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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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CALL TO ACTION: PLEASE READ. THANK YOU!

Help improve healthcare in Connecticut by supporting prescription rights for naturopathic physicians!⁣ TIME SENSITIVE INFO ALERT! CT Residents – Your help is needed! ⁣ ⁣We have GREAT news: the Public Health Committee is officially moving forward with Proposed House Bill 5902 (‘AN ACT CONCERNING NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE’, to require the CT Department of Public Health to determine the formulary for naturopathic

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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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How Much Should You Exercise to Lose Weight?

If you’ve been trying to lose weight JUST by exercising, and not cutting calories and/or carbs, you may have had success.  A recent study shows, however, that, in order to do so, you will have had to exercise a bit more than many are comfortable with.     A group of 31 overweight men and women were split into two groups:  one burned

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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight, Vol. 4: PQQ

PQQ, or Pyrroloquinoline Quinone, is a popular supplement which may at some point be considered another vitamin, or essential nutrient.  PQQ is naturally found in plant foods:  kiwi, parsley, cabbage, papaya and others, which deliver small amounts (fractions of the dose found in the supplement).     PQQ was discovered in 1979 by a member of the group which originally discovered

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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight, Vol. 3: Nicotinamide Riboside

          This is the third 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”

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