Six Ways To “Green” Up Your Diet

“Eat your greens” is a line almost everyone can remember being told as a child. As adults it’s still just as important, but often neglected. Regardless of knowing the health benefits associated with vegetables, most people still struggle to incorporate a substantial amount into their diet. Not surprisingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Americans are not getting enough vegetables, with the average adult eating only 1.6 servings a day (1). That’s Continue reading →

4 New Reasons Why Vitamin C is Important

When the cough, sniffles, and aches start, many people will load up on extra vitamin C. Helping boost the immune system is a familiar benefit of the vitamin. But do you know what else vitamin C is good for? Or how much vitamin C you need? Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that it doesn't build up in body tissues for later use like fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Rather, the body uses vitamin C when it needs it and then flushes the rest out. The benefit Continue reading →

More than a Safe Sleep Aid: Melatonin Every Night Could Save Your Brain

Sleep is a more active process than you may think. It’s a time for the brain—as well as the rest of the body—to recover, grow, and develop. Sleep disturbances can lead to poor sleep quality and ultimately accelerated aging of your organs, including the brain. With one in three Americans suffering from sleep related problems, many people are supplementing with melatonin—a hormone naturally produced by the tiny pineal gland in the brain to induce and sustain sleep—to get that much-needed Continue reading →

Focus on Variety, Not ORAC

For years, scientists have been trying to develop a test that can illustrate the antioxidant capacity of foods. This information would provide evidence for which foods are "super-antioxidants" and potentially are best at reducing oxidative stress and supporting the health of cells in the body. Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC), developed by Dr. Richard Cutler of the National Institute on Aging, is a test used to measure the antioxidant potential of foods. It determines how many free Continue reading →

The Whey to Glutathione

What protects your cells from oxidative damage better than vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lycopene, or any other antioxidant currently on the market? The answer is glutathione. This slasher of pro-oxidants and quencher of free radicals is actually made by your cells, for your cells. The glutathione redox system is an antioxidant powerhouse within the body, and consuming certain foods such as whey protein boosts your glutathione levels, and in doing so may preserve your health and Continue reading →