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Lack of this Nutrient May Induce Muscle Cramps. Spoiler – It’s Not Magnesium

  An expert panel of 6 medical specialists recently published a study on choline and its role in muscle metabolism.  This nutrient – just as important but lesser known compared to its B vitamin cousins – plays a fundamental role in muscle physiology and its deficiency may be a cause of muscle cramping, in otherwise apparently healthy people.   Perhaps choline’s most well-known function is its role as part of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is ... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Thursday, June 10, 2021

What is Vitamin B12’s Relationship with Shoulder Injuries?

  In this prospective study, researchers followed 87 people to determine if their vitamin B12 levels correlated to a higher risk of a rotator cuff tear.  The rotator cuff are muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder and maintain joint integrity, and this is one of the first studies to look at this specific injury and its relation to B12. To begin the study, levels of vitamin B12 were measured as well as other nutrients including vitamin D, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Monday, June 7, 2021

Does Vitamin D Status Affect an Athlete’s Ability to Recover from Knee Surgery?

  A prospective study on 153 athletes that underwent ACL surgery looked at this very question.  Interestingly, the authors concluded that vitamin D status has no effect on outcomes, yet those with the lowest vitamin D status had three times the failure rate than those with higher vitamin D, meaning the authors’ conclusion is not the only conclusion at which one may arrive.  Here are the details... The average age of the 153 patients was around 24 years old – young... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Thursday, May 27, 2021

T-Cells Are Finally Getting the Attention They Deserve, In the Era of COVID

  Research confirms that T-cells hold the key to lasting immunity against COVID.  While most of us are familiar with the notion that antibodies protect us against a specific virus, it is not as well known that antibodies can fade, sometimes even after just a few months.  T-cells, however, hold a cellular memory of infection for years, sometimes decades.   Further, T-cells are the cells responsible for telling the other immune cells what to do and coordinating a full-... Read More
at Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Glutathione: The Powerhouse Nutrient Purported to Protect Against Severe COVID Symptoms

  Could this powerhouse nutrient be the reason some people fare well while others get really sick from COVID?  One doctor has a theory.   A doctor at the Research Institute for Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology in Russia proposes a viewpoint that glutathione – known sometimes as the master antioxidant of the body – holds the answer to why so many people have different clinical courses of COVID.  Some mild, some severe, some short-term, some for mo... Read More
at Monday, May 3, 2021

Immunity Against SARS-CoV-2 May Come from T-cells More Than Antibodies

In many people, antibodies may not be the superstars of lasting immunity against the virus that causes COVID, according to recently published research (January 2021) from a German university, which suggests T cells may be the key to lasting immunity.   In this study, 78% of volunteers for convalescent plasma donations, who had been confirmed positive via PCR testing for the SARS-CoV2 virus, did not have detectable antibodies in their blood.  However, all of them did show T-cel... Read More
at Thursday, January 21, 2021

The T-cell is Fast Becoming the Superstar of Fighting COVID

  T-lymphocytes, the type of white blood cell that plays a key role in fighting infections, are at the center of a recent study on why some patients fare worse than others when infected with the COVID virus.  According to research published in a well-known immunology journal, patients with mild or asymptomatic COVID had both higher numbers and better functioning T-cells (aka T-lymphocytes). In fact, patients who fared worse consistently displayed T-cells that were literally ex... Read More
at Thursday, January 21, 2021

Your Amazing Immune System: Understanding Your Body's Best Defense

Our immune systems - exquisitely designed, flexible, uber-intelligent – and totally underrated.  The immune system is so complicated and only seems to get attention when it is compromised.  So, in an effort to give credit where credit is due, here’s a nod to the system of cells, molecules, and organs that fight off the bad stuff like viruses and bacteria to which we are subjected every day – the AMAZING IMMUNE SYSTEM. Other systems have gotten our attention&n... Read More
at Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Knowledge is Power – Boost Mental Health and Immunity by Doing This

Even the word pandemic sounds ominous. Fear is eerily present now in a way never seen in recent history. People wearing masks trying to keep germs at bay, staying home to reduce exposure to pathogens—it takes a mental toll. Here’s a suggestion—realize that fear is augmented by the unknown. If you want to really take a look at how to stay healthy, learn about your immune system. Not the immune system—YOUR immune system. How do you do that?  Her... Read More