My passion is in evidence based natural medicine with a bent on a fuctional approach (emphasis on objective laboratory findings to investigate a patients need for an herb, vitamin, antioxidant, or anything else for that matter). As the director of natural medicine at The Centre For Health, an integrative health facility in Canada, I work along side conventional mainstream medicine pratitioners (MD's), a natural medicine team (NDÃ¢ÂÂs and HDÃ¢ÂÂs), and Chiropractors and other physical therapies (DCÃ¢ÂÂs, Massage, Acupuncture, and Physiotherapy). More at The Centre For Health.
Consult a specialist before using melatonin if you:
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have high blood pressure
- Have had a seizure
- Have diabetes
- Have cancer
- Have depression
- Are taking certain sedative medications (CNS depressants)
- Are taking nifedipine GITS (Procardia XL)
- Are taking medications that decrease
Certain amino acids have the remarkable ability to act as exercise enhancers. On days when you’re exercising, these supplements will promote fat loss, muscle gain, and a reduction in the overall free radical burden from exercise. The three amino acids I recommend are:
- L-Carnitine. The body
Cooking vegetables over a long period of time or in large amounts of water can reduce vitamin C content, but cooking does make some antioxidants, such as lycopene in tomatoes and beta-carotene in carrots, more easily absorbed by the body. To minimize nutrient loss, steaming and stir-frying...Read More
The potential dangers of plastics are to some degree recognized by government and industry, and plastics are categorized for recycling purposes. That’s the reason for the numbers on the bottoms of bottles of water and other plastic containers. Here are the seven standard codes:
- PETE or PET
There is no pill that can make you lose weight and keep it off. But, if I were challenged to recommend the antioxidant pill that would make the biggest impact on weight loss—when taken in conjunction with an appropriate antioxidant nutritional plan and proper exercise it would be conjugated...Read More
Other than relying on good studies that promote what may be right for the average person and the prevention of serious deficiencies, you don’t know—unless you get tested. There are many tests available to screen you for specific vitamin or mineral status. However, the reason you take vitamins and...Read More
Double-blind research has shown that the antioxidant melatonin facilitates sleep. It helps shorten the time it takes to get to sleep, reduces the number of night awakenings, and improves sleep quality.
Melatonin is also helpful in relieving symptoms of jet lag because it is also a hormone...Read More
Hands down, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone) is the single most important healthy-heart antioxidant. The name ubiquinone describes its widespread distribution in the human body; it’s found in nearly every cell and in especially high concentrations in the heart muscle tissue....Read More
Alpha-lipoic acid has a long list of uses. ALA is one of the most impressive antioxidants to surface since the discovery of vitamin C. It has been reclassified from vitamin to coenzyme antioxidant because we now know it’s produced in small amounts by your body.
I prescribe alpha-lipoic acid, orally,...Read More
The quick answer is no, don’t take antioxidants while on a chemo/radiation protocol. Although some antioxidants may offer protection against the side effects from radiation treatment, certain antioxidants are suspected of counteracting the desired effects of chemotherapy.
But a properly educated hea...Read More
The amino acid l-arginine provides great cardiovascular support—most men suffering from erectile dysfunction have cardiovascular problems too. But the therapeutic ranges of l-arginine required to improve erectile dysfunction have the potential to increase nitric oxide to harmful levels. Nitric...Read More
There are many types of stress, including emotional stress, toxic stress, and even exercise-induced stress, and there’s no one supplement that fixes them all.
However, there is a great deal of research to show that the antioxidant actions of the B vitamin family have powerful effects in mitigating...Read More
Cancers vary enormously in how they manifest and behave, and what they require for effective treatment. What we know is that free radicals have a crucial role to play in forming cancer, and antioxidants have a crucial role to play in preventing and reversing cancers.
There is no single a...Read More
Although almost all fruit has a respectable amount of antioxidants, the superheroes are berries and grapes.
Don’t let the fragile texture and easy spoiling of a berry fool you. In the world of high antioxidants foods, they are at the top of the list. Few fruits have the delightfully delicate...Read More
ORAC, which stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity, refers to a food's antioxidant value. High-ORAC foods are therapeutic foods, as opposed to simply nutritionally fulfilling foods.
As a rule of thumb, vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables—red, orange, yellow, and purple—contain the highest...Read More