As immune health continues to be a topic of great interest—particularly when it comes to seniors—it is wise to recall the essential role vitamin and mineral repletion may play in the body's ability to fight disease. Sadly, despite widespread fortification of packaged foods and increased public awareness of healthy nutrition guidelines, research suggests that in … Continue reading A Multiple Vitamin/Mineral Supplement for Immune Health?
Around the world, seasonal flu shots—designed anew each year to target two or three influenza strains predicted to be prevalent during the following flu season—are widely recommended as a public health measure. Depending on the year, these vaccines are reported to be up to 60% effective against either contracting or developing serious complications from the … Continue reading Boosting Host Defense with Immunoglobulin-rich Colostrum
Zinc-L-carnosine is a unique, chelated nutraceutical made from two naturally occurring components: zinc, an essential trace element, and L-carnosine, a dipeptide composed of the amino acids beta-alanine and L-histidine. Among their numerous biochemical roles and activities, both zinc and L-carnosine alone exhibit potent antioxidant and wound healing properties. Studies suggest the chelated complex, zinc-L-carnosine, may … Continue reading Zinc Deficiency & Binge Eating Disorders: A Role for Zinc-L-Carnosine?
In a previous Moss Nutrition Digest (November 2019), we examined the relationship between homocysteine levels and bone health, reporting on a 2004 clinical study that found a 2 to 4 times increased risk of hip fracture in adults with the highest homocysteine levels compared to those with the lowest. In this issue, we take a … Continue reading Homocysteine Factors: Beyond Heart Health Part 2
Aging adults and seniors make up a significant portion of the US population. According to 2019 US Census figures, nearly one third (30%) of Americans are now age 55 or older. For this group, maintaining quality of life, functionality and independence for as long as possible is a primary goal. To this end, the critical … Continue reading Optimizing Protein Intake to Enhance Quality of Life in Seniors
The arrival of a new decade is often met with the hopeful spirit of renewal and change. This year, the new decade brought a worldwide pandemic and global lockdown from which we are only just beginning to emerge. To address this unprecedented health crisis of 2020, the functional medicine community has been working tirelessly to … Continue reading Balancing Stress in the Time of Corona: A Role For Adaptogenic Herbs
INTRODUCTION I would now like to continue my exploration of pharmaceutical interactions with common dietary and supplement constituents by finishing my review of the Nomani et al (1) paper, which explores interactions of pharmaceuticals with cola-containing drinks (CCDs). In part I of this series I reviewed the first portion of the paper that highlighted these … Continue reading A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients "Difficult" (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part II
Early February marks the epicenter of cold and flu season, as well as the moment when the US Food & Drug Administration can finally determine how effective their annually updated flu vaccines, introduced the previous fall, will be at reducing the number of influenza cases nationwide. Each year, only 3 or 4 influenza strains can … Continue reading Andrographis: Researched Respiratory & Immune Support
INTRODUCTION Based on both my observations with patients and feedback from you on your patients, it has become clear that, while our successes with clinical nutrition and functional medicine are many, there is still a growing group of chronically ill patients who experience significantly suboptimal quality of life improvements even after following our lifestyle and/or … Continue reading A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients “Difficult” (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part I
Homocysteine, an amino acid intermediary formed during the metabolic conversion of methionine both to and from cysteine, is well known for its unhappy relationship with cardiovascular disease. Countless studies have associated elevated homocysteine levels with issues such as atherosclerosis, blood clots, heart attack and stroke.Less commonly recognized is the relationship between high homocysteine levels and … Continue reading Homocysteine Factors: Beyond Heart Health