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Glucosamine extends lifespan, mimics low-carb diet

Awhile back I posted on the fact that the OTC supplement glucosamine extends lifespan in both C. elegans and in mice. The mechanism resembles that of a low-carb diet.(1) The study’s main author,

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What happens when you see the doctor

You’ve got some kind of physical or mental complaint and go to your doctor. What happens? He’ll very likely prescribe a drug, one that has side effects and in many cases could be worse than

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Overcoming anabolic resistance for the older man and the hardgainer

Not the author What is anabolic resistance? Anabolic resistance is the phenomenon in which muscle does not respond to stimulus with normal muscle protein synthesis, but rather a reduced response.

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N-acetylcysteine increases endurance performance

Production of free radicals is a determinant of performance and fatigue One of the crucial determinants of fatigue is the production of radical oxygen species (ROS, also known as free radicals) and internal

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Ketosis extends lifespan

Ketosis and ketone bodies Ketone bodies are the small molecules that are produced by the liver when the body is in a state of ketosis. These can be readily used by the body and, most notably, the nervous

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Activate the stress response for health and long life

A pesticide extends lifespan in C. elegans In a recent study, researchers screened for a number of chemicals that might extend lifespan in C. elegans, the tiny worm that is often used in aging research.

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Testosterone for muscle gain: it works

Steroids used for athletics have two functions: androgenic and anabolic. Androgenic signifies that it increases male sexual characteristics, and anabolic that it builds muscle. Steroids are essentially

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Chocolate extends lifespan and improves cognitive performance

Chocolate can extend lifespan and improve cognitive performance, in rats, anyway, and there’s little reason to doubt that it would in humans. In the following study, the researchers used a special

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Lithium Extends Lifespan

Lithium is an essential nutrient Most people know lithium as the “drug” given to bipolar patients. In reality it is not a drug but a mineral, and in bipolar disorder it’s given in high

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Could intermittent fasting save you from a heart attack?

Intermittent fasting is merely going without food for a set period of time, for 12 hours, 16 hours, or more. It increases the process of autophagy, and this may very well protect against heart attacks. The

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Intermittent fasting for fat loss or anti-aging?

Lots of people, even including those wanting to build muscle, are doing intermittent fasting (IF) these days. The goal for these people is to lose body fat and, hopefully, retain muscle or build muscle

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Correlation between low sperm quality and soda consumption

Sugar-sweetened beverage intake in relation to semen quality and reproductive hormone levels in young men. The authors found that SSB intake was inversely related to progressive sperm motility. Men in

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N-acetylcysteine Treats Fatigue and ADHD of Lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus The cheap, over-the-counter supplement n-acetylcysteine treats fatigue and ADHD of lupus. Systemic lupus erythematosus, often known just as lupus (from the Latin for “wolf”)

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Does overtraining exist, or is it an excuse for weak people?

Strangely enough, I’ve seen lots of denials that overtraining exists, that it’s not a real phenomenon, on sites devoted to weightlifting and bodybuilding. The attitude seems to be that, since

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Daily intermittent fasting prevents obesity

The illustration is from Time-Restricted Feeding without Reducing Caloric Intake Prevents Metabolic Diseases in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet. While diet-induced obesity has been exclusively attributed to

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Chronic Catabolism in Illness and Fatigue

Here’s a paper from Wulf Droge (et al.), who has done pioneering work in amino acid metabolism, Role of cysteine and glutathione in HIV infection and other diseases associated with muscle wasting

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Why these depression treatments don’t get more notice

Because they’re cheap, easy, and safe is the short answer – especially cheap, which means no profit. Hence, no promotion or notice. Take a look at some recent papers by Michael Maes (et al.),

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Elevated levels of oxidative stress in bipolar disorder

Altered plasma glutathione levels in bipolar disorder indicates higher oxidative stress; a possible risk factor for illness onset despite normal brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels Background

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