If you are a patient of Dr. Parker’s, you’ve probably heard of MTHFR, which is the abbreviation for “methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase”. For those who have not heard of it, the MTHFR gene creates an enzyme that converts folate into a form that can be used by the body.
Glutathione is found in every cell of the body and it’s primarily responsible for protecting the cells. It’s considered one of the body’s main antioxidants and it reduces oxidation in the body. Oxidation or oxidative stress is the result of damage on our cells by free radicals such as toxins, chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis
Resveratrol is a natural ingredient that many people associate with red wine or grapes, but a few other ways to attain it is by eating nuts, raspberries, and cacao. Resveratrol is known for its antioxidant properties which can help to protect the cells in the body from damage and eventual disease.
The holidays bring joy, happiness and fond memories for many people but for others, the holidays can bring the blues. The underlying psychological causes for the sadness may be different for each person but the physiological cause is low serotonin levels.
Some vitamins work better when taken on an empty stomach and others are best taken with food. Why? Some vitamins are fat soluble and others are water soluble.
The fat soluble vitamins should be taken with your heaviest meal of the day since it normally contains the most dietary fat. These vitamins rely on bile for absorption. Bile breaks down the vitamins where the nutrients can be absorbed through the small intestine and the lymph vessels. Any unused nutrients are then stored in the liver and fat tissue for use at a later time.
Amino acids are organic compounds that link together to form protein. A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue us the protein formed by amino acids to break down food, grow, heal, and perform other bodily functions. Without amino acids, we could not survive, for that reason, amino acids are considered "the building blocks of life."