One of the most common side effects of medications is that they have the ability to rob you of essential nutrients. The diagram below lists several examples of some of the most common drug induced nutritional deficiencies. Credits: Chart by Dr. Peter Osborne of the Gluten Free Society.
Estrogen dominance is a clinical phenomenon that may affect a women (or man) at any point during their life. Although estrogen is generally considered the main female sex hormone, there is such a thing as too much in women. Likewise, men do in fact require small amounts of estrogen but they too can suffer from estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is more often an issue in women, so the focus of this article will be estrogen dominance in women. The term estrogen dominance refers to when estrogen is in higher quantities than needed, and its usually higher in relation to the other sex hormones. A womans menstrual cycle is heavily dependent on four hormones: luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), estrogen and progesterone; a regular menstrual cycle depends on their balance and timely surges throughout the month. Having too much or too little of any of these can disrupt the normal cycles or lead to a number of signs and symptoms. This article focuses on estrog
Two qualities of brain health that practically concern people are acuity and memory. Acuity relates to sharpness vs. fuzziness while memory concerns short and long term retention and recall. As an organ of the body the brains performance is a function of the nutrients and insults it is subjected to. Protecting and improving the operations of the brain involve three strategic considerations. You have to consciously think about these, make choices and act. Or not. Insults. Things that actively impair brain function. Things you stop doing. Dietary insults lead the way. A couch potato lifestyle and a pizza and soda diet are bad for the brain. Readers already know what they have to do in these regards. Pharmaceutical insults are something else. Many prescription drugs have deleterious effects on brain function. For example, statin drugs, like Lipitor are especially bad. Statins make you stupid as they say in the med biz. If you are t
In recent years, consumer demand has exploded for products that will protect and increase healthy brain function and enhance mental acuity. Global industry surveys show that sales of key ingredients such as omega-3 oils, phospholipids, CoQ10 and ginkgo biloba have risen rapidly. Hundreds of new combination ingredient formulae are flooding the marketplace and many novel ingredients have been introduced. Clearly, consumers are concerned about their mental health and are looking to nutrition and supplementation for protection. Well established ingredients such as ginkgo biloba and DHA-rich omega-3 fish oils are increasingly widely used. Sales of CoQ10 which protects against dementia nearly d
Vitamin B12 is well known for its many health benefits but scientists at the University of Manchester have found this nutrient is additionally of great value lowering the toxicity of many noxious pollutants that humans are regularly exposed to. After many years a research team at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology have pinpointed how Vitamin B12 is valuable in neutralizing some of the worst toxins.