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Thirty, Flirty and Thriving: Supplements to Optimize your 30s

It’s not surprising that our health focus changes as we age. Cellular aging (ongoing cell division) combined with environmental exposures, genetics and diet and lifestyle choices, all play a role in health outcomes, how we feel and even our appearance. You might notice physical changes after having children or just with time. Your body might look and work great at 30 but at 35+ it’s not uncommon to notice that smile and laugh lines are more prominent. Skin texture can change, hair can become thinner. Our joints might start making more creaking and cracking sounds as we move. And our

The Real Benefits Behind NMIs

What are non-medicinal ingredients (NMIs)? They are the inactive ingredients (also known as excipients) included in natural supplements, such as vitamins and minerals, herbal products, homeopathic preparations, energy drinks, probiotics, and traditional medicines. They are a necessary component for many natural health products (NHPs) as they play an important role in the composition, absorption and delivery of nutrients.  Natural health products can play an important role in metabolism, cellular and tissue health and general well-being, making a high quality formula very important. Some nutrients are difficult to consume in adequate quantities from food sources, resulting in the need to supplement.

Probiotic-3: More than what meets the eye

This is my rebuttal to the article written October 3, 2018 by by Mr. John Brisson, at FixYourGut – his original article can be found here: https://www.fixyourgut.com/why-i-do-not-recommend-aor-probiotic-3-a-review/ Everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion, however this article highlights some of the misinformation regarding the pathogenic potential of strains in AOR’s Probiotic-3. First, let us start with the definition of probiotics – according to the World Health Organization and The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, the internationally endorsed definition of probiotics are as “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”.

Lactoferrin: A Powerful Ally in the Fight Against Infections

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PEA vs. CBD

The battle for supremacy for hearts, minds, knees, joints, skin and much more! Canadians are looking enviously across the border and wondering when they might get access to CBD, this “magic” cannabinoid molecule touted as a cure-all for so many health ailments. Yet there is already a molecule that has been available to many Canadians (for nearly three years!) which has a far better clinical and safety track-record, and without any of the negative stigma associated with cannabis from which CBD is derived. Let us compare and contract both molecules: CBD PEA Derived from cannabis/ hemp Sunflower lecithin Little research

PEA: Unique topical health benefits

The skin is one of the largest organs in the body and has a variety of cells including: keratinocytes, sebaceous glands, fibroblasts, melanocytes, adipocytes (fat cells) and so on. These cells in turn have a large range of receptors among others, endocannabinoid and related receptors like CB1, CB2, TRPV1, PPAR, COX, opioid, TLR, GRP55, GPR119 etc. Observational reports from the 1990s showed that when cannabis, hashish and other variants of cannabis were abused, there was accompanied skin disorders like hair loss, acne, ageing, dermatitis, dry skin etc. These observations indicated that cannabinoids may modulate these receptors and that using the

Curcumin Ultra: New clinical findings

Three new studies provide further evidence of the effectiveness of the unique molecule-curcumagalactomannoside complex (CGC) which is one of the key ingredients used in AOR’s Curcumin Ultra softgels. Building on the already impressive body of work, the first study compared once a day 400 mg of CGC containing 130 mg of curcumin against the standard combination of 500 mg of glucosamine and 415 mg of chondroitin sulphate taken twice daily dose (total daily dose of 1000 mg glucosamine and 830 mg chondroitin sulphate) in terms of effectiveness in patients with osteoarthritis. This was a six-week, 72 patient study. In the

Lactoferrin, A Powerful Allay in Health and Disease

Lactoferrin (Lf) is a small molecule, as far as proteins go, with a bunch of glucose side chains, and is properly called a glycoprotein. Its structure is like a spring that coils onto itself which allows it to trap and hold minerals within its many folds. Lactoferrin is found abundantly in mothers’ milk, especially the first milk or colostrum that helps protect the newborn but is also present in other bodily fluids like tears, saliva, sweat, urine etc. signifying its importance as an important defence molecule. Lactoferrin plays an important role in a wide range of diseases which briefly can

What is the Importance of Free-curcumin?

Curcumin is a well-studied herb, and as such there are thousands of different products on retailer’s shelves. Moreover, there are dozens of different brands with serious marketing dollars towards differentiating their brands and, touting their effectiveness. Curcumin belongs to a group called curcuminoids comprising three slightly different molecules that are extracted from the root or rhizomes of the Curcuma plant. Curcumin comprises over 80% of this group and is the most researched molecule, and therefore, everyone refers to curcumin when they really mean the curcuminoid group. Virtually all the products on the market consist of this curcuminoid group, and not

The Epigenetics of BRCA

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Supplements to Reduce Anxiety

It is a normal part of life to experience occasional anxiety. Nevertheless, some people experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. When this happens, it can interfere with daily activities. If this is the case for you or someone you know, it maybe due to an anxiety disorder. Anxiety comes in many different forms including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), specific phobias, Panic Disorder, and more. These disorders can affect people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Although there is not an exact answer as to why anxiety is so common, many attribute it to factors such as social

Protecting the Aging Brain with Omega-3s

There are many cellular changes that occur as we age, most of which are greatly affected by nutritional imbalances and chronic (even low-grade) inflammation. The brain is most vulnerable to neuroinflammation and oxidative stress, both of which occur more frequently as we age. Other factors such as obesity and type 2 diabetes can accelerate inflammation and aging processes. The presence of diabetes alone doubles the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD).1 Omega-3 fatty acids are a unique group of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) that must be obtained from dietary sources such as fish oil and algae.

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