This year Mona and I had the opportunity to visit Wakanuka of Japan, leaders in Aged Garlic Extract Research, operating under the brand Kyolic. They are truly a seed to shelf, company with quality and efficacy being their main priority.
As many of you know Nature’s Source has always been committed to delivering evidenced based products. With over 750 scientific studies and counting, it’s no surprise that Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is the number one choice for consumers looking to promote immune and heart function, including healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and circulation*
While health trends have come and gone, fasting has withstood the test of time and continues to be an effective way to optimize health. Intermittent fasting (IF), in particular, has become one of the most popular ways to incorporate fasting into our busy schedules, due to the customizability that it offers. IF can be implemented in a few different ways:
Alternate day fasting: You are consuming either restricted or unrestricted calories every other day, alternating with a full day fast.
Whole day fasting: You are doing a full 24-hour fast for a single day or several consecutive days.
Time restricted feeding: You are limiting your window of food consumption during the day to a short period of time, 8 hours or less.
Metabolic syndrome (MetSyn) is a cluster of physiological symptoms that contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease. Some signs of MetSyn are a large waistline, obesity, high LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and high fasting glucose. Some other symptoms that may be associated with MetSyn are gout and kidney stones.
Risk factors for MetSyn include a high glycemic diet, a sedentary lifestyle and a family history of diabetes. Controllable factors are diet and lifestyle. There are many ways to support a person with a familial tendency to MetSyn naturally. Health reform should always start in the kitchen. Foods that are linked to MetSyn are fast and junk food, high carbohydrate and glycemic foods. Foods that are high glycemic are white flour, white rice, white sugar, found in pasta, bread, crackers, cookies, dates etc. High carbohydrate foods are starchy root vegetables, grains (even whole grains), oats, rice,
Dr. Jeff Appelmann, BSc, ND
When you walk into a ‘health food store’ you can be pretty sure to find something that is beneficial to take for what ails you - anything from a cold to cancer. Is there an advantage to seeing a naturopathic doctor prior to purchasing that vitamin or herb? You bet there is!
Consider this - you are an individual. You may have more than one health concern happening at the same time. You may also be on prescription medication. Walking into a store and purchasing something to address one symptom might help, but there might be something better suited to your specific needs. You want what you take to be effective for your concern. And sometimes what’s best for someone else is not going to work for you
The springtime misery of seasonal allergies – allergic rhinitis or hay fever - affects about 20% of the population. Pollen from grass, trees and flowers provide the insult. It’s common for people to recommend the use of various antihistamines to reduce the common symptoms of sneezing, coughing, a runny or stuffy nose, and itching in the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat. However, anti-histamines do not influence the underlying allergic mechanism but merely blocks its expression. Steroid based nasal inhalers can only be safely used for short periods.
A broader range of treatment options to draw upon would be desirable. What other arrows are in the treatment quiver?
In Europe, butterbur root
The basic issue of estrogen dominance is that estrogen levels are too high relative to other hormones, specifically progesterone. Usually it occurs when estrogen levels go too high, though it can also happen when progesterone levels fall too low. It can occur at any time during life – during reproductive years, perimenopause, or even menopause. Many of the symptoms of estrogen dominance coincide with symptoms of other health issues. Common symptoms include:
There is no consensus on what the cause is for of the collection of symptoms referred to as eczema. There is no lack of speculation though. It’s either ‘genetic’, a nutritional deficiency, due to ‘food allergies’ or some variant of immunologic disorder. Or, all of the above plus a lot more.
The symptoms are real though, causing a great deal of distress. Childhood eczema is quite common, though the symptoms often reemerge later in life.
While there are various tests that might be employed, the Mayo Clinic states flatly “No lab test is needed to identify atopic dermatitis (eczema)”. Depending on the point of view, the range of treatments is very extensive. Some though stand out as showing some consistent efficacy and enjoying the favour of many clinicians.
The quality of a protein is determined by its essential amino acid composition and the digestibility and bioavailability of its amino acids, according to the Food and Agriculture Association and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO). Several metrics have been developed in an effort to condense these qualitative terms into easy-to-understand scores:
Protein Ranking Scales
Protein Efficiency Ratio determines protein quality by measuring animal growth. In this rating, rats are