About 145 million Americans use nutritional supplements each year—that’s almost one-half of the population.  One of the most common is fish oil. Manufacturers claim that these little capsules filled with golden fish juice can lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases, improve immunity, and boost athletic performance. But what does the science say? In this article, we critically examine the research about the effects of fish oil supplements on key health indicators in your body—especially triglycerides, cholesterol, and testosterone. Then we evaluate to see if you should use them to optimize your health based on your personal, data-driven InsideTracker analysis.Read more
I have spent the last few months combing through massive amounts of research to find supplement recommendations that improve the biomarkers monitored by InsideTracker. Our recommendations come from peer-reviewed, scientific studies that produce significant results. Some of my findings were expected, like zinc increases zinc—not very exciting, but others were incredibly interesting. I found dozens of these recommendations, which are provided to InsideTracker users only when they are right for optimizing their unique biomarker profile. One of these was garlic, which I wrote about in a post last month. Simple, ordinary garlic actually has some pretty legitimate health benefits. Another one was something that no one at InsideTracker had ever heard of before: berberine.
What’s juice got to do with it? Well, everything!
Over the next few weeks, Montauk Juice Factory will be authoring a series of blog posts with tips and tricks on juicing from the juice pro’s. Why juice? What to juice? When to juice? How to juice? We’ll cover it all.Read more
Improving one’s endurance is a simple and powerful formula of hard work, great nutrition, and smart recovery. The training process to get to improved endurance becomes complicated when the body is pushed to the limit and enters a period when the body starts to make compromises in order to maintain health. For years, athletes have looked to science, including the dark side of doping, in order to improve their endurance by boosting hemoglobin in their blood. Hemoglobin is a limiting factor in elite endurance, part of a family of indices that make up a winning formula. Some of the world’s elite cyclists are currently battling some the most brutal of conditions at the AMGEN Tour of California. InsideTracker is busy analyzing how biomarkers change over time with some amazing cyclists competing in the Tour, and what we have already learned can help anyone looking to improve their endurance.Read more
Iron deficiency is sometimes a silent assassin, a quiet problem that creeps up and can kill your season if you are not vigilant. Yet with all of the science published on athletes’ iron deficiency and the current statistics on rates of low ferritin with professional athletes, the awareness among the athletic crowd is still incredibly low. One would think that only the regular joes have problems and the world’s elite would be protected from the common and seemingly mundane nutrient deficiencies, but the truth is that athletes are human and many problems are human issues, not unique to athletes. Iron status is essential to extracting oxygen from our lungs and transporting it to the rest of the body, and a few errors in nutrition and training can render a champion crippled if one is not careful.Read more
You know poor diet hurts your health, but did you know it can put your future child at risk before you even conceive?
Roughly one in every 33 infants is born with a defect in the United States (10). Poor nutrition is one of multiple causes for pregnancy complications. In particular, women need higher levels of a vitamin called folate before conception to deliver a healthy baby, but the body cannot produce folate on its own; we only get it from eating certain foods. For this reason, some foods are fortified with a form of folate called folic acid, but is eating a bowl of O's going to cut it?Read more
In theory, circuit training routines such as P90X and Insanity sound like the perfect workout: you’re doing resistance exercises with minimal rest while keeping your heart rate up. And if an exercise regimen keeps you gasping for air and drenched in sweat then it MUST be good for you, right? Well, not necessarily. While it certainly has its merits, circuit training isn’t always a great tool to improve your strength- in fact, it may do more harm than good. Below we distill the research on how you can maximize the benefits of circuit training. As always, the most objective way to know if circuit training works for you is to keep track of your performance data and key biomarkers using a tool grounded in science such as InsideTracker.Read more
Recently Mark Cuban created a firestorm with his suggestion to have consumer driven blood testing performed every three months. The immediate pushback from medical professionals boiled down to the question of blood testing being a screening process for disease detection, and not one of health and performance that should be available to any layperson, or a generally available tool for the individual with curiosity.Read more
Two decades after the fat-free craze of the 90s, we now seem to be in the “every-fat-is-good for you” craze where it is ok to add that tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette on top of your carb-free salad. However, does the new research support the belief that high-fat foods are good for your overall health and fitness? While no food science researcher or dietitian supports eating deep-fried anything or drizzling a full cup of olive oil on top of your salad, eating the right fats in the right amounts can certainly benefit your health and maximize your fitness. In this article, we examine the research evidence and nutrition data on five oils that can optimize your biomarkers if you properly incorporate them into your diet and monitor your lipids using InsideTracker.Read more
All B vitamins play an important role in women's health, particularly during the reproductive years. One notable member of this vitamin family is B12. Unfortunately, this vital molecule can rapidly leave the body without daily intake. Read on to find out when and why women need to pay special attention to vitamin B12 and what steps you can take to optimize your levels.Read more