The Illustrious Avocado

Why are avocados all the rage? They’re versatile, they’ve got natural flavor and they’ve got a creamy texture going for them. Health-wise, avocados also check a lot of boxes: nutrient-dense, fiber-rich and full of healthy fats. Plus, they’re satiating. Alright, so avocados have got quite the reputation. The fruit has risen to “trendy” levels inContinue reading “The Illustrious Avocado”

Understanding Your Iron Status

“Iron deficiency is one of the leading contributors to the global burden of disease”, noted the authors of a review published in the Lancet.  Indeed.  While iron deficiency can occur with and without anemia, it is not unusual to see a patient with an abnormal or suboptimal iron panel. (Suboptimal iron is very low ironContinue reading “Understanding Your Iron Status”

Brazil Nuts: Chock Full of Goodness

These larger nuts are a great snack or addition to a dish, even if they are a little less familiar. Some basic info on Brazil nuts: Found in South American rainforests Taste mild and a little creamy Great source of selenium, an important mineral Less common = may be less commonly allergenic They’re large, soContinue reading “Brazil Nuts: Chock Full of Goodness”

Glutathione: Your Body’s Master Antioxidant

What is it?  Glutathione is one of 3 endogenous (made by your body) primary antioxidants. How is it made?  It’s a combination of 3 amino acids: glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine.  What does it do?  It functions as an antioxidant in addition to other roles. As an antioxidant, it cleans up free radicals and damageContinue reading “Glutathione: Your Body’s Master Antioxidant”

What’s your Vitamin D level?

What is vitamin D and why does it matter? The basics: Vitamin D3 is the active form The sun’s rays hit your skin and start the conversion of vitamin D from its precursor to its active form (hence the idea of getting a dose of vitamin D from being in the sun) In New England,Continue reading “What’s your Vitamin D level?”

All About the Greens

What do you think of when the word salad comes to mind? I grew up thinking of a salad as iceberg lettuce topped by tomatoes and onions. However, iceberg is actually the least nutrient-dense green – it’s mostly water! When constructing or choosing your next salad, try changing it up. There are many other greensContinue reading “All About the Greens”

Getting Your Omega EFAs

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids can support health in a variety of ways, including reducing joint pain, improving nerve conduction, supporting cardiovascular health and much more. Here are some common terms: EFAs: Essential Fatty Acids Essential Fatty Acids: a type of fats that includes omega-3’s and other omega EFAs Omega-3’s: a certain form of EFAs thatContinue reading “Getting Your Omega EFAs”

Bone Morphogenic Proteins

Like action heroes for your bones! In the 1960s, Dr. Marshall Urist, MD was an orthopedic surgeon studying how bones heal and grow after fractures. Through his work, he discovered Bone Morphogenic Proteins (BMPs) and with this, the “osteoinductive” nature of bones (meaning how bones can regenerate themselves). BMPs are a family of over 20Continue reading “Bone Morphogenic Proteins”