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Melatonin supplementation can help your metabolism

Melatonin supplementation can help your metabolism

Melatonin is a compound formed in the pineal gland that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The release follows a circadian pattern, meaning there is a higher rate of release at night than during the day. It allows the body to follow the day and night schedule cycle. Melatonin supplements are used widely in the United States primarily as an aid for falling asleep and not waking up during the night. People with metabolic syndrome tend to have decreased melatonin levels although some studies have suggested that melatonin may alleviate some of the symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome, often...

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Understanding brown fat and how it can increase overall fat burn

Understanding brown fat and how it can increase overall fat burn

There is a condition that many people would love to have called constitutional leanness where the body is resistant to fat accumulation even when the person eats too much. This may have to do with how much fat you burn even when you are doing nothing. Body fat has 2 kinds: white fat is the fat that stores fat as a form of energy accumulated for future needs; brown fat is the fat rich in mitochondria (the powerhouse of metabolism) that has the ability to burn fat and change it into heat. Brown fat is not related to white fat but...

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Risk of iodine deficiency in infants transitioning from milk to baby food

Risk of iodine deficiency in infants transitioning from milk to baby food

Adequate iodine intake is essential for the thyroid gland to produce the right amount of thyroid hormone. For this reason, iodine deficiency during pregnancy and iodine deficiency in infancy can contribute to intellectual deficits in children. For these reasons, pregnant women should pay attention to the iodine content in the prenatal formula that they are taking to avoid thyroid hormone deficiency while the brain of their unborn baby is developing. After birth, babies require a sufficient and adequate iodine intake, which is often provided through breast milk or infant formulas. Generally speaking, if the breast feeding mother continues to take...

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Benefits and safety of selenium supplementation

Benefits and safety of selenium supplementation

Selenium is a trace element that has potent antioxidant properties in the body, and is essential for optimal thyroid health, immune system health, and optimal metabolic functions. For this reason, selenium deficiency and/or inadequate selenium intake can lead to many detrimental health effects. It can promote DNA damage, cancer formation, muscle dysfunction, mood changes, build up of free radicals in the cells leading to weight gain and even metabolic syndrome. It can also contribute to spontaneous abortions, infertility, low sperm count, low testosterone, and can make the immune system weaker and/or can make the immune system more reactive to your...

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