Hope for Sickle Cell
Week of September 20

Sickle cell stampImagine a water balloon traveling down a narrow pipe when suddenly a pole inside begins expanding, stretching the balloon and slowing it down. This describes red blood cells in people with sickle cell disease. Their red blood cells are sickle shaped rather than the normal, donut shaped disks. The misshapen cells are rigid, don’t flow easily through blood vessels, stick together, and block blood flow causing pain, anemia and organ damage.

Millions of people around the world suffer from sickle cell disease with few treatment options. But a recent discovery could ease the severity of this disorder... More »

A Teaspoon of Agavin
Week of September 13

Agave plantDave, we both enjoy a good margarita, especially one made with high quality agave tequila. I do, but did you know the same plant used to make it also produces a sweetener? It’s called agavin and researchers believe it may lower blood sugar levels and help people maintain a healthy weight.

That sounds like a contradiction but isn’t because agavin adds no calories. It comes from the agave plant, which is also used to make agave nectar. Unlike agavin, the nectar has calories and raises blood sugar.

Agavin is a natural form of the sugar fructose called a fructan... More »

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