Adequate zinc levels are essential for the healthy functioning of every cell in the body. The beneficial effects of zinc are extensive, due to this mineral's status as the most abundant intracellular trace element. Zinc plays a pivotal role as a catalyst for metabolic activity, with over 200 enzymes being identified as zinc-dependent. Zinc is essential for growth, physical development, and for the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Most aspects of reproductive biology require zinc, making this nutrient critical for female and male fertility. Zinc deficiency is typically due...

Antioxidants have been commonly used to protect against damage secondary to exercise; however, there have been mixed results. In addition, there has been some debate that using high doses of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, may counteract the upregulation of endogenous antioxidant defenses that are naturally triggered as a response to exercise. Quercetin, a polyphenol, has been shown to have both strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Recently, quercetin has received a lot of attention for its strong immune properties. It is one of the ubiquitous flavonoids found in...

What is Allulose? Allulose is a compound found naturally in figs, raisins, jackfruit and maple syrup. It has a sweet taste — very much like regular sugar (sucrose) — and it occurs in relatively small amounts, so it’s referred to as a “rare sugar.” No Impact on Blood Sugar* While allulose has the taste and texture of sugar, it actually has no impact on blood glucose or insulin levels when consumed in reasonable amounts. The glycemic impact of allulose is virtually zero, which makes it an ideal sweetener for people...

Being a vegetarian or vegan definitely has its benefits, such as a lowered risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers. To be totally frank with you: staying healthy on a diet without clean animal protein requires special considerations. If you're truly committed to eating a meat-free diet, I get it – and I've got you covered! Read on for my best tips to getting super healthy as a vegan or vegetarian... 1) Being Vegan or Vegetarian Doesn't Equal Healthy or Thin   French fries are vegan. So...

The Interconnected Relationship Between Zinc and Melatonin The complexity of the neuroendocrine system requires many key micronutrients for optimal function. In many cases, certain hormones or neurotransmitters may play a role in the regulation of these micronutrients to ensure adequate quantities, creating an interconnected relationship between the two. One such bi-directional relationship is zinc and melatonin. The deficiency of one may lead to a deficiency of the other and vice versa, both of which may have far-reaching impacts on overall health. Zinc, Melatonin, and the Neuroendocrine-Immune System Relationship Zinc plays...

Have you heard of Annatto E? Well if you’ve heard of Vitamin E, you’re pretty close to it. Annatto E has a multitude of benefits including antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Annatto is a type of food coloring made from the seeds of the achiote tree, a plant native to South and Central America. Other names for it include achiote, achiotillo, bija, urucum, and atsuete. There are eight compounds within two families of vitamin E: tocopherols and tocotrienols. Both forms of Vitamin E can be found in foods such as whole...

During a time when people are stocking up on hand sanitizer and face masks to bolster their external defenses against viruses and other pathogenic microbes, it’s also important to consider ways to reinforce the body’s internal immune defenses. Several lifestyle factors can play a significant role in immune function. Stress management, good sleep, healthy nutrition, and regular physical activity are key strategies everyone should consider in their immune health arsenal. Stress and Immune Function Stress can increase an individual’s susceptibility to illness after exposure to infectious microbes, Stress can disrupt both humoral (antibody-mediated) and cellular...

Running isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Getting started with these beginner running tips and tricks to make your dreaded workout your next favorite activity. 1.Get good running shoes Toss out your old Converse and everyday slides and invest in a good pair of running shoes. Running shoes are the most important part of your running success as everything from fit to arch support to sole protection will affect your ability to run. Also understanding your pronation and proper technique, along with the proper running...

Consuming a colorful diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other plant foods provides much more than just the essential vitamins and minerals; it also imparts a variety of health-promoting phytonutrients such as polyphenols. There are more than 8,000 known polyphenols that play a role in protecting plants and providing their color. Many of the properties of these phytonutrients protecting the health of the plant likewise also support human health. Therefore, consuming a variety of colorful foods helps to ensure the wellness benefits of a variety of phytonutrients and polyphenols. Polyphenols,...

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