What Doctors Won’t Tell You About Low or High Ferritin in Your Blood Test

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Ferritin stores iron and transports it to where it is required. In blood, it is an important indicator of the total iron stores. However, ferritin also participates in infections, inflammation, and malignancies. Elevated ferritin is often found in disorders with chronic inflammatory states such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Find out why it is important to keep this protein in balance, and which factors increase or decrease ferritin levels.

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Top 17 Negative Health Effects of Environmental Pollution (#4 will surprise you)

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To live in the 21st century is to live in a toxic world. Rapid urbanization and the increased burning of fossil fuels over the past century has made people more susceptible than ever to harmful chemicals in the air, soil, and water including carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

These pollutants increase the risk of many chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and lung disease, making it a significant global health problem.

Conditions linked to everyday chemicals—used in cosmetics, plastics and common household items like sofas—lead to $340 billion in treatment and lost productivity costs annually in the U.S. (R).

Controlled studies show that when you pump in volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide in the air to levels that are within the range of normal and found in office environments (the worst 25% of offices), many important parameters of cognition go down dramatically (R).

The magnitude of effects from breathing cleaner air are greater than any nootropic you may be taking. Cognitive scores were 101% better when there was lower volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide levels (R).

Read more to learn about the detrimental effects of pollution and environmental toxins on human health.

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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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Why Avoiding Sun Will Kill You: 15 Proven Science-Based Health Benefits of Sun

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A large number of public health messages over the past century have focused on the dangers of too much sun exposure, such as aging, skin cancer and DNA damage. However, in reality, today’s science tells us that exposure to the ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in sunlight has many beneficial effects on human health.

Indeed, most people are aware of the impact of sun exposure on Vitamin D production, which is a very important factor. However, there is a host of other health benefits that have been overlooked in the debate over how much sun is necessary for optimal health. This article will dive into the science to uncover the various ways in which sun exposure, at the right times and intensities, is a vital component of good health.

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Methionine: Good or Bad? The Surprising Truth About Methionine Restriction

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Methionine restriction has been known for decades in longevity research.   But less methionine is not necessarily better and it’s often worse.

I was prompted to write this post because of my vegetarian diet post.  Some people were assuming that methionine is something that needs to be reduced in the diet in order to be optimally healthy.

Like almost everything else in biology, the levels that are optimal for one person are suboptimal for another.

This post is meant to clarify the pros and cons of methionine and clarify who should be taking higher or lower levels.

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Top 15 Proven Health Benefits of Exercise (with references and mechanisms)

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For much of history, high levels of intense daily exercise was probably a necessary requirement for human survival (R). However, in most industrialized countries the necessity for physical activity to sustain life is declining. As a result, we are seeing a decline in physical fitness in many of these populations.

The purpose of this article is to explore the scientific literature to uncover the role that physical activity plays in the maintenance of good health and the avoidance of chronic disease. We will also discuss what sorts of exercise are best, and why, for some people, exercise may not be a great option.

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16 Health Benefits of Astaxanthin

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Astaxanthin is a red pigment found in fish, shrimp, and some microalgae. It is a potent antioxidant that has been proven to help with cardiovascular risks, protect the brain, and modulation the immune system. Read this post to learn more about the proven benefits of astaxanthin and how it can help optimize your health.

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23 Proven Health Benefits of Coconut Oil in Moderation (no fluff article)

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For many years, coconut oil was labeled as dangerous due to its unusually high saturated fat content – coconut oil has even more saturated fat than butter. However, now that people are coming to realize that saturated fat is not inherently bad (R, R1), the health benefits of coconut oil are being re-examined. So far, the results are promising.

Coconut oil is used in many recipes in the autoimmune lectin avoidance cookbook.

In this article, we will explore the scientific research to uncover why coconut oil, in moderation, is a powerful addition to your diet and body care regimen.

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47 Proven Health Benefits of Zinc That Are Backed by Science (#1 is my favorite)

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Zinc has so many health benefits that it’s almost impossible to cover them all in one post.  Zinc is important for balancing immunity, decreasing inflammation, as an antioxidant, cognitive function and so much more!

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