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Weekly health quiz: Enzymes, licorice and bacteria

1 Enzymes are required for:

  • Digestion of fats only
  • Digestion of proteins only
  • Metabolic function only
  • All biological reactions in your body

    Your body secretes enzymes to catalyze biological reactions, making them vital to good health and longevity. Each organ has its own set of enzymes, and each enzyme has a different function. Learn more.

2 Which of the following conditions has been shown to provide prime growth conditions for Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterium typically contracted by swimming in the ocean with an open cut or scrape?

  • High blood sugar
  • High iron levels

    Iron overload may be a key factor in life-threatening necrotizing fasciitis infections. High iron provides prime growth conditions for Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterium found in seawater, and minihepcidin, an iron-lowering drug, has been shown to cure the infection by inhibiting the bacteria's growth. Learn more.

  • High insulin levels
  • Low omega-3 levels

3 Which of the following nutrients has been shown to ameliorate the hallmarks of migraine, including oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, neuroinflammation, homocysteine neurotoxicity and glutamate excitotoxicity?

  • Vitamin A
  • Omega-3
  • Riboflavin (B2)

    Riboflavin — vitamin B2 — has been shown to ameliorate hallmarks of migraine, including oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, neuroinflammation, homocysteine neurotoxicity and glutamate excitotoxicity. Learn more.

  • Vitamin K

4 Which of the following drug ingredients is known to have anticholinergic effects, meaning it blocks acetylcholine, a side effect of which is a significantly increased risk for dementia?

  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Croscarmellose sodium
  • Diphenhydramine

    Many common over-the-counter drugs contain anticholinergic ingredients. In the case of Benadryl and many sleep aids the anticholinergic ingredient in question is diphenhydramine. Learn more.

5 Which of the following herbs has a sweet licorice flavor?

  • Anise hyssop

    Anise hyssop has a sweet licorice flavor. It's part of the mint family, and is also known as licorice mint. Learn more.

  • Camellia sinensis
  • Lemon verbena
  • Lemon balm

6 Which of the following is a natural psychological need that every human being has?

  • Feeling you belong
  • Feeling your life has purpose and meaning
  • Feeling seen and valued
  • All of the above

    Just as we have basic biological needs for food, water and air, we also have psychological needs. Everyone needs to feel they belong, that their life has purpose and meaning, and that they're seen and valued. Learn more.

7 Consuming acetobacter in the form of this food may help you break down glyphosate:

  • Himalayan salt
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar

    Consuming organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is another strategy, as it contains acetobacter, which can break down glyphosate. Learn more.

  • Garlic

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