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.
In 1937, the Nobel Prize in Physiology was awarded to Albert Szent-Gyorgyi for his research on vitamin C. At the time, vitamin C was a rare commodity and could only be extracted from adrenal glands or massive amounts of orange juice.
Szent-Gyorgyi’s discoveries helped launch an onslaught of vitamin C research, especially into its ability to enhance immune function.
The human body does not produce vitamin C. It must be obtained from outside-the-body sources. Water-soluble vitamin C is quickly excreted.1 That’s why it makes sense to supplement daily with vitamin C to ensure the body has the protection it needs.
Young people’s skin naturally contains ceramides that produce a moist, plump, wrinkle-free appearance.
Oral ceramides have grown in popularity because people feel the moist suppleness of youthful skin return within a short time after taking one small capsule each day.
Clinical studies have shown that an oral phytoceramide dramatically hydrates, smooths, and rejuvenates aging and wrinkled skin.
The symptoms of advanced heart failure are debilitating.
Any kind of exertion results in rapid onset of fatigue and shortness of breath. Even simple tasks like washing the dishes or walking a block can leave you exhausted.
Today’s heart-failure patients are prescribed multiple drugs that yield important benefits. Yet as their heart deteriorates, they are often restricted to a bed, couch, or wheelchair.
Americans are living longer and surviving early-life cardiac events via improvements in prevention and treatment. These include stenting procedures to open blocked coronary arteries, along with greater use of blood tests to identify risk factors before acute heart attack manifests.