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Innovations in Research

The Mighty Molecule: The Role of PEA in the Endocannabinoid System

Definitions PEA (N-palmitoylethanolamide): an endogenous fatty acid amide synthesized and metabolized by cells that bind to cell receptors. It influences a multitude of physiological functions and has potent effects for a healthy inflammatory response and helps to relieve minor discomfort. Endocannabinoid System: A lipid communication network that has critical physiological functions and serves a vital purpose for our health and well-being through signaling processes, homeostasis and hormone regulation. Lipids and the ECS In 1929, scientists George Oswald Burr and his wife, Mildred Burr, discovered that omega 6 fatty acids were essential for health. This kicked off science’s interest into lipids, and

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS): What is it, what does it do and Why Do I Need to Know?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is another level of security, a defence system that the body layers onto the existing security organization that is keeping us safe, whilst making sure checks and balances are in place. The ECS is a vast signalling network that communicates with other well-known systems including the nervous, immune, hormonal or the endocrine, and other networks, but also some that are rather more obscure, like the lymphatic or the enteric nervous system sometimes called the “second brain”. The ECS’s job is relaying important and timely information between these systems, but it also primes and prepares the body

Softgels Vs. Capsules Vs. Tablets: Which is Right For You?

When you buy supplements, you are often are faced with a decision to make – which form should you take? Supplements might come in softgels, capsules or tablets. What exactly are the differences among them, and which is right for you? What Are Capsules? Capsules are formed plant or animal material that hold dry or oil supplement ingredients inside of them. The capsules fit together and are usually bonded in so they don’t break apart in the bottle. Most capsules are in the shape of a cylinder, but the size of the cylinder can vary, depending on how much dry

Benefits of L-Theanine

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in a very special amino acid called L-Theanine. L-Theanine works wonders in the brain to relieve anxiety and offers other amazing benefits. In the past few years, some exciting properties of L-Theanine have been discovered by researchers. What Should You Know About L-Theanine? One of the most extraordinary benefits of L-Theanine is its ability to help your body manage stress. Did you know that stress is a leading cause of an assortment of health problems? Stress can greatly diminish your quality of life, both emotionally and physically. It can lead to high blood pressure,

Who Should Take Digestive Enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are naturally produced in your body to help break down food and drink. Your body makes a variety of digestive enzymes that are located throughout the digestive system. Some digestive enzymes are in the mouth, some enzymes are in the stomach, some are in the intestines and some are in the bowels. Your body is a master at breaking down foods and drinks, extracting the nutrients it needs and then getting rid of the waste product. What Goes Wrong With Digestive Enzymes? Normally, the digestive enzymes in your body work efficiently to process the foods you eat. The glands

Plant Based Supplements – Everything You Should Know.

You have a choice among plant based supplements, chemical based supplements and animal based supplements. Plant based supplements are considered the top choice among physicians and researchers. Here’s why. What Are Plant Based Supplements? Plant based supplements are derived from natural sources as opposed to chemical sources. Natural sources for plant based supplements include herbs, flowers, leaves, stems. bark, seeds, nuts, spices, vegetables, fruits, and other naturally-occurring botanical ingredients. Nutrients are extracted from the botanicals through a variety of means, depending on the botanical and depending upon the desired results. These nutrients are then formulated in accordance with regulatory guidelines

Management of Cardiovascular Disease

WITH ANKASCIN – CLINICAL RESEARCH The key findings relevant to the use of Ankascin red yeast rice to manage blood cholesterol came from an experimental study in hamsters. Unlike other animals commonly used in research, hamsters develop many of the key characteristics of human cardiovascular disease when fed a diet that is high in fats and sugar15. The positive effects of monascin and ankaflavin in animal models led to human clinical trials to evaluate the ability of these molecules to manage blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. STUDY MONASCIN AND ANKAFLAVIN ACT AS NOVEL HYPOLIPIDEMIC AND HIGH-DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN CHOLESTEROL-RAISING

A New Kind of Genetic Testing: Nutrigenomics

The scientific community has known for some time that different people respond differently than others to similar environments, and this is also the case with nutrition. After all, we’ve all heard a friend say that a particular diet worked wonders for them, but when we try the same program, we don’t see the same success. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to know whether your genetic blueprint was compatible with a particular diet or exercise regimen? Or whether you have specific sensitivities to certain foods? And what if you could understand your genetic susceptibility to stress or