Monthly Archives: August 2015

Gram Doses Vitamin C Stimulate Immunity

In vitro studies show that vitamin C has the ability to modulate the function of immune cells. For example, vitamin C can enhance the motility of neutrophils and monocytes. Vitamin C deficiency in humans causes detrimental effects on the immune … Continue reading

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Carbohydrate Timing

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Taurine and Blood Pressure

Taurine is a non-essential non-protein forming amino acid. It is non-essential because it can be synthesised in humans from methionine and cysteine. Both methionine and cysteine contain a sulphur atom and so it is no surprised that taurine is also … Continue reading

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More on Selenium And Cancer

The clues that selenium is protective of cancer date back many decades. In fact evidence in the nutritional literature dating back to at least the 1970’s suggests that low selenium diets increase the risk of cancer significantly. Selenium is protective … Continue reading

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More on Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a condition whereby an individual is lacking the lactase enzyme. This results in an inability to digest lactose, the main sugar in milk. The undigested lactose passes to the colon, where gut bacteria ferment the sugar. This … Continue reading

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Docosanoids: A Newly Discovered Group of Anti-Inflammatory Compounds

Oxidative stress and inflammation are a major driver of cell dysfunction and can cause chronic disease. Inflammation and oxidative stress are now thought to contribute significantly to brain diseases and cognitive degeneration. In particular, oxidative stress can disrupt cellular signalling … Continue reading

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Does Vitamin C Interact with Vitamin B12?

The main cobalamins with vitamin B12 activity in human nutrition are adenosylcobalamin, methylcobalamin, aquacobalamin and the conjugate base of aquacobalamin, hydroxocobalamin. Cyanocobalamin is a synthetic vitamin B12 analogue that can be converted in animals to active vitamin B12. It has … Continue reading

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Dem Bones: Plant Based Alkaline Diets

The traditional medical paradigm for bone health is simplistic. Because bones contain calcium, eating more calcium must improve bone health. It is known that deficiencies of calcium cause bone deformities during development and can increase the risk of bone disease. … Continue reading

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Obesity and Antioxidants: Why The Inverse Association?

Obese individuals have lower circulating levels of certain nutrients compared to lean individuals. For example, it has been reported that the plasma hydroxyvitamin D levels of obese individuals are low compared to normal weight controls (here). In addition, it has … Continue reading

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Foods Associated With Weight Change

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