April is Stress Awareness Month, so let’s learn about the stress hormone known as cortisol! While cortisol is known as the stress hormone, it is crucial for the optimal function of your body every day. In healthy individuals, cortisol levels naturally shift throughout the day in a pattern known as a diurnal rhythm.
If you could choose, would you rather spit into a tube or have a needle jabbed into your arm to measure your hormone levels? We suspect you would rather not get stuck with a needle, and you do have a choice! Saliva testing is a clinically accurate and convenient option when testing hormone levels. Saliva tests offer many benefits, including the fact that they are non-invasive (no needles!).
Do you enjoy watching college basketball games during March Madness every year? We do! Around here, we also like to focus on the importance of healthy magnesium supplements in March, which we call Magnesium Madness! Our first March blog post highlighted the beneficial effects of magnesium on insulin resistance, and the Magnesium Madness continues with our second blog post for March.
March is here, which means spring delights, including warmer weather, March Madness, gardening, baseball, and spring break, are just around the corner. Here at InterPlexus, we are dedicating our March blog posts to magnesium – a truly powerful and magical mineral that is rarely consumed in adequate amounts. Magnesium (Mg) is required for many functions in the body because it is a cofactor or activator in hundreds of enzymatic reactions. Mg plays a role in RNA and DNA synthesis; protein, lipid, and carbohydrate metabolism; maintaining the stability of cell membranes; bone strength; vitamin D and calcium metabolism; nervous system function; immune activity; and more.
In honor of American Heart Month, we are sharing information about the beneficial effects of citrus bioflavonoids on your cardiovascular system in Part 2 of our blog series. Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, so consider taking better care of your heart by reading the blog and increasing your intake of heart-healthy citrus bioflavonoids.* What are Citrus Bioflavonoids? The dietary bioflavonoids present in citrus fruits include hesperidin, hesperetin, naringin, naringenin, diosmin, quercetin, rutin, nobiletin, tangeretin, and many others. Common citrus fruits that contain these flavonoids include grapefruits, lemons, limes, mandarins, and oranges. Citrus flavonoids offer an impressive array of health-related benefits, including antioxidant, cell-protective, and anti-inflammatory properties.* Numerous mechanistic studies show that citrus flavonoids prevent cardiovascular...