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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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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21 Health Benefits of Yerba Mate

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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Bromantane

Bromantane, or Ladasten, is a chemical made by Russians in the 80s from amantadine combined with bromobenzene [R] and is good enough to be banned in the Olympics since 1996.

Bromantane is widely used in Russia for performance enhancing and for anti-inflammation [R] and is well-known for maintaining a high working capacity [R] and to shorten recovery times after exercise [R].
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Dr. Gundry: Lectins are the Root Cause of Inflammation and Disease

In this podcast interview, Dr. Gundry exposes the dangerous truth behind lectins and how they relate to inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and obesity. Most importantly, he shares his vast experience and research on why lectins are so harmful to the body, and how to reverse the damages they cause.

Anyone who reads SelfHacked knows I am very ‘anti-lectin’ for people with autoimmune/inflammatory issues. Dr. Gundry, originally a very famous heart surgeon, discovered how dangerous lectins are and altered his career to help people reverse autoimmune disease through his matrix diet. He has completed the only human study related to lectins and is now the most knowledgeable on the subject. His second book “the Plant Paradox” is coming out on April 25th, 2017.

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45 Benefits Of Pycnogenol (Pine Bark Extract)

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)

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

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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Genetics of Insomnia – 21 Genes and SNPs to Pay Attention to If You Have Insomnia

Your sleep problems may be caused both by lifestyle (e.g. eating habits, circadian rhythm entrainment, light exposure, and weight gain) and genetics. If you struggle with significant sleep issues, it is important to understand how your genetics may play a role so that you can use this information to your advantage.

Sometimes what appear like insomnia, low quality sleep, or other forms of sleep problems might just be because you live incompatibly with your genetic makeup. As a result, you might never wake up feeling rested, your stress response may be constantly overactivated, or you might really struggle to lose weight for no apparent reasons. Your genetic makeup plays a large role in determining the best chronobiology and lifestyle for you. Read this post to learn more about this.

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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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All About Iron Part 1 – Metabolism, Lab Tests, Iron Deficiency Anemias and Iron Overload

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.

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