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Homocysteine: What it is and how to manage it

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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 between two

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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight, Volume 7: Resveratrol

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    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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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight, Vol. 2: Bacopa Monniera

    This is the second 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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Cognitive Supplement Spotlight: Magnesium Threonate

  This is the first 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 our

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Should You Get a Cognoscopy?

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What is a “Cognoscopy” and Should You Get One?   Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is expected to quadruple by 2050 to 14 million cases in the US.  It (along with the larger category of dementia) is currently the leading cause of death in the UK, and is expected to claim the same role in the US.  As heart disease and cancer become

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