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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

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

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

Heal your Gut – Heal your Body

Many people believe that the health of the digestive tract reflects the health of the rest of the body. This makes sense given that the gastrointestinal tract is our first line of defense against many infectious agents; it is responsible for building our immune system; it breaks down, produces, and absorbs nutrients; and it is a major pathway for toxin elimination. If any imbalance occurs within the digestive tract, many aspects of our health will be negatively affected. AOR’s approach to digestive health has always been a little different from what is currently trending in the marketplace. With unique formulas

Know and Control the Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer

Nearly  174,650 new cases of prostate cancer are expected to occur in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. Almost one man in every nine will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Those are distressing statistics about one of the most common forms of cancer that strikes men. Prostrate cancer has definite risk factors. In order to help prevent prostate cancer, keep in mind these known risk factors. Age The older a man gets, the higher the risk that he might get prostate cancer. Of course, you can’t control aging. But you can get prostate cancer screening on a routine basis as you age. That way if you

Butyrate- isn’t it Great?

Butyric Acid Production Butyric acid or butyrate (the ester form) is a main short chain fatty acid produced by friendly bacteria in the human gut when they feed off of certain carbohydrates, particularly non-starch fibres as well as resistant fibres. These 4- carbon fatty acids are the preferred source of energy for colonocytes ( colon cells). It is used preferentially over glucose, maintaining colonocyte activity. Butyric acids have some impressive benefits both locally and systemically as it is rapidly absorbed.   Prevent and Treat Leaky Gut ‘Leaky gut’ is the term used to describe what happens when food sensitivities, food

Epigenetics: A Shift in Paradigm

What began during the mid-twentieth century as broad research focused on combining genetics and developmental biology has evolved into the field we currently refer to as epigenetics. The idea that environmental factors can trigger epigenetic changes reflected at different stages throughout a person’s life and even in later generations is controversial, as scientific convention states that genes contained in DNA are the only way to transmit biological information between generations. However, new scientific evidence demonstrates that our genes are modified by the environment all the time, through chemical tags that attach themselves to our DNA, switching genes on and off.

The Use of Non-Human Animals in Medical Research

The number of treatments formulated each year has increased dramatically over the last 10 years due to technological advancements within the biomedical field. However, formulation and development does not necessarily equate to launch on the market, as many treatments are deemed ineffective, inferior to those already on the market, or unsafe.  Therefore, all treatments produced by pharmaceuticals must undergo rigorous testing before being launched on the market. It would of course be premature and dangerous to immediately commence the testing of a new treatment in human subjects.  As such, scientists take to studying the effects in models, which can include

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