Protect against depression.
Regular meditation & other spiritual & religious practices have been shown to help protect against depression. and supplementing with Co-Q-10 could also help combat depression. New research from the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia University indicates that these practices actually have the effect of thickening the brain’s cortex. A study which involved over 100 adults, some of whom had a family history of depression that put them at a higher risk, found that the participants who placed a high value on spirituality or religion had thicker cortices, these were observed on brain MRI scans.
It was noted that the thickened brain cortices which were seen in the study were the same cortical areas shown to have thinned in earlier studies of people at high risk of depression. Whilst more study is needed these results suggest that practicing spirituality or religion may protect against major depression by thickening the brain cortex and therefore preventing the cortical thinning that normally occurs with major depression. Moreover the research highlighted that this change was particularly evident in the participants who were predisposed to depression because of a family history.
Some earlier studies by this same team at Columbia University showed a 90 percent reduction in major depression in study participants who said they spirituality or religion were an important part of their lives and whose parents suffered from the disease. Supplementing could also help combat depression and a recent study in Cairo, Egypt has uncovered an unusual property of Co-Q-10 is that it has the potential to eliminate depression and anxiety. Co-Q-10 is a super antioxidant and cellular metabolism energy booster for inner cellular mitochondria activity. When that declines, early aging and other neurological, auto-immune, and heart diseases easily invade.
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Good Morning Sunshine
This can be pure sunlight or bright indoor lighting. So there may be another reason my early morning yoga makes me happy, beyond the release of endorphins!!! These new findings fit with the growing body of evidence that suggests that keeping our body clocks synchronized with the natural light-dark cycle is not only beneficial to our health but to our waistlines too. Researchers at Chicago’s Northwestern University recruited adults (average age 30) from the Chicago area who wore wrist monitors that tracked their exposure to both light and sleep patterns for a week.
The participants also diarised what they ate in daily logs so the researchers could estimate their calorie intake and they found that the earlier light exposure occurred during the day, the lower the individuals body mass index. The researchers accounted for participants activity level, sleep pattern/timing, age and calorie intake. The people with the strongest correlation between light and BMI were exposed to more than 500 lux of light, equivalent to bright indoor lighting. Outdoor light can range from 1,000 lux up into the hundreds of thousands.
The study was published in the journal PLoS One (http://www.plosone.org/) The findings weren’t necessarily surprising as it is assumed that exposure to light plays a role in regulating metabolism. There are animal studies in mice where disrupting the natural light-dark cycle with long periods of exposure to light leads to weight gain. The conclusions drawn were that we should get more bright light between 8 a.m. and mid-day and that about 20 to 30 minutes of morning light is enough to affect BMI (body mass index). So modifying light does have potential for use in weight management which would complement similar recent research showing that getting enough sleep helps people avoid weight gain. The field of chronobiology (the study of internal biological clocks) is growing which means so does interest in exploring these types of weight management interventions. Satchin Panda, an associate professor at the Salk Institute who studies chronobiology said “This is a very interesting paper.
Light is a very important cue in synchronizing our internal body clocks and those clocks are key to helping our bodies perform optimally.” So which of us needs to pay attention? How about anyone who stays up late working or even relaxing and then needs the alarm to wake them unwillingly from their sleep in order to face the day? Sleep experts say that unfortunately, we have caveman’s hard-core wiring and that means up with the sun! And if we burn the candle at both ends?
This primitive hardwiring in our bodies reads insufficient sleep as – Danger, store fat!!!!!
Over the past 10 years scientists have made huge steps in understanding what causes our bodies to age identifying that there are true ‘anti-ageing’ treatments.
What Happens When We Age?
As we age so too do our cells. Most of the cells we have in our bodies today were not there when we were born. New cells form constantly, that’s how our bodies grow. The cells in our body don’t grow in size but grow in number by dividing in two, a process called mitosis. Normally, the two cells that result from mitosis are identical.
In adulthood cells don’t need to divide to enable our bodies grow but they do divide to replace cells that have been damaged or have died.
However, cells can split only a certain number of times. Collagen-producing skin cells, divide about 50 times. Once a cell has reached this point it eventually dies (Apoptosis -the process of programmed cell death).
Another major contributor to ageing is the cell damage caused by environmental factors such as smoking, stress, UV radiation, poor diet, alcohol consumption, chemical exposure etc. These all lead to oxidative stress in the body which in turn causes free radical production within the body. Free radicals are molecules with an unpaired electron making them unstable and highly reactive and when they collide with other molecules in the body they are able to damage them.
By preventing cell damage you can slow down the aging process by as much as 25% and achieve significant health benefits.
Defy Ageing with Antioxidnats
Antioxidants are chemical substances that donate an electron to the free radical and convert it to a harmless molecule and so protecting cells from the oxidative damage that leads to ageing and disease.
Studies have shown that people who live to be 100 years or older often demonstrate higher blood levels of antioxidants than much younger people.
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Turmeric is touted as one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence and here are the top 9 reasons why!!!
