Category: Nutrition and Supplements

Can CBD Increase Stem Cell Activity?

Stem cell therapy promotes tissue regeneration and wound healing. Efforts have been made to prime stem cells to enhance their regenerative abilities. Certain marijuana components, namely the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) and psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are defined as immunomodulators. Migration and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are known to be involved in various regenerative processes […]
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Can Some Foods Boost Metabolism?

Within the last 30 years, the obesity rate for adult Americans has more than doubled from 15% to 32% and currently, it is estimated that two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, a 42% increase since 1980. A primary cause of this obesity epidemic is thought to be gross caloric intake, which has risen […]
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Intermittent Fasting and Aging

The survival and reproductive success of all organisms depend upon their ability to obtain food. Accordingly, animals have evolved behavioral and physiological adaptations that enable them to survive periods of food scarcity or absence. When food is not available for extended periods some organisms become dormant; for example, yeast enters a stationary phase, nematodes enter […]
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Health Benefits of Vitamin C

What is Vitamin C? Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C endogenously, so it is an essential dietary component. It is required for the synthesis […]
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Health Benefits of Carnitine Supplementation

What is L-Carnitine?  Carnitine, derived from an amino acid, is found in nearly all cells of the body. Its name is derived from the Latin carnus or flesh, as the compound was isolated from meat. Carnitine plays a critical role in energy production. It transports long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria so they can be […]
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What are the Health Benefits of Flaxseed Oil?

What is Flaxseed Oil?  Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) and flaxseed oil, which comes from flaxseed, are rich sources of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, a heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid. Flaxseed is high in soluble fiber and in lignans, which contain phytoestrogens. Similar to the hormone estrogen, phytoestrogens might have anti-cancer properties. Humans have used […]
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Use of dietary supplements in Hypertension and Diabetes

The practice of using nature as pharmacy dates back to antecedents and continues today as many of the medications currently in use are derived from plants. Dietary supplements are food products, extracts or concentrates that are intended to supplement diets because they contain certain dietary ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, and amino acids. They […]
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What are the Health Benefits of Using Probiotics?

What are Probiotics?  Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that may benefit a person’s health. They are present in the human digestive system and in some foods and supplements. Probiotics are useful bacteria. They exist throughout the body, although people largely associate them with the stomach and intestines. As evidence of a link between the […]
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Glucosamine Supplementation and Joint Pain

What is Glucosamine?  Glucosamine is a natural compound found in cartilage, the tough tissue that cushions joints. In supplement form, glucosamine is harvested from shells of shellfish or made in a lab. There are several forms of glucosamine, including glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, and N-acetyl glucosamine. It serves as a building block for various functional […]
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