Avocado Soy Unsaponifiables (ASU) for Joint Pain

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Avocado Soy Unsaponifiables (ASU) are natural vegetable extracts made from avocado and soybean oils. They contain anti-inflammatory substances known as phytosterols. Phytosterols (plant sterols) from ASU preparations are thought to be the primary sources of protective activity for cartilage-producing cells. ASU reduces damage to cartilage by increasing the synthesis of collagen and proteoglycan (aggrecan), and [. . . more]

Remedies for Cold Sores

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It’s the day before your big holiday party or your family reunion and the inevitable happens – you develop a painful and unattractive cold sore. Most cold sores appear on the mouth or lips, but they can also appear on your nose, fingers, chin or cheek. Cold sores are highly contagious blisters caused by the [. . . more]

Essential Fatty Acids for Children with Attention Disorders

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Attention deficit disorders are among the most common childhood psychiatric diagnoses. Medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Risperidone are often prescribed. While these medications can be helpful for controlling symptoms, they do nothing to address the underlying causes of the condition. Essential fatty acids, such as the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahaexanoic [. . . more]

Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM) for Joint Maintenance

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Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM) is derived from the inner and outer layers of the membrane within an eggshell. NEM is a good source of collagen and other nutrients that support the maintenance and repair of soft tissues in a joint. Eggs have long been considered a good source of collagen because type I and type [. . . more]

Breast Cancer Survivors Improve Cognition with Exercise

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A pilot study was recently published which claims that increased physical activity helped boost breast cancer survivors’ memory and cognitive function. It’s known that increased physical activity improves cognition in cognitively impaired or even healthy adults, but the benefits for cancer survivors were undetermined. Many breast cancer survivors report poor memory or reduced ability to [. . . more]

Plant-Based Meat Products on the Rise

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Recent data shows that more and more consumers are opting for plant-based meat alternatives when making dietary choices. Research released in 2018 by Mintel, reveals that 53% of Canadians say they eat meat alternatives with one in five (18%) consuming meat alternatives a few times a week. Studies have shown that plant-based alternatives can have [. . . more]

Mouth Bacteria Could Be Linked to Bowel Disease

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Although the human digestive tract is like an unobstructed tube, when it comes to the bacteria that live inside it, there are distinct territories within the tube that host specific populations of microorganisms. Researchers have been investigating what it could mean for human health when a type of bacteria that is common in one zone [. . . more]

Frankincense Herb for Joint Health

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Frankincense resin, used for millennia during services in several historic religions, was one of the gifts for Baby Jesus from the Three Wise Men. It is obtained from Boswellia trees and one species, Boswellia serrata is used in the manufacture of many botanical supplements for its anti-inflammatory properties. Boswellic acids derived from Boswellia serrata directly [. . . more]

Could You Be Allergic to Marijuana?

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With the legalization of marijuana for recreational use set for October 2018 in Canada, many people who do not take marijuana or have not done so in a long time may find exposure to the herb harmful to their health. When available for general consumption by Canadians consumers will suddenly find available all manner of [. . . more]

Alcohol vs. Cannabis and Brain Health

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We will post articles and the latest research ahead of the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Canada set to begin October 17. Marijuana is already legal for medical use while ongoing research continues exploring the benefits and potential harms of using and/or smoking marijuana. A recent study from the University of Colorado Boulder is hoping [. . . more]