Turmeric comes from the underground stems of the Curcuma longa plant which is a member of the ginger family. Its what gives curry its yellow colour. Its main and most active ingredient is curcumin which is a very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
It has been used in India for thousands of years as not only a spice but as a medicinal herb too and science is now starting to discover and confirm what the Indians have known for hundreds of years which is that it really does have medicinal benefits.
To date literally hundreds of medical and scientific studies highlight its benefits for our bodies and our brains.
Nine Major Health Benefits of Turmeric
1:Turmeric and Cancer
Turmeric and more specifically its active ingredient curcumin has been shown to protect against and potentially fight cancer.
Early trials have shown some promising results for both preventing and treating cancer.
Research shows that there are low rates of certain types of cancer in countries where people eat curcumin at levels of about 100 to 200 mg a day over a long period of time.
In one cancer prevention trial curcumin was given to patients with pre-cancerous cells and the study indicated that curcumin could stop these pre-cancerous cells becoming cancer.
Numerous scientific studies on cancer have shown that curcumin appears to be able to kill cancer cells and also prevent more from growing. It has the best results on breast, bowel, skin and stomach cancer cells. A scientific study using both curcumin and chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells showed that treatments used in tandem killed more cancer cells than using chemotherapy alone.
Another study in mice showed that curcumin stopped the spread of breast cancer cells to other parts of the body.
Whether curcumin can help treat cancer in humans has still to be tested further before definite claims can be made but the evidence so far is extremely positive.
However, there is more conclusive evidence to show that it may help prevent cancer from occurring in the first place.
Fact: Curcumin leads to several changes on a molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.
2:Turmeric as a Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Short-term inflammation in the body is extremely important as it helps the body fight infection and foreign bodies and also has a role in repairing damage. Without it bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us.
When inflammation becomes long-term (chronic), it can become a major problem and can be mistakenly deployed against the bodys own tissues.
Chronic, low-level inflammation is now believed to play a major role in almost every Western disease, including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers and other degenerative conditions.
Curcumin is an extremely strong anti-inflammatory that fights inflammation at the molecular level and is as effective as many anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs without the side effects!
So if it can help fight chronic inflammation without the side effects surely it is of huge potential importance in both preventing and even treating disease.
3:Turmeric the Antioxidant that also Increases our Antioxidant Capacity
Oxidative stress is recognised as one of the causes behind ageing and disease.
Oxidative damage involves free radicals (highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons) reacting with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins or DNA.
Antioxidants protect our bodies from free radicals which is why they are so important to our health.
Guess what! Curcumin also happens to be a very potent antioxidant that neutralises free radicals. Coupled with this it also boosts the activity of the bodys own antioxidant enzyme system so it packs a double punch.
4:Turmeric Improves Brain Function and Lowers the Risk of Brain Disease.
Curcumin has been shown to be able to cross the blood-brain barrier.
The growth of new cells in the brain, neurogenesis, is enhanced under the influence of a specific protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor)
Common brain disorders such as Alzheimers and depression have been linked to decreased levels of this brain growth hormone.
Curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF and by doing this could be effective at delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and degenerative age-related decreases in brain function.
It is also a possibility that it could help improve memory and make you more intelligent. This all seems to add up knowing its effects on BDNF levels.
Interestingly – one key feature of Alzheimers disease is a build-up of protein tangles called amyloid plaques, studies have shown that curcumin can help clear these plaques.
Curcumin has been shown to be as effective as Prozac in treating depression.
One controlled trial 60 patients were put into 3 randomised groups. One of the groups took Prozac, one took a gram of curcumin and the third took both, daily. The results after a 6 weeks period showed that there were similar improvements in the 2 groups that took curcumin and Prozac separately but the group that took both saw the most improvement. Showing that curcumin could be and effective antidepressant.
As discussed above depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a shrinking of the hippocampus – curcumin boosts these BNDF levels so has the potential to reverse some of these changes.
5:Turmeric Lowers Your Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world.
It has been studied for many decades and researchers have learned a lot about why it happens.
When it comes to heart disease probably the main benefit of curcumin is its ability to improve the function of the endothelium (the lining of the blood vessels)
Endothelial dysfunction is a major contributor to heart disease and is when the endothelium is unable to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors.
Studies show that curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function, some suggesting that it may be as effective as exercise. The fact that curcumin also reduces inflammation and oxidation is also important in the prevention of heart disease.
6:Turmeric aids Weight Loss
Picking up on the point above that suggests that taking turmeric could be as effective as exercise; studies have shown that it increases the flow of bile in the stomach which in turn helps to break down fat. So taking turmeric before or just after each meal can help your body break down the fat that can cause you to gain weight.
Another way turmeric aids in weight loss is it helps to control sugar levels by fighting insulin resistance. This keeps you from retaining extra fat and lowers your chances of developing diabetes. However, If you already have diabetes it helps you control your glucose levels.
7:Turmeric and Diabetes
The formation of fatty deposits in the arteries is a risk for patients with type 2 diabetes a recent patient study found that supplementing with turmeric can prevent this. Over a series of six months the study revealed the involvement of turmeric extract, curcumin, does stop the fatty deposits forming on the inner surfaces of the arteries and obstructing the blood flow. Researchers also found that Turmeric could prevent diabetes from developing. The research showed that people with diabetes who took a curcumin supplement dramatically lowered their glucose level and insulin resistance.
