The Feel Good Factor

We all go through bad patches because of changes, traumas and losses in life therefore our ability to bounce back into life with renewed enthusiasm is a big deal. This implies recharging the brain and body’s biochemistry as much as resolving psychological issues. Conventional opinion would say that the purpose of medication such as antidepressant drugs is to get you back on the road. However these drugs can often leave you worse off than you started due to a lot of side effects (e.g. Prozac has 45 listed side effects). Alternative approach suggest to correct imbalance with nutrients, not drugs. There is a particularly interesting amino acid, called 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptohan), which is found in our food and important for production of the mood-elevating chemical Serotonin in the human body.

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Iron Deficiency and Anaemia

Iron deficiency is a common problem, especially for women. In fact, 5% of women between the ages of 20 and 49 have iron deficiency with anemia and 11% have iron deficiency without anemia.

A lack of iron and anemia can gradually starve the body of the oxygen resulting into extreme skin pallor, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and fatigue. Since iron  plays an important role  in regulation of metabolism and synthesize some vital substances (e.g. DNA, white blood cells and the brain chemical), iron deficiency also damages our ability to think and weakens our resistance to infection. (more…)

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B Vitamins Clean Out Arteries

For decades official medicine ignored the scientific evidence suggesting that lack of three vitamins of B group – B6, B12 and, the most important, folic acid (B9) – can trigger heart and strokes. Although our arteries are clean, open and elastic at birth, the process of artery clogging ( atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease) already begins early in life. One of the factors accelerating narrowing of arteries is excess homocysteine, an amino acid, which can accumulate in the plasma and triggers arterial plague and blood clot formation. Without enough these B vitamins in the diet, homocysteine starts building up in the body and becomes drawn into the endothelial cells. It interacts with “bad LDL cholesterol” to clog arteries (more…)

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