Coenzyme Q10: A Heart-Healthy Antioxidant for Optimal Aging

February 20, 2013
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Coenzyme Q10: A Heart-Healthy Antioxidant for Optimal Aging

Coenzyme Q10 (aka CoQ10 and ubiquinone) is a simple molecule that is naturally produced in our cells’ mitochondria. CoQ10 has the important role of helping convert sugar into energy or ATP—an energy source that’s essential for helping cells perform their primary functions. Coenzyme Q10 is used in enzyme systems that provide 90 percent of...

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Demystifying the Flu

Demystifying the Flu

Want to help prevent the flu? First you need to know a little about how flu and your body work. The flu is a viral infection that often occurs in the winter, for several reasons—because we don’t get much exposure to sunlight and are often deficient in vitamin D, because we’re indoors consistently (and...

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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

February 11, 2013
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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

We know now that probiotics are good for us. But with so many to choose from, how do we choose one that’s right for us? Not all probiotics are created equal; different varieties of bacterial strains have different benefits, in addition to differing potencies, routes of ingestion, manufacturing methods and so on. Read on...

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The Skinny on Cholesterol

The Skinny on Cholesterol

So many things can affect our heart health—blood pressure, inflammation levels and, of course, cholesterol levels. In case you need a reminder of how cholesterol functions in the body (and why it’s important to our cardiovascular health), here’s a little primer. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that helps to build cells, produce hormones and...

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Mushrooms and Long-Term Immunity

Mushrooms and Long-Term Immunity

Looking for a way to boost long-term immunity for cold and flu season? Mushrooms may be the next big thing in the fight against sickness. “Mushrooms are used to strengthen the immune system in a deep way over a long time,” says Matthew Becker, herbalist and lead practitioner at our North Boulder store. “They...

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The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

Ever wonder what is it about Echinacea that helps fight colds? Or why practitioners often recommend elderberry? Anne Salazar-Dunbar, herbalist and lead practitioner at our La Jolla store, tells us about these immune-boosting herbs. Echinacea Echinacea’s ability to boost the immune system’s performance has been extensively documented over the years. Research suggests that the...

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