Inflammation can contribute to chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. With these diseases being monitored by many biomarkers of inflammation, one overall approach to reducing the risk of inflammation and associated chronic disease is to consume foods rich in anti-inflammatory, flavonoid rich compounds. Cocoa is an example of one of these flavonoid rich foods.
Tea derived from the plant Camellia Sinesis can be classified as green tea, oolong tea, or black tea, depending on its level of fermentation. Green tea has been shown to reduce cholesterol and fasting blood glucose levels in the general population. Additionally, small trials suggest there may be specific benefits to the diabetic population. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of tea or its extracts on the metabolic profile of patients with type 2 diabetes.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by an immune response that triggers the overproduction of proinflammatory cytokines, causing joint destruction and erosion. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant which has been studied and shown to protect against inflammation related to coronary artery disease, diabetes, and more. This is the first study to examine whether the benefits of CoQ10 extent to RA.
As we age we experience a decrease in both muscle mass and muscle power, eventually leading to falls, loss of independence and more. Exercise is thought to be one way to make improvements, but only resistance training has been previously studied. This trial aims to understand if low frequency, high-intensity training (HIT) helps to improve muscle power in lifelong, sedentary, aging men.
Gulf War Illness is a chronic condition that affects nearly 25% of the 70,000 veterans of the first Gulf War. This multi-symptom disorder often includes other comorbid medical diagnoses such as chronic fatigue, IBS, PTSD and more. Despite the number of people affected, to date there has been no standard of treatment. This study examines acupuncture as a potential treatment for this condition.
Migraines are increasingly common, affecting more than 11% of the population. Medications used to address this chronic issue and its acute episodes are often accompanied by unpleasant symptoms. While magnesium therapy has been studied previously, the results have been conflicting. This study aims to clarify the overall efficacy of magnesium’s effects on reducing migraines.
Consumed together, caffeine and theanine exert similar cognitive effects to that of caffeine alone, but exert opposite effects on arousal, in that caffeine accentuates and theanine mitigates physiological and felt stress responses. This study evaluates whether caffeine and theanine influence cognition under emotional arousal.
With prolonged stress being a contributing factor to the onset of chronic disease, one recent study aims to examine the effectiveness of supplementation with phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylserine/phosphatidic acid complex (PAS) to lower stress response in chronically stressed male patients.
As two adaptogenic herbs, there is evidence to suggest that ginseng and ginkgo biloba may improve cognitive function. With very little known about the mechanisms associated with such improvements, one recent study examines cardiovascular reactivity as a potential mechanism of action.
Up until now there have been no established therapies to treat damage to the small intestine from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This research review will examine the role of intestinal microbiota as a new and exciting potential therapeutic candidate.
The mushroom extract AndoSan™ has been shown in clinical studies to have anti-tumor, anti-allergic and immune modulating effects -- but can it also help improve symptoms, fatigue, and quality of life for patients with Crohn’s Disease? Dr. Lise Alschuler reviews the latest study on this powerful extract.
Green Tea Supplementation And Human Gut Microbiota Does supplementation with the organic compound epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) impact our microbiota? Join TAP Integrative expert Lisa Alschuler, ND as she reviews a study on the impact of EGCG supplementation on gut flora.
Effects of CoQ10 Supplementation on Inflammatory Cytokines and Oxidative Stress in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Can CoQ10 be a supportive therapeutic for patients with rheumatoid arthritis? Join Dr. Lise Alschuler for this exclusive TAP Integrative podcast as she reviews a double-blind, randomized control trial that used 100mg of CoQ10 daily and measured changes in inflammatory markers in patients with RA.
Mainly found in contaminated soil that works its way into the food we eat (and ultimately our body tissue), cadmium is a persistent environmental toxin that also may be linked to increased risk of bone fracture.