Can Curcumin and Zinc Treat Prediabetes?

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The Study Abstract: Karandish M, Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Mohammadi SM, Cheraghian B, Azhdari M. The effect of curcumin and zinc co-supplementation on glycemic parameters in overweight or obese prediabetic subjects: A phase 2 randomized, placebo-controlled trial with a multi-arm, parallel-group design. Phytother Res. 2021 Aug;35(8):4377-4387. Management of prediabetes is a critical step to prevent type-2 diabetes. Curcumin and zinc have been …

Staying Healthy in a Toxic World

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What does the can of paint in your garage, the shampoo in your shower, and the veggies in your refrigerator have in common? They’re all sources of harmful environmental toxins that can undermine your health. In the last issue (Winter 2022), I told you how exposure to everyday toxins could trigger an array of acute health problems. But the buildup …

Curtail Chronic Inflammation

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When the word “chronic” comes before the word “inflammation,” it’s time to pay attention. Inflammation itself is not harmful. While acute inflammation is part of the normal healing process, chronic inflammation can increase your odds of developing any number of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Since chronic inflammation is a spark that sets off disease …

Are You Suffering from Inflammaging?

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Ah, the signs of aging—wrinkles, vision changes, and those frequent aches and pains. But there’s another sign you’re getting older—chronic inflammation. And, although you can’t see or feel it, this low-grade inflammation speeds the aging process. And it’s a phenomenon that occurs in most people as they grow older. Researchers are finding that this type of chronic inflammation—known as inflammaging—isn’t …

Relieve Low Back Pain, Naturally!

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When that first twinge arises at the base of your spine, you know that a bout with low back pain isn’t far off. When it does hit, every little movement hurts—and staying still can feel even worse. If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself reaching for over-the-counter or prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to ease the pain. Yet, …

Curcumin May Curb Radiotherapy Side Effects

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The Study Abstract: Arun P, Sagayaraj A, Azeem Mohiyuddin SM, Santosh D. Role of turmeric extract in minimizing mucositis in patients receiving radiotherapy for head and neck squamous cell cancer: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Laryngol Otol. 2020 Feb 7:1-6. Objective: To determine the role of turmeric extract in reducing mucositis in patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Methods: Sixty-one …

Decode Your Supplements

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Your favorite health food store has plenty of supplements. But trying to figure out which nutrient is the best – decoding them – can be tricky. Here is a codebook for three widely used and important supplemental ingredients. Vitamin: Niacin What it is: Niacin is a B vitamin, also known as vitamin B3. Where it comes from: Food sources include …

Stop Acute Pain Fast!

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When you’re suddenly hit with pain, you want relief and you want it now! Acute pain comes on fast—usually due to an injury—and it doesn’t stick around once the problem gets fixed. But in the meantime, you want that pain to stop. The problem is, most over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers come with potential side effects that could actually make you …

Keep Your Mental Edge

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If you’re past the age of 40 you may feel like your mental skills aren’t quite as sharp as they once were. It’s not your imagination. According to researchers at the University of Minnesota, the brain’s information-processing speed peaks around the age of 18. And short-term memory is strongest at age 25 before it begins to decline at age 35. …