Mela+onin

If you are interested in sleep science you need to first learn that there is a difference between ‘sleep’ and ‘restful sleep’. Most people go to bed close their eyes and let their body rest, but their mind is still very active. Stress, caffeine, late night workouts, and just a busy life makes it hard […]

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Cor+isol

Cortisol (Courty-Zal), is a very important stress hormone but in order to understand the word one must understand the different mechanisms of stress. In an earlier post we talked about adrenaline and the role it plays in fight, freeze or flight and cortisol also plays a part in this. Anytime your body is under any […]

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As+athanxin

Astathanxin (Asta-Zan-Thin) is known as the ‘king of carotenoids’  as it is a very potent antioxidant. It is found in a variety of different seafoods such as shrimp, lobster, crab, and salmon and has numerous health benefits. Ever wonder why crabs, lobsters, and shrimp change to the color red while being cooked? It is due to […]

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Caro+enoids

Carotenoids (Karat-Oh-Noids) are a colored substance that give vegetables and fruits their orange, red, and yellow pigment. Well known carotenoids include beta-carotene , lutein, and lycopene which are all found in vegetables (spinach, kale, tomatoes) and fruits (oranges, mangoes). The pigments play a very vital role in health as these fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids have […]

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Cafes+ol

Cafestol (Calf-Es-Toll) is a molecule found in coffee. It is different from caffeine and is present in high quantities that are found in french press coffee, turkish coffee, and greek coffee. This molecule is found in the oily part of coffee and is thought to increase cholesterol levels in the body. The increase in cholesterol occurs […]

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Sodium/Po+assium

Anyone know any sodium jokes? Na. That is actually the chemical symbol for sodium (Na). Do you want to hear a potassium joke? K. That is the chemical symbol for potassium (K). These two electrolytes are very important to our well being yet we still do not know how to balance them and consume them […]

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+heobromine

Theobromine (Theo-Bro-Mean), originally named Xantheose is an interesting alkaloid which comes from the cocoa plant, yummm. It’s greek name means ‘Food for the Gods’ and this definitely makes sense because chocolate is so delicious!. It is also found in yerba mate, gotu kola, and guarana berry. Theobromine, caffeines chemical cousin is a stimulant, a diuretic […]

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Choles+erol

When most people think of cholesterol they usually think of clogged arteries, fat, heart attacks, and poor health. But scientifically, cholesterol is one of the most important hormones in the human body. Cholesterol is produced in the liver and can be found in eggs, cheese, butter, oils, and red meats. It is an essential component […]

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Gluta+hione

Glutathione (Gluta-Thigh-Own) is often referred to as the ‘mother of all antioxidants‘. Studies show that the higher levels of this in your cells, the greater your life expectancy as it is a defensive agent from the toxins, disease, and deterioration that is placed upon the bodies systems. As you become more stressed, your liver has […]

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Oxy+ocin

Oxytocin (Oxy-Toe-Sin), one of the most beautiful hormones and neurotransmitters in the entire body,. It is known as the ‘love hormone’, the “cuddling hormone’, and the ‘bonding hormone’. Oxytocin is released whenever you are making friends, engaging in sexual activity, feeling an orgasm, or feeling emotions and true love. Poets, Musicians, and Playwrights have been the […]

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