Flavonoids Apigenin and Chrysin Non-Addictive Alternatives To Benzodiazepines for Anxiety Relief and Mild Sedation

When you are anxious and need a little sedative help to sleep, the flavonoids apigenin and chrysin may be good supplements to try. They are reputed to have strong effects at countering anxiety but more mild sedative effects than many … Continue reading

Chronic Stress Kills: High Cortisol Levels Damage the Brain, May Lead to Shorter Life and Neurodegenerative Diseases Such As Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Researchers have noticed that there may be a connection between chronically elevated cortisol levels, typical of people under chronic stress, and damage to portions of the brain including the hippocampus and hypothalamus that are seen in neurodegenerative diseases of aging … Continue reading

Vegetarians May Suffer Shorter Life Due to Carnitine, Carnosine, and Vitamin B12 Deficiencies

Pop culture and medical research suggest that vegetarians and vegans may have longer life spans due to lower incidence of cardiovascular diseases commonly associated with abnormal blood lipids. By avoiding consumption of meat, they reduce their intake of substances such … Continue reading

Nexrutine, An Anti-Inflammatory Supplement for Fighting Arthritis, Inflammation, and Prostate Cancer

Nexrutine is a herbal alternative to COX-2 inhibitors drugs such as aspirin and Celebrex. As a remedy for pain and soreness, it has a number of advantages over both broad COX-1/2 inhibitors like aspirin and selective COX-2 inhibitors like Celebrex. Nexrutine inhibits the inflammatory COX-2 connected with pain without inhibiting the protective COX-1, thereby having a lower risk of producing gastrointestinal and bleeding side effects versus aspirin and Celebrex. Other research shows that Nexrutine blocks the action not only COX-2, but also positively affects the inflammatory molecules TNF-a (Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha) and NF-kB (Nuclear Factor kappa B) that have been implicated along with COX-2 as participating in the development and spread of various cancers.

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Concussion and Head Trauma Recovery Assisted by Fish Oil Supplements

A recent study highlights how high dosage fish oil can help prevent damage and speed recovery from concussions and related head traumas. The effect is believed to be related to the way fish oil reduces inflammation in injured tissues and provides important nutrients for repairing damaged brain cells.

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How Astragalus Extracts Help Immune System Fight Viruses

Astragalus has for centuries been attributed with immune system boosting properties. Recent research suggests this may be related to how several compounds found in astragalus, including TA-65 and TAT2, help restore the telomeres in immune system cells. This allows them to replicate further to fight chronic viral infections that accelerate the aging of the immune system cells towards senescence. This benefit may not be limited to those suffering from chronic viral infections. Research is showing that non-infectious chronic inflammatory conditions, such as those caused by smoking, may also be tied to immunosenescence that might be ameliorated by telomerase activating compounds.

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TA-65 Telomere Lengthening Just One Part of Anti-Aging Healthcare

Geron Corporation has discovered a number of telomerase activators that can lengthen the telomeres on the ends of DNA strands that act as a sort of biological aging clock for cellular division. One of these compounds, TA-65, has become widely known as one of Geron’s affiliated companies, TA Sciences, has started selling it and related testing services to the public. TA-65 does seem to do what is claimed, particularly in people with aging immune systems. But there is a lot more involved with fighting aging than keeping your telomeres long.

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Vitamin D May Help Fight Asthma And Flu

The National Jewish Center in Denver in January 2010 published a research study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine based upon testing done on 54 asthma patients. The findings suggest that generally the patients suffering from the worst asthma symptoms have the lowest vitamin D levels, thus suggesting that a possible method to improve the outcome for asthma patients is to increase vitamin D intake.

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