Capsicum (peppers): Health benefits and nutrition

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All chili peppers and bell peppers belong to the genus Capsicum. People around the world use Capiscum in traditional medicine, and preliminary research suggests it may have value in Western medicine.

The main active ingredient in many varieties of chili peppers is capsaicin, which is responsible for their characteristic hot flavor, or pungency. Capsaicin and other Capsicum compounds have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies indicate Capsicum, including capsaicin, may help reduce pain and lower the risk of metabolic syndrome and cancer. Research also implies it may reduce the risk of death, as well as fight bacterial infections that are

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Lipocalin-2: Structure, function, distribution and role in metabolic disorders

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This article was originally published here

Biomed Pharmacother. 2021 Aug 27;142:112002. doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2021.112002. Online ahead of print.


Lipocalin-2 (LCN-2) is a novel, 198 amino acid adipocytokine also referred to as neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL). LCN-2 is a circulatory protein responsible for the transportation of small and hydrophobic molecules (steroid, free fatty acids, prostaglandins and hormones) to target organs after binding to megalin/glycoprotein and GP330 SLC22A17 or 24p3R LCN-2 receptors. LCN-2 has been used as a biomarker for acute and chronic renal injury. It is present in a large variety of cells including neutrophil, hepatocytes, lung, bone marrow, adipose tissue,

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ESC Updates Guidance on Cardiac Pacing, Resynchronization Therapy

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The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has released updated guidelines for cardiac pacing and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), which emphasize patient-centered care and shared decision-making.

The new guidelines were published online August 29 in the European Heart Journal to coincide with presentation at the ESC Congress 2021.   

They replace the 2013 pacing guidelines and were developed by an ESC task force with input from the European Heart Rhythm Association. 

While some clinical situations that require pacing are clear and have not changed over the years, many others have evolved since 2013, necessitating new recommendations, the guideline panel says.

These include

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Topical Magnesium Product Line Will Debut Next Month at

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PALM BEACH, FL, Aug. 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Health and Wisdom’s topical magnesium products will debut in September at ECRM’s “Vitamin, Weight Management & Sports Nutrition Program.” 

ECRM brings buyers and brands with new products together for private one-on-one virtual meetings. Buyers attending the ECRM event represent regional and national food, drug and mass health chains.

“We are excited that our topical magnesium products will participate in the annual ECRM event,” said Laura Collinwood, president of the Missouri-based Health and Wisdom Inc., which sources its raw magnesium chloride oil in the United States. “Consumers don’t realize how essential magnesium

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Health Matters 9/3: Good GI Health Promotes Good Overall Health

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By Kristina Katz, M.D.

A bagel for breakfast. A salad for lunch. A bowl of pasta for dinner.

Whatever you eat throughout the day is broken down by the bacteria in your digestive system so that nutrients can be absorbed and put to use by your body.

When your digestive system is functioning well, your body is getting the nutrition it needs as efficiently as possible.

However, when this system is out of balance, it can cause discomfort and sometimes lead to more serious health issues.

If you regularly experience bloating, gas, or other uncomfortable symptoms, talk with your physician.

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