The amino acid carnosine offers powerful support for various systems within the body, including the brain and muscles. Learn about the importance of this unique dipeptide from Amanda Williams, MPH.
Tag: muscle health
The body relies on cellular energy to function properly, but there are many factors that may prevent this. The good news is that there are powerful nutrients such as ribose that can help promote energy production within the body.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Calcium is well-known as being beneficial to bone, but it also affects many other parts of the body. Inadequate levels of this mineral can lead to fatigue and muscle spasms. It can also impact your mood, nails and skin.†
Signs of a deficiency
When you don’t consume enough calcium, whether it’s from food or supplements, it’s going to cause muscle spasms. This nutrient works at the cellular level within the muscle to allow it to contract properly during physical activity. One of the reasons you may develop muscle fatigue or spasms after exercise is that you have pumped the calcium out of your muscles. This can also be accompanied by issues within your joints. Take some calcium and Vitamin D after extreme exercise to help replenish the nutrients in your muscles.†
Getting sufficient amounts of calcium
If you get enough calcium, this can benefit your blood pressure. Studies have shown that getting sufficient levels of this mineral from the diet can help lower elevated blood pressure. Adequate amounts of calcium are also important for bone health. You also need enough sleep for bone health, as well as other nutrients such as strontium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, phosphorus and magnesium.†
This mineral is also important for your teeth. When other parts of your body lack calcium, they pull it from your teeth, which can lead to brittle teeth, tooth decay and gum issues. You can also develop dry skin, eczema, dry nails, coarse hair and hair loss.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses the important role that the mineral calcium plays in the body. He explains various signs of low calcium levels and details looking at the benefits of this mineral.†
- Critical minerals for heart health and energy
- What is osteopenia?
- Studies on the benefits of calcium
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Too much belly fat can lead to issues such as chronic inflammation, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and more. The good news is that there are healthy ways to help your body lose that fat. Learn about how exercise can help in part 1 of this episode.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Did you know that this is the time of year that normally the Cherry Festival is being held in Michigan? This is something that is very near and dear to my heart, being that I am a Michiganer! Today, I am excited to speak with you about all of the benefits that cherries can offer, especially tart cherry extract. Let’s get started!
The FDA and Cherry Claims
Back in 2007, the FDA sent out warning letters to cherry growers throughout the country telling them to stop making health claims about the benefits of cherries, knowing that cherries are packed with anthocyanins and other compounds that naturally help to support a healthy inflammatory process in the body. So, cherry growers throughout the country (especially in Traver City, Michigan) have known this and have always promoted the medicinal benefits that goes along with the consumption of cherries. But between the years of 2001 and 2010, the FDA approved over 200 different therapeutic drugs, which later on were found to have side effects (over 30% of them). Interestingly enough, it is my opinion that many of these drugs are still available on the market. Yet, the cherry industry was attacked.
Utilization of Tart Cherry Extract
Anthocyanins are a flavonoid, which are very powerful nutrients that are responsible for giving berries that deep red color. But tart cherries are superior when we look at the medicinal benefits because it is yielding other powerful antioxidants. Tart cherries are ranked among the highest foods in terms of their antioxidant content. This is why cherries have been researched so heavily.
There is tons of research out there on the benefits of cherries. When we look at muscle health for example, researchers have found (in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial ) that when marathon runners were given tart cherry extract that their interleukin 6 and c reactive protein levels decreased significantly. These are major markers for inflammation in the body.†
Tart Cherry Extract has also been studied for its joint health benefit. Evidence has shown that the powerful polyphenols and Anthocyanins within the tart cherry can provide a lot of support when it comes to the health of the joints. A study performed at Baylor Research Institute found that, when researchers gave tart cherry extract to patients who had osteoarthritis within the knee for eight weeks, half of the subjects showed significant improvement in their reports of pain and the functionality of the joint itself.†
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