Monthly Archives: April 2015

Zinc Deficiency – How This One Deficiency Can Affect Every Part of the Body

zinc deficiencyOne nutrient deficiency can have a drastic effect on your health. We will illustrate by using zinc, but every nutrient is similar in that it is necessary for multiple body activities. What applies to zinc applies to all nutrients.

What is Zinc?
Zinc is a mineral that is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism, being essential for activation of almost 200 enzymes that have vital roles in the body. When enzymes do not get activated, they cannot perform their necessary functions which, in turn, damages health. Zinc promotes healthy skin, hair, immunity, fertility, and growth.

What Does Zinc Do In The Body?

  1. Role in cell regulation;
  2. Required in immune function to fight off invading bacteria and viruses;
  3. Role in maintaining proper acid/base balance;
  4. Role in production of DNA and RNA (genetic material in all cells);
  5. Role in production of proteins;
  6. Required for lipid metabolism;
  7. Required for production of eicosanoids (signaling chemical);
  8. Essential for male and female fertility;
  9. Required in vitamin A metabolism (getting out of liver storage and transporting);
  10. Supports normal development during gestation, childhood and adolescence;
  11. Required for normal pregnancy and labor;
  12. Component of insulin (energy metabolism);
  13. Component of thymic hormones (immune function); and
  14. Component of gustin for sense of smell and taste (taste acuity).

 

What Can Go Wrong When Zinc is Deficient?

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Stanford University Seeks Celiac Disease Study Participants

 

StanfordSeal[1]Jennifer Iscol, of the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California, just distributed this message regarding a celiac disease study at Stanford University.

“Volunteers are needed for a genetic study on celiac disease at Stanford University. Please consider participating. Community participation is an essential component of Stanford’s celiac disease research. The research benefits all of us and future generations.

http://www.celiaccommunity.org/stanford-celiac-genetic-study/

Announcement from Stanford:

We are conducting a study to understand the genetic basis of celiac disease.  Families with at least one parent and one child with celiac disease are encouraged to enroll together.

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Top 20: Gluten-free and Dairy-free Products Finds at Expo West 2015

Coconut cream pops Expo West

Coconut cream pops Expo West

Expo West is simply the best and the largest natural foods event in the United States. Each year the event grows in exhibitors and attendees and shows no signs of slowing down. One of the trends noted this year was the surge of vegan/gluten-free products, like bread, cheese, cheesecake, cookies, frozen desserts, macaroni and cheese, salad dressings, yogurt, etc.

Here are this Examiner’s top 20 gluten, dairy, and vegan product finds:

  • CoYo’s coconut milk yogurt hails from Australia and is made from coconut cream and natural flavors in four varieties: Natural, Mango, Mixed Berry, and Raw Chocolate. The berry and mango are incredibly creamy without a funny taste or texture and taste fantastic. This product debuted at Expo West 2014, but this was my first time trying it and color me impressed. Availability: In stores
  • Cosmo’s Dairy-Free Spicy Ranch is thick, rich, and mildly spicy. Made from coconuts, it works as a salad dressing, dip, and sandwich spread adding a nice kick to what would be ordinary. It does contain eggs, but is soy and nut free. Availability: Online for now
  • Daiya Foods, Inc. gets a nod for their new Cheezecakes and Cheezy Mac kits that are soy free and vegan. Available in three flavors, Deluxe Alfredo, Deluxe Cheddar, and Deluxe White Cheddar Veggie Medley, each kit comes with a bag of liquid cheezy sauce ready to be combined with cooked brown rice pasta.Their cheezecakes are also available in four flavors: New York, Chocolate, Key Lime, and Strawberry. Availability: Rolling into stores now

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