Do You Need An Enzyme Supplement?

A friend recently messaged me about a supplement that she’s taking. It’s advertised as making your stomach flatter and improving your digestion – both great things! It consists of enzymes that break down protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and lactose. The supplement would cost you $300 a year if you took it every day, so it’s essential…

Spotlight on Chromium

Chromium is perhaps best known for its enhancement of insulin function, but it also influences protein and fat metabolism. It has been hypothesized that chromium facilitates the transfer of insulin across cell membranes. Many studies have shown that chromium might be useful for controlling blood glucose among individuals with diabetes, although no benefit is seen…

Five More “Joint Health” Supplements

Bromelain Bromelain is naturally found in the pineapple plant. When taken on an empty stomach, bromelain acts as an anti-inflammatory. Phlogenzym, a combination of trypsin protein and rutin from buckwheat with bromelain has reduced pain and improved knee function in people with arthritis. According to a 2016 review of studies, bromelain can reduce levels of…

Can a Supplement Help Your Arthritic Knees?

A lot of supplements are sold ostensibly to improve joint pain – in fact, so many that I had to break this information into two posts, and even so, it’s a lot of material. By the year 2040, it’s been estimated that more than 78 million people will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. At this time, 38%…

Pumped Up on Amino Acids or Just Hot Air?

You’ve probably heard people talk about taking amino acid supplements, but what are they, and are they good for anything? Essential amino acids can only be acquired by eating protein; these include histidine, lycine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, leucine, and valine. If you’ve ever heard the term “complete protein,” it means that a food…

Pumping Iron – Why This Mineral Matters to Your Heart

When people think of heart-health, they generally think of three things: dietary fat, exercise, and sodium. Yes, those things are probably the most important for your ticker’s wellbeing, but there are lots of other small things that might add up over the years. Unless you’re a vegetarian or have had a blood test showing a…

32 Foods That Improve Sleep

Salmon, halibut, and tuna, chickpeas, fortified cereal – The vitamin B6 in these foods aid the manufacture of melatonin. Tart cherry juice – In one study, two cups of tart cherry juice each day improved melatonin levels and improved chronic insomnia. Milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy vegetables – Foods that contain calcium might make it…

Is Your Starch Resistant Enough?

Resistant starch, discovered by British researchers in the early 1980s, looks like starch but acts like a fiber, meaning that it passes through the small intestine to the colon without being digested. It seems to improve efforts to lose weight, treat digestive problems, and prevent both diabetes and cancer. There are several different forms of…

Choline: The Very Important Nutrient You Don’t Hear Much About

Maybe you’ve never heard of choline. You’re not alone. The DRI wasn’t even established until 1998, and the choline content of foods could not be measured until recently. Small amounts of choline are made in your body, but you get most of it in the foods that you eat. Foods like: Eggs Beef Pork Chicken…

The Link Between Lifestyle and Kidney Disease

One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Some of the risk factors are out of your control, but there are several that you can do something about: Not Controllable: family history of kidney failure; being age 60 or older; being African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific…