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The Amino Acid, Glycine, and Its Role in Gut and Mental Health

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The Amino Acid, Glycine, and Its Role in Gut and Mental Health

The amazing amino acid, glycine (one of the building blocks of protein), acts as a protectant against free radical damage in intestinal cells.1 Free radicals are atoms missing an electron which bump into things trying to gain an electron and stabilize themselves. As they do this, they cause damage to whatever they bump into and destabilize it. My analogy for a free radical is a teenage boy without a date on prom night bumping into multiple people. Glycine helps protect the gut against this type of damage. Glycine also acts as a calming neurotransmitter (messaging molecule) in the brain.2 Glycine...

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Free Radicals, Oxidative Stress and Premature Aging: Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself

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Free Radicals, Oxidative Stress and Premature Aging: Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself

Perhaps you've heard of “free radicals,” know they're bad, but have no idea what they really are. If that's the case, read on! Another thing called “oxidative stress,” a by-product of an overload of free radicals (which speeds up the aging process), is something you need to understand as well in order to make sense of it all. What's a Free Radical? To put it simply: “Free Radicals are harmful molecules that damage the body.”1 These molecules are made by the body when the body encounters various toxins. Free radicals are associated with speeding up the aging process, and degenerative...

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The Wonders of Curcumin and Why You Should Consider Taking It

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The Wonders of Curcumin and Why You Should Consider Taking It

If I were asked what supplement I'd take if I were stranded on a desert island, it would definitely be curcumin. What is Curcumin and How Is It Used? Curcumin is an extract of an ancient medicinal and cooking herb, turmeric, that has been used throughout the middle east and Asia for more than 7000 years. Curcumin is a root, and is a member of the ginger family. It has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. What makes it unique is that it has a multi-ring structure called a polyphenolic ring; this ring structure allows it to absorb multiple...

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Should I Take Vitamin / Mineral Supplements? 7 Things to Consider

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Should I Take Vitamin / Mineral Supplements?  7 Things to Consider

Should you take vitamin / mineral supplements? Do we really need to supplement our diets? Can’t we get all our necessary nutrition from food? Is your head spinning with information about the pros and cons of taking vitamin / mineral supplements? If so, you are certainly not alone. We are inundated with information and junk science at every turn of the road these days about which vitamins to take, as well as what kind of vitamin supplements to take. All of this noisy, conflicting information is enough to drive one to junk food! Many people have started supplement regimens only...

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