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The Health Benefits of TMG: Homocysteine Reduction and More

Trimethylglycine (TMG), also known as betaine or glycine betaine, is a derivative of the amino acid glycine. The compound was originally discovered in sugar beets. It also occurs in such foods as quinoa, wheat bran and spinach. Trimethylglycine is made in the bodies of most organisms from the nutrient choline.


Triple Threat: Maqui Berry Supports Glucose, Eyes, and Heart

Aristotelia chilensis is a species of tree that is native to the rainforests of Chile and southern Argentina. Its fruit is known as Chilean wineberry or maqui, which is used as food or consumed as a dietary supplement, primarily because of its high anthocyanin content.1

Along with açaí and goji berries, maqui berries are considered by many to be a “superfruit.” An analysis of the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC, a measure of a food’s antioxidant property) of over 120 species and varieties of fruit produced within the south Andes determined that maqui along with two other fruits “largely outscored” all others.2


Can Probiotics Help Reduce Anxiety?

Normally, we think of probiotics as digestive supplements. However, more and more research is showing that they could do much more than help your gut.

In fact, a double-blind placebo controlled study found that two probiotic strains, Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum R0175, actually alleviated symptoms of anxiety.


 Skin Nutrition: 6 Skin Care Ingredients from Food and Vitamins

Nature has provided us with everything we need to nourish our body, and scientists discover which nutrients are best for specific purposes.

We’ve done our research to find out exactly which nutrients have been researched and shown to work for common skin health concerns.

 


3 Reasons Why Pomegranate is a Superfruit

Pomegranate contains the phenol ellagic acid, which in recent research has been associated with protective effects against cancer. The fruit is a good source of vitamin C, tannins, and flavonoids. Major anthocyanidins include delphinidin, cyanidin, and pelargonidin, which contribute to the pomegranate's antioxidant activity.1 An examination of the pomegranate fermented juice and seed oil's antioxidant properties found activity similar to that of green tea, red wine, and and may even act as a preservative.2 Flavonoids extracted from the juice and seed oil demonstrated an ability to inhibit lipoxygenase — an enzyme that converts favorable unsaturated fatty acids to damaging peroxides.


Natural, Delicious Painkillers in Your Kitchen

As a holistic health coach, one of the most common complaints I hear about is pain. Knee pain, back pain, migraines — you name it, Americans suffer from it.

When confronted with chronic pain, many doctors recommend over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen (Aleve®).

Another popular option for relieving pain is a particular class of NSAID called Cox-2 inhibitors (such as Celebrex®). In certain cases, doctors and patients may even turn to oxycodone, an opioid painkiller in the same class as morphine and heroin.


 How Cinnamon Controls Blood Sugar

We're not talking about sticky, sugar-laden, insulin-inducing cinnamon rolls here. This much-loved spice has actually shown evidence of lowering blood sugar.

While long used as a flavoring, current research is beginning to confirm health benefits of cinnamon, whose traditional therapeutic use included treatment of chronic bronchitis.1


5 Health Benefits of Chlorophyllin

Chlorophyll is the pigment synthesized with the use of sunlight by plants, and which gives them their green color. Anytime you eat green vegetables, you're consuming chlorophyll.

A similar compound, chlorophyllin is a water-soluble derivative of chlorophyll that is often included in nutritional supplements due to its greater stability in comparison with naturally occurring chlorophyll.

A review published in 2015 noted, "Chlorophyllin has been shown to exhibit potent antigenotoxic, anti-oxidant, and anticancer effects."1


The Special Benefits of Vitamin K

Because vitamin K is made by the human body, experts had long believed there was no need to supplement with it.

However, we now know that the amount we manufacture, while in some cases sufficient, is at other times less than optimal.


Skin Nutrition: 6 Skin Care Ingredients from Food and Vitamins - Life Extension Blog

Nature has provided us with everything we need to nourish our body, and scientists discover which nutrients are best for specific purposes.

We’ve done our research to find out exactly which nutrients have been researched and shown to work for common skin health concerns.


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