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Oh Vitamin D, How We Need Thee!

Low energy, low mood, and a general under-the-weather feeling in winter’s cold, dark months could be a symptom of anything from a mood disorder to the flu, but it could also be a vitamin D deficiency. A simple blood test from your doctor can help you determine if that’s the case. How should I get…

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What are the Dangers of High Homocysteine?

Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is produced as a byproduct of methylation and metabolism of methionine. This means that even though methionine comes from the diet (mostly from foods such as fish, meat, nuts, and seeds) homocysteine does not come from the diet; your body makes it. These amino acids will continue…

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Sweet and Delicious Antioxidants

What’s all the fuss about antioxidants? Well, every single one of the trillion or so cells making up your body is under constant attack by “free radicals”. Antioxidants are like molecular superheroes; they scavenge and clear our cells of free radicals, which are potentially harmful byproducts of cellular metabolism and the root cause of physical…

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What is “Detoxing”?

A “detox” or “detoxification” diet is quite literally a plan to help remove toxins from the body. Of course, your body is well equipped to do this on its own. It is constantly working to detoxify your cells, getting rid of pollutants from the air and water you breathe, drink, and bathe in, and the…

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Why we still LOVE Avocado Toast!

Some say it’s basic, others say it’s the bomb, and we say it’s here to stay. Avocado toast, when done with whole grains, organic free range eggs, and in season avocados, is a nutrient dense and delicious meal. A single medium sized avocado contains 10 grams of fiber and a significant amount of vitamin C,…

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What are Cofactors?

Cofactors are essentially helper molecules that allow biochemical reactions to occur. Some cofactors are inorganic metal ions such as iron and magnesium. Organic (carbon-containing) cofactors are sometimes classified more specifically as “coenzymes”, as they primarily assist the action of enzymes, but these words can generally be used interchangeably. All of the water-soluble vitamins (Bs and…

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Food For Thought?

We’ve all heard the term “brain food”, but there’s actually some real science behind this idiom. There are certain nutrients that are more powerful than others when it comes to nurturing the brain, and even some that especially good at supporting specific brain functions such as memory, cognition, or neurotransmitter production. The following recipe has…

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How does Nutrition Support Cognition?

Daily stressors (not to mention general aging) can be difficult and demanding on both our bodies and brains. Between the two, surveys have shown that Americans fear reduced brain function (57%) even more than they fear physical decline (43%) [1]. To combat that slow-down of our physical and mental capacities, we can commit to focus…

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