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Chocolate Health Claims: Sweet Truth or Bitter Reality?

Posted On Mar 30, 2021

Love chocolate? Most of us do. It’s a delicious treat. Or a quick pick-me-up after a long day. You may have heard that dark chocolate has health benefits. But is that true or just wishful thinking? Small studies suggest that cocoa, an ingredient in chocolate, may have health benefits. It’s possible that certain nutrients in…

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The Stress-Melting Power of Nature

Posted On Mar 23, 2021

One of the greatest stress relievers can be found right outside your door. That’s right – Mother Nature has the power to undo stress, anxiety and depression caused by an unpleasant environment. We’re not talking about a 10-mile hike or trek into the Yukon either; mere exposure to a natural setting can help reduce the…

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Are You Addicted to Stress?

Posted On Mar 16, 2021

Stress isn’t always bad. There’s a good type of stress, eustress, that we need in our lives. Eustress motivates us to take on challenges, ride roller coasters, and ask someone out on a date. Stress can also be an addiction, a drug to help cope. In fact, stress and drugs have been shown to share…

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The Power of Music in Reducing Stress

Posted On Mar 09, 2021

Music is often seen as a form of entertainment, something to have on in the background at home or in the car. What many of us don’t realize is that music has the literal power to heal. In fact, what if we told you that you could reduce stress just by listening to music? To…

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How Does L-Theanine Affect Your Mood?

Posted On Feb 22, 2021

Like SAMe and GABA, l-theanine is a naturally-occurring amino acid. Results of animal- and human-based research support that regular intake of l-theanine improves mental performance, attention and quality of sleep. But how exactly does l-theanine work, and how does it affect your mood? How Does L-Theanine Work? L-theanine increases levels of GABA, serotonin, dopamine and…

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How Does GABA Affect Your Mood?

Posted On Feb 17, 2021

Like SAMe, GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) is an amino acid naturally found in the body that works as a neurotransmitter. GABA is classified as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, meaning it blocks or restrains certain brain signals and decreases activity in your nervous system.1  When GABA attaches to a GABA receptor in your brain, a calming effect…

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How Does SAMe Affect Your Mood?

Posted On Feb 08, 2021

S-Adenosyl-L-methionine, much better known as SAMe, is a chemical naturally found in the body. First discovered in the early 1950s, SAMe is made from methionine, an amino acid found in foods. SAMe is vital to many diverse functions in the body, from liver function to hormone regulation to mood regulation.1 In this blog we focus…

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Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Posted On Jan 25, 2021

It’s common to worry about things like germs or to double check that the stove is turned off. But for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), these thoughts and behaviors are so severe that they interfere with daily life. OCD is a mental health condition that causes repeated unwanted thoughts, called obsessions. This can trigger compulsions—the…

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted On Jan 19, 2021

This year will be different. That’s usually what we tell ourselves before making resolutions. We get all psyched up about big changes and ride that wave right through New Year’s Day. We may have ordered new workout clothes, equipment, or self-help books. Here we are, less than 3 weeks into 2021, and many of us…

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The Importance of Zinc to the Immune System

Posted On Jan 12, 2021

Zinc is quite the powerful mineral to the human body. Some of the functions zinc facilitates in the body are protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, cell division, normal growth, and your sense of taste and smell.1 Another huge need for zinc is proper immune function, which we’ll be focusing on in this blog. The…

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