15 Incredible Health Benefits of Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola (Pennywort or Centella asiatica) is known for increasing blood vessel and collagen growth with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties while preventing swelling [R].

I want to try Gotu Kola tea for the improved neurochemistry and drug interactions; it excites dopamine and has stronger effects than caffeine. Read the benefits of Gotu Kola below.

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CYP19A1 Enzyme (Aromatase): Gene Variants and Natural Inhibitors

CYP19A1, also known as aromatase, is an important enzyme that produces estrogen. By regulating estrogen production, CYP19A1 affects a variety of processes in the body, including fat production and distribution, bone density, female fertility and brain function. Estrogen deficiency is associated with diseases such as osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. CYP19A1 variants are further associated with migraines and the growth of estrogen-sensitive cancers. In this post, you will find information about aromatase function, gene variants, and natural substances that decrease its activity.

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CYP17A1 Enzyme: Function, Gene Variants, and Ways to Decrease It

CYP17A1 is an important enzyme for the production of steroid hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. CYP17A1 gene variants are associated with elevated blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer risk. Read on to find out more about CYP17A1 function, genetics and factors that decrease enzyme activity.

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CYP11A1 Enzyme: Function, Gene Variants and Ways to Increase or Decrease It

CYP11A1 is essential for the production of steroid hormones (estrogen, testosterone, aldosterone, cortisol). It converts cholesterol into pregnenolone, from which all other steroid hormones are made. CYP11A1 also acts as an anti-inflammatory but pro-allergic agent. Read on to learn more about CYP11A1 function, gene variants and factors that increase or decrease it.

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CYP1B1 Enzyme: Function, Genetics, and Ways to Increase or Decrease It

CYP1B1 is an important detoxication enzyme that helps combat oxidative stress. This enzyme is also important for eye development. Mutations in the CYP1B1 gene are associated with congenital glaucoma. On the other hand, lower activity of this enzyme may be protective against obesity and cancer, by regulating the levels of steroid hormones in our bodies. Learn more about this enzyme and factors that can increase or decrease its activity.

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54 Natural Supplements, Agonists and Drugs to Increase Dopamine (and 12 things to AVOID)

Dopamine is the compound that fuels our drive and motivation. It increases attention, improves cognitive function, and stimulates our creativity. It makes us more social and extroverted and helps us form romantic and parental bonds. However, dopamine, when too high, can also have its drawbacks. Read on to discover 54 ways to increase dopamine and 12 factors that decrease it.

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All About Histamine: The Good and The Bad

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

In addition, histamine is also a neurotransmitter with very important roles both in the brain and in the gut. Read this post to learn more about histamine.

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

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.

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Hidden Causes of Low or High Ferritin – and How to Increase or Decrease It

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.

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

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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