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by Colleen Hartwick, ND

Cholesterol is a type of fat which can be obtained from food sources and is also produced by the liver. Cholesterol is essential for health: It is the building block for cell membranes (the walls that envelop every single body cell); is a component of bile (a digestive juice that is crucial for fat digestion); and is the framework for various hormones, including vitamin D, cortisol, aldosterone, and the sex hormones testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen.

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MCT Energy: Alternate Fuel Source

February 14, 2024 8:11:00 AM CET

MCT Energy

by Dr. Philip Rouchotas, MSc, ND, and Dr. Heidi Fritz, MA, ND

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) refer to triglycerides (i.e. fats) composed of fatty acids 7–12 carbons in length.[1] They are nutrients commonly obtained in the diet, especially in sources such as palm oil and coconut oil;[1][2] however, they are generally present in the diet at much lower amounts compared to the more common long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). MCTs affect cellular energy metabolism; consequently, they are often used to complement the ketogenic diet, as well as in conditions where circumventing glucose metabolism may be therapeutic. MCTs have been shown to have neuroprotective effects and may help augment weight loss. Incredibly, some data even suggests benefits to the microbiome and intestinal health.[2]

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Is there an Alpha among Omegas?

November 6, 2023 11:00:00 AM CET

by Ludovic Brunel, ND

In the realm of natural health products, omegas have emerged as industry leaders, providing numerous benefits for our wellbeing. However, with a multitude of options available, selecting the right supplement can be a daunting task. Amidst the sea of numbers and variations, it’s crucial to understand the differences between omega‑3, omega‑6, omega‑7, and omega‑9, and how they impact our health.

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Ashwagandha / Withania somnifera

October 20, 2023 11:00:00 AM CEST

by Tiffany Eberhard HBSc, ND

W. somnifera, also known as Ashwagandha, is an important herb that has been used for over 3000 years. The important constituents of the root are steroidal alkaloids and steroidal lactones referred to as withanolides. It is used for anxiety, inflammation, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive and neurological disorders, and as a supportive adjunct for people undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. It is also considered an important adaptogen, an herb that helps manage the body’s response to stress, for people with nervous exhaustion, insomnia, debility due to stress, and as an immune stimulant in people with low white blood cell counts [1].

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by Lara Spector ND

Over 50% of women will suffer from a urinary tract infection (UTI) during their lifetime. One-third to one-half of these women will have a recurrent UTI within one year. Recurrent UTIs are defined as three or more UTIs in a 12-month period.[1] The most commonly used conventional therapies for these conditions are antibiotics. There is increased awareness and concern about antibiotic resistance with repetitive use of these medicines. This growing concern has created an interest in alternative treatments for UTIs. The purpose of this article is to discuss this condition as well as the causes and alternative treatments for cure and further prevention.

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Relationship Advice for Your Prostate?

October 6, 2023 11:00:00 AM CEST

by Gordon Raza, BSc

Quality of life has a different meaning for many of us. I like to think it’s based upon a foundation of great relationships with family and friends. But when it comes to your prostate, things can get complicated.

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Alpha-Lipoic Acid

July 5, 2023 11:00:00 AM CEST

by Dr. Philip Rouchotas, MSc, ND, and Dr. Heidi Fritz, MA, ND

alpha-Lipoic acid (ALA) is an organosulfur compound and antioxidant that can be obtained from food as well as made endogenously within the body.[1] ALA is associated with specific neuroprotective and metatolic effects.[1][2] It has been used to treat neuropathy, diabetes, and insulin-resistance syndromes, as well as other conditions affecting the brain and the nervous system. A 2019 systematic review reports that ALA has also been studied for a variety of neurological conditions, with promising results, including stroke recovery and Alzheimer’s disease.[3]

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Myo-inositol

June 28, 2023 11:00:00 AM CEST

by Ayesha Qureshi ND

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of anovulatory infertility prevalent in 5-10% of women of reproductive age. Anovulation is abnormal ovarian function in which the ovary is unable to release an oocyte (egg) during a menstrual cycle [1, 2]. In PCOS, multiple cysts are often present on the ovaries revealed by ultrasound detection and there is biochemical findings of hormonal imbalance. An excess of androgens (male sex hormones) are present in PCOS resulting in elevated testosterone levels [2].

 

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Probiotics Strong foundations stemming from birthby Krista Mackay, BSc, ND

There is a lot of talk about probiotics these days, and for good reason. These incredible bacteria have been shown to fight off infections, decrease inflammation, improve mood, clear up skin, and help cardiovascular issues. You name it, they can do it! I would like to bring your attention to two unique and very important foundational bacteria: B. infantis and L. reuteri.

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by Colleen Hartwick, ND

Ganoderma lucidum, more commonly known as reishi, is a mushroom with a long history of use for promoting health and longevity in Asia. The Chinese name for reishi, lingzhi, translates to “the herb of spiritual potency,” and it has been described as the “mushroom of immortality.”[1] Among cultivated mushrooms, reishi is unique in that its pharmaceutical value—rather than the nutritional—is paramount.[2] Historically, as a medicinal mushroom, reishi has been prepared using the whole fruiting body to create powders, tinctures, teas, and other dietary supplements. Recently, preparations of reishi using the spores have made their way into the marketplace, as researchers have developed the technology to break the cell walls of reishi spores.[3]

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