Histamine is widely known as a substance that contributes to allergies, asthma, eczema, and coughs.
Depression is a complex disease with multiple contributing causes, involving both genetics and the environment. In this article, we discuss genetics, gut microbes, the gut-brain axis, as well as links between depression and inflammation.
Glucocorticoids are steroid hormones that help maintain various functions of the body. Glucocorticoid receptors bind to these hormones. Read this article to learn more about the health effects associated with these receptors and the factors that increase or decrease them.
CRP plays an important role in infections. However, this protein is also a marker of low-grade inflammation and a predictor of your cardiovascular disease risk. Find out how this protein links stress, emotional and socioeconomic cues to physiological ones, and how to keep your CRP levels at bay.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods. It helps fight against cancer, improves physical performance, prevents osteoporosis, helps promote brain function and reduces depression. Deficiency of this vitamin may lead to brain disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
HbA1c is an indicator of long-term glucose levels and has been recommended for diagnosing diabetes by the American Diabetes Association. Increased HbA1c in nondiabetics, apart from being a risk factor for diabetes, is also associated with cardiovascular disease and elevated all-cause mortality. Ideally, you would want to keep your HbA1c low, but also stable. Read on to find out why, and to learn about all the factors that can help you improve your HbA1c levels.
Psilocybin is a well-known, naturally occurring psychedelic substance found in mushrooms that are commonly referred to as magic mushrooms. This substance has a wide range of psychoactive properties, which makes it among the most popular recreational drugs around the world.
Continue reading this article to learn about its health effects.
Vitamin B9, or folate, is a member of the B-complex vitamin group. Like all B-vitamins, folate plays vital roles in cellular metabolism and energy production.
More specifically, folate aids in DNA and RNA synthesis, which is especially important during periods of rapid growth (e.g., pregnancy and puberty). Folate also helps control homocysteine levels, which, if too high, can lead to a number of chronic conditions including cancer, heart disease, depression, and diabetes.
MDMA is a recreational drug of abuse that is broadly known as Ecstasy when diluted. It has a wide range of psychoactive effects including an intense feeling of excitement, increased energy, enhanced mood and increased sociability. Continue reading this article to learn about the health effects of MDMA.
Sceletium tortuosum is a plant commonly found in South Africa and is traditionally used to relieve pain and reduce hunger. Numerous scientific studies have also mentioned that it decreases anxiety, stress, and tension.