Around the world, seasonal flu shots—designed anew each year to target two or three influenza strains predicted to be prevalent during the following flu season—are widely recommended as a public health measure. Depending on the year, these vaccines are reported to be up to 60% effective against either contracting or developing serious complications from the … Continue reading Boosting Host Defense with Immunoglobulin-rich Colostrum
Zinc-L-carnosine is a unique, chelated nutraceutical made from two naturally occurring components: zinc, an essential trace element, and L-carnosine, a dipeptide composed of the amino acids beta-alanine and L-histidine. Among their numerous biochemical roles and activities, both zinc and L-carnosine alone exhibit potent antioxidant and wound healing properties. Studies suggest the chelated complex, zinc-L-carnosine, may … Continue reading Zinc Deficiency & Binge Eating Disorders: A Role for Zinc-L-Carnosine?
In a previous Moss Nutrition Digest (November 2019), we examined the relationship between homocysteine levels and bone health, reporting on a 2004 clinical study that found a 2 to 4 times increased risk of hip fracture in adults with the highest homocysteine levels compared to those with the lowest. In this issue, we take a … Continue reading Homocysteine Factors: Beyond Heart Health Part 2
Aging adults and seniors make up a significant portion of the US population. According to 2019 US Census figures, nearly one third (30%) of Americans are now age 55 or older. For this group, maintaining quality of life, functionality and independence for as long as possible is a primary goal. To this end, the critical … Continue reading Optimizing Protein Intake to Enhance Quality of Life in Seniors
The arrival of a new decade is often met with the hopeful spirit of renewal and change. This year, the new decade brought a worldwide pandemic and global lockdown from which we are only just beginning to emerge. To address this unprecedented health crisis of 2020, the functional medicine community has been working tirelessly to … Continue reading Balancing Stress in the Time of Corona: A Role For Adaptogenic Herbs
Monolaurin (glycerol monolaurate) is an ester of lauric acid, a 12-carbon, medium chain fatty acid naturally present in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, human breast milk, cow's milk and butter. The esterified form of lauric acid, monolaurin, is made by combining coconut oil-source lauric acid with glycerol. Lauric acid itself provides anti-microbial and virucidal activity, … Continue reading Monolaurin: A Viral Membrane Destabilizer with anti-Borrelia Activity
Early February marks the epicenter of cold and flu season, as well as the moment when the US Food & Drug Administration can finally determine how effective their annually updated flu vaccines, introduced the previous fall, will be at reducing the number of influenza cases nationwide. Each year, only 3 or 4 influenza strains can … Continue reading Andrographis: Researched Respiratory & Immune Support
Homocysteine, an amino acid intermediary formed during the metabolic conversion of methionine both to and from cysteine, is well known for its unhappy relationship with cardiovascular disease. Countless studies have associated elevated homocysteine levels with issues such as atherosclerosis, blood clots, heart attack and stroke.Less commonly recognized is the relationship between high homocysteine levels and … Continue reading Homocysteine Factors: Beyond Heart Health
Back when reflux was known simply as heartburn, people often associated this digestive complaint with the incidence of stomach ulcers. Previously thought to be caused by too much pastrami and other spicy foods, the discovery of Helicobacter pylori infection as a leading cause of gastric ulcers led to relief for countless patients. Soon after, heartburn—aka … Continue reading Gastro-Esophageal Reflux & H.pylori – What’s the Connection?
As Moss Nutrition has been emphasizing for years, muscle mass is a major predictor of quality of life, particularly as we age. Loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength, and function underlies the frailty and physical decline in old age which is associated with chronic diseases and a higher risk of falls leading to disability.1 For … Continue reading Building Muscle with Essential Amino Acids