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11
February
2015

Therapeutic Taping for Lymphatic Drainage

Therapeutic Taping for Lymphatic Drainage

Many high profile and everyday athletes are realizing the benefits of therapeutic taping. One very useful purpose is for supporting lymphatic drainage and to reduce edema. Therapeutic taping has analgesic effects as well as benefits for decreasing inflammation and bruising.

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13
January
2015

Effect of oral L-Arginine supplementation on blood pressure : a meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials

Effect of oral L-Arginine supplementation on blood pressure : a meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials

A 2011 study published in the Dec 2011 edition of the American Heart Journal concluded that L-arginine, an amino acid that is gaining popularity for patients with hypertension and Erectile Dysfunction (ED) does significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The mechanism is that L-arginine promotes Nitric Oxide in the body which functions to dilate smaller arterioles in the body reducing overall blood pressure. This study was a meta-analysis of 11 other randomized, double blind placebo controlled trials involving 387 participants. This can be good news for people with hypertension and or ED looking to avoid medication and wishing to utilize a more natural treatment approach.

Am Heart J. 2011 Dec;162(6):959-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2011.09.012. Epub 2011 Nov 8.

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19
December
2014

Office Workers Gain Energy When Given Vitamin C At Work

Office Workers Gain Energy When Given Vitamin C At Work

A double-blind randomized trial on 141 healthy volunteers aged 20 to 49 years old was performed in which one group received 10 grams of vitamin C intravenously while a placebo group received saline intravenously.

Fatigue scores, oxidative stress and plasma vitamin C and side effects were all measured. Fatigue levels, at two hours and one day post supplementation, were significantly reduced in the group receiving vitamin C, especially in those whose initial vitamin C levels were particularly low. No major side effects were reported in either group. (Nutrition Journal, January 2012)

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19
December
2014

Vitamin D And K Deficiencies Are Common In Patients With Bowel Disease

Vitamin D And K Deficiencies Are Common In Patients With Bowel Disease

Bone mineral density and levels of vitamin D and K, both of which play a vital role in bone development, were measured in 87 patients that had either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Researchers found that bone vitamin K was insufficient in patients with Crohn’s disease and the low levels contributed to the inflammatory process of Crohn’s disease. Levels of vitamin D were also lower in patients with low bone density when compared to healthy controls. (Nutrition, October 2011)

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