Histamine is widely known as a substance that contributes to allergies, asthma, eczema, and coughs.
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.
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.
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.
Lycopene is a pigment that helps give red fruits and vegetables their color. It has attracted scientific attention due to its effects as a natural antioxidant. Studies have shown that this pigment has potent anti-cancer properties, reduces stress, and helps prevent muscular injury and inflammation.
Lycopene is a common carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables.
Carotenoids are compounds that give fruits and vegetables their red, orange, and/or yellow color.
They are commonly found in tomatoes, apricots, cranberries, grapes, grapefruits, guava, papayas, peaches, and watermelons.
Lycopenes are not essential for humans but are usually incorporated into the diet.
It has antioxidant properties and has claimed anti-cancer properties.
It is often taken as a supplement, but too much lycopene can lead to skin discoloration.
Health Benefits of Lycopene
1) Lycopene Is an Anti-inflammatory and Protects Against Injury
Treatment with lycopene may protect against muscle injury and inflammation in mice (R).
2) Lycopene Prevents Liver Damage
In male rats, it may reverse hyperhomocysteinemia, a blood disorder, which demonstrates an ability to help protect the liver (R).
3) Lycopene Helps Prevent Stress
4) Lycopene Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth
In human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma lines, lycopene prevented rapid cell growth and cellular invasion (R).
5) Lycopene May Help Protect the Skin
In humans, lycopene supplementation protects skin against harmful UV effects (R).
6) Lycopene Reduces Intestinal Damage
7) Lycopene Is Neuroprotective
In rats, lycopene reduced spinal cord injury by promoting the repair of the blood-spinal cord barrier (R).
It also reduced learning and memory impairments in rats, and prevented dendritic spine density reduction caused by high-fat diets (R).
8) Lycopene Helps Restore Vitamin A Deficiency
- In patients with ulcerative colitis, lycopene did not reduce abdominal pain (R).
- In an analysis of three studies, lycopene did not prevent prostate cancer as previously claimed and was not associated with colorectal cancer risk (R, R2).
- Lycopene may cause low blood pressure, increase the risk of bleeding, and interfere with estrogen/hormone therapies and chemotherapy medications (R, R2).
- It may also cause anorexia, chest pain, diarrhea, stomach pressure, gas, indigestion, nausea, skin discoloration, and vomiting (R).
AP-1 (Activating protein-1) is a transcription factor that controls various cellular processes including differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis. These proteins were primarily considered as oncogenic, but recent studies have challenged this view. Continue to read to know more about the various effects of AP-1 on Cancer and other factors in Human health.
Optimizing Retinoic Acid Receptors (RARs) function can help you fix leaky gut, lose weight, fix insulin resistance and heal from autoimmune diseases. Read this post to learn about 13 positive and negative effects of RAR activation, and ways to improve them.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound stored in every cell of the body. It helps the hair, skin, and nails grow faster, softer and stronger apart from improving neurological functions and reducing pain. Continue to read to know the other benefits of this supplement and why it is essential for you!
S. cerevisiae, also known as Brewer’s or Baker’s yeast, has great nutritional properties. It also has proven probiotic properties – it’s good for the skin and wound healing and combats various infections.
B. subtilis is a probiotic with antioxidant properties and with beneficial effects on the GI tract and the immune system.
S. thermophilus is an often encountered probiotic used in cheese and yogurt production. Although not particularly well studied as a probiotic, this bacterium has many potential health benefits. It is great for the skin, may alleviate GI symptoms, and may increase folate and hemoglobin levels.