Category: NFH RESEARCH BLOG

The role of mitochondria during viral infections by Dr. David W Lescheid, PhD
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The role of mitochondria during viral infections by Dr. David W Lescheid, PhD

Historically, mitochondria were considered primarily as the ‘powerhouses of the cell’ because they contain the major biochemical pathways needed to produce ATP energy. However, mitochondria also have many other functions including biosynthesis of amino acids, nucleotides, cholesterol and glutathione as well as control of antioxidant defences, redox status, apoptosis and autophagy.1, 1 Mitochondria also are...

Laboratory Blood Markers to Track Health: By Dr Carissa Doherty
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Laboratory Blood Markers to Track Health: By Dr Carissa Doherty

Heath markers are important tools in the assessment of clinical practice. Naturopathic doctors are trained to assess patients with a baseline, initiate a protocol to optimize health or treat a symptom and then reassess the protocol. Health markers have been found in the research about frailty. Frailty is a complex idea that includes a decline...

St John’s Wort Extract May Help Manage Postmenopausal Symptoms and Depression: By Dr Peter Alphonse, PhD
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St John’s Wort Extract May Help Manage Postmenopausal Symptoms and Depression: By Dr Peter Alphonse, PhD

Mood imbalance and associated disorders have become increasingly common worldwide. Especially, substantial decline in the quality of life and increased susceptibility to psychological problems is usually observed during peri‑ and postmenopause. Hypericum perforatum (St John’s wort) is a well-known botanical for its mood enhancing activity exerted by various bioactive components present in it. This recent double-blind...

New Clinical Study Reaffirms the Benefits of Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM®) for Osteoarthritis: By Dr. Peter Alphonse, PhD, CFS
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New Clinical Study Reaffirms the Benefits of Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM®) for Osteoarthritis: By Dr. Peter Alphonse, PhD, CFS

Natural eggshell membrane (NEM®) is a supplement that is derived from hen eggshell membrane. It contains naturally occurring glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and proteins, that are useful for maintaining healthy articular cartilage and surrounding synovium and connective tissue. Studies have demonstrated that NEM® can improve symptoms of pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis...

EFFECT OF LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN ON AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD): By Dr. Venket Rao, PhD, Professor Emeritus
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EFFECT OF LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN ON AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD): By Dr. Venket Rao, PhD, Professor Emeritus

There is convincing scientific evidence to support the association between oxidative stress and chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, and macular diseases. During the course of the last two decades, there has been great interest in the use of antioxidants in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Dietary guidelines around the globe...

Two Nutrients for the Aging Brain: Dr. Tori Hudson, ND.
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Two Nutrients for the Aging Brain: Dr. Tori Hudson, ND.

Botanicals and nutraceuticals could have a potential role in slowing progression of cognitive impairment and/or dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, improving cognition and memory, and improve behavior in those with dementia.  Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of all dementias, and is one of the most frightening, life altering and deadly diseases of our time.  Not all...

Consider Saffron for Fibromyalgia: By Dr Tori Hudson
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Consider Saffron for Fibromyalgia: By Dr Tori Hudson

Fibromyalgia (FM) is considered a neurological disorder with chronic and widespread musculoskeletal pains. It can also be associated with mild to severe fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, hypersensitivities to light/sound/touch, digestive problems, headaches and cognitive difficulties. More women than men have FM. While we do not understand what causes fibromyalgia, it appears that it is...

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