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Innovations in Research

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

NOx Technology – A Remarkable Discovery!

Every now and then there are discoveries that can be called true paradigm shifts in nutrition. NOx technology is exactly that, a monumental paradigm shift. Nitric oxide (NO) is a small, very simple molecule made up of just two atoms, nitrogen and oxygen. After extensive research in 1998, the Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded to three researchers in elucidating the mechanism of action of NO which at the time was called endothelial relaxing factor (EFR) or relaxer of blood vessels. Since then, the research into the biology of NO has progressed with zealous fervor. NO has been shown to

Personalized Nutrition: Achieving Optimal Health through Genetic Testing

Over the decades, authorities have published public dietary and nutritional guidelines in an attempt to inform individuals about the healthiest choices to optimize health and prevent disease. However, conflicting and sometimes contradictory messaging has often led to more confusion than clarity. With so many different types of diets and supplements available it is difficult to know if they are really right for you. We have all heard some people say that certain diets work wonders for them but unfortunately not all see the same success.  Part of the reason there are wide variations in individual responses to different diets and

Probiotics – Not All Are Created Equal

Probiotics, defined as ‘live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host’, are finally becoming an option for gastroenterologists in Canada, after being available for many years in Japan, Europe and the United States of America. Unfortunately, Health Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration have not controlled the use of the term ‘probiotic’ or put into place United Nations and World Health Organization guidelines. The net result is that a plethora of products called ‘probiotics’ are available that are not truly probiotic. This situation can be confusing for consumers, and even some

Protein: The Importance of Fuelling our Muscles After Exercise

There is a special feeling associated with conquering a challenging workout. As part of an active daily lifestyle, it is healthy to safely test our body’s boundaries of strength and endurance. This challenge is different for everyone; attempting more weight or repetitions at the gym, extending your long run by a few extra kilometres, or holding onto those new yoga poses as long as possible. Overcoming these new obstacles not only leaves us with a great sense of accomplishment but also feeling very sore the next day! To reduce muscle soreness and improve muscle function for further training, a proper

Treatments for Iron Deficiency Anemia and the Need for Phytoferritin Research

KEY WORDS: Anemia: A condition defined by low levels of haemoglobin in the body. Symptoms include fatigue, heart palpitations, headaches and chest pains. Iron- deficiency anemia (IDA): A common type of anemia caused by iron deficiency due to bleeding, poor diet, or malabsorption. As iron plays a vital role in the body, IDA can lead to cognitive, motor and growth defects in children. Ferritin: A protein found in high levels in humans, animals and plants. Its principal role is to bind and sequester iron. As such, ferritin is an organic source of iron.Phytoferritin: Plant ferritin that is similar in structure

Phytoestrogens Explained

Menopausal    women    searching for  safe  and   effective   alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will inevitably come across “phytoestrogens”, either in their whole food form or as a concentrated extract in a supplement. But what exactly are phytoestrogens and how do they work in the human body? Are they even safe? Many answers remain unknown to the general public and the literature can offer mixed results as well. Let’s clear up some of the confusion. The term “phytoestrogen” can literally be translated into “plant estrogen”. In the 1950’s, this estrogenic activity was discovered in plants when researchers  investigated  the  cause   of

Interview with AOR Founder, Dr. Traj Nibber

We sat down with AOR’s founder and director of research Dr. Traj Nibber to gain some insights into AOR from the man who started it all. 1 . What is your educational background, and what made you decide to become a scientist? I have a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences with hospital experience (clinical pharmacy) from the University of Aston, UK, an MSc in toxicology from the University of Birmingham, UK and a PhD in histopathology specializing in surgical pathology from University of London, UK. My interest has always been in research. Unlike pharmaceutical research which takes 15-20 years to bring

Strontium Citrate Demonstrates its Safety and Effectiveness

Introduction to Strontium In 2002, AOR introduced the world’s first strontium citrate as a dietary supplement for bone health. There have been some recent concerns about strontium’s safety as well as a lack of information regarding strontium citrate. The goal of this article is to discuss the foundations of such concerns and to increase awareness about new research on the safety and effectiveness of strontium citrate. Strontium is a natural element. In nature, it is found in highest amounts in the ocean and consequently in certain bony fish. 99% of the strontium found in the human body is in the

Nitric Oxide and Bone Cell Formation

Nitric Oxide (NO) is a simple molecule consisting of one atom of nitrogen and one of oxygen, making it even simpler than water. Research into the effects of this small but important molecule began in the 1970’s when scientists started to examine why blood vessels relaxed when certain compounds were added. This led to the discovery of NO and its amazing effects in the body, with NO being named the molecule of the year in 1992. In 1998, twenty-some years after this research first began, a Nobel Prize was awarded to these researchers for their breakthrough discoveries regarding NO. Over

Curcumin: Setting The Record Straight

The Skinny on AOR’s Free Form Curcumin Now that curcumin is the hottest thing since sliced bread, we feel it is time to finally set the record straight and get down to the nitty gritty bits of what makes a truly superior, effective curcumin formulation. So, let’s take a few steps back and start at the beginning. Curcumin—one of the active ingredients in turmeric root is one of three bright pigments that give it its beautiful golden colour. As a whole, these pigments are known as curcuminoids. Traditionally, turmeric root has many uses: as a digestive aid, preservative, and blood purifier, but

Nutrient Spotlight – PQQ

Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) An exciting new member of the vitamin B family. What is PQQ? In 2003, scientists discovered a compound called Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) that was classified as part of the B-vitamin family. PQQ is considered an essential vitamin because our bodies do not produce it and therefore it must be obtained from food or supplements. It also falls under the B-vitamin category because it plays a role in the metabolism of the essential amino acid lysine, which helps form collagen (essential to all connective tissues) and aids in the production of immune system components, hormones & enzymes. What

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