Innovations in Research

Personalized Nutrition: Achieving Optimal Health through Genetic Testing

Over the decades, authorities have published public dietary and nutritional guidelines in an attempt to inform individuals about the healthiest choices to optimize health and prevent disease. However, conflicting and sometimes contradictory messaging has often led to more confusion than clarity. With so many different types of diets and supplements available it is difficult to know if they are really right for you. We have all heard some people say that certain diets work wonders for them but unfortunately not all see the same success.  Part of the reason there are wide variations in individual responses to different diets and

Balanced Hormones for Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer is the most common cancer  in  North  American  women.  It makes up almost 30% of all female cancers and is the leading cause of death among women 40-55 years old.1 There are numerous risk factors that are associated with breast cancer. However, one of the most well established is increased exposure to estrogen.2 Women that experience early menarche and a later onset menopause have a higher risk of breast cancer due to the lengthened exposure to estrogen during their lifetime.3 External sources of estrogen such as hormone replacement therapy and the birth control pill have also been linked

Bioactive Proteins and Peptides

Proteins provide nutritional benefit as essential components of a healthy diet. The body metabolizes proteins to make hormones, antibodies, enzymes and various tissue/organ components includ-ing muscle. Proteins consist of long chains of amino acids – building blocks linked to-gether with peptide bonds. In their natural form, proteins are not easily absorbed from the digestive tract into the blood stream. Digestive enzymes in the stomach and in-testine must first break apart the peptide bonds. The process of digestion breaks proteins into shorter chains of amino acids called peptides, which the body can easily absorb. Nutritional efficiency (the percent-age of protein in

Phytoestrogens Explained

Menopausal    women    searching for  safe  and   effective   alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will inevitably come across “phytoestrogens”, either in their whole food form or as a concentrated extract in a supplement. But what exactly are phytoestrogens and how do they work in the human body? Are they even safe? Many answers remain unknown to the general public and the literature can offer mixed results as well. Let’s clear up some of the confusion. The term “phytoestrogen” can literally be translated into “plant estrogen”. In the 1950’s, this estrogenic activity was discovered in plants when researchers  investigated  the  cause   of

An Introduction to the Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Gonadal Axis

The hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis (HPG axis) plays an important role in  the  development  and  regulation of a number of the body’s systems, such as the immune and reproductive systems. Fluctuating hormone levels cause changes in the hormones that are produced by each gland and as a result have a variety of widespread and local effects in the body. The HPG axis can be influenced by lifestyle and dietary factors such as stress, inadequate  sleep, illness, the use of certain medications including hormones, as well as poor dietary habits. This axis can also be subject to disorders such  as hypothalamic–pituitary failure or

Enhancing Bioavailability with Softgel Technology

When you swallow any natural health product (NHP) like an herb, vitamin or any other supplement in a capsule, lozenge, or tablet, you expect that the product gets absorbed into the blood andreaches the target site, whether it is a sore knee, an inflamed ankle or a sluggish liver you are trying to invigorate. Bioavailability is a fancy pharmaceutical term that describes how much of an active ingredient is absorbed into the blood by the body and remains unchanged before it reaches its target destination1. It’s a common fallacy to think that just because one is taking a natural product,

Strontium Citrate Demonstrates its Safety and Effectiveness

Introduction to Strontium In 2002, AOR introduced the world’s first strontium citrate as a dietary supplement for bone health. There have been some recent concerns about strontium’s safety as well as a lack of information regarding strontium citrate. The goal of this article is to discuss the foundations of such concerns and to increase awareness about new research on the safety and effectiveness of strontium citrate. Strontium is a natural element. In nature, it is found in highest amounts in the ocean and consequently in certain bony fish. 99% of the strontium found in the human body is in the

Ayurveda and Cognition

Ayurveda or “the science of life”, is a widely popular system of healing and is considered the oldest as described in ancient Indian texts dating back to 3500 BCE. Classically, Ayurveda is a holistic method of treating health by addressing the physical, mental and spiritual aspects in unison. Diet, exercise and meditation play a key role in this traditional but highly effective system. Naturally, Ayurveda uses a wide variety of herbs and minerals in various combinations that still continue to be used today and that have been described in detail in numerous texts. Ayurveda and homeopathy are considered on par