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New Insights on the Anti-Aging Effects of Vitamin K2

Did you ever find an old shirt in your closet and think to yourself – “Why did I ever stop wearing this thing?”. Over the next few days and weeks, you find yourself wearing it much more frequently.

I get the same feeling about Vitamin K.

Vitamin K is a bit of a forgotten vitamin. Despite it’s important roles in blood clotting (and a concern for those taking blood thinning medications), I recently pulled it out from the back of the mental closet it’s now one of the vitamins I’m now most excited about.

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble nutrient that comes in a number of forms such as phylloquinone (K1) and menaquinone (K2). Each form of vitamin K is rather […]

Exploring the Diverse Immune Factors Found in Human Breastmilk

breastfeeding benefitsNature has developed the perfect substance to help support your infant’s developing immune system – breastmilk.

There are many reasons a women may not be able to breastfeed her new child and, from the get-go, that discussion goes beyond my expertise.

I was was born cesarean section and was formula fed. So despite being a man without a child of my own, I’m not writing from an elitist point of few. I was simply compelled to share and highlight the rich and beautiful diversity of immune factors that are contained in mother’s milk.

Historical Perspectives on Breastmilk and Immunity:

While all infants have heightened risk for infection and sepsis, pre-term infants are at even higher risk of infection and sepsis (1; […]

By |September 16th, 2016|Health Topics, Immune Health|0 Comments

What are the Metabolic Health Differences of Eating the Fats in Coconut and MCT Oil?

Saturated fats make up 35% of total fat intake in the US (1). Intakes were believed to remain the same between 1909 and 2000, but between 1995-2005, intake levels declined (2). From 1960 to 2000, intake of polyunsaturated fats increased significantly (3). As intake of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) from coconut and MCT oil is relatively low in the US diet, intake of long-chain saturated fatty acids (LCFAs) predominates total intake of saturated fat.

Why worry about differences in saturated fats? Shouldn’t I limit them anyway?

Dietary guidelines have focused largely on limiting saturated fats as a whole – and do not clarify what type of saturated fat they are talking about. After reading about how differently these short and medium chain fats […]