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  • New Research: Whey Powder + Nutrients Help Support Stronger Muscles

  • Maintaining Strong Bones as We Age

  • The Secret Life of Mushrooms


New Research: Whey Powder + Nutrients Help Support Stronger Muscles
By Jen Morganti, Naturopathic Doctor (ND) & NEEDS Education Director

Sarcopenia is the medical term that describes the common age-related decline in muscle strength and mass. Sarcopenia is to blame for many health-related problems in seniors, such as loss of balance that can cause falls and/ or bone fractures. Sarcopenia also leads to frailty, which can decrease a person's ability to care for themselves and puts the elderly at a much higher risk for mortality.

As we grow older, it's important to take steps to fight the progression of sarcopenia and maintain independence, quality of life, and longevity. There are proactive steps that can be taken to slow muscle loss and improve strength and balance. 

A recent study helped prove that a combination of specific
nutritional supplements, paired with a simple exercise program can help slow the progression of sarcopenia. In this study, 49 relatively healthy men over 60- years-old participated in an 18
week program to determine if supplementation and exercise could improve their muscle mass.Twice a day for 6 weeks, they consumed a supplement containing whey protein, creatine, calciumvitamin D, and omega-3 oils. After the 6 week span, they participated in an exercise program that involved strength/resistance training and high-intensity interval training for 12 more weeks— all while continually taking the supplements or a placebo. Read more


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Maintaining Strong Bones as We Age
By Kathi Head, ND, Executive Director of Medical Marketing at Thorne Research

We don't often give a lot of thought to our bones, until we happen to break one. We tend to think of our bones as inert structures, like scaffolding that holds us up, as protection for our bodily organs, and the structure that allows us to move about. But, bones are actually crucial to multiple functions in the body. Our bones are living, dynamic, and constantly changing tissues. 

Just a few years ago, it was discovered that bones are actually endocrine organs.1 Our bones make a hormone called osteocalcin, which is secreted by bone cells called osteoblasts. Even though osteocalcin is secreted by the bones, it behaves like any other hormone by having far-reaching effects throughout the body.

For example, although bone formation is one of its primary functions, osteocalcin also:

  • Stimulates the beta cells in the pancreas to secrete more insulin
  • Enhances insulin sensitivity in the adipocytes (fat cells)
  • Stimulates adipocytes to release adiponectin, which further enhances insulin sensitivity & exerts a powerful anti-inflammatory effect (inflammation in fat cells is associated with obesity) 
  • Enhances testosterone production in men Read more


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The Secret Life of Mushrooms
Submitted by Solaray

Mushrooms have been featured prominently in the diets of many civilizations throughout the world dating back to almost 4,000 years ago. Modern research is just now beginning to understand their many health benefits. Mushrooms belong to the kingdom of living organisms known as fungi. Today, there are over 100,000 species of mushrooms worldwide.

The World's Finest Fungi 
Solaray's organically grown, fermented mushrooms are cultivated and processed in a certified organic GMP facility in the United States under highly controlled conditions. The growing facility is equipped with state of the art High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration and uses a sterile, clean room environment. The potencies of each mushroom strain are maintained using cryogenic storage technology to preserve the fungal cultures and their bioactivity. 

The mycelial biomass is cultured on certified organic, gluten-free whole oats that have been steam and pressure sterilized. After cooling, the oats are inoculated with the pure mushroom strains and then sealed in engineered "bioreactor" growing bags equipped with air filters to help exclude any contaminants and to allow the cultures to breathe during incubation.

A unique Solid State Fermentation process is utilized to develop these fermented mushrooms. Read more




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