Optimizing Protein Intake to Enhance Quality of Life in Seniors

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

Balancing Stress in the Time of Corona: A Role For Adaptogenic Herbs

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

Monolaurin: A Viral Membrane Destabilizer with anti-Borrelia Activity

Monolaurin (glycerol monolaurate) is an ester of lauric acid, a 12-carbon, medium chain fatty acid naturally present in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, human breast milk, cow's milk and butter. The esterified form of lauric acid, monolaurin, is made by combining coconut oil-source lauric acid with glycerol. Lauric acid itself provides anti-microbial and virucidal activity, … Continue reading Monolaurin: A Viral Membrane Destabilizer with anti-Borrelia Activity

Andrographis: Researched Respiratory & Immune Support

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

Homocysteine Factors: Beyond Heart Health

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

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux & H.pylori – What’s the Connection?

Back when reflux was known simply as heartburn, people often associated this digestive complaint with the incidence of stomach ulcers. Previously thought to be caused by too much pastrami and other spicy foods, the discovery of Helicobacter pylori infection as a leading cause of gastric ulcers led to relief for countless patients. Soon after, heartburn—aka … Continue reading Gastro-Esophageal Reflux & H.pylori – What’s the Connection?

FDA Updates to Supplement Labels, Daily Values

Many of you may be aware that certain detailed information on supplement labels will be changing soon. In accordance with guidelines set out in the 2016 FDA publication “Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplements Facts Labels”, the upcoming changes will include new design and display requirements, major changes to the way that sugars … Continue reading FDA Updates to Supplement Labels, Daily Values

Ashwagandha: Support for Emotional & Stress Eating

Some people lose their appetites under stress. But for many others, the opposite is true—when feeling stressed, their instinct is to reach for something to eat. Indeed, chronic stress has been associated with unhealthy eating behaviors such as overeating, mindless snacking, emotional eating and compulsive eating in people throughout the developed world. While many factors … Continue reading Ashwagandha: Support for Emotional & Stress Eating