Supplements

Articles related to various supplements including vitamins, minerals, and various supplements that impact mood, energy, exercise, and weight loss.

curcumin

Curcumin has antiviral properties

Curcumin is the active chemical in the spice turmeric.  It has long been known that curcumin has many beneficial effects on inflammatory conditions, cancer, and infections.  A 2019 article in Frontiers in Microbiology further investigated the antibacterial and antiviral actions of curcumin and found that it was very effective against several viruses including influenza, hepatitis …

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virus

Vitamin D reduces the severity of respiratory viral infections

As COVID-19 makes its way through the population it is important to consider how we can help our immune system cope with viral infections. In my previous article I described how our immune system generally deals with viral infections.  In this article, I will discuss the specific role of vitamin D in viral infections.   Vitamin …

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GABA and anxiety

GABA – our anti-anxiety neurotransmitter

GABA stands for Gamma Amino butyric acid.  GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that decreases the stimulatory effects of excitatory neurotransmitters.  Without inhibition, our brain would be constantly over-stimulated and that would feel like anxiety and to some extremes, panic.  GABA is the most calming neurotransmitter we have.  Glutamate is one of the primary stimulating neurotransmitters …

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tea theanine

L-Theanine in Tea has Beneficial Effects on our Brain

After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.  It contains a unique amino acid called L-theanine that has several beneficial effects on our brain because it increases the levels of some hormones and neurotransmitters that make us feel good. Theanine increases molecules that affect mood Serotonin – makes us feel calm …

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Lion's Mane mushroom

Lion’s Mane mushrooms shown to have extraordinary health benefits

Lion’s Mane is a type of mushroom that has been shown to have some extraordinary health benefits.  It is Hericium erinaceus, also known as Yamabushitake, but most commonly called Lion’s mane.  A review article published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2015 reviewed 139 primary research papers that describe the myriad of …

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happy brain

Are you making enough serotonin?

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that makes us feel calm and good.  It is commonly called the happy hormone but it doesn’t technically make us excited happy; that feeling comes from a combination of serotonin and dopamine.  When we don’t have enough serotonin can feel the following in varying degrees: Depression Loss of interest in things …

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