Archive | December, 2011

NUTRInitiative on Holiday Hiatus

14 Dec

Pic courtesy of J.Mulik

I love this time of year. Sure, the endless shopping and social obligations can at times be exhausting. But the characteristic buzz of energy that comes part and parcel with the holiday season is downright infectious. Even the cold weather can’t do much to get me down this time of year!

To help cope with the inevitable madness that ensues during the final countdown to Christmas, NUTRInitiative will be taking a brief hiatus from blogging. Be sure to catch up with us again in the New Year for more health and nutrition news, both local and global.

From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season. May Santa spoil you rotten with gifts and good cheer, and may your 2012 be filled with much love, laughter, and happy surprises.


Project Mint Tea Still Recruiting Participants!

5 Dec

Suffering from painful knee osteoarthritis (OA)? Interested in parlaying your experience with knee OA into a meaningful contribution to health research? Ready to consider complementary alterative treatments for your knee OA, such as, oh … mint tea?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, you might be interested in Project Mint Tea. If you answered ‘yes’ to all three, then Project Mint Tea is definitely interested in YOU!

Pic Courtesy of J. Mulik

Project Mint Tea is a clinical research study investigating the health effects of a novel mint tea on symptoms of pain and knee joint function in adults with knee OA. Compared to just any old mint tea on supermarket shelves, this particular tea is especially unique because of its high content of rosmarinic acid – a compound believed to help lower inflammation. Lower inflammation = fewer OA symptoms. Well, that’s what the researchers hope, anyways. And that’s what you can help them figure out!

Though initial recruitment began back in August and the first round of participants is already sipping away, we’re still on the look out for more helpful volunteers. If you or anyone else you know might be interested in participating, we would love to hear from you!

For some background information about the study, check out this featured ‘At Guelph’ article. If you think you might be interested in participating, simply click here to view a brief synopsis of study requirements. And as always, if you’d prefer a more personal touch, you’re more than welcome to just get a hold of any study team member directly at: or 519-824-4120 ext. 56314.

Don’t be shy! We’re super friendly and we can’t wait to hear from you! 🙂