Many people are confused about what really causes a heart attack, thinking cholesterol is the primary factor at play.
However, it really takes a number of factors to get there, with cholesterol actually being a very small part of the picture.
So, in this blog post, we’re going to follow a heart attack from start to finish and explain which nutrients can play a preventive role in each step.
Aging too often results in the breakdown of healthy joint function and structure. Increasing evidence points to destructive inflammatory factors as culprits behind the joint problems humans encounter as they grow older.
While anti-inflammatory drugs have become mainstays in the medicine cabinets of senior citizens, an increasing body of knowledge reveals that natural approaches to maintaining joint health may be more effective, and a lot safer.
Drinking alcohol is a popular social activity around the world. Basically, alcoholic beverages are produced from the fermentation of carbohydrate or sugar. To name a few, beer is fermented from barley; sake from rice; wine from grapes; mead is made by fermenting honey with water. Through the fermentation process, with the help of yeast or bacteria, sugars in food will be converted to ethanol, the alcohol in the alcoholic drinks.
While having a drink can be enjoyable, when you get carried away and drink in excess, it can result in a hangover. A hangover is a group of unpleasant signs and symptoms that can develop after excessive alcohol consumption. How does hangover come about? Here is a closer look.
There is a direct connection between the eyes and the brain.
When doctors examine the retina and optic nerve they are looking directly at brain cells.
The retina consists of certain plant pigments that are good indicators of visual health.
Two of those pigments are carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin.
Supplementation with these carotenoids helps prevent age-related vision loss.1
The diseases of aging such as cancer, pneumonia, and dementia are linked to a malfunctioning immune system.
This degenerative impairment is known as immune senescence. It accelerates aging by causing chronic inflammation while failing to protect against pathogens and malignancies.1-5
Not only do we lose the ability to defend against cancers and infections, but our failing immune cells create a state of hyper-inflammation that destroys neurons, the endothelium, and joints.6,7
B vitamins are critical for the production of neurotransmitters in the brain.
Insufficiency is associated with cognitive decline.1-3
Folate has a number of mechanisms by which it can enhance cognitive performance. These include lowering inflammation and reducing homocysteine.1,4
Elevated homocysteine and chronic inflammation are linked to degenerative brain disorders.
Perhaps the most far-reaching implication of folate in the brain is its ability to modify gene expression.1
This means that folate plays a role in turning a gene “on” or “off.”
Cataracts cause about half of all cases of blindness worldwide.1,2
By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have cataracts, or will have undergone surgery to remove them.3
Researchers have been investigating two different but related forms of the nutrient carnosine to help slow the development of cataracts as well as improve visual performance of cataract-affected eyes.
Would you like to potentially add 9 years to your life expectancy? That's what research on the nutrient coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) implies is possible.1
CoQ10 is well known for its heart and vascular health benefits.2 By helping the cellular powerhouses known as mitochondria burn fuel more effectively, CoQ10 is able to protect not only the heart but every cell in your body.3
One way to improve heart health is to exercise. But what if you could achieve some of the benefits of exercise without stepping on a treadmill?
According to a recent study, that dream can become a reality with a supplement: curcumin.
One reason exercise is so good for the heart is because it improves endothelial function. When researchers compared exercise to curcumin supplementation, they found that curcumin was just as effective as exercise in improving endothelial function.