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It has now been firmly established that gut microbiota intimately and powerfully influence cognitive function. This influential gut-brain axis provides novel ways to positively impact childhood neuropsychiatric disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger syndrome (AS).

Tamiflu ® (oseltamivir) is a popular prescription antiviral drug used to treat influenza; however, a 2014 systemic review in the British Medical Journal found only modest benefit and that it can cause nausea, headaches, and renal and psychiatric syndromes. A 2015 study featured in Current Therapeutic Research compared an Echinacea purpurea extract to Tamiflu and found that the echinacea was just as effective without the side effects.

It’s now clear that obesity and chronic low-grade inflammation go hand in hand. It’s the inflammation that puts obese individuals at increased risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. In a 2015 study featured in the Journal of Nutrition, the ability of fermentable soluble fibers extracted from legumes to reduce appetite, food intake, and inflammation in overweight individuals was studied—truly a health-promoting trifecta!

It’s been called the global public health issue of the 21st century, as estimates indicate that 25% of the United States population is living with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In fact, NAFLD is expected to soon be the number one cause of liver transplant in the United States.

As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass at a rate of about 1% per year beginning in middle age.  This insidious decline is much more dangerous than we may think as it can eventually lead to loss of mobility and independence. 

Every minute a woman dies of heart disease according to The Heart Foundation. Heart disease is more deadly to women than all forms of cancer combined. That’s why prevention is so critical and why women may want to consider looking at the amount of protein in their diet.

Vegetarian diets have been touted for centuries as a pathway to good health. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association—Internal Medicine posed the question, “What is the link between a vegetarian diet and colorectal cancer?”

Obesity and type 2 diabetes are fast becoming epidemics on a global scale. One means to stem the tide of this health tsunami is to treat patients with prediabetes before they become diabetics. A study published in the journal Diabetes and Metabolism explored the impact that magnesium may have on reduction of plasma glucose levels in adults with prediabetes and magnesium deficiency.

It’s common knowledge that consuming vegetables makes for better heart health, but which vegetables pack the most punch? According to a study conducted Brazil and published in the British Journal of Nutrition, vegetables rich in carotenoids are the highest in antioxidants, and men who consumed the most dietary carotenoids daily had lower results on relevant lipid and oxidative stress markers. 

Amino acids are essential to the growth, maintenance, and repair of body tissues, and studies have shown that deficiencies of certain amino acids can lead to sleep disorders, glucose disruption, and immune diseases. But what is the connection between amino acids and cardiac health?

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