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

Lipoic Acid: Universal Antioxidant Helps Boost Glutathione Levels

Most nutritional compounds which exhibit antioxidant properties are either water-soluble or fat-soluble. But sulfur-containing alpha-lipoic acid, the "universal antioxidant", is capable of producing its effects both in aqueous and lipophilic environments. Widely considered one of the most important conditionally essential nutrients, alpha-lipoic acid (also known as Lipoic Acid, ALA, or LA for short) is found … Continue reading Lipoic Acid: Universal Antioxidant Helps Boost Glutathione Levels

Eye Protection for Citizens of the 21st Century

With the total solar eclipse occurring this week, Americans coast to coast were reminded of the deleterious effects sunlight exposure can have on eye and visual health. But our magnificent sun is not the only source of light that damages eyes. Blue light-emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, as well as by … Continue reading Eye Protection for Citizens of the 21st Century