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Brain Chemistry 101

Monday, March 18, 2019

It is a part and parcel of who we are to go through periods of sadness or depression. But for some people, the struggles often don’t end with the event that triggered the sadness. Nowadays, more and more people are suffering from depression and other mental ailments, and the explanation goes well beyond a single reason, or an individual's inability to be happy or find strength in everyday life.  In fact, many mental health problems that we face can be understood from a chemical standpoint.

Biology vs. Psychology

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

They say that attitude influences our reaction to stress more than any other factor. Today, people are living longer but enjoying it less. Despite the increased stresses of modern life, we are living longer even though diseases such as diabetes, chronic obesity, heart disease and other chronic degenerative conditions increase the demands on our body.

Hugs For Health

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Recent studies have found that hugging on a frequent basis is correlated with a lower risk of heart disease, fighting stress and fatigue, boosting your immune system, fighting infection and reducing depression.  A hug or two a day may be more effective than an apple for keeping doctors at arm’s length.Depending on culture, context and relationship, a hug can indicate familiarity, love, affection, friendship, brotherhood or sympathy, indicating support, comfort, and consolation, particularly where words are insufficient. A hug usually demonstrates affection and emotional warmth, sometimes arising from joy or happiness when reunited with someone or seeing someone absent after a long time.

Friday Pearls

On the Health Benefits of Synergy

Friday, April 19, 2019

As we all know, no one person can fix all problems, no country nor company can be successful without expertise and encouraging input and commitment from a team of dedicated and passionate employees and advisors—and no one nutrient can fix our bodies, because the whole continues to be far greater than just the sum of its individual parts.

Homocysteine Science Update

Friday, April 12, 2019

Homocysteine is an amino acid intermediate in the production of two other amino acids, methionine and cysteine. Although homocysteine is naturally present in our bodies, too much homocysteine in the blood has been thought to affect cardiovascular health, which is where the research focused for years.

The Omega Principle

Friday, April 05, 2019

Today we feature reader reviews on Paul Greenberg's 2018 book, The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet. "It's a rousing environmental manifesto on the shifting tides of geopolitical power and the harvesting of tiny fish for excessive omega-3 supplementation, which is leading to less healthy and bountiful oceans." 

Biosyntrx Sunday Morning

Music Always Matters

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Music matters, particularly when it stimulates resistance and political activation necessary to protect human rights and the basic principles of democracy.John Williams's beautiful theme presented from Schindler's List does just that, and it seems particularly appropriate for today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities—given the rising threat of white nationalism around the world reported by the US Justice Department, Southern Poverty Law Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Anti-Defamation League.

Sunday Morning Deep Thoughts

Sunday, March 31, 2019

During these somewhat irrational times, it seems necessary to contemplate reason and faith. Therefore, today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities will focus on Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Italian medieval priest, philosopher, and scholar who held a natural law theory of morality. What is good and evil, according to Aquinas, is derived from the rational nature of human beings.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 17, 2019

On this day set aside to celebrate St. Patrick green, we feature the sweet magic of Irish tunes and the prophetic messaging of Welsh poetry. Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rave at close of day;Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Tasty Tuesday

White Bean Salad

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Every cook needs a few very quick nutrient-dense recipes that serve multiple purposes and almost never fail, using pantry ingredients most always on hand. Today's white bean salad is just that. 

One Pot Lemony Linguine

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Today's spring-focused weeknight-easy Tasty Tuesday recipe is from one of my favorite foodie publications, EatingWell magazine.  We decided to try it since it got the attention of our busy Tasty Tuesday team.

Spring Green Nutrient Dense Soup

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

For our readers who can’t face another green smoothie breakfast, today’s Tasty Tuesday recipe is a delicious way to consume loads of tasty, nutrient-dense spring greens for lunch or dinner.

Lifestyles

Changing the way we talk about aging

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The editor-in-chief of the Conde Nast Publication Allure, put out a September 2017 call to industry to end the use of the word, anti-aging.  For this we are grateful, since it’s been the position of the Biosyntrx founders, staff and scientific advisory board for the past ten or more years.

Strawless in September

Friday, August 25, 2017

You don't have to see the ocean to protect the ocean. 

Age-proof Your Knees

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

"Knee pain is common in older age, often caused by osteoarthritis (the wearing away of knee cartilage). Fortunately, there are ways to fool Father Time and postpone knee problems or even prevent them entirely. "In many cases, you can delay or avoid the need for surgical intervention, such as a knee replacement," says Dr. Lars Richardson, an orthopedic surgeon with Harvard-affiliated...