Micronutrient Health Blog | SpectraCell Laboratories - November 2017

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Vitamin B1 and Female Fertility

A vitamin B1 deficiency has been shown to compromise egg cell health in female mice. Even though this study was carried out on mice, the implications for human health and fertility are not lost. Scientists were interested in assessing the effect of mild and severe vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency on egg cells and what they found was revealing.  Mice were fed one of two diets: normal or one lacking in vitamin B1. Not surprisingly, the vitamin B1 concentration in the ovaries of mice not giv... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Vitamin K May Boost Performance in Athletes

Vitamin K is often regarded as a nutrient for improving heart health, lowering cancer risk, and increasing bone density, but it also appears to improve fitness even in healthy athletes. Like most nutrients, it seems to have quite versatile roles. In this small study, 26 trained male and female athletes were administered placebo or vitamin K2 supplements for eight weeks while they maintained their regular exercise routines. At the beginning of the study and after eight weeks, each person compl... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, November 20, 2017

Can We Change Our Genetic Expression with Nutrients?

Recent evidence suggests that the answer is yes.  Most people understand that we all have inherent genetic predispositions – some as benign as the shape of our nose and others more dangerous such as the tendency toward certain cancers.  However, as research on epigenetics grows, the ability to modulate the expression of certain genes is becoming clearer.  Epigenetics is the study of how our genetic expression is affected by factors other than changes in DNA sequence.  Thes... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, November 16, 2017