It is estimated that more than half of the population is a host for Helicobacter pylori. While most will show no symptoms, in others this bacterium can lead to chronic stomach inflammation and ulcers. H. pylori infection also exacerbates a number of autoimmune and inflammation-related diseases but may confer protection in other conditions. Read on to find out when and why H. pylori infection should be treated.
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.
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.
RARs (Retinoic Acid Receptors) are nuclear receptors that regulate gene expression involved in cell growth. They play a critical role in development, reproduction, immunity and organ development.
S. cerevisiae, also known as Brewer’s or Baker’s yeast, has great nutritional properties. It also has proven probiotic properties – it’s good for the skin and wound healing and combats various infections.
B. subtilis is a probiotic with antioxidant properties and with beneficial effects on the GI tract and the immune system.
S. thermophilus is an often encountered probiotic used in cheese and yogurt production. Although not particularly well studied as a probiotic, this bacterium has many potential health benefits. It is great for the skin, may alleviate GI symptoms, and may increase folate and hemoglobin levels.
L. brevis has many beneficial effects. It improves dental health, boosts immunity, helps with IBS and degrades various toxins. It also may improve sleep and allergies.
L. paracasei boosts the immune system, balances the GI microbiota, ameliorates allergic symptoms and decreases skin sensitivity. And these are only some of the L. paracasei many health benefits.
L. salivarius is great for your dental and overall health, relieves allergies and asthma, lowers cholesterol, and fights cancer.
L. casei has antioxidant effects. This probiotic combats stress, boost immunity, reduces inflammation, ameliorates arthritis and type 2 diabetes, and combats breast, colorectal and other types of cancer.
L. plantarum has an astonishing amount of health benefits. This probiotic reduces anxiety, lowers both blood pressure and cholesterol, combats allergies and cancer, reduces wrinkles and improves skin hydration.
L. rhamnosus is great for the gastrointestinal system, but also for balancing our immune system. This probiotic can alleviate allergies, asthma, and dermatitis. It has many other benefits, including its weight-reducing and anti-cancer properties.
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.