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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Allergic to a certain food? You’re not alone!

Just Over 3% of Americans May Suffer from Food Allergies

A review of nearly three million medical records identified more than 97,000 patients who suffered from one or more food allergies or food intolerance. The researchers found that the most common allergy was to shellfish, such as shrimp and lobster. Other common food allergies included fruits, vegetables, dairy, and peanuts. These food allergies can lead to potentially life-threatening reactions such as hives, anaphylaxis, shortness of breath, wheezing, itching, swelling, or other allergic-like reactions called intolerances. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, May 2017

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Vitamin B-12 May Boost Brain Function

Vitamin B-12 May Boost Brain Function

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is responsible for inhibiting the excitability of brain cells and balancing the neuronal activity required for healthy brain function. A new study finds that individuals who regularly consume vitamin B-12-rich foods may have elevated levels of GABA in their brains. Since previous studies have linked low levels of GABA with a greater risk for numerous neurological and mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, autism, and epilepsy, it’s suspected that consuming a diet with plenty of vitamin B-12 may protect brain function. Journal of Psychopharmacology, April 2017

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Vitamin C & back pain, plus the hazards of artificial sweeteners

Can vitamin C help reduce spinal pain

Can vitamin C help reduce spinal pain?

Though essential for collagen health—a key determinant of ligament, tendon, and bone quality—a large portion of the general population is currently deficient in vitamin C. In a new study, investigators found a link between suboptimal serum blood levels of vitamin C and a higher prevalence of neck pain, low back pain, and related functional limitations. This study supports the need to consider nutritional aspects, in this case specifically vitamin C, in the management of back pain. Pain, July 2016

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