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AOR’s Healthy Student Guide

Every year, university and college students assemble the checklist of items that they need to take advantage of the opportunities and experiences that higher education offers. New textbooks? Check. New laptop? Got it. But it takes more than supplies to ensure you have a successful year in school, both academically and socially. And the university/college environment can present health challenges, both physical and mental, even if you’re young and active. We’ve reviewed the science for the top daily habits as well as the vitamins and nutrients best suited to supplement the brain and overall health of students. For anyone heading

Quench Chronic Inflammation and Pain With Natural Herbs and Nutrients

Pain is a fact of life. Everyone experiences it at some point or another. As people age, the biggest concern that affects activities of daily living is the ability to move and function without pain and discomfort. However, the latest research suggests that up to 50% of the population may be suffering from some kind of chronic pain, with back pain being the most common. In many cases the pain signal is the result of a viscous cycle of structural damage, tissue breakdown and inflammation. While most people are familiar with the concept of losing cartilage as we age (which

7 Steps to Protecting Ourselves From Electromagnetic Fields

Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is not a new phenomenon but environmental exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields has been steadily increasing during the 20th century. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the growing electricity demand, ever-advancing technologies and changes in social behaviour are accountable for this ever-increasing EMF exposure. [i]  Over the course of the past decade however, some of the common sources of EMF exposure such as power lines, microwave ovens, computer and cellular mobile phones have become the object of serious health concerns and media attention, in spite of the fact that the authorities tend to minimize

Spotlight on a Silent Epidemic: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (and 5 Ways to Prevent it)

While we usually associate fatty liver with excessive alcohol consumption, there is another form of liver disease known as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease or NAFLD that develops in people who drink little to no alcohol. NAFLD can remain ‘silent’ for many years, with few signs or symptoms. The prevalence of NAFLD is increasing at an alarming rate. The risk of developing NAFLD in obese people is 75%. With almost 20 million obese Canadians, NAFLD is a growing health epidemic. Eating excess calories causes fat accumulation in the body. One of the locations fat is stored is in the liver. This

I take AOR’s Total E, but I am concerned about toxicity and taking too much?

The upper dosage of Vitamin E, according to the NIH is 1,500IU for a 19+ year old Male/Female. AOR’s Total E provides roughly ~400mg per softgel of a mixed tocopherol and tocotrienol blend. For information regarding the benefits of supplementing with this blend, please visit (www.aor.ca/products-page/total-e/) This is an interesting question, because I have noticed numerous new research articles that have been recently published about Vitamin E. One such study by experts at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University is titled, “Excess Vitamin E Intake Not a Health Concern”. The lead researcher, Maret Traber, an internationally recognized expert

Part 2: Could Fructose And Uric Acid Be Driving Diabetes?

It is clear that a diet high in fructose can predispose a person to multiple disease processes. Figure Two here summarizes the effects of fructose and the connection with type 2 diabetes. The ability of fructose to raise uric acid levels sheds some light on possible mechanisms in the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This may be a new area where early interventions can be used. In animal and human trials, lowering uric acid improved a number of features of metabolic syndrome, which include renal damage, insulin resistance, high triglycerides and hypertension (Nakagawa et al 2006). It seems that

Natural Options for High Blood Pressure

This month with AOR I did a webinar entitled “Promoting Healthy Blood Sugar”.  In the webinar I gave several suggestions of products that I thought and have seen clinical benefit in balancing blood sugar.  I feel that the taurine product mentioned in the webinar, deserves a closer look. Taurine (see below) is an amino acid that is different from other amino acids in that is has a sulfur group in place of a carbon group in its molecular structure and as such is not incorporated into proteins.  It is synthesized in the liver from other amino acids (cysteine and methionine)

What is Homocysteine?