8:Arthritis and Turmeric
There are various types of arthritis and most involve some sort of inflammation in the joints so again as a proven potent anti-inflammatory it is not surprising that would help with arthritis.
Many studies have examined the effects of curcumin on arthritis and noted improvements in symptoms. In one study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was shown to be even more effective than an anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drug.
9:Anti-Ageing Benefits of Turmeric
So if curcumin can really help prevent heart disease, cancer and Alzheimers surely it has have obvious benefits for longevity.
It is for this reason that turmeric has become very popular as an anti-ageing supplement.
A Few Additional & Important Suggestions
Most of the studies on this herb are using dosages that usually exceeding 1 gram per day meaning it would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice in your foods.
So, if you want to experience the full effects, then you would be wise to take a daily supplement
Black pepper enhances bioavailability of Turmeric. Curcumin has low levels of bioavailability. Most of the curcumin that is ingested gets metabolized before it can get absorbed. There are studies to test if when taking curcumin with black pepper could improve the bioavailability of the former. These studies have been conducted on humans and animals. One of these studies found that when 2g of curcumin was ingested, absorption levels were very low. However, when 20mg piperine (black pepper) was added to the curcumin the bioavailability increased by 2000%.
So always swallow a few whole peppercorns along your turmeric supplement, in order to enhance absorption.
Turmeric is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal or with good quality omega 3 oil supplement Recent studies have identified that phospholipid omega 3 can increase bioavailability of curcumin by up to 27 times .
There has been a huge amount of research into the health benefits of using collagen supplements and it has had a long history of use in the beauty industry, however recently there has been much more focus on its potential benefits for athletes and sports people.
Collagen is a protein supplement which contains a large range of micronutrients so it figures that it would deliver nutritional benefits for sporting individuals.
Type I Collagen peptides such as those in GBR Nutritions Liquid Collagen, form the primary building blocks and the principal protein for skin, hair, nails, bones, tendons, joints, and cartilage. They provide mechanical stability, elasticity and strength to connective tissues-bones, tendons and ligaments
Musculoskeletal injuries often come hand in hand with sport or occupations which involve regular physical activity and collagen in its hydrolysed form performs a key role in all 3 stages of the healing process – inflammation, regeneration and remodelling. This makes it a perfect element of a sports recovery regime. In addition to this it also contains the perfect combination of peptides and amino acids for protein synthesis (one of the most fundamental biological processes by which individual cells build their specific proteins) and muscle repair. Scientists are now suggesting that hydrolysed collagen is a valuable protein to take before and after exercise. If muscles, joints and ligaments have the nourishment to fully recover, they will rebuild more efficiently and also have the ability to be much stronger meaning there is also a huge potential for the prevention and treatment of sports injuries.
A recent 24 week study evaluated the effects of hydrolysed collagen on activity-related joint pain in athletes who had no evidence of joint disease. One hundred and forty-seven subjects were randomly assigned to two groups: 73 received 25 ml of a liquid formulation that contained 10g of hydrolysed collagen and 74 received a placebo, over a period of 24 weeks. The results showed that the athletes taking the hydrolysed collagen showed reduced parameters such as pain that had a negative impact on their athletic performance.
Collagen is naturally rich in the two amino acids glycine and arginine which are directly involved in the production of creatine in the body, creatine helps to supply energy to all cells in the body, primarily muscle, therefore offering additional benefits for those involved in regular exercise by helping to improve athletic performance. Arginine also supports the production of growth hormone – one of the key players in muscle recovery and growth. In addition it directly generates the chemical nitric oxide which causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow to exercising muscles, maximising both performance and recovery as more oxygen and nutrients become available whilst also removing metabolic wastes more efficiently.
See the Pub Med study results here:
Clinical Study Confirms the Effectiveness of Glucosamine and Chondroitin in Treating Osteoarthritis and Supporting Joint Health.
According to the results from an international clinical study trail (MOVES) the combination of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulphate was shown to be as effective as treatment with Celebrex (a pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory) after 6 months.
The results of the trial demonstrate the effectiveness of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulphate in the management of joint health and wellness. The results have been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Evidence has been increasing in favour of the use of glucosamine and chondroitin in osteoarthritis of the knee and this new study further confirms the rationale for using this combination of supplements/neutraceuticals over more expensive pharmaceutical drugs.
The trial involved 606 patients with moderate to severe pain. Patients were randomised to receive 400 mg of chondroitin sulphate and 500 mg of glucosamine hydrochloride three times a day or 200 mg of Celebrex every day for 6 months.
Results: Both groups reported a reduction of approximately 50% in the presence of joint swelling, adverse effects were low and similarly distributed between groups.
Conclusions – chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine hydrochloride are as effective as Celebrex in reducing pain, stiffness, functional limitation and joint swelling/effusion after 6 months in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, with a good safety profile.
Study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) – an international peer-reviewed journal that covers all aspects of rheumatology, which includes the spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritic disease and connective tissue disorders.
Clinical Study details can be found here:-