45 Benefits Of Pycnogenol (Pine Bark Extract)

bigstock-Pine-Tree-1294339-min

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.

Read More

13 Ways Vinpocetine Can Improve Your Health And Brain Power

vinpocetine

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.

Read More

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

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1541-4337.12073/full

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.

Read More

19 Reasons Why High Homocysteine is Bad, and Natural Ways to Decrease It

screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-09-08-08

High homocysteine is linked to many health problems including heart disease, stroke, autoimmune disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disease.

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.

Read More

H. pylori Infection 101: Natural Factors that Combat H. pylori (Part 2)

pufa_h_pylori

Standard antibiotic therapy for H. pylori have eradication success rate of under 60%, with several long-term side effects. This post (Part 2) covers how natural nutrients and supplements can lower the rate of H. pylori colonization, reduce symptoms of infections, and improve the outcome of standard antibiotic therapy. Read this post to learn how you can help your body combat H. pylori naturally.

Read More

H. pylori Infection 101: H. pylori Facts and Associated Diseases (Part 1)

h_pylori_disease

It is estimated that more than half of the population is a host for Helicobacter pylori.  While most will show no symptoms, in others this bacterium can lead to chronic stomach inflammation and ulcers. H. pylori infection also exacerbates a number of autoimmune and inflammation-related diseases but may confer protection in other conditions.  Read on to find out when and why H. pylori infection should be treated.

Read More

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

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23071150

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.

Read More

Negative Health Effects of Artificial Blue Light at Night And What You Can Do About It

Source: https://academic.oup.com/edrv/article-lookup/doi/10.1210/er.2013-1051

Nighttime blue light exposure can derange the circadian rhythm. It is a culprit behind many modern chronic health issues, including obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cancer. On the other hand, blue light exposure during the day is very beneficial. Read this post to learn how to hack your blue light exposure for your benefit.

Read More

What Doctors Won’t Tell You About Low or High Ferritin in Your Blood Test

bigstock-128949731-min

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.

Read More