Jiaogulan: A Potential Chinese Medicine Superstar?

Reading Time: 10 minutes Jiaogulan is a popular Chinese medicine that is traditionally used for various complaints, such as hepatitis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Looking at it through the lens of western science, we see it may have potential in these and more, but much more research is required to prove or disprove it.

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Cardiolipin: A New Target for Bio-hackers

Reading Time: 7 minutes Cardiolipin is a unique phospholipid that has particular importance to mitochondrial function, and therefore the production of energy for the entire body. Research increasingly reveals a diverse range of other roles, too, and suggests that losses are at least linked to ageing and disease. Here is a run down of what we know at this stage… and what to keep an eye out for in future, should cardiolipin prove to be a valuable target.

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Human Growth Hormone and The Magic Zone

Reading Time: 7 minutes Growth hormone is crucial to human growth and development, and reduces body fat, enhances protein synthesis and therefore increases muscle mass as well as strength and aerobic exercise capacity. These benefits can inspire some to seek to increase their levels. However, as we will see, increasing levels is only beneficial if you are actually deficient. Moreover, it can have some serious drawbacks for your health, and in some cases lowering levels can be preferable. Also, all methods of manipulating levels are not equal.

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Deuterium Depleted Water Health Benefits: A Superior Sip?

Reading Time: 10 minutes It’s claimed that deuterium depleted water is superior to plain old water, with a number of extraordinary health benefits: anti-cancer properties, enhanced cell growth and recovery, detox and metabolism, improved mood and brain function, and protection for the liver and heart. Here’s what the research says…

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Muscle Cramps: Common Myths and Potential Treatments

Reading Time: 10 minutes Muscle cramps are involuntary muscle contractions which generally won’t cause serious health problems, but are darn uncomfortable. The cause and best way to handle cramps remains somewhat of a mystery… Here we investigate the science behind the popular recommendations of magnesium and various other treatments that have been touted.

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Klotho Protein and The Fight Against Ageing

Reading Time: 10 minutes Klotho is a protein which has become much lauded for its anti-aging properties. Deficiency has been linked to degenerative changes in tissues and systems throughout the body. It’s an exciting and relatively recent area of research, with emerging evidence getting us closer to understanding its precise role, the value of interventions to increase levels… and determining what may be the best- i.e. safest and most effective- way to do so.

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Turmeric: An Ancient Spice Worth Its Weight in Gold

Reading Time: 7 minutes You may have noticed a surge in popularity of turmeric over the last few years. Now consumables such as turmeric teas, nut spreads and supplements are common place. The truth is, it has actually been a popular spice in India for thousands of years, used in cooking and for Ayurvedic medicinal and religious purposes, and used in other parts of the world for hundreds of years.

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Nicotinamide Riboside: Verified Fountain of Youth or Unnecessary Supplement?

Reading Time: 6 minutes There has been a ground swell in the popularity of nicotinamide riboside supplements in recent times. Understandably so, for it is purported to have anti-aging properties. But does it actually work? How? Has our relentless search for the ‘fountain of youth’ finally borne fruit, in molecular form? Before we answer these and more questions, let’s go back to the basics…

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