Histamine – The Good and the Bad

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Histamine is widely known as a substance that contributes to allergies, asthma, eczema, and coughs.

However, histamine also has many other important roles. For example, as a neurotransmitter, histamine helps us:

  • stay awake and alert
  • increases motivation and the desire for novelty and exploration
  • increases sex drive
  • decreases appetite

This post explores the good and bad of histamine.

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Top 17 Negative Health Effects of Environmental Pollution (#4 will surprise you)

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To live in the 21st century is to live in a toxic world. Rapid urbanization and the increased burning of fossil fuels over the past century has made people more susceptible than ever to harmful chemicals in the air, soil, and water including carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

These pollutants increase the risk of many chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and lung disease, making it a significant global health problem.

Conditions linked to everyday chemicals—used in cosmetics, plastics and common household items like sofas—lead to $340 billion in treatment and lost productivity costs annually in the U.S. (R).

Controlled studies show that when you pump in volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide in the air to levels that are within the range of normal and found in office environments (the worst 25% of offices), many important parameters of cognition go down dramatically (R).

The magnitude of effects from breathing cleaner air are greater than any nootropic you may be taking. Cognitive scores were 101% better when there was lower volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide levels (R).

Read more to learn about the detrimental effects of pollution and environmental toxins on human health.

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16 Proven Benefits of Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) – Some Will Surprise You

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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.

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Methionine: Good or Bad? The Surprising Truth About Methionine Restriction

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Methionine restriction has been known for decades in longevity research.   But less methionine is not necessarily better and it’s often worse.

I was prompted to write this post because of my vegetarian diet post.  Some people were assuming that methionine is something that needs to be reduced in the diet in order to be optimally healthy.

Like almost everything else in biology, the levels that are optimal for one person are suboptimal for another.

This post is meant to clarify the pros and cons of methionine and clarify who should be taking higher or lower levels.

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