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Zinc Could Help as Non-Antibiotic treatment for UTIs

If you are someone who has had the experience of fighting off a urinary tract infection or a UTI, then there probably aren’t many things you wouldn’t do to keep from having another one. For anyone who has not experienced a UTI, it is an infection that develops when bacteria enter the urethra and make their way up to your bladder. The bacteria multiply in the bladder and result in a full-blown infection. Not only are the symptoms of a UTI extremely uncomfortable, but they can also be quite painful. What’s even worse, is that neglecting to treat your UTI

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium is an essential mineral involved in over 300 metabolic/enzymatic reactions in the body. Its name comes from the district of Magnesia in Greece, an area that contains a vast amount of magnesium ore. Magnesium plays a key role in cardiovascular health (normal blood pressure and steady heart rhythm), bone health, the transmission of nerve impulses, immune function, and the production of cellular energy. For health applications, magnesium compounds are commonly used as laxatives and antacids (e.g. milk of magnesia) to support blood flow, reduce muscle cramping, and for other specific health conditions discussed in detail in this magazine. Most

Broccoli Sprouts as Powerful Anti-Oxidants

It may well be true that if we had listened better to what our grandparents and parents taught us about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, we would be living healthier and perhaps longer lives. Research is beginning to show us that aging, and the diseases that accompany that process, may well be the result of the decreasing ability of our bodies to deal with oxidative stress. There is also substantial evidence showing that eating adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables de-creases our chances of developing can-cer, high blood pres-sure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Oxidative stress is the

Tips for Scheduling Supplements

A natural health product is only effective if its ingredients are well absorbed. It may be the best formulated product on the market, and a perfect personal fit, but if you are taking it at the wrong time or with the wrong foods, your body may not be able to properly use the nutrients! There are many possible interactions that may occur with your supplements, thereby decreasing their absorption and effectiveness, or the safety of other medications. Here are some basic guidelines to improve your supplement scheduling. Minerals Should be Taken Without Food Generally speaking, minerals such as magnesium are

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The number of individuals suffering from disturbed sleep is on the rise, with a recent report by the University of Laval suggesting that approximately 40% of adult Canadians suffer from some form of sleep disorder1. Studies have shown that individuals who chronically get less than six hours of sleep are at a higher risk for developing certain diseases, are less able to deal with the effects of daily stress, and are more prone to weight gain2. The severity of sleep disturbance can vary depending on the root cause, but common symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep for periods

Curcumin Ultra: A Revolution in Curcumin Delivery

Curcumin is a natural phenol in the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa), a perennial herb belonging to the gin-ger family. Turmeric is commonly used in East Asian curry dishes, and curcumin is responsible for giving these dishes their distinct yellow colour. Curcumin has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat joint pain and various types of chron-ic inflammatory conditions. A substantial amount of pre-clinical and human studies have highlighted the health-promoting ef-fects of curcumin, namely its role as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Over the last decade, there has been an influx of curcumin based natural products on the market.

Epicatechin: Potential Benefits for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health

Epicatechin is a flavanol with anti-oxidant properties that is found in co-coa (Theobroma cacao), green tea (Camellia sinensis), and grapes. This naturally occurring flavanol is the most abundant bio-active compound in cocoa, constituting ap-proximately 35% of the total polyphenol con-tent (120–180 g/kg) (1). Epidemiological (2) and clinical studies (3–8) have investigated the effects of cocoa and epicatechin supple-mentation on cardiovascular and metabolic health. Table 1 summarizes the potential health benefits of epicatechin supplemen-tation. Cardiovascular Health An epidemiological human study has investigated the effect of high consumption of cocoa on the cardiovascular heath of a population of Kuna Indians (2). These

B-Vitamins and Blood Pressure: The Case for Personalized Nutrition

What’s Already Known On This Topic? High blood pressure (or hypertension) is the leading risk factor contributing to death worldwide, primarily from heart disease and stroke. Effective lowering of blood pressure, even by small amounts, is however proven to reduce these events, and can thus save lives in middle and older age. Along with the well-recognized nutrition and lifestyle factors that contribute to higher blood pressure, there is much interest in the role of genetic factors. This aspect is receiving greater attention in recent years with the emergence of ‘genome-wide association studies’ or GWAS, an approach that involves rapidly scanning

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