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Mastering Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral and is essential for good health. Approximately 600 enzymes depend upon its presence in our body in sufficient amounts.1 It affects many cellular functions including the transport of potassium and calcium ions. It modulates signal transduction, energy metabolism and cell proliferation. Magnesium has a huge role in bone mineralization, cardiovascular health and the nervous and neuromuscular systems. It participates in the metabolism of carbohydrates,...

Immune System Patterns in Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

InterClinical eNews March 2020 Special Edition The wonder of our immune systemOur immune system is miraculous and complex. Research into how it functions reveals a sophisticated security system that constantly scans the body to identify and remove any threat to our well being. Receptors associated with the immune system are concerned with interrogating the environment for evidence of danger, infection or abnormal cell death. They are also present inside the cell where they play...

Nutrients and Herbs Supporting Immune System Health

InterClinical eNews March 2020 Special Edition What is a virus?  Viruses vary widely in shape and complexity. They do not contain the chemical machinery needed to carry out chemical reactions for life. Instead a virus carries only nucleic acid, with a set of genetic instructions, and a coat of protein to protect it. Enveloped viruses have an extra surrounding covering made of a lipid membrane. A virus must have a host...

Mastering Copper

InterClinical eNews March 2020, Issue 102 The characteristics of CopperCopper is an essential micronutrient. The human body contains approximately 100 mg. It is a co-factor for many redox enzymes with ceruloplasmin being the most abundant Cu-dependent ferroxidase enzyme (with an important role in iron metabolism). Copper is involved in a myriad of biological processes including haemoglobin synthesis, iron oxidation, oxidant defense, neurotransmitter synthesis, cellular respiration, pigment formation, connective tissue and bone...

Mastering Manganese

InterClinical eNews February 2020, Issue 101 In this issue we examine one of the lesser known nutrients, Manganese. Although this is a trace element and is needed by the body in very small quantities, it is critical for good health. What is manganese’s role in good health? How do we know when to prescribe it? ‘A well-known professional basketball player was a devout vegetarian. He felt he performed better if he kept to a strict...

Reclaim your vitality with Carotenoids

InterClinical eNews January 2020, Issue 100 There are at least 600 known natural carotenoids but only those possessing a 3-hydroxy-epsilon end group have vitamin A activity. Beta carotene is a part of that group. Beta-carotene is the precursor of vitamin A - an essential vitamin for retinal function and mucosal protection in the body. Beta carotene also provides significant antioxidant support to the skin and the eyes where it is able to neutralise reactive oxygen species (ROS)...

Metalloestrogens

Stealth toxins that can play havoc with your hormones.InterClinical eNews December 2019, Issue 99 Metalloestrogens - Factors influencing SusceptibilitySeveral metals can act as metalloestogens by binding to the oestrogenic receptor alpha and initiating cellular changes. However, not everyone exposed to toxic metals develops symptoms. (1) Some factors which affect the likelihood of developing symptoms include: Timing and duration of exposure - This appears critical. For example in hypogonadal males, correcting the hormone...

A fresh look at Vitamin E -What you need to know about Isomers and Synergists

InterClinical eNews November 2019, Issue 98 Vitamin E is an essential fat-soluble vitamin first discovered in 1922. It is an important antioxidant involved in cellular protection from free radical damage, immune regulation, endothelial cellular integrity, blood viscosity maintenance and wound healing.  In this issue we take a look at the eight isoforms discovered so far, how vitamin E needs selenium and glutathione to provide antioxidant support, its gene interactions, its properties and why some studies yield equivocal results. Vitamin E...

Hidden heavy metal toxicity?

Hair Tissue Mineral AnalysisInterClinical eNews October 2019, Issue 97 Heavy metals are so ubiquitous in our environment that everyone is exposed to them. They cannot be avoided completely and are found in virtually everyone to some degree. Sources of heavy metals range from environmental, occupational, household (including foods, water, paints, cosmetics, etc), medical and hobbies. Heavy metals can enter the body through inhalation, intestinal absorption as well as be absorbed through the skin depending upon their chemical form. Once absorbed...

Hydrochloric Acid – Why it’s Essential for Optimal Digestion

InterClinical eNews December 2018, Issue 87 The festive season is upon us, bringing matters of digestion into focus. In this issue, we go back to the basics, exploring the physiology and biochemistry of gastric acid production. In particular, we look at the importance of acidification and the role of nutrients and metabolites in hydrochloric acid production.  The Importance of Acidification The acidification of the stomach contents yields several digestive benefits. Firstly, it denatures proteinaceous foods making them easier to digest. Secondly, it...