The Physical Benefits of a Good Belly Laugh

When we laugh heartily among friends, we exhale repeatedly without drawing breath. This physical effort leaves us exhausted and triggers the release of protective endorphins, one of the complex neuropeptide chemicals of the brain that regulate pain and promote feelings of well-being. Watching 15 minutes of comedy in the company of others can increase your pain threshold by an average of 10%. Laughter is 30 times more likely to happen when we are with others than when we are alone.

Depression & Vitamin D

The large volume of research regarding vitamin D continues to grow. Despite the overwhelming emerging science that has brought Vitamin D (specifically vitamin D3 found in our Dense Bone formula) to the forefront of nutritional health – a whopping 77% of the population is lacking in sufficient vitamin D. The link between low levels of vitamin D and depression are garnering increased attention because of the growing prevalence of depression in our society.

Flu Vaccine Worsens Flu-Fighting & Cancer-Fighting Immunity in Children

This is only a small slice of the vaccine issue, but it is a dramatic finding. We know public health officials would never discourage people from getting flu vaccines. However, it is amazing that we do not see promotion of something so basic to ensure children have a robust and healthy immune response, such as promoting the vital importance of vitamin D adequacy for the anti-viral flu response.

Speaking of Our Diet – Wine & Dementia Risk

There is volumes of research demonstrating the positive health benefits of moderate wine consumption. It is important to note that Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes. Malbec has a thick skin and contains much resveratrol. Vine grapes grown in cooler climates have higher resveratrol levels than those from warmer climes (such as California and Spain). The varieties with most resveratrol in the wine include malbec, petite sirah, st. laurent and pinot noir.