Bacopa monnieri is traditional Ayurvedic medicinal herb grown in India. It has been widely touted as a brain booster with other positive effects such as reduction of anxiety. Often called water hyssop, it is a popular plant used in aquariums.
The herb contains many active components including alkaloids and saponins (that form a soapy froth when shaken in a water solution). Most people recognize the saponins Bacosides A and B as the most significant components.
Bacopa monnieri is marketed by many supplement manufacturers which use a variety of phrases to describe its effects. Some of these marketing slogans include:
Optimize your brain power
Supports memory enhancement & learning
Supports memory, enhances mental performance
Brain & memory support
Support cognitive function and brain health
Excellent rejuvenative for the mind
Benefits congnitive functions
These claims make it seem like you should start taking bacopa monnieri before your next algebra test or your final exams to make sure you get a high grade. After all, you want every advantage possible to succeed in life.
But, what do the scientific studies show about the benefits of bacopa monnieri? Are these marketing slogans simply hype that over-promise what you can really expect? Continue reading →
Magnesium plays important roles in the body. It is needed for enzyme activity by over 300 different biological processes. All enzymes associated with ATP require Magnesium. And, you may know that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) provides energy to all cells.
Depending on just how much magnesium in the blood is considered normal, anywhere from 4.8% to 47% of all patients in hospitals are deficient in magnesium. Up to 65% of patients in intensive care are deficient, and low levels of Magnesium are associated with a higher mortality rate.
How Much Magnesium is Required?
The daily dietary allowance for magnesium set by the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine is 6 mg per kg of body mass. On average, this means about 400-420 mg per day for men and 310-320 mg per day for women.
It is estimated that between 50% and 85% of those living in the United States fail to reach these levels of magnesium intake. A major reason for this is the high consumption of refined and processed foods that are deficient in magnesium. One study, for example, showed that refining and processing wheat to white flour, rice to polished rice, and corn to starch removes from 82% to 97% of the magnesium.
What Are the Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency?
Because magnesium is used in all energy producing systems as well as other systems, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are widespread an varied. Here are some conditions to look for: Continue reading →
Nutrition is more important than we think. Not only does good nutrition help your body perform optimally, but it may also reduce the effects of an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle.
In this study of mice breed to consume large amounts of alcohol, mice were given alcohol and an artificial sugar, maltodextrin. A group given water in addition to alcohol consumed more alcohol than those given alcohol alone. Yet the mice that consumed more alcohol had less liver damage.
A new study finds that mice bred to consume high amounts of alcohol, but controlled by diet, did not necessarily develop the most severe liver injuries, suggesting that diet may pay an important role in liver injury development. Nutrition Research News — ScienceDaily
Alcohol Consumption and Diet in Humans
This study with mice reflects what is observed in human alcoholics. A study by Marsano and McClain found that “malnutrition is relatively modest in alcoholic patients without alcoholic liver disease, the rate of malnutrition is virtually 100% in patients with alcoholic hepatitis and/or alcoholic cirrhosis.”
Another study by Dr. Charles S. Lieber tells us that many alcoholics are undernourished. He cites two major reasons for this:
Alcoholics do not consume enough nutrients, or
Alcohol metabolism prevents nutrients from being digested, absorbed and used
In either case, the alcoholic is often deficient in protein and vitamins. Vitamin A deficiency contributes to liver disease and other alcohol related illnesses.
While the alcoholic’s chronic diseases such as fatty liver disease can be life threatening, with changes, they can be reversed.
Fatty Liver Disease: Natural Fatty Liver Remedies
If the fat in your liver makes up 5–10 percent of the organ’s weight, then you are diagnosed with fatty liver disease. One of the hardest-working organs in the body, the liver works tirelessly to detoxify our blood, to produce the bile needed to digest fat, to break down hormones and to store essential vitamins, minerals and iron. That is why it’s so important to take care of our livers.
For people with fatty liver disease, the handling of fat by liver cells is disturbed. Increased amounts of fat are removed from the blood and produced by liver cells, and not enough is disposed of or exported by the cells. As a result of this, fat accumulates in the liver. There is an imbalance between the uptake of fat and its oxidation and export.
In this video, Dr. Axe shares how to heal a fatty liver by removing certain foods from your diet, consuming more cleansing foods and taking care of your mental and emotional health.
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Loss of skeletal muscle. As we age we usually exercise less and do less heavy lifting. Without being stressed, our muscles begin to atrophy, or lose muscle mass. Most people will lose about 30-50% of their muscle mass as they age.
