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Am I Blue? Berry, berry blue.

Posted by wmagnus On September - 29 - 2010Comments Off on Am I Blue? Berry, berry blue.

Blueberries have gotten a lot of attention for their content of resveretrol, the compound that can turn on genes that favor longevity, but that’s not all that blueberries seem to offer to someone looking to age against the machine. Recent research publishing the Journal of Nutrition has found benefits from blueberries not only for general aging but for control of blood sugar and vascular disease as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Omega 3 and Omega 6

Posted by bmagnus On July - 30 - 2010Comments Off on Omega 3 and Omega 6

Some months ago, we presented a review of 3 anti-inflammatory diet books. One of the major points on which all three authors agreed was that Omega 3 fatty acids were good for you (so eat plenty of fish and take a fish oil supplement they advise), but unfortunately most of us eat more Omega 6 fatty acids. New research takes that idea one step and four generations further.

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Resveratrol Update: I’ll Drink to That

Posted by bmagnus On June - 25 - 2010Comments Off on Resveratrol Update: I’ll Drink to That

Resveratrol shows promise as a great anti-aging compound, which is why we’ve talked about it several times. It’s found naturally in red wine as well as grapes and peanuts, and is now available in most vitamin stores as a supplement. However, some experts think it’s very difficult to get enough resveratrol into your system to have any sort of meaningful result. There is new research on resveratrol showing more benefits, and calling into question just how much is beneficial.

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Measured Out With Coffee Spoons

Posted by wmagnus On June - 14 - 2010Comments Off on Measured Out With Coffee Spoons

In 1819 when German analytical chemist Friedrich Ferdinand Runge was hard at work in his lab on the way to becoming the first person to isolate caffeine from coffee, he likely thought nothing of the Ethiopians who first cultivated the plant. He also likely gave little thought to the 15th century Sufist monks who cultivated and brewed coffee as a medicinal. He did, no doubt, have in mind how coffee had already become a ubiquitous breakfast beverage in much of the world.

Making this new discovery, Runge and his good friend Goethe were no doubt as excited as researchers publishing in the recent special issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease focused entirely on the effects of caffeine on neurologic diseases. Read the rest of this entry »

Pregnenolone and Heart Disease

Posted by wmagnus On May - 17 - 2010Comments Off on Pregnenolone and Heart Disease

More and more synthetic steroids and related compounds are available at the health food store every day. Whether it’s DHEA, 7-keto, pregnenolone, or any of numerous steroid “production enhancers,” there’s a dizzying array of bottles of pills out there. Do any of them help at all with aging against the machine?

Researchers in Germany and UK have found a new mechanism that suggests that at least one of these vitamin shop steroids may be effective. Enter pregnenolone sulfate. Read the rest of this entry »