics and strongly linked to heart disease and blood clotting problems, this risk factor unfortunately is not part of routine cholesterol t... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Exercise: A Fountain Of Youth?

Everyone knows that exercise is good for health: after all, it not only does the obvious (burns calories and builds strength), it furthermore helps balance hormones, lifts mood, and fights depression. Did you know that it also has a role in maintaining memory and cognitive function as we age?  A new study has shed light on yet another interesting way that exercise helps keep one young.  Researchers recently found that physical activity may help preserve telomeres, the strands of DNA... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What Is Nutrigenomics?

Recent years have seen the entry of unfamiliar words into the mainstream, no doubt promulgated by widespread use of the Internet and social media. The health and wellness sphere is no exception; new buzz words seemingly enter the healthcare lexicon constantly, and you may already have noticed given the prevalence of words ending in the suffix, “-omics”: genomics, nutrigenomics, metabolomics, to name a few. Countless news articles including these words and their concepts appear to be published... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How Do Amino Acids Affect Fat Metabolism?

When it comes to nutrients and bioactive substances, most people are familiar with vitamins and minerals, but less knowledgeable about amino acids. These biologically important compounds, much like vitamins and minerals, can impact fat metabolism and weight loss in profound ways.  These are some examples of amino acids with roles in weight management: Asparagine: First isolated and so named due to its presence in asparagus, this amino acid increases insulin sensitivity, which helps the ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, February 9, 2017

Minerals and Metabolism – What Is the Association?

Minerals are substances required within cells to catalyze metabolic reactions. These chemical reactions largely determine the ability of the body to carry out metabolism and ultimately, health status. When it comes to weight management, mineral deficiencies can compromise metabolism. Below are some examples, among many, of familiar minerals with a role in this process: Zinc: A zinc deficiency can reduce the hormone leptin (this hormone regulates appetite and promotes satiety), therefore sign... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Can Excess Weight Influence Gene Expression?

New research suggests that the answer to this question is YES.  As you might have noticed, a lot of information regarding the impact of environment on genes has been published recently. Take cancer, for example. One may be genetically predisposed to a certain cancer that runs in one’s family.  However, simply possessing this gene does not determine one’s health outcomes or health destiny. It has become clear that in many cases, we can profoundly compensate for the genetic hand ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, February 2, 2017