Homocysteine is a naturally-occurring amino acid that is a breakdown product of the essential amino acid, methionine and is linked to cardio problems, cancer and DVT. Normally the homocysteine is converted back into a harmless amino, cysteine but folks with gluten sensitivity may increase its buildup. Low levels of Vitamin B, especially B12 and B6 also puts them at risk. Women with the highest homocysteine levels had 2.3 times the heart attack risk and also had low folic acid levels, which has also been linked to autism.
Doctors seem to recommend supplementing with folic acid to help homocysteine normalize and especially when recommending the Bs. But, if they don’t test you for a mutant MRHFR gene they can’t tell you which folic is good for you and which can be dangerous. “Folic acid” and “Folate” are often used interchangeably to describe Vitamin B9. But, they are not the same. Folic acid, is actually a synthetic form of Vitamin B9, which is not found in nature, nor is it naturally found in the human body. In order for folic acid to be metabolized, it must undergo metabolism via the enzymes FOLR2 and DHFR, primarily in the liver although many people don’t have enough of these enzymes to do the job, such as those with an MTHFR mutation. These individuals cannot complete the final metabolic step that converts folic acid to the active form L-methylfolate (5-MTHF)
An epidemiological study conducted in 2007 found that men and women with previous colorectal adenomas, who took 1000 mcg of folic acid daily for 6-8 years had increased risk factors for colorectal cancer (10). It is certainly plausible to consider the possible cancer risks associated with excessive folic acid. It is for this reason that certain conventional cancer treatments use folate-blocking drugs such as methotrexate.
However, natural folates found in whole foods appear to be metabolized via the intestinal mucosa. A more homogeneous choice would be L-methylfolate which is the biologically active form of vitamin B9. L-Methylfolate (5-MTHF) has emerged as a popular alternative, and has been used as a complementary medicine in several recent clinical trials. Studies show that L-Methyfolate supplementation is equally (if not more) effective than folic acid for increasing circulating folate in those with an MTHFR mutation. It is also highly effective at reducing homocysteine levels in healthy people. It is also better absorbed and interacts with fewer medications than folic acid.
Note: To find out whether MTHFR should be on your radar, you can take raw data from 23andme, or another provider like Ancestry, and upload the data to a site like Genetic Genie to determine whether you have one copy, or two copies of either MTHFR C677T, or MTHFR A1298C, the “mutant” versions of the gene.
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A review published in the Jnl of American Osteopathic Assn found that vitamin D cannot be metabolized without the body having high enough magnesium levels. Vitamin D can increase our calcium and phosphate levels but if your magnesium levels are low you may suffer from vascular calcification which is prevented by sufficient magnesium. This mineral also helps prevent osteoporosis attributed to low levels of vitamin D. Dr. Mohammed S. Razzaque, professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine says ” without magnesium vitamin D is not really useful or safe.”
And, if you have enough magnesium you won’t need huge amounts of D. The RDA for magnesium is 420mg for men and 320 for women but our diet only gives us 50% of this. Foods high in refined grains, fat, phosphate and sugar contribute to magnesium deficiencies. Foods providing magnesium are almonds, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, cashews, egg yolk, flaxseed, green veggies, milk, mushrooms, oatmeal, pumpkin and sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, sweet corn and whole grains. But unless you eat a lot of these it may be prudent to take a magnesium supplement. – reprinted in part from Nutraceutical World, April 2018.
*Note: the liquid vitamin complex I take contains 300 mg magnesium and 2500iu vit. D-3. www.LongLifeNews.com (Vitality Combo)
So many women suffering with menopause. That’s why I wrote my book Aaargh! Menopause. I still deal with post-menopause symptoms which have been mostly eliminated through various supplements, but many of my friends who are at that age are complaining about hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, loss of interest in sex, joint pain and more. They just ask me… when does this stop?
Although the symptoms may lessen the effects of losing your estrogen and progesterone levels change our shape. I still deal with a fatter waist, shrinking spine so the skin rolls up around my middle because it has no place to go! And most women have arthritis to look forward to. Not a pretty picture!
There are lots of things you can do diet wise to clean up your act and stave off the inevitable demise of the body. One supplement I found is to shore up the telomeres which affect your DNA strands from shortening. Supposedly when then get real short you die. Cell Metrix is a synergistic herbal supplement to stimulate your cells, including stem cells at the molecular level. And it must have an ingredient that affects my serotonin because I call it my happy pill. When I take it I get more energy and can’t keep a frown on. I buy it through www.longlifenews.com
The other magic potion I take is 4 Easy Menopause. It seems it includes the NCC Factor (which I understand means naturally complete complex) that according to the website has inherent in the velvet antler ingredient, all components needed for hormone balancing, joint support, immune support, etc. Sort of a one-size fits all component. It also has milk calcium and an EFA complex from green lipped mussels. Must work because my knees are better and I can still ski and ride my bike and my hot flashes (yup still got them 20 years after menopause) are hardly noticeable. Do your own research and check out their website www.EasyMenopauseSolutions.com .
If you have any other recommendations I’d appreciate comments to this blog. We like to share anything that helps women (and the men who have to deal with menopausal women) during the post-fertility stage of their life.
