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Bioavailability Ends with Bioactivity

Here’s where we stand: we’ve digested a nutrient and it’s been absorbed into the bloodstream. How is it going to be used? How do we get the benefit of vitamin C, magnesium, alpha-carotene, or caffeine? Let’s take a look. Many target cells have receptors that are specific to a nutrient, like a wrench that fits […]

IntestinalAbsorption

Bioavailability Continues with Absorption

On Tuesday I talked about some of the processing required to get nutrients ready for absorption. The next phase of bioavailability is the absorption of the nutrient from the gut into the bloodstream. Let’s look at what’s involved. The absorption process occurs via the intestinal epithelial cells and they vary in size and function in […]

DigestiveSystem

Bioavailability Begins with Digestion

Last Saturday’s Memo introduced a new concept: a systems approach to nutrition. One term that gets bounced around a lot related to dietary supplements or different types of food is bioavailability. Claims are made that “this form of our supplement is 10 times more bioavailable than that form.” It sounds so simple, right? It’s not—we’ll […]

VitaminDSystem

Why Nutrition Is a Process

A celebrity doctor who specializes in cancer treatment said something that caught my attention, and it goes to this question: why are some people cured by specific treatments while others don’t respond at all? In his opinion, it’s because the cancer creates a new system in the body that competes with the other systems. The […]

SupplementsAndCobwebs

You Actually Have to Take the Supplements

The authors of the study on calcium and vitamin D supplementation as they relate to fractures were all orthopedic surgeons, as stated in the paper. They had no known training in nutrition. Maybe not statistics either. When you perform a meta-analysis, each research study included is given a weight in the form of a percentage, […]

CalciumAndVitD

Are Vitamin D and Calcium Still Worth Taking?

Maybe you recently read a headline that went something like this: “Vitamin D and Calcium Do Not Prevent Fractures.” Many headlines were much worse. Over this past weekend I read the research paper published in JAMA. Is it real? Should you not bother taking your calcium and vitamin D to protect your bones? No—keep taking […]

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What’s New on DrChet.com

With a new year just beginning, it’s time to update you on what’s happening in the next month or so. New: The Bottom Line on Alzheimer’s Disease Your brain makes you who you are. We may fear cancer or diabetes but we dread the thought of losing our ability to think. In this Bottom Line, […]

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Excuses for Avoiding the Gym

The New Year is upon us and with that, a commitment by many to exercise regularly. No matter where you live, that may involve joining a gym, but all gyms are not created equal. What you need, besides a convenient location and reasonable price, is a facility that provides you with the equipment you need […]

RoadToHealth

Happy New Year!

2,600,000 Think about how much that number represents. If you were to try to count to 2,600,000, at one number per second, 24 hours per day, it would take you over 30 days. If you were to limit yourself to 40 hours per week, it would take you 18 weeks. And you really would have […]

HealthyBrains

How to Have a Healthy Brain

Based on the questions and comments I get, many of you want to know how to protect your brains. Your memories and the ability to make new ones are what make you you. There are many programs and even more books written about the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s. In my opinion, they’re premature because […]