The revolutionary science of aging and longevity

 

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  • Two scientifically demonstrated benefits of fasting are the suppression of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and the activation of autophagy, both of which play a role in disease prevention and longevity
  • After the age of 30, extrapolations from animal studies suggest the longer you’re able to incorporate some form of regular fasting across your life span, the better
  • When added to a low-calorie diet and healthy lifestyle, NAD boosters such as nicotinamide riboside (NR) and nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) appear to have a magnifying effect, allowing you to maximize your benefits
  • Sirtuins are proteins that act as environmental stress sensors and are responsible for longevity. Activating sirtuins is one way to increase longevity in yeast and worms. One compound found to activate sirtuins is NAD. Another is resveratrol
  • Research led by David Sinclair, Ph.D., has demonstrated it’s possible to reprogram cells, restoring their original youthfulness, and in so doing, reversing blindness by rejuvenating the nerves in the retina

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How Exercise Makes Your Brain Grow

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Recent research reveals that exercise promotes a process known as neurogenesis, i.e. your brain’s ability to adapt and grow new brain cells, regardless of your age Continue reading

How Agricultural Chemicals and Hospital Stays Contribute to Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease currently afflicts about 5.4 million Americans, including one in eight people aged 65 and over

Research suggests zinc deficiency can contribute to Alzheimer’s by promoting accumulation of clumps of defective proteins in your brain, which is one of the hallmarks of the disease Continue reading

Guidelines to Help Your Teen Safely and Effectively Improve His or Her Physique

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  • Recent      research shows a disturbing trend among middle and high school teens of      using potentially harmful substances to promote muscle growth, including      steroids Continue reading

Beat Eczema Naturally

 Eczema is known as a chronic dermatological condition that is characterized by skin rashes, dryness, crusting and flaking skin. Research indicates that eczema is caused by chronic inflammation that affects the skin cells and causes scarring. Natural lifestyle strategies allow the body to de-inflame and beat eczema. Continue reading

Introducing the Diabetes-Preventing Herb

“Gymnema sylvestre” is an herb that has been used in India for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is less well known in North America, though, over the past few years, studies have been conducted to measure the effectiveness of gymnema. Continue reading

Link between High Blood Sugar and Colon Cancer Discovered

Any health breakthrough in the field of the often-fatal colon cancer is one worth publishing and discussing. Here is one about how what’s floating around in your bloodstream affects your cancer risk. Sugar, that is.

High blood glucose levels — a hallmark of type 2 diabetes — is linked with a higher risk of colorectal cancer, according to a new study published online in the “British Journal of Cancer.”

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the U.S. In 2007 (the most recent year where figures are available), 142,672 Americans were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 53,219 people died from the disease.

The new trial involved 5,000 postmenopausal women enrolled in the groundbreaking Women’s Health Initiative study. For these women, fasting blood sugar and insulin levels had been measured at the start of the study and then several more times over the next dozen years.

By the end of the 12-year period, 81 women had developed colorectal cancer. Researchers found Continue reading