Reduced physical function. Due to loss of muscle mass and increasing aches and pains, most older people have increasing difficulties with normal everyday activities. Climbing stairs, walking and balancing become more difficult and painful.
Weight increase. Because of lack of activity fewer calories are burned each day. If food consumption is not reduced significantly, the older person will gain weight. Bad food choices in both quality and quantity will produce metabolic effects such as obesity or type 2 diabetes.
More vulnerable to stress. Mental, physical, and emotional stress increases as we grow older. Reduced resilience to handling these stressful challenges means reduced control over our lives, less capacity to fulfill goals, and less enjoyment of life.
Reduced bodily functioning. Physical activity, or the lack of activity, has an affect throughout the body. Movement enhances your cardiovascular system, helps lymph system circulation, improves sleep, and elevates your mood. Movement changes the expression of your genetic blueprint by turning on or turning off genes. Lack of movement or exercise has negative effects throughout the body.
Can You Reverse Aging?
While there are many ideas about why we age, one idea is that the cells in your body no longer communicate with other cells the way they did when you were younger. Components of your cells become damaged so they can no longer communicate as they once did.
For proper function, the mitochondria in your cells must receive direction from the cell nucleus. When communication breaks down, your body cannot function properly.
A compound in your body, NAD or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is a communication enhancer that helps the cells in your body function. Unfortunately, the concentration of NAD decreases over time. Some evidence indicates that NAD levels decrease 50% every 20 years after birth.
Another natural compound in your body, NMN or nicotinamide mononucleotide, stimulates production of NAD. In fact, increasing NMN in your body has amazing effects including.
Lower body weight
Better mitochondrial function
Better insulin sensitivity
Activation of the Sir1 longevity gene
Increased bone density
Reduced muscle loss
Enhanced immune system
Researchers have worked so hard to find an enzyme that can slow down some of the chronic conditions that come with age.
Up to now the tests were done on mice, but they feel confident enough to try them on people as well. It is interesting that this enzyme is found in natural foods such as broccoli and cucumbers.
This ongoing quest for the “Fountain of Youth” has included an international team of researchers that may have discovered a compound that make cells act younger than they really are, but so far tested only on mice.
Researchers led by the Washington University School of Medicine published in Cell Metabolism paper stating that they found an agent that can balance out what happens in aging cells so that they can behave as they would in a younger mouse. That compound is also found in many organic foods like cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage and edamame.
The compound is called nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), and it is incorporated in producing another compound that is crucial for energy metabolism. So, when a normal aging mouse gets infusions of NMN, where researches produced more of that energy-fueling compound, certain biological problems related to aging were gone. The subject NMN animals did not gain as much weight, but converted food into energy more efficiently, and their blood sugar and eyesight were improved. The mice receiving NMN could prevent certain genetic changes related to aging.
Because most of the lab mice live only for several years, the researchers started the NMN treatments at five months, and lasted for a year. The study could not conclude that mice live longer; only that there are lower rates of age-related diseases.
However, even if you eat as much as possible of broccoli or cabbage you cannot achieve the sufficient amount from natural foods to extend your life says Dr. Shin-Ichiro Imai, professor of developmental biology and medicine at Washington University and senior author of the paper.
Keio University in Tokyo is launching an early study on people by using pill form of NMN. Here is what Imai says, quoting: “It’s clear that in humans and in rodents, we lose energy with age.” Furthermore, “We are losing the enzyme NMN. But if we can bypass that process by adding NMN, we can make energy again. These results provide a very important foundation for the human studies.”
These findings are correlated along with other anti-aging compounds tested on animals like the diabetes drug metformin, rapamycin and sirtuins; and all of them are as well as involved in energy-making process. Imai says, quoting: “All of these pathways cross-talk with each other.” Furthermore, “We don’t know the precise details of how, but they are communicating with each other.”
The general hope is that studies performed on humans will give more information about how to keep cells young, moreover to stop or hold off the diseases that typically occur as the cells get older and lose their function. Video Rating: / 5
NMN is a derivative of niacin, vitamin B3. So, foods with NMN or niacin will be helpful in combating aging. Some of these foods include:
Some studies indicate that foods do not contain enough NMN to cause a significant increase in NAD. So, supplements will probably be necessary.
A recent study of supplements has shown positive results for increasing NAD. The study showed “initial results of its second human clinical study of NIAGEN® nicotinamide riboside chloride (NR) have confirmed NR significantly and sustainably raises the co-enzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) in 140 healthy human volunteers over 8-weeks.”
Here is our recommended NAD boosting supplement:
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