You may have seen the acronym but wondered, "What is NAC?" It stands for N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), a form of the amino acid L-cysteine. NAC benefits both the brain and body, which is why it has been in use as a supplement for decades. In clinical trials, supplementation with NAC … Read More
What is Sleep Myoclonus?
The clinical term for a sudden, involuntary muscle contraction at any time is myoclonus (see "Types of Myoclonus" sidebar below). Twitching while sleeping is called sleep myoclonus. It may be so mild that you and your bed partner are unaware it’s happening. But … Read More
Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer. Here are 10 signs you're not getting enough vitamin D:
Depression or anxiety
A low heart rate may be a sign of an efficiently working heart. Or, if the rate becomes too slow, a low heart rate could be a sign of health complications down the road.
A normal or healthy resting heart rate for an adult is between 60 and 100 beats a … Read More
Aside from the occasional aches, pains, and sleeping troubles, my 82-year-old mother is in very good health for her age. But like many other older adults, she takes a medication to help control high blood pressure symptoms. And like plenty of older individuals, she relies on her … Read More
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap. But … Read More
It can happen to just about anyone: too much sun exposure or too little protection can lead to a painful sunburn. Beyond the pain and irritation of a burn, repeated exposure to intense UV radiation can lead to DNA damage and serious health problems, including skin cancer.
When … Read More
You may remember, as a kid, occasionally waking up in a cold sweat, startled out of your slumber by one of those frighteningly vivid nightmares. Perhaps the experience still pops up from time to time; bad dreams may be more common in children, but adults aren't immune to them. Around … Read More
Even if you don't have anemia, you could have an iron deficiency that's sapping your energy. It's entirely possible, especially if you're a woman of reproductive age, to have borderline anemia without becoming fully anemic. When you're iron deficient but not anemic, you can still suffer from lower … Read More
People in Japan have a longer life expectancy and a significantly lower risk of several serious diseases compared to Americans, including cancer and heart disease.[1,2] Extensive research has looked at differences in the Japanese diet compared to the typical Western diet. Much of the interest has been on higher Read More