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.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of clinical depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. It’s also referred to as “winter depression,” because that’s usually the time when symptoms become more pronounced and noticeable. The lack of sunlight during the winter months is thought to contribute to symptoms of SAD including loss of energy, mild depression, oversleeping, overeating and carbohydrate cravings. Many people with SAD have a delayed circadian rhythm — they fall asleep and wake up too late.
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 doubled between 2002 and 2007. However, there are many other safe and effective nutrients now available that will help you sharpen your brain power.