Blood Tests

TSH Blood Test: 9 Risks of High or Low Levels

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Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is an important hormone that is considered to be the “master controller” of your thyroid. It is linked to a wide variety of health conditions, and its effects can be either beneficial or negative depending on your age. Read on to find out how TSH works, what can impact TSH levels in […]

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Hormones

3 Benefits of Myostatin Inhibition + Risks & Side Effects

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Myostatin is a human growth factor that prevents excessive muscle growth, and abnormally high levels can cause the loss of muscle mass. Myostatin is also a hot topic among athletes and bodybuilders, who claim that inhibiting it can boost muscle growth. Read on to learn about the benefits of inhibition and some foods that can […]

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Hormones

Osteocalcin: Function, Levels + What Increases or Decreases It

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Osteocalcin is an important protein that is critical to the formation and maintenance of bones. It also acts as a hormone to adjust insulin and glucose levels, increase testosterone, and improve muscle strength and cognitive function. Read on to learn more about osteocalcin and its complex role in our health. Osteocalcin is not what your […]

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Hormones

What Endothelins Do & 21 Natural Ways to Decrease Them

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Endothelins are hormones that constrict blood vessels and increase blood pressure. When overactive, they can cause heart, lung, kidney disorders, and other serious diseases. Read on to learn more about endothelins and factors that increase or decrease them.

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Hormones

Hepcidin: Function & Associated Diseases

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Hepcidin is a peptide hormone that manages the body’s blood iron levels. Although it is antimicrobial and can help protect against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, excess hepcidin can cause many disorders. Read more to learn about its function and role in iron-related disorders. Hepcidin is not what your doctor would usually test, even though it can […]

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Hormones

Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH): Levels, Testing, & Related Diseases

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If you and your partner have been experiencing struggles when trying to conceive, or you have PCOS, or just curious about your reproductive health, you might have come across the term Anti-Mullerian Hormone. Keep reading to learn more about this hormone and its health effects. AMH is a very important marker to monitor, especially if […]

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Hormones

Pancreatic Polypeptide: Function & Associated Diseases

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Pancreatic polypeptide affects your brain, your behavior, and your digestive system. It is involved in anorexia and obesity, so it can potentially be used for weight loss. Your levels of pancreatic polypeptide determine your appetite and weight and could be a sign of cancer or diabetes. Read on to learn more about how pancreatic polypeptide […]

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Enzymes

CYP Enzymes & How They Interact With Supplements (& Gene Variants)

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CYP enzymes are essential for the detox of drugs, metabolic products, and environmental toxins. Some of these enzymes vary greatly between people. Others vary less but are more sensitive to the food we eat and the environment we are in. Several of the enzymes have been linked to cancer, while a couple of them were […]

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