The B-vitamins or B-complex are commonly known as brain vitamins. They are mostly water soluble and essential, meaning the body doesn’t manufacture B-vitamins and depends on outside sources for vitamin-B nourishment. Proper vitamin-B nourishment supports the brain and central nervous system.
There are eight B-vitamins. It’s best to consume green leafy plant foods to obtain most B-vitamins from food sources. But vitamin B-12 is not one of them. It can be obtained from animal sources or supplements. As we grow older, metabolizing vitamin B-12 becomes more difficult.
Most of the B-complex vitamins are co-factors with cellular mitochondria ATP production. Mitochondria are the cells’ energy engines that also monitor DNA activity. It can’t get much more basic than that. This article will focus on vitamin B-12, a very important undervalued B-vitamin.
Vitamin B-12 Is Vital and Its Deficiency is High Regardless of Diet (more…)
By Dr. Mercola
Adding herbs like parsley and thyme to your diet might help boost your brainpower, courtesy of apigenin. Apigenin is a flavonoid found in many herbs, including parsley, thyme, and chamomile, and certain other plants like celery and other vegetables.
When researchers applied apigenin to human stem cells in a petri dish, something remarkable happened – 25 days later, the stem cells had turned into neurons (an effect that didn’t occur without apigenin).1
The synapses, or connections between neurons, were also “strong and more sophisticated,” which is crucial for memory consolidation, learning, and overall brain function.2
The researchers noted that apigenin binds to estrogen receptors, which affect the development, maturation, function, and plasticity of the nervous system. They wrote in the journal Advances in Regenerative Biology:3
Below is a TEDx talk given by Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University, and one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
I chose to include ‘Big Pharma’ in the title because that’s exactly what it is. There have been countless examples of the manipulation of published research at the hands of pharmaceutical companies in recent years. This is why Harvard Professor of Medicine Arnold Symour Relman told the world that the medical profession has been bought by the pharmaceutical industry. It’s why Dr. Richard Horton, Editor in Chief of The Lancet, recently stated that much of the sceintific literature published today is simply untrue. It’s why Dr. Marcia Angell, former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, said that the “pharmaceutical industry likes to depict itself as a research-based industry, as the source of innovative drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth.” And it’s why John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, published an article titled “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” which subsequently became the most widely accessed article in the history of the Public Library of Science (PLoS).
We have recently seen a plan of attack from the medical and pharmaceutical industries to force blood pressure numbers down. There are consequences of low blood pressure and the effects of multiple medication use, known as polypharmacy that may not be discussed in your doctor’s office. You may be one of those individuals with great blood pressure numbers and on multiple medications but find yourself forgetful, falling asleep in mid-conversation, or just exhausted. These concerns are real and problematic especially for those 65 and older.
Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:
1. Give up your need to always be right
While your body is asleep, it’s raging an internal war. Melatonin, which we often refer to as the “sleep hormone”, serves as a useful ally.
The multi-faceted nature of melatonin is for the most part unknown. Currently, there is research suggesting it may protect, and even treat, certain diseases.
Below we’ve described some of the lesser-known benefits of this widely used supplement.
Melatonin is a Powerful Antioxidant
(Health Secrets) Can you imagine a supplement that protects every organ in the human body and has no significant side effects? This is the kind of claim that gets the FDA after the supplement industry, but in the case of lipoic acid, there’s plenty of research showing this claim may be true. What makes lipoic acid so special? Unlike drugs which possess a singularly defined molecular mechanism of action, lipoic acid is capable of producing multiple effects from its influence on a single gene.
Lipoic acid is a naturally occurring substance, essential for the function of different enzymes that take part in the mitochondria’s oxidative metabolism. (The mitochondria is the tiny furnace contained in each cell, in which food is burned and energy is produced – it is at the very core of life.) The excess production of free radicals occurring in this process results in oxidative stress being a big factor in the development of degenerative diseases. Lipoic acid has many biochemical functions in the human body to turn this process around:
- Functioning as antioxidants
- Chelating active metal ions
- Protecting against oxidized forms of other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E
- Modulating signaling transduction in several pathways
Vaccine-Induced Brain Damage Syndrome (VIBDS) is the phenomenon of impaired cognitive function caused by the brain-damaging toxic additives found in vaccines. It mirrors the well-documented cognitive impairment caused by chemotherapy, known across the medical establishment as Post-Chemotherapy Cognitive Impairment (PCCI).
The unmistakable evidence that vaccines cause permanent brain damage is found in the obviously suppressed cognition of those who take them. According to nearly every pro-vaccine parent who routinely takes vaccines, their vaccinated children — who are therefore immune to infectious disease — are endangered by unvaccinated children who they claim might be carrying infectious disease. (more…)
It originated more than 4,000 years ago and was a pivotal part of Chinese and Japanese culture. Scholars wrote about it. Emperors savored it. Zen monks obsessed over it.
For millennia, it was an indispensable ingredient in traditional medicines and alternative remedies. And today you can buy it in coffee shop chains, in grocery stores and in outdoor markets. You can even get it in supplement form.
In fact, it is the second most consumed beverage on the planet, after water. And with its mild flavor and soul-warming scent, it’s not hard to see why this beverage is so popular.
We are, of course, talking about green tea.