This week’s blog will focus on the subject of homocysteine. So what is it exactly and why is it important? Homocysteine is an amino acid formed by the removal of a methyl group from methionine.  Unfortunately, it has been shown that homocysteine is toxic at high levels.  It has been implicated in a number of inflammatory processes in the body including increasing risk of cardiovascular, diabetes, bone and neurocognitive diseases.  A physician’s health study revealed that men with higher homocysteine levels had a threefold higher risk of coronary events. Levels of homocysteine can be measured via blood test.  Optimal ranges

Vitamin E Safety Controversy

For my first post, I thought I’d take on a topic that has been in and out of the media for the past few years, vitamin E. Initially, vitamin E was thought to have a lot of potential for general health, from heart to prostate health.  Smaller studies and in vitro work showed promise, but then some big studies over the last year had conclusions that were disappointing: “vitamin E did not affect the overall risk of HF[heart failure]”1 or scary: “Dietary supplementation with vitamin E significantly increased the risk of prostate cancer among healthy men”2 How did this happen? 

Natural Therapies and Scientific Principles

Since the birth of herbal medicine, science has been the fundamental basis of determining the fate of potential herbal products. The early Egyptian, Greek, Indian and Chinese physicians utilized scientific principles for their guidance to develop natural therapies. This tradition was enhanced by the Arab and the Renaissance physicians and has continued to present day. Science is the universal language spoken and accepted by all interested parties in the development and use of natural remedies for which there is a consensus. That is not to say that there aren’t any problems with this model. After all, some randomized clinical trials

Who are the NHPD?

The Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) is tasked with the important responsibilities of framing legislative proposals to help ensure the safety, quality, and efficacy (effectiveness) of natural health products for sale in Canada, and assessing product regulatory license applications for safety, quality, and efficacy, under federal and Health Canada mandates.  Natural health products that have completed NHPD/Health Canada assessment for safety, quality, and efficacy are granted Natural Product Numbers (NPNs). Cautions and durations of use recommendations that go on NHPD/Health Canada approved labels of natural health products are based on the available literature and other available information (e.g., international expert

Whey Protein 101: What exactly IS Whey protein?

Whey is one of two types of proteins found in milk (the other being casein) and it is a by-product of the transformation process of cow’s milk into cheese. As we all know, protein is the building block of life but not all proteins are created equal! Whey is considered by many to be the ultimate source of protein due to its exceptional branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) profile and high biological value.  When your body converts protein, it breaks it down into amino acids. These amino acids help to repair torn muscle tissue and build new ones. The higher

Nattokinase: The Natural Cardiovascular Health Booster

When it comes to our cardiovascular health, many of us don’t have a high awareness of the prevalence and risks of cardiovascular disease – we tend not to focus on the problems that we can’t see. According to recent surveys, most of us aren’t aware, for example, that blood clots, aka thrombosis, are responsible for one-in-four deaths in Canada each year. The primary cause of cardiovascular disease is atherosclerosis, which happens when fatty plaques build up on the walls of an artery and eventually block it. Eventually, these plaques can rupture, and the resultant blood clot can deprive vital tissues

Seasonal Allergies and Your Gut: What’s The Connection?

Over the last few years, the science has emerged to prove that there is actually a close relationship between the respiratory, immune and gastrointestinal systems. We now know that a disruption to your biome (those trillions of microorganisms that live in your intestinal tract) can trigger an oversensitivity to allergens in your immune system, which could ultimately make your allergies flare up even more as a result. So, how do we support our gut? One acceptable method is to eat lots of healthy foods that are rich in fibre, as well as fermented products, such as kombucha. Of course, in

Survive Spring Allergy Season, Naturally

Spring is (finally) in the air for most of us but, unfortunately, so is pollen, and that translates into seasonal allergies and irritating, cold-like symptoms for millions of North Americans. Also known as “hay fever,” seasonal allergies occur when outdoor moulds release spores and trees, grasses and weeds release pollen. When those of us who are allergic breathe them in, our immune systems treat them as invaders and release histamines from our “mast cells” into our bloodstream to fight them. Histamines are organic compounds involved in local immune and inflammatory responses. They defend your immune system by causing a chain

