Melissa Peterson has been a writer and educator in the health and medical science fields for over 15 years. Naturopathically trained, Melissa also has postgraduate qualifications in literature research and reviewing. Her business, Words On Therapy, provides many services to industry including technical articles, white papers, blogs, SEO content, copywriting and research collation.
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A recent randomised case-control study examined whether low zinc levels were evident in new and resistant cases of alopecia areata (AA), with positive results.
Cold sores are one of the most common recurrent viral infections in the world, with 20 to 40% of adults infected at some point during their lifetime. With concerns over the rise of drug resistant viral strains, researchers have been investigating efficacy of natural alternatives such as lysine, zinc, Echinacea purpurea (echinacea) and Melissa officinalis (lemon balm).
This study shows that magnesium can reduce depressive symptoms in those with hypomagnesaemia, even when using a less absorbable form.
On analysing the scientific basis for the efficacy of S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe), a recent comprehensive review shows the beneficial effect of supplemental SAMe as a potential alternative to or adjunctive therapy for use with antidepressants.
Recent experimental research has connected magnolia with a transcription factor that is termed the body’s ‘major regulator of cellular antioxidant defence’— nuclear factor erythroid-derived 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2).
Identified more than 20 years ago, and the subject of over 5500 published papers, Nrf2, has been referred to as the activator of cellular defence, the master antioxidant switch and the guardian and gatekeeper for health and longevity.
In a study of 1623 adolescents, the average sugar intake was roughly 23 teaspoons per day. The impact this is having on the progression of metabolic disease needs addressing.
What is nutrigenomics and why will it be important in the future practice of healthcare?