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If you read our musculoskeletal health editorial this month, you may know a little more about how important calcium is for the longevity of bones and muscle function. Calcium can be a tricky nutrient to get enough of from food sources alone. Many calcium-rich foods are dairy products – a food group many of us…

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4 Powerful Nutrients for Joint Health

Chronic joint pain can affect knees, hands, elbows, shoulders, and hips. Anywhere where bones meet with cartilage in between can be a hotspot for inflammation, swelling, reduced mobility, and pain. Although there are over 100 types of arthritis, the most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA), affects about half of those over 65 in at…

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What is the Musculoskeletal System?

The musculoskeletal system provides structural support for the body’s natural movements. The skeletal system, specifically, is also necessary for the proper placement and protection of the vital organs within. As its name suggests, the musculoskeletal system includes the muscles and skeleton (bones). It also includes the structures that allow your bones and muscles to move…

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An immune boosting seafood stew: Cioppino!

A common saying about shellfish is that they “should only be eaten in months that contain the letter ‘r’.” This means the arrival of fall is the perfect time for warming, nutritious shellfish dishes to go back on the menu. While the origins of the ‘r’ rule are somewhat unclear, shellfish do tend to spawn…

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What is a Nootropic?

Nootropics are sometimes referred to as “smart drugs” or “cognitive enhancers” and the term has come to describe a much wider array of products than ‘nootropics’ was initially intended to represent. The word was originally coined by Corneliu Giurgea in 1972 to describe “molecules that acted selectively towards the brain’s higher-level integrative activity” [1]. To…

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Are You Preparing for Seasonal Changes?

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season As if protecting your health in the year 2020 hasn’t been tough enough, cold and flu season is rapidly approaching. While it is possible to catch a cold or flu virus at any time of the year, cases tend to rise rapidly in October, peak around December, and continue…

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Eating for Immunity with Chicken Curry

Because over 65% of the immune cells in the body are positioned in the gut, the diet can dynamically influence the immune system [1]. This means the health of your immune system and its ability to protect your body against invading pathogens depends on balanced uptake of nutrients. Some nutrients, however, are more important than…

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What role do cofactors play in immune health?

No nutrient functions alone in the body. Although one nutrient may be the main factor necessary for a particular reaction to occur, many reactions also require cofactors, or helper molecules in order to function properly. While some one-ingredient nutritional supplements can be an excellent addition to your diet, you won’t get the full benefit unless…

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Cofactors: the Helper Molecule

Cofactors are essentially helper molecules that allow biochemical reactions to occur. Some cofactors are inorganic metal ions such as iron and magnesium. Organic (carbon-containing) cofactors are sometimes classified more specifically as “coenzymes”. Coenzymes primarily assist the action of enzymes, but these words can generally be used interchangeably. All of the water-soluble vitamins (Bs and C),…

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