Functional Medicine Research with Dr. Nikolas Hedberg, DC

Functional Medicine Research with Dr. Nikolas Hedberg, DC

Functional Medicine Research with Dr. Nikolas Hedberg, DC covers cutting-edge research on Functional Medicine. Dr. Hedberg covers the latest research on thyroid disorders, gut health, autoimmune disease, nutrition, hormones and much more. If you’re tired of long-winded podcasts without useful information that actually works, then this show is definitely for you.

Episodes

February 9, 2024 8 mins
A new study entitled, “The Efficacy of Palmitoylethanolamide (Levagen+) on the Incidence and Symptoms of Upper Respiratory Tract Infection-A Double Blind, Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Trial” aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a signaling lipid called Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) in reducing the occurrence, duration, and severity of upper respiratory tract infections(URTIs). The results showed that participants who took ...
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A new paper entitled “Isorhamnetin protects porcine oocytes from zearalenone-induced reproductive toxicity through the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway” investigated the effects of a natural flavonoid called isorhamnetin on the damage caused by a toxin called Zearalenone (ZEA) to pig oocytes (immature egg cells). Zearalenone (ZEA) is a harmful mycotoxin found in moldy grain like corn, oats, and millet that can cause irreversible d...
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A new paper published in the journal Science entitled, “Persistent complement dysregulation with signs of thromboinflammation in active Long Covid” sheds light on the causes of Long COVID. The authors begin by pointing out the current hypotheses about the causes of Long COVID, including persistent inflammation, autoimmunity, tissue damage, and viral reservoirs. In this study, researchers followed 39 healthy individual...
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January 18, 2024 9 mins
Ginkgo biloba, known for its distinctive fan-shaped leaves, has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, particularly in Asia. Ginkgo biloba is often touted as an herb for brain health, such as improving memory and cognition. This reputation does a great disservice to the most versatile herb in the world. Ginkgo biloba can be used as a potent antiviral agent for a variety of viruses. Ginkgo biloba has some key bio...
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January 9, 2024 12 mins
For people with food sensitivities and chronic digestive disorders, the holiday season can be tough. Invitations to indulge in forbidden foods are everywhere—from checkout lines and television ads to office parties and family gatherings. For many, resisting temptation may be an insurmountable challenge. Sometimes, the visceral presence or memory of how a particular savory dish or sweet treat made one feel in the past is enou...
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December 14, 2023 13 mins
Long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or long-haul COVID, refers to a condition where individuals experience persistent symptoms or develop new symptoms after recovering from the acute phase of COVID-19. Long COVID can affect individuals who had mild, moderate, or severe initial COVID-19 infections and can persist for weeks or months after the initial illness. The specific symptoms and thei...
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November 29, 2023 11 mins
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can severely damage the body’s circulatory vessels, which inhibits oxygen, hormones, and nutrients from getting to vital body tissues. Patients with Long COVID have been shown to have impaired microcirculation up to 18 months after infection, and possibly even longer if those vessels aren’t repaired. Damaged microcirculation can lead to many of the symptoms of Long COVID including f...
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November 9, 2023 9 mins
5 case reports were reported in an excellent paper on ginkgo biloba and Long COVID symptoms. Patients with Long COVID were given 80 mg of ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761) twice a day. Patient 1 took ginkgo biloba for 11 weeks, and he had a substantial improvement in cognitive concerns, decreased perception of fatigue and an improvement in olfaction. He completely regained his sense of smell. Patient 2 took ginkgo biloba for...
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The endogenous compound PEA (palmitoylethanolamide) is a natural anti-inflammatory agent which works in affiliation with the endocannabinoid system to help modulate pain. PEA was first discovered in the 1950s after being isolated from the lipid fraction of egg yolk. In recent years, PEA research has largely focused on neuropathic pain states and mast cell related disorders. However, earlier research often was directed toward the ab...
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September 19, 2023 12 mins
Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is a naturally occurring endocannabinoid-like lipid mediator naturally found in many plants. PEA is analgesic, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, antipyretic, antiepileptic, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antibacterial and antiviral. PEA also increases endocannabinoids and it down regulates mast cell activation.  PEA can improve immune system function without increasing inflammation. PEA also ...
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A new study entitled, “Coenzyme Q10 + alpha lipoic acid for chronic COVID syndrome” has been published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Medicine which found that supplementation with Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) may be helpful in Long COVID. COVID-19 can deplete CoQ10 levels and damage the mitochondria which are important for energy production and immune system function. CoQ10 and alpha lipoic acid ca...
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The elemental diet dates back to 1932 and is one of the most utilized tools by functional medicine practitioners. It is useful for a variety of gut-related conditions and even conditions outside the gut. The elemental diet is a liquid diet that reduces inflammation in the gut, heals the gut barrier, and has an antibacterial effect.The elemental diet is done with Elemental Select powder from Moss Nutrition. A full elemental diet can...
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September 8, 2022 23 mins
Zinc Functions Zinc is an essential trace element required by almost every biological process in the human body including growth and development, immune function, wound healing, protein and DNA synthesis, and cell division. It is used in over 300 enzymatic reactions, serves as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, and is important for sight, hearing, and taste. The system-wide ubiquity of zinc increases the clinical impor...
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Berberine is an isoquinolone alkaloid that is bitter and bright golden yellow in color. It is derived mainly from the roots, stems and rhizomes of plants such as Coptis chinensis (Chinese golden thread), Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal), Berberis aquifolium (Oregon grape), and Berberis vulgaris (barberry). It has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine and is generally considered safe, though...
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July 21, 2022 20 mins
Background Information—Form and Function of B12 Vitamin B12 Form Cyanocobalamin has no known biochemical function. It must be converted to become active. It gets converted for use into hydroxocobalamin, methylcobalamin, or adenosylcobalamin. These three forms are equal in bioavailability.An exception to this is for the use of adenosylcobalamin in infants with a rare inborn error of synthesis.Methylcobalamin and adenosylcobala...
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Many factors in our modern society increase the risk of magnesium deficiency, placing a vast number of individuals at risk of suboptimal levels. An individual’s magnesium level can become depleted from issues such as medication usage, chronic diseases, poor magnesium content in crops and soil, and the increased consumption of refined and processed foods. Magtein Magnesium L-Threonate Click here to learn more about the Hedber...
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The combination of hydrochloric acid, lipase, and pepsin combine to create the acidic gastric juices found in the stomach. These healthy stomach acid levels serve as a first line of defense for the gastrointestinal system, preventing infectious agents from reaching the intestines. A normal gastric pH is considered to be present with pH values >3, with values below 4 capable of killing bacterial invaders within 15 minutes. Gastric j...
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A new paper entitled, “Impaired Vagal Activity in Long-COVID-19 Patients” sheds light on the vagus nerve’s involvement in Long-COVID-19. COVID-19 is divided into three phases of infection: 1. “Acute COVID-19” (signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection up to 4 weeks). 2. “Ongoing symptomatic COVID-19” (from 4 weeks up to 12 weeks). 3. “Post-COVID-19 syndrome” (signs and symptoms persist beyond 12 weeks). Click here to ...
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