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Allergy Season Tips

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It’s fall (though it doesn’t feel like it as I type this–it’s 84 and humid!), time for mold and ragweed to wreak havoc on our immune systems. If you suffer at this time of year, here are some things you can do.   What is an Allergy?   Allergy symptoms come about from histamine being released from mast cells, a

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You May Want to Leave Your CBD Oil at Home on Your Next Flight: The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/05/cbd-possession-airports-can-lead-arrest/588667/

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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight: Lion’s Mane

 What is Lion’s Mane? Lion’s Mane is also known as Hericium erinaceus, found in North America, Europe and Asia. It is an edible fungus that has been used for a very long time in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This mushroom is rich in many bioactive compounds such as beta-glucan polysaccharides, hericenones and erinacine terpenoids, isoindolinoes, sterols and myconutrients. These are all neuroprotective. Lion’s

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A Brief Introduction to CBD

What is It? CBD is short for Cannabidiol, one of more than a hundred phytocannabinoids, or chemicals found in the cannabis plant. CBD is taken from the resin found on the flowers of the cannabis plant and extracted into a purified form.  How does CBD Work? The Endocannabinoid System Researchers have discovered that we naturally have receptors throughout our bodies

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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight, Volume 8: Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Cognitive Supplement Spotlight, Volume 8: Cog·ni·tion (noun): a mental action or process of obtaining knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and senses. It is how one reacts, processes, understands, stores and retrieves information. Cognition is critical for day-to-day life, allowing us to interact with our environment. What is Acetyl-L-Carnitine? Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is an amino acid that is found in the

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Make Your Resolution a Habit

Making Resolutions Habits:  How to Make This New Year Really New  Welcome back from the holidays, that bizarre alternative reality where we eat way more than we should, spend money we don’t have, and generally bend over backwards to grab as much joy out of a couple of weeks as we can, dreading our return to routine.As we come back to reality, many

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Homocysteine: What it is and how to manage it

Spotlight On:      Homocysteine:  A Key Marker for Heart and Brain Health  What is it?  What are its effects? What levels are healthy?   What is Homocysteine? Homocysteine (Hcy) is a sulfur-containing amino acid.  Amino acids are the building blocks for protein – they are strung together in long chains to make protein. Hcy lies at the midway point

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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight, Volume 7: Resveratrol

    What Is It? Resveratrol (3,4′,5-trihydroxystilbene), or more specifically its active form, trans-Resveratrol, is a type of phenol found in plants.  Phenols are produced by plants in response to injury or attack by bacteria, fungi or other pathogens.  Resveratrol was first mentioned by Japanese scientist The first mention of resveratrol was in a Japanese article in 1939 by Michio Takaoka,

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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight, Volume 6: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor

BDNF:  A Key Component of a Healthy Brain   What is it?   Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, is the most common neurotrophin in humans.  Neurotrophins are proteins necessary to make brain cells work properly.   BDNF plays an important role in promoting the survival of nerve cells by regulating their growth, maturation and repair.  BDNF also makes synaptic connections within

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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight, Volume 5: Citicoline

    This is the fifth in a regular series on supplements which have been shown, through research and/or traditional use, to support cognitive function.  These supplements, along with prescription medications and other substances, are called nootropics.  As more and more Americans age and face challenges with memory and mental processing, we are looking for “magic pills” to build up

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