Magnesium is required for nerve and muscle function, formation of bones and teeth, synthesis of the antioxidant glutathione, cell membranes, and body temperature regulation; involved in energy production, numerous enzyme reactions, and synthesis of DNA and RNA. It is used by the body to prevent heart disease and in the treatment of high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, migraine headaches, and asthma. Although deficiency is uncommon, it...Read More
According to MICHAEL F. HOLICK, MD, PhD, arguably the world’s leading authority on vitamin D, about 50% of the population in Canada and the US are getting get too little vitamin D. This is true even in sunny climates, because of lack of sun exposure. Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphorus levels and promotes absorption of these minerals for growth of bones and teeth. It is also involved in insulin secretion, supports immune function and regulates blood pressure. It is...Read More
Biotin is part of the B-vitamin family. Biotin benefits the synthesis of fat, glycogen, and amino acids and enzyme reactions and is required for DNA replication. Biotin is especially important for healthy hair and nails. Biotin benefits fingernails by making them strong and resilient. Deficiency is rare except in those with hereditary disorders of biotin metabolism, liver disease, and during pregnancy (due to increased needs). It can also occur in those who consume raw egg...Read More
There are many factors that cause nutrient depletion, such as poor diet, stress, exercise, use of prescription drugs, environmental toxicity, and excessive alcohol intake. For many micronutrients, deficiency, inadequate intake or nutrient depletion is common relative to the RDA. This is why supplements are so important in making up for shortcomings in the diet and preventing deficiencies. There are 13 essential vitamins that our bodies need for proper growth, function, and...Read More
Does chemotherapy increase cholesterol and could that cholesterol influence creation of breast cancers?
Yes, some types of chemotherapy can increase cholesterol levels. Some research has suggested that elevated cholesterol levels, typical of those in a Western-style diet, may accelerate the development of breast tumors and exacerbate their aggressiveness. Here is a link to a good article that discusses the types of chemo that impact cholesterol levels and ways to improve management of high cholesterol: http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/side_effects/inc_cholesterol.jsp...Read More