MitoQ

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MitoQ is a mitochondria-targeted CoQ10 lookalike, an antioxidant that is attracted to the source of most free-radicals [R, R, R]. Mitochondrial damage is a problem for neurodegenerative diseases, aging and being starved of oxygen [R]. Damaged mitochondrial DNA is associated with signs of aging: osteoporosis, weight loss, hair loss and a curved spine [R].

MitoQ is not as powerful an antioxidant as CoQ10, but it accumulates inside the mitochondria several hundred times more than outside [R]. It is continually and rapidly regenerated by the respiratory chain, like CoQ10, thus MitoQ is naturally recycled by mitochondria [R]. Although, MitoQ cannot replace CoQ10’s essential function in making energy [R].

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Top 10 Surprising Benefits of C60 Oil

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Buckminsterfullerene, buckyballs or C60, is a complicated nanostructure that scavenges rogue electrons, preventing them from breaking down useful biomolecules in a devastating chain-reaction [R].

In terms of electron transition energy, C60 is classed as a metal, just like metals degrades and rusts from superoxides, C60 is a perfect carbon based superoxide absorber and prevents life from degrading [R]. Other metal-based superoxide absorbers are zinc, copper, and magnesium [R].

Although, there are new theories to accommodate for just how powerfully anti-aging C60 appears to be.

Some think that by absorbing nearby acid, protons, C60 is then attracted to the mitochondria and carries the protons, superoxide acceptors, to prevent the very source of damage from the electron transport chain [R].

C60 has been simulated to sit inside the membrane of cells and is thought to channel protons to the source of the problem [R, R].

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35 Health Benefits of Yerba Mate

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Similar to how evolution works in terms of the occurrence of form and function, there can be unique developments leading to the utilization and cultivation of a plant for a use. The Tupi communities and the Guarani people of and around Brazil were the first to utilize and cultivate Illex paraguarinesis (Yerba Mate), a type of Holly, and it is apparently an acquired taste [R].

Yerba Mate is known for burning fat, promoting energy and improving cholesterol as well as lowering inflammation and cancer risk (if you drink it cold) [R, R, R, R].

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45 Benefits Of Pycnogenol (Pine Bark Extract)

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I have been vaporizing an oil form of Pine Bark Extract for 2 years now since I found out about its anti-cancer and anti-infection effects – two important points for longevity – and noticed the ease of breathing while walking through a pine forest. It can also lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce free radical damage.

This article will summarize the reference supported findings of the scientific research surrounding Pine Bark Extract constituents, first in regards to conditions of illness and in normal healthy situations and then in a technical mechanism response.

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Top 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Kombucha (with Ingredients and Side Effects)

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Kombucha is one of my favorite fermented drinks. It gives me energy because of the lactic acid levels. In addition, it contains beneficial yeasts and bacteria, and several other beneficial substances. Read this post to learn more about the science-backed health benefits of kombucha.

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Copper Part 2: Negative Effects of Copper Deficiency and Blood Tests for Copper Levels

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Copper deficiency is quite rare as most people get enough from the diet. However, it might be worth investigating in certain cases, such as hypothyroidism, anemia, poor immune function, and hair loss. Read this post to learn more about harmful effects of copper deficiency, ways to test for copper levels, and diseases related to abnormal copper metabolism.

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Copper Part 1: The Good and Bad of Copper, and Ways to Increase or Decrease Your Copper Absorption

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Copper is an important trace mineral. We need it for normal growth, bone strength, immune function, and cardiovascular health. However, too much of it can be toxic. Read this post to learn more about the health benefits of copper, harmful effects of copper overload, and ways to change your copper absorption.

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How to Increase NAD+: The Molecule of Youth (and the danger of low NAD+)

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NAD+ has many important roles for health, including stimulating anti-aging activities of Sirtuins and the DNA damage repair enzymes.

High NAD+ is necessary for healthy metabolism and mitochondria. In addition, low NAD+ can contribute to fatigue and several diseases. Read this post to learn more about NAD+ and factors that increase or decrease it.

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12 Health Benefits and 6 Side Effects of Licorice, with References and Mechanisms

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Licorice is mostly associated with candy and has been used in food and medicine for 1000 years. It contains various compounds that help with heartburn, cancer, and a leaky gut. Keep reading to learn more about its health benefits.

