Quercetin Supplementation

Quercetin is a flavonoid – a type of antioxidant that modulates the body’s immune system and directly fights free radicals. Supplementally, it has the potential to protect against infections, cardiovascular disease, gut conditions and even allergies. Quercetin for Allergies Got the seasonal sniffles? Quercetin could help. This powerful antioxidant works as an antihistamine to reduce […]

St John’s Wort Guide

St John’s wort (Hypericum) has been used since ancient Greek times as a remedy for all maladies, from bruises to anxiety – it was even thought to rid the body of evil spirits… These days, St John’s wort has gained popularity for its anti-depressant actions and wound-healing powers. This yellow-flowering plant is rich in active […]

Herbal Teas for Lactation and Nursing

How Lactation Occurs Breast milk production normally begins as a hormonally driven process about halfway through pregnancy. The breasts produce colostrum but high levels of progesterone keep the volume of milk to a minimum and prevent its secretion. The volume of milk produced then increases about 40 hours after giving birth following a sudden drop […]

Astaxanthin Supplements and Benefits

Astaxanthin or AXT is a carotenoid. It is a pigment found throughout nature in anything red-ish orange, but particularly in proteins that are colored pink-ish orange such as certain seafood and ocean algae. It doesn’t occur naturally in humans, but astaxanthin is one of the strongest antioxidants in the world – in fact, it has […]

Resveratrol and Trans-Resveratrol Supplements

Resveratrol – it’s the antioxidant that makes red wine “healthy”… right? Sort of. It’s true that resveratrol has a powerful free radical scavenging capacity, but it may not rebalance the toxic effects of alcohol. But when taken away from alcohol as a supplement, resveratrol can protect against oxidative stress, reverse signs of ageing, improve blood […]

Peppermint Tea Benefits

Peppermint tea is the most widely consumed single ingredient herbal tea, or tisane. It is brewed from the leaves of the peppermint bush, Mentha piperita. When submerged in hot water, bioactive components are released from the peppermint leaves, including volatile oils and menthol. Recent studies have shown that peppermint tea has one of the highest […]

Digestive Enzymes

In the human body, digestive enzymes are released in fluids excreted by glands in the mouth, stomach, pancreas, and small intestines. These enzymes break down macromolecules (like proteins, fats and carbohydrates) into their smaller building blocks. There are over 100 digestive enzymes in total, but they can be grouped together in three categories: Proteases are […]

7 Types of Green Tea You Should Know About

Feeling like you just got your head around sencha, and now there’s matcha? What exactly is the difference between bancha and genmaicha? Don’t worry – we’ll make it easy. All green tea is derived from the same plant – Camellia sinesis. Variations or the “types” of green tea are differentiated by growing methods, timing of […]

Vitamin E Supplements

Vitamin E is a group of essential fat-soluble nutrients called tocopherols and tocotrienols. They are essential for stabilizing cell membranes, and work throughout all areas of the body: Antioxidant Powers: Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant, and it can fight free radicals and protect against oxidative damage in the lipid environments of the body […]

Best Sea Greens Supplements

Sea greens are densely nutritious edible algae that grow throughout the world’s oceans. The term “greens” is a bit misleading – they come in a range of greens, browns, purples and even black. Other names are technically incorrect too: algae aren’t “sea vegetables”, nor are they “sea weeds” – there’s nothing plant-like about these algae. […]