A deficiency of this increases C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker.

A deficiency of this increases C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  C-reactive protein (CRP) is an inflammatory marker. The test for highly sensitive C-reactive protein is also a test used to evaluate the risk for cardiovascular disease. In the following study the researchers investigated magnesium’s effect on CRP (Mazidi M, et.al., 2018), 8 studies were analyzed, and the results showed...
Read more
Can omega 3 fatty acids help your memory?

Can omega 3 fatty acids help your memory?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  In the following study the researchers reviewed observational and randomized controlled trials looking for an association between cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and omega 3 fatty acids.  They found evidence from 33 studies suggesting that dietary and supplemental omega 3 fatty acids have a protective effect against cognitive impairment (Wood...
Read more
How does the blood glucose level affect COVID-19?

How does the blood glucose level affect COVID-19?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  A huge amount of research has been produced on the COVID 19. It is so much that it is impossible for someone to read all of it. That’s why researchers in Switzerland implemented the use of artificial intelligence to access relevant information from a huge number of studies. The...
Read more
2 very important substances for maintaining good immunity.

2 very important substances for maintaining good immunity.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Magnesium is important for activating vitamin D and has a protective role against oxidative stress, both are important for a healthy immune response (DiNicolantonio JJ, O'Keefe JH, 2021). Vitamin D is also important for reducing the risk of upper respiratory tract infections. Magnesium deficiency increases endothelial cell susceptibility to...
Read more
Elevation of energy expenditure after resistance training, surprising results.

Elevation of energy expenditure after resistance training, surprising results.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  In this study the researchers compared the energy expenditure of 1 set of resistance training with 3 sets of the same training (Heden T, et al. 2011). The participants who were overweight young adults performed 10 exercises with 10 maximum repetitions. The resting energy expenditure and respiratory exchange ratio...
Read more
Can this be an easy way to reduce muscle damage, inflammation and improve performance?

Can this be an easy way to reduce muscle damage, inflammation and improve performance?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  High-intensity exercise can produce muscle damage. The resulting breakdown of muscle fibers and the triggered inflammatory responses could also affect exercise performance. The researchers of the following study evaluated the effectiveness of curcumin supplementation on exercise induced muscle damage and inflammatory and oxidative markers in physically active individuals (Fernández-Lázaro...
Read more
What can food do for your brain?

What can food do for your brain?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Depending on the type of food, you can either get benefits like protection from memory loss, or you may increase your risk for memory loss. For the following study, the researchers investigated the Mediterranean-like diet and how it relates to cognitive function and biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease (Ballarino T,...
Read more
When is the best time to eat protein?

When is the best time to eat protein?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Protein is important when it comes to building and maintaining muscle mass. We however don’t need huge amounts of protein, but we need enough. The following research investigated the timing of protein intake to see if it made a difference for strength and for maintaining muscle mass (Aoyama S,...
Read more
This was as predictive of risk for death as standard risk factors.

This was as predictive of risk for death as standard risk factors.

  Some of the standard risk factors for death include cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking. The following research compared standard risk factors with the composition of fatty acids of the red blood cells as risk factors for death (McBurney M, et al., 2021). Analysing the red blood cells...
Read more
Keep your arteries flexible by doing this.

Keep your arteries flexible by doing this.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  There is an agreement on arterial stiffness. It is not a good thing; arteries should be flexible. Stiff and calcified arteries contribute to increased blood pressure and cardiovascular risk. Monocytes, a type of white blood cell, showed a significantly lower expression of IL-10, a regulator of inflammation which helps...
Read more
Who should take Berberine?

Who should take Berberine?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Most people could benefit from taking Berberine because it affects many important functions. Insulin resistance and inflammation are getting more and more common and are factors that Berberine can influence. The research published by Anil Poudel and the other authors demonstrated that Berberine improved cytokine-induced inflammation (Poudel A, et...
Read more
Who needs glutathione?

Who needs glutathione?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Aging is associated with a marker related to a mitochondrial defect. The mitochondria are the energy producing entities of the cells. Glutathione is a very effective antioxidant the body is making, and it affects a lot of functions. As we get older, we produce less glutathione. The following study...
Read more
How can meal induced inflammation affect you?

How can meal induced inflammation affect you?

  The participants of this research included 1002 healthy adults aged 18-65 years (Mazidi M, et al., 2021). The after-meal effect at multiple intervals was measured for glucose, triglycerides, IL-6, and GlycA. IL-6 and GlycA are inflammatory cytokines. The meals the participants ingested were mixed-nutrient meals. The after-meal effect between...
Read more
The level of your blood glucose after you eat is a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk.

The level of your blood glucose after you eat is a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Oxidative stress is directly proportional to the increase in glucose after a meal. This increase in free radicals acutely triggers inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, hypercoagulability ( risk for blood clots), and a cascade of other atherogenic changes (O’Keefe GH, Bell DSH, 2007). The endothelium is the inner lining of the...
Read more
Research update on omega 3 fatty acids and cardiovascular risk.

Research update on omega 3 fatty acids and cardiovascular risk.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  EPA and DHA are 2 of the main active ingredients in fish oil. The following research included a total of 40 studies with 135,267 participants (Bernasconi AA, et.al., 2020). The researcher investigated different cardiovascular outcomes as they related to intake of EPA and DHA. The studies were all randomized...
Read more
Often overlooked factor contributing to neck pain.

Often overlooked factor contributing to neck pain.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The following research was done to determine if raised blood inflammatory markers are associated with neck pain (Farrell Sf, et al., 2020). 10 studies were included in this research with 706 participants. 4 of these studies were for chronic non-traumatic neck pain, 2 were chronic whiplash related, 1 was...
Read more
Osteoarthritis and knee pain, what can you do?

Osteoarthritis and knee pain, what can you do?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Evidence has established a significant correlation between osteoarthritic progression and oxidative stress, causing prolonged inflammation. This is described as a disturbance in the balanced between oxidative stress and antioxidant defenses. When this occurs tissue damage and inflammation is the result. This research was based on numerous studies (Setti T,...
Read more
Testosterone and omega 3 fatty acids.

Testosterone and omega 3 fatty acids.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Many men now have poor semen quality even at a young age. This research investigated testicular function and semen quality in young and healthy men (Jensen TK, et al., 2020). The researchers found that the men who supplemented with fish oil omega 3 fatty acids had a significant improvement...
Read more
Omega 3 fatty acids lowers the response to stress.

Omega 3 fatty acids lowers the response to stress.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Stress affects the body in many ways. The body usually deals effectively with acute stress. Chronic stress however affects the body negatively and can even accelerate aging. This randomized, controlled study examined the impact of omega-3 supplementation on cellular aging-related biomarkers following a laboratory speech stressor (Madison AA, et...
Read more
Can caffeine help burn more fat if used at a specific time?

Can caffeine help burn more fat if used at a specific time?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Caffeine has shown to increase maximal fat oxidation rate and also improve aerobic capacity. This research investigated if there was a difference in the rate fat was oxidized (burned as energy) from ingesting caffeine in the morning compared to the afternoon (Ramírez-Maldonado M, et al., 2021). The participants were...
Read more