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Hello, Ivy. So Long, Cough.

Botanicals, Healthy Kids
A look at ivy leaf for lung health Rattle, click, puff, inhale. These are the sounds of a person using an inhaler (or “puffer”) to support their respiratory health. The life-saving medicine found in rescue inhalers often comes from a class of drugs known as beta (β) agonists. By mimicking…

Health Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract

Healthy Aging
Grapefruit halves displayed on pink background
A natural antimicrobial and antioxidant with apparent anti-aging effects Grapefruit, also known as Citrus paradisi, is a hybrid fruit that originated centuries ago as a natural cross between sweet orange and pomelo.[1] While the seeds of the grapefruit are not typically eaten, grapefruit seed extract (GFSE) is increasingly being used…

Hemicellulose – A Natural Immune Enhancer?

Grains and legumes are a source of nutrients
Plant and Mushroom Blend Provides Gut and Immune Support Hemicellulose isn’t a new thing. In fact, it is as timeless as the plants and fungi that cover the face of our planet. Within plants, much like cellulose, hemicellulose is structural in function. It differs from cellulose in that it is…

Simply Zinc

Foods providing high amounts of zinc
An essential nutrient for immunity and healthy aging Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential for growth, reproduction, and good health throughout life.[1],[2],[3] It is required for the structure and function of literally thousands of different proteins, including enzymes, transporters, and transcription factors.[4],[5] One of the most important roles…

Pine Bark for Blood Vessels Big and Small, Part 2 of 2

Pine bark may improve blood flow in Raynaud's disease
A natural solution for erectile dysfunction, cold hands, and vision In Post 1 of 2, we explored the effects of maritime pine bark extract on blood pressure, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins. In this post we’ll zoom in on the extract’s effects on smaller blood vessels. Let’s take a closer look…

Melatonin, Immune Function, and Inflammation

Man having a good night sleep
The many levels on which melatonin regulates inflammation and immune function Although we primarily think of melatonin as a regulator of the circadian rhythm and our most primitive protective antioxidant,[1],[2] the role it plays in the body is far more encompassing than this. In addition to regulating the sleep cycle,…

Simply Magnesium

Nuts, legumes, fruits, and vegetables on blue background
How magnesium supports metabolic and musculoskeletal health Magnesium serves as a cofactor for more than 300 enzymes and is essential for the functioning of every organ in the human body.[1],[2],[3],[4] It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, following calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. However, it remains one of…

Vitamin E and Immunity, Part 2 of 2

The annatto plant is source of delta and gamma tocotrienols
The role that tocotrienols play in regulating inflammation and immunity In addition to the tocopherol members of the vitamin E family, of which α-tocopherol dominates research, α-, β-, γ- and δ-tocotrienols also exist. Numerous studies suggest that tocotrienols have superior antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, they account for less than…