From eNewsletter 3/16/2020
DID YOU KNOW that two new studies laud the capabilities of green tea and elderberry to fight infection?
A placebo-controlled, single-blind, randomized control trial from Nutrients evaluated the clinical effectiveness of consumption of a high catechins-containing beverage (green tea) for preventing acute upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs). After 12 weeks, the URTI incidence rate was 26.7% in the placebo group versus 13.1% in the green tea group.
In another randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial from Nutrients, economy class passengers traveling from Australia to an overseas destination were investigated to see if elderberry extract had beneficial effects on respiratory health. Placebo group participants had a significantly longer duration of cold episode days (117 vs. 57) and the average symptom score over these days was also significantly higher (583 vs. 247). Data suggest a significant reduction of cold duration and severity in air travelers taking elderberry.
We have worked through calamities such as 9/11, numerous recessions, catastrophic weather events, among others. Rest assured that Nutritional Concepts will serve your wellness needs through our current public health issue.
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WHY IS GLYCINATE IN MY MAGNESIUM
Bonnie and Steve: Do you know why the magnesium we recommend is from a glycinate source? The amino acid glycine is bound to magnesium to help pull it through intestinal receptor sites, thus enhancing absorption and eliminating risk for loose stools, which other magnesium sources can create.
As if you needed another reason to love magnesium glycinate? According to a paper in Medical Hypotheses, supplemental glycine may be useful for the "prevention and control of atherosclerosis, heart failure, angiogenesis associated with cancer or retinal disorders and a range of inflammation-driven syndromes, including metabolic syndrome."
The featured paper also details the anti-angiogenic activity of glycine, which refers to its ability to inhibit the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors. The anti-angiogenic effects of glycine might also be used for prevention or treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
Considering how important it is to minimize inflammation and oxidative stress, glycine supplementation holds great promise as a simple and inexpensive aid.
For those supplementing with magnesium glycinate, you've been getting glycine without even realizing it!
DERMATOLOGISTS WEIGH IN ON PROBIOTICS
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