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Feeling Fabulous or Fatigued? (Hint – it’s all in your cells!)

Cellular health – whether referring to brain cells, bone cells, or fat cells – impacts the health of the entire body. Health issues may arise and manifest differently for each person depending on one’s unique biochemistry. Some common examples of these manifestations include excess weight, headaches, and dry skin, driven by poor cellular metabolism. Quite literally, health and wellness begin at the cellular level.  A paradigm shift in women’s healthcare is happening right now.  You ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Vitamin A Deficiency in Utero May Increase Risk of Alzheimer's Later in Life

In this provocative mouse study, researchers demonstrated that marginal vitamin A deficiency in utero may have large implications on cognitive function later in life, particularly in the development of Alzheimer's disease. It revealed that vitamin A deficiency increases the potential for amyloid beta to form in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid beta is a type of protein that forms tangles in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, eventually leading to plaque formation and... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Sunday, March 26, 2017

Study Sheds Light on How Omega-3 fatty Acids Minimize Cellular Aging

The role of omega-3 fatty acids in health has been well established, and new research helps explain the association. In a recent study, mice given fish oil containing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA) demonstrated the activation of several cellular “protections:” (1) the activity of protective enzymes in the liver and heart tissue increased significantly; (2) oxidative stress (as measured by F2-isoprostanes) and damage to sensitive brain tissue (cerebral lipid peroxidation)... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Importance of Micronutrient Testing by Dr. Ron Grabowski, DC, RD

    Hear Dr. Grabowski’s take on the value of intracellular micronutrient testing, and how micronutrient deficiencies can reflect patterns seen in a variety of diseases.   Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, March 20, 2017

Functional Indicators of Zinc Status Are More Telling Than Plasma Levels

Eighteen healthy adult men participated in a six-week controlled consumption study, in which all food or beverage they consumed was provided for them over the course of the study. For the first two weeks, the men were given food with very low amounts of zinc plus a chemical (phytate) that reduces zinc absorption. Then the amount of zinc in their prepared food was increased by over 60%. Measures of zinc status – both functional and static – were taken at the beginning and end of the trial. Aft... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Serum Level of Folate May Not Tell the Whole Story

In a group of 33 young adults with treatment-resistant depression, plasma, urine and cerebral spinal fluid were measured for several metabolites. These were compared to levels of 16 healthy control subjects. Folate deficiency in cerebral spinal fluid was the most common deficiency seen in patients with pharmacological treatment- resistant depression. It is worth noting that serum levels of folate were normal in these same patients. All patients with cerebral spinal folate deficiency show... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Nutrients and Circadian Rhythms

In case you hadn’t already heard, daylight saving time is almost upon us (effective local time 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 12th). If you, like many others, notice that your circadian rhythm becomes disrupted during this yearly occurrence, and find that it takes you a few days or even weeks to adjust, you may want to take time now to plan ahead.   Natural light affects the daily timing of physiological processes, and micronutrients in turn have an effect on our circadian (circa = around,... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Supplemental Calcium Linked to Dementia in Certain Women

A study followed 700 Swedish women between the ages of 70 and 92 years, who were all initially free from dementia. After five years, the researchers collected data on which women took calcium supplements (and dosage), as well as which women were clinically diagnosed with dementia. The odds among women who took supplemental calcium of developing dementia were twice that for women who did not take calcium. Further, among the women with a history of stroke, the odds of developing ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, March 6, 2017

Folic Acid’s Link to Neural Tube Defects Gains Attention

Folic acid has long been known for drastically reducing the risk of neural tube defects in babies, but new research sheds light on possible consequences of the “if some is good, more is better” approach to supplementation. In a recent study, scientists investigated the effects of moderate folic acid supplementation on reproductive outcomes in mice.  Female mice were fed either folic acid-supplemented or control diets before and during pregnancy. Researchers found that in female mice with... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, March 2, 2017