-don’t forget if you want to read my book Aaargh! Menopause you can download it free at http://menopausebook.gr8.com
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Dating back many centuries in Asia, men have used velvet antler to fight ED (erectile dysfunction). In that part of the world it is a considered a natural alternative to Viagra. Along with similar pharmaceuticals, Viagra may just solve impotence problems by causing the vasodilation of blood vessels connected to proper erectile function. The hormone-supporting constituents of velvet deer antler have the ability to stimulate the contractile muscle protein called myosin. By activating this protein you generate muscle stamina and improved nerve transmission, both of which help to restore a more normal sexual function in men and women.
Each part of the antler contains different hormone-supporting compounds with a variety of properties.. Since many velvet antler manufacturers only use the lower calcified portions of the antler (cheaper to purchase) we recommend using the deer velvet from New Zealand for maximum effectiveness since the whole antler is used containing more of the cartilaginous tissue. New Zealand velvet antler processed in this whole form appears to provide the widest selection of chemical compounds associated with the benefits claimed through research for both men and women .
-excerpted from the book Aaargh! Menopause available as a free download at http://menopausebook.gr8.com
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According to the American Psychological Assn., the number of people who suffer from stress and anxiety has increased by 44% over the last five years. General anxiety disorders affect over 6 million people with women complaining of stress twice as much as men. Stress can be brought on by so many reasons, from rushed deadlines, social fears, childhood trauma, traumatic events to illness.
Natural approaches to stress may be tried before drugs. Starting with supporting the brain, good nutrition is essential including foods such as fish, hemp, avocados, coconut and nuts. Since the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline are responsible for creating equilibrium we need to realize that chronic stress can negatively affect the thyroid, blood sugar, bone density, belly fat production and cognitive performance.
In addition to relaxation techniques that include meditation, yoga, exercise, guided imagery and self hypnosis, you may consider taking holy basil which will have a calming effect which acts as a mild nervine due to it’s action that reduces histamine responses in the blood . Ashwaganda is another herb that helps in reducing cortisol levels. Rhodiola rosea is especially effective at curbing depression, decreasing fatigue and enhancing mental sharpness by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is considered the happy hormone. You have to be careful with rhodiola as it needs to be harvested at its peak and not past peak growing. Many cheaper supplements don’t care about that and you won’t get the effectiveness.
Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb that helps protect the body from prolonged stress. When processed correctly, it helps inhibit chromosomal instability by creating a healthy telomere microenvironment. This impacts telomere length (caps at the end of the DNA strand that prevents the DNA from unraveling or breaking) reducing cellular death and slows the aging process. L-Theanine is an amino acid (a building block for proteins) found in green tea. Evidence from human electroencephalograph (EEG) studies show that it has a direct effect on the brain. L-theanine significantly increases activity in the alpha frequency band which indicates that it relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness. It increases serotonin and stimulates the brain’s alpha waves which induces relaxation. These two are a good combination and when I take a supplement that has them in it, I feel happy and my stress levels reduce. I call this MY HAPPY PILL. If you want to read more about it go to the website www.LongLifeNews.com and click on Cell Metrix. I’ve tried lots of supplements for stress and this one seems to get me smiling and let me cope much better with daily stresses, road rage and the computer !
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I just did a video on an easy trick to get over depression, low self worth, anger, sadness (at least temporarily). Check it out: It’s the 2nd one on the page for my upcoming Reinvent Yourself webinar series.
Based on a review of scientific evidence the FDA has finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, do not fit the GRAS specifications for use in human foods. Manufactures will now have 3 years to remove them from their products.
“This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year,” says FDAs Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, MD.
-Neutraceuticals World, July/Aug. 2015
As we age we need to protect the brain against neurodegeneration, as well as loss of cognitive function and memory. Carnosine has also been shown to rejuvenate connective tissue cells which can assist wound healing and the effects of aging of the skin. Carnosine is a naturally occurring molecule composed of two amino acids, histidine and alanine. Do not confuse it with carnitine.
Carnosine is found in higher concentrations of meat and fish so vegans may become deficient. The body can manufacture sufficient quantities but as we age this ability diminishes. By the time we are 70, carnosine levels have been decreased in the body by 63%. Carnosine has been shown to improve muscle function and recovery from muscle fatigue. It also protects against degeneration of the brain and loss of cognitive function associated with aging. Carnosine can improve mental function and behavior in children with autism and ADD and it can also heal peptic ulcers when combined with zinc.
Magnesium is responsible for converting light energy from the sun into biochemical energy for life process on earth (center of the chlorophyll molecule). It is a direct cofactor in over 300 enzymatic reactions involving DNA and RNA synthesis, protein synthesis, glucose uptake and metabolism and has a major role in releasing energy from ATP in the body.
It is implicated in hormone synthesis, nerve cell function, digestion and muscle contraction/relaxation, responses of heart and blood vessels and our emotional state. But, only about half of the population gets enough magnesium from the foods they eat. RDAs run from 300-420 mg/day with older folks needing more and for those of us who are under stress.
Magnesium deficiency can induce anxiety and can also cause depression according to Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Nutritional Magnesium Assn. medical advisory board. “A deficiency of magnesium magnifies anxiety, depression and stress. Serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical that is boosted artificially by some medications, depends on magnesium for its production and function. If the deficit is not corrected anxiety, depression and further health problems can linger.”
Under stress your body pumps magnesium out of the cells and into the blood making normal lab test show you have enough when in fact, you have body-wide depletion. A Magnesium RBC (red blood cell) test can give you better results. If you continue to be stressed out the stress hormones begin to mobilize magnesium from vital tissues such as the heart putting the body in jeopardy. It is a cofactor for potassium and calcium channels so they should be taken in combination to keep a proper balance of these minerals.
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