What do laundry detergent, automobile exhaust systems and saliva have in common? All three contain catalysts or substances that speed up a chemical reaction while remaining unchanged. In cars, this is useful for reducing the toxicity of emissions, but detergents and saliva contain a different type of catalyst—the enzyme.
Antioxidants. Chances are, you’ve heard this term thousands of times because of their importance to overall health. Given the broad (and possibly overwhelming) selection on the market, it may be tough to figure out how to select the best antioxidant supplements to add to your daily regimen. Here’s where vitamin C comes in. You’ve certainly heard of it before; you probably even know that oranges are full of it. But, do you fully understand how this antioxidant powerhouse works and why you need it?
Fair trade is a term you are most likely hearing with increasing frequency, but you may be hesitant or reserved from diving head first into its mysterious realm. You may have seen it on a coffee label, a banana or maybe your makeup, and are wondering exactly what it means. Here is your chance to take the plunge and find out.
From time immemorial, amino acids have existed as building blocks to the creation and survival of organic organisms. These essential chemicals create proteins, which, next to water, make up the bulk of a human’s body weight.
In 2008, vitamin D made headline after headline thanks to mounting research about its health benefits. A common thread among the key findings is that this vitamin is extremely important for many aspects of our health—and most of us aren’t getting enough of it.
We do our best to ensure that babies are happy and healthy as they grow and develop. But so much of our efforts are focused on their diets; what they should and should not eat, how much and how often. This is only a small portion of caring for a baby, as they are especially vulnerable to the health risks posed by harsh chemicals and synthetic materials in conventional products. Thus, parents (and babies) are demanding safer, gentler alternatives to traditional diapers, wipes, bottles and skin care products—and the natural products industry has answered.
Cleaning products are supposed to keep us safe, comfortable and healthy. However, because most conventional products can be extremely toxic, our homes literally have us running a poison gauntlet—whether we realize it yet or not. Having a clean home is important to all of us, but the results of using noxious chemicals throughout our daily living spaces can be devastating.
The rich hues of fresh fruits and vegetables are not only aesthetically pleasing; they’re good for you, too. Most yellow, orange and red pigments synthesized by plants are called carotenoids, and are essential to a healthy diet. These fat-soluble antioxidants are made by plants to protect themselves from free radical damage and help the body in countless ways (1).
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are becoming more and more prominent in today’s marketplace, so it is important to understand what they are and some of the issues they raise. A GMO plant has been genetically altered using genetic engineering techniques, and is commonly found in crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton and canola.
Ever wonder why doctors always tell you to take your vitamins? Vitamins help maintain optimal health and wellness. Unfortunately, some cannot be found in your everyday diet and we often do not eat enough to experience the maximum benefits. Therefore, it is critical to consider proper supplementation of your diet with basic vitamins.