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24 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Ginger (with References and Risks)

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Ginger has been revered as a culinary and medicinal spice in many traditional cultures. It is also a very powerful herb with numerous proven health benefits. Read this post to learn more about ginger and how to make the best use of ginger for your health.

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Lycopene

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Lycopene is a pigment that helps give red fruits and vegetables their color. It has attracted scientific attention due to its effects as a natural antioxidant. Studies have shown that this pigment has potent anti-cancer properties, reduces stress, and helps prevent muscular injury and inflammation.

Introduction

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Lycopene is a common carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables.

Carotenoids are compounds that give fruits and vegetables their red, orange, and/or yellow color.

They are commonly found in tomatoes, apricots, cranberries, grapes, grapefruits, guava, papayas, peaches, and watermelons.

Lycopenes are not essential for humans but are usually incorporated into the diet.

It has antioxidant properties and has claimed anti-cancer properties.

It is often taken as a supplement, but too much lycopene can lead to skin discoloration.

Health Benefits of Lycopene

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1) Lycopene Is an Anti-inflammatory and Protects Against Injury

In rats, lycopene protects from lipopolysaccharide-induced acute lung injury by reducing inflammation (R).

In rodents, it protects from depression-like behaviors and brain cell injury by reducing lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation (R).

Treatment with lycopene may protect against muscle injury and inflammation in mice (R).

2) Lycopene Prevents Liver Damage

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In rats, lycopene reduced furan- and diabetes-induced toxicity in the rat liver (R).

In ferrets, it reduced tobacco-associated non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver cancer (R).

Lycopene treatment improves normal blood levels after being fed a high-fat diet in rats with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (R).

In male rats, it may reverse hyperhomocysteinemia, a blood disorder, which demonstrates an ability to help protect the liver (R).

3) Lycopene Helps Prevent Stress

Lycopene preserves sperm functionality and prevents sperm mutations caused by oxidative stress due to its antioxidant properties (R).

In mice, it may reduce oxygen deficiency by preventing endoplasmic reticulum stress and relieving any stress-induced cell death (R).

Lactococcus lactis, an important bacteria in dairy products, becomes more resistant to UV stress when combined with lycopene-related genes (R).

When combined with sodium valproate, lycopene reduced seizures and oxidative stress in mice (R).

In rats, daily supplementation of lycopene and gabapentin reversed sensitivity to pain, cold sensitivity, and reduced oxidative stress (R).

4) Lycopene Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth

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In human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma lines, lycopene prevented rapid cell growth and cellular invasion (R).

There is an increase in BCO2 production, a gene that acts as a tumor suppressor in prostate cancer (R).

5) Lycopene May Help Protect the Skin

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In humans, lycopene supplementation protects skin against harmful UV effects (R).

6) Lycopene Reduces Intestinal Damage

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In patients with chronic bacterial prostatitis, a combination of lycopene with other substances such as methylsulfonylmethane extracts improved the efficacy of levofloxacin, an antibiotic (R).

In patients with ulcerative colitis, lycopene reduced fecal blood, mucus, and pus (R).

7) Lycopene Is Neuroprotective

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In rats, lycopene reduced spinal cord injury by promoting the repair of the blood-spinal cord barrier (R).

Lycopene also reduces neuropathic pain by increasing spinal astrocytic connexin 43 gene production (R).

It also reduced learning and memory impairments in rats, and prevented dendritic spine density reduction caused by high-fat diets (R).

8) Lycopene Helps Restore Vitamin A Deficiency

In mice, lycopene supplementation restored vitamin A deficiency (R).

Cons

  • In patients with ulcerative colitis, lycopene did not reduce abdominal pain (R).
  • In an analysis of three studies, lycopene did not prevent prostate cancer as previously claimed and was not associated with colorectal cancer risk (RR2).
  • Lycopene may cause low blood pressure, increase the risk of bleeding, and interfere with estrogen/hormone therapies and chemotherapy medications (R, R2).
  • It may also cause anorexia, chest pain, diarrhea, stomach pressure, gas, indigestion, nausea, skin discoloration, and vomiting (R).