5 Natural Health Supplements for Blood Sugar & Weight Management

Your best allies when it comes to losing weight and controlling blood sugar are a healthy lifestyle, plenty of exercise and natural supplements. Natural health supplements support your blood sugar and weight management goals. Here are five of the best to try. 1. Active Green Tea  Green tea has countless health benefits. It revs up the metabolism, keeping people slim and energetic. The Active Green Tea supplement, with green tea extract as its primary ingredient, provides a concentrated punch of antioxidants. It allows one to experience all of the benefits of green tea without actually having to drink tea all

How Astaxanthin Supports Your Health

Astaxanthin is a natural compound and antioxidant that belongs to the carotenoid family. Found naturally in seafood, algae, and plants, this keto-carotenoid is said to be one of the most beneficial compounds to consume on a regular basis. From skincare to eye health, and from neurological benefits to anti-inflammatory properties, astaxanthin brings an array of advantages to the table for its users. Here are a few benefits of astaxanthin to help you understand how exactly this natural compound supports your health, and how could it contribute to your and your loved ones’ well-being. It is Exceptional for Skincare Since it

Zinc Could Help as Non-Antibiotic treatment for UTIs

If you are someone who has had the experience of fighting off a urinary tract infection or a UTI, then there probably aren’t many things you wouldn’t do to keep from having another one. For anyone who has not experienced a UTI, it is an infection that develops when bacteria enter the urethra and make their way up to your bladder. The bacteria multiply in the bladder and result in a full-blown infection. Not only are the symptoms of a UTI extremely uncomfortable, but they can also be quite painful. What’s even worse, is that neglecting to treat your UTI

What is Natural Health : A Quick Guide

Have you been thinking about learning more about natural health? Natural health is a way to use self-care to restore the health and well-being of your body. Natural health uses a holistic approach when it comes to various issues. This approach includes a variety of factors, such as the way you take care of yourself when you are sick, the types of foods that you eat, what you think when it comes to your general health, and the ways that you deal with pressure. Is natural health the right path for you? Understanding Natural Health  Natural health is gained when

Should You Take Dietary Supplements?

Every day, you hear about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Often, medical experts advise that dietary health supplements can help solve a wide variety of health issues. But are dietary supplements worth it? You might wonder if a supplement is vital for you get and stay healthy. Read on to learn more about why you should definitely consider making dietary supplements a part of your daily regimen.  While experts state that most of your nutritional needs should be met with whole foods, some people may have trouble getting certain nutrients from their diet. This can be true even if you

How to get the B’s you need

VITAMIN NAME DIETARY SOURCES B1 THIAMIN Sunflower Seeds, Beans Peas, Eggs, Potatoes, Oats. B2 RIBOFLAVIN Dairy products, Soy Beans, Bananas, Mushrooms, Almonds. B3 NIACIN Meat, Fish, Eggs, Tree Nuts, Brown Rice. B5 PANTOTHEIC ACID Shiitake, Broccoli, Avocados, Yogurt, Lentils, Poultry. B6 PYRIDOXINE Tuna, Poultry, Vegetables, Tree Nuts, Bananas. B7 BIOTIN Egg Folks, Peanuts, Leafy greens, Onions, Fish, Walnuts, Carrots. B9 FOLID ACID Lentils, Leafy Greens, Broccoli, Beans, Whole Grains. B12 COBALAMIN Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Cow’s Milk, Yogurt. ADVANCED B COMPLEX DESCRIPTION | This family of eight essential B-vitamins is responsible for creating and sustaining your body’s energy supply by helping

Management of Cardiovascular Disease

WITH ANKASCIN – CLINICAL RESEARCH The key findings relevant to the use of Ankascin red yeast rice to manage blood cholesterol came from an experimental study in hamsters. Unlike other animals commonly used in research, hamsters develop many of the key characteristics of human cardiovascular disease when fed a diet that is high in fats and sugar15. The positive effects of monascin and ankaflavin in animal models led to human clinical trials to evaluate the ability of these molecules to manage blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. STUDY MONASCIN AND ANKAFLAVIN ACT AS NOVEL HYPOLIPIDEMIC AND HIGH-DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN CHOLESTEROL-RAISING