Histamine – The Good and the Bad

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Histamine is widely known as a substance that contributes to allergies, asthma, eczema, and coughs.

However, histamine also has many other important roles. For example, as a neurotransmitter, histamine helps us:

  • stay awake and alert
  • increases motivation and the desire for novelty and exploration
  • increases sex drive
  • decreases appetite

This post explores the good and bad of histamine.

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Serum Potassium: Balance, Benefits, And Associated Diseases

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Most of the potassium found in our bodies (about 98%) is located within the cells. Serum potassium refers to the potassium found outside of the cells, in the liquid part of the blood. It is important to monitor and keep optimal levels of serum potassium because both high and low values have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. Abnormal serum potassium has also been associated with elevated blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease. Read on to learn more about serum potassium and the factors that can increase or decrease serum potassium levels.

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Everything You Need to Know about the C-reactive Protein (CRP)

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CRP plays an important role in infections. However, this protein is also a marker of low-grade inflammation and a predictor of your cardiovascular disease risk. Find out how this protein links stress, emotional and socioeconomic cues to physiological ones, and how to keep your CRP levels at bay.

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35+ Proven Health Benefits of Vitamin D (Part 1)

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Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods. It helps fight against cancer, improves physical performance, prevents osteoporosis, helps promote brain function and reduces depression. Deficiency of this vitamin may lead to brain disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

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All about HbA1c and 33 Reasons to Maintain Healthy HbA1c Levels (Part 1)

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HbA1c is an indicator of long-term glucose levels and has been recommended for diagnosing diabetes by the American Diabetes Association. Increased HbA1c in nondiabetics, apart from being a risk factor for diabetes, is also associated with cardiovascular disease and elevated all-cause mortality. Ideally, you would want to keep your HbA1c low, but also stable. Read on to find out why, and to learn about all the factors that can help you improve your HbA1c levels.

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16 Proven Benefits of Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) – Some Will Surprise You

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Vitamin B9, or folate, is a member of the B-complex vitamin group. Like all B-vitamins, folate plays vital roles in cellular metabolism and energy production.

More specifically, folate aids in DNA and RNA synthesis, which is especially important during periods of rapid growth (e.g., pregnancy and puberty). Folate also helps control homocysteine levels, which, if too high, can lead to a number of chronic conditions including cancer, heart disease, depression, and diabetes.

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