Entries by Emma

Extremely Comprehensive Stool Testing – More than pathogen detection

We live in interesting times. New technologies allow for laboratory identification of microbial species that were previously unavailable or unidentifiable. With the advent of newer technologies, where does that leave the old, reliable laboratory standards? Right on center stage, where they belong. Current DNA technologies, using validated platforms (now used for rapid identification in major […]

Effect of Omega-3 After Acute Myocardial Infarction

BACKGROUND: Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil have been associated with beneficial cardiovascular effects, but their role in modifying cardiac structures and tissue characteristics in patients who have had an acute myocardial infarction while receiving current guideline-based therapy remains unknown. METHODS: In a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, participants presenting with an acute myocardial infarction were […]

Faecal microbes, short chain fatty acids, and colorectal cancer across racial/ethnic groups

AIM: To investigate differences in microbes and short chain fatty acid (SCFA) levels in stool samples from Hispanic and non-Hispanic African American, American Indian, and White participants. METHODS: Stool samples from twenty participants were subjected to analysis for relative levels of viable bacteria and for SCFA levels. Additionally, the samples were subjected to 16S rRNA […]

The Power of Choline for Methylation

Many practitioners are aware that Betaine (aka Trimethylglycine, TMG) is the methyl donor in the BHMT pathway and as it’s alternate name suggests, possesses three chemically reactive methyl groups linked to a nitrogen atom.1   Within the BHMT pathway, Betaine is converted into Dimethylglycine (DMG) after donating one of its three methyl groups to homocysteine, […]

Pantothenic Acid for Mild to Moderate Facial Acne

The results of this study showed that there was a greater than 67% reduction in the number of total facial lesions after 12 weeks of supplementation   Introduction The purpose of this study was to determine the safety, tolerability and effectiveness of daily administration of an orally administered pantothenic acid-based dietary supplement in men and women […]

Meriva® to support patients undergoing surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome

In a 3-arm study of 180 patients with carpal tunnel syndrome scheduled to undergo corrective surgery, one group received no supplementation before or after surgery, a second group received supplementation for three months prior to surgery, and a third group received supplementation for three months pre- and post-surgery. The protocol consisted of twice-daily supplementation of […]

Meriva® and healthy blood vessel function

In this registry study,(1) 50 subjects prone to blood vessel challenge were treated with Meriva® (1g/day) to evaluate its ability to support healthy blood vessels. Participants were divided in two groups. The first one received Meriva® for 4 weeks while the second group was used as a control. The presence and evolution of endothelial challenge was […]

Meriva® and challenges to the eye’s middle layer

A trial on 106 subjects whose eye middle layer was challenged and relapsing since at least 2 years was carried out.(1) A 1.2 g/day dosage of Meriva® was administered (two separate admin. per day) for at least twelve months, complementing the treatment already in course. 86% of subjects in the Meriva® group enjoyed a subjective […]

Meriva® and the complementary management of bone health

Walking Performances and WOMAC Score Meriva® was evaluated for its efficacy in 50 individuals affected by bone health challenge (X-ray diagnosis confirmation).(1) The symptoms were evaluated by the WOMAC score; mobility was studied by walking performance on the treadmill and the overall inflammatory response function was assessed by measurements of C-reactive protein plasma concentration. The […]