Vinpocetine is a well-known nootropic in the health-hacking community that has a variety of health benefits. For example, vinpocetine is used to increase brain circulation, alertness, cognitive function, concentration, memory and mood, and lower inflammation and oxidative stress.
This article will explore vinpocetine’s history, how it works, it’s possible health benefits, and any possible safety issues you should consider before taking it.
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.
The primary function of red blood cell is to transport oxygen to all parts of the body. Inflammation and nutrient deficiencies can reduce red blood cell numbers or their ability to effectively deliver oxygen, which can contribute to hypoxia.
In this post, you will learn ways to increase or decrease your red blood cell count.
If you would like to know the optimal range for your lab tests, download our lab test reference guide here.
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.
Other factors that prevent or enhance iron absorption might have a bigger impact on iron levels than dietary and supplemental iron. Read this post to learn about these factors, as well as iron supplements and ways to make sure you get the most of it.
This post describes:
- How homocysteine levels can affect your health
- How homocysteine can be toxic and inflammatory
- Lab tests for homocysteine levels, with optimal ranges
- Factors that influence homocysteine levels, including diet, lifestyle, and ways to support the methylation pathways given the relevant genetic information (i.e. MTHFR mutation)
- How you can optimize your homocysteine levels to improve your performance and wellbeing.
Iron is an essential mineral that plays many important roles in the body. One of its main roles is to transport oxygen in the hemoglobin of red blood cells to tissues for energy production. While low amounts of iron can lead to poor health, too much can cause severe health problems.
This post covers:
- Iron Metabolism and Homeostasis
- Iron Lab Tests
- Iron Deficiency Anemia – Stages, Different Types, and Genetic Causes
- Iron Overload
Download SelfHacked lab test guide with optimal ranges here.
Ferritin stores iron and transports it to where it is required. In blood, it is an important indicator of the total iron stores. However, ferritin also participates in infections, inflammation, and malignancies. Elevated ferritin is often found in disorders with chronic inflammatory states such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Find out why it is important to keep this protein in balance, and which factors increase or decrease ferritin levels.
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.
Bilirubin is a yellow compound generated from destroyed hemoglobin. Its yellow color is responsible for yellow skin in jaundice, and the yellow hue of urine and feces. Bilirubin also has some very beneficial antioxidant properties. Read this post to learn more about its effects on the body and how to manipulate bilirubin levels to your advantage.
Glucocorticoid receptors are a type of receptors on the outside of our cells that transmit signals from glucocorticoids, such as cortisol. Poor glucocorticoid receptor function due to chronic stress and high CRH can lead to cortisol resistance, which explains why stress can worsen health problems and cause weight gain. Read this post to learn more about glucocorticoid receptors and how to optimize its function.