Nutrients to combat depression—naturally

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million American adults over 18 suffer from depression and are prescribed drugs for the condition. This is an increase of 400 percent since 1998 (Journal of Clinical Psychology). But the journal report notes, “why are so many drugs being prescribed,” when at least two-thirds […]

Foods and nutrients to help sustain health during the holiday season

We all tend to over-indulge during the winter holiday season and gatherings with friends and family. Here are just a few tips about foods and nutrients you may want to double up on to help preserve health during the rush of Christmas and New Year get-togethers. Coconut oil contains a rich supply of lauric acid, which attacks viruses, […]

Folks on their own in fighting modern toxins – some nutrients that help

Everyday products are “contaminating our bodies” with toxic chemicals, wrote Nicholas Kristoff in The New York Times. Two mainstream medical organizations have recently issued independent warnings about chemicals found in such products as pesticides, plastics, food, shampoos, cosmetics, food-can linings and flame retardants in furniture and other household goods. The toxins, says the International Federation of […]

Important brain nutrients found in animal products

The human brain is the most complex object in the universe. It consumes by far the most energy compared to weight than any other part of the body. It comprises only 2 percent of the body’s weight, yet uses 20 percent of our energy. And, unknown to many vegans and vegetarians who don’t take appropriate […]

Itty-bitty creatures that sustain life

Most of you will be as surprised as I was to learn about some unlikely creatures that perform such incredible feats that without their combined efforts we humans would not be able to survive—nor would the rest of life on earth. Let’s begin with the termite. Bet you thought those pesky critters were only good for eating […]

Vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta-carotene help keep brain healthy, say researchers

Something as easy as adding more spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens to your diet could help slow cognitive decline, according to new research from Rush University Medical Center. The study also examined the nutrients responsible for the effect, linking the consumption of vitamin K and other nutrients to slower cognitive decline for the first […]

A roundup of B vitamins and what they do for your health

We have talked about the importance of specific B vitamins and how they function in your body in earlier posts. Today we will describe each one of them and how they work together for our health. Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)—Thiamine is called the anti-stress vitamin, as it helps the body make new cells and repairs damaged ones, thus […]

Big news–(modern) sugar is bad for us

In a media roundup of important health ‘news’ of 2014, science confirms that we have way too much sugar in our diet. This is particularly true when it comes to ‘added’ sugars, not announced but hidden away in everything from salad dressings, to all kinds of canned, packaged, frozen and processed foods, breakfast cereals, you name it. Since excessive […]

Why vitamin B12 is so important

Vitamin B12 is the largest and most structurally complex of all known vitamins. The body does not make this vital nutrient, so it must be obtained through diet or supplementation. It is found mostly in foods of animal origin such as meat, fish and eggs, but some forms of B12 are not immediately bioavailable and […]

Trace elements you need, but may not know about

Following up on our earlier post talking about the 90 nutrients essential for health, here are a few trace elements you may not be familiar with—unlike the well-known major minerals such as calcium and potassium. But the trace elements are just as essential for well-functioning bodies as the major elements! COBALT is called the vitamin B12 mineral. It […]