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The missing ingredient in anti-aging diets.

phospho-brain-chartMost of our readers know that free-radicals can create a doom and gloom scenario in our body. Whether they are created from junk food, sugar, stress or chemicals they munch away at our cell membranes and eventually our bodies cease to function properly and we get old.

So we take antioxidants and think that will help. Unfortunately those miracle constituents neutralize the free-radicals but they do nothing to repair the damaged membranes which now cannot properly absorb nutrients and produce energy so we quickly age and get sick!

We discovered something that can help. Phospholipids are the essential and structural components of biological cell membranes and effectively return the elasticity of the membranes so in effect repair and rebuilds them. Since today’s foods contain one-third of the phospholipid levels compared to the beginning of the last century, you’d better think about adding a supplement to your vitamin regime. One of these is phosphatidylserine which in clinical trials on senior citizens revealed that they can boost memory, increase recall and improve the learning of new information as well as elevate mood. My husband and I have been taking phospholipids for years and my neighbor’s husband who was driving her crazy because he kept forgetting things, started on it and within a few months his cognitive ability returned.

For more info go to www.longlifenews.com and click on learn more. It takes you to a page with a product drop down menu…  click on Vibrant & Clear Wafers… a ton of information and clinical trials… worth the time to read.

What’s clinically behind your stress?

Recent surveys have found that the majority of Americans are living with either high or moderate levels of stress on a daily basis. What triggers the body’s response to stress? Cortisol, secreted by the adrenals, peaks and falls with emotional response. In addition there is a daily cyclical rise and fall of cortisol levels that govern the level of wakefullness during the day, spiking just after we wake up in the morning (like your body’s natural cup of coffee). The trouble arises when stress levels are maintained throughout the day. Your cortisol is working overtime and can stay at a high level putting you at risk for heart disease, sleep problems, digestive problems, depression, obesity, memory impairment and skin eruptions.

So what can you do to help yourself besides try to reduce the stress in your life? A supplement, PS (phosphatidylserine)  helps by decreasing cortisol levels and distress. In addition anxiety can rear its nervous head during high cortisol secretions. Neurotransmitter imbalance (GABA, serotonin, dopamine) can trigger anxiety responses along with the adrenals releasing high levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline which can cause increased heart rate and breathing. Rather than just popping supplements to try to get these secretions under control, we advise getting a proper neurotransmitter test (the one we took was a saliva, urine test given to us by Certified Nutritionist Kristine Bahr www.kbahr.co ). Once you know what is being over or under excited, she can then advise you on what supplements to take to temper your response. I did this and it “cured” my anxiety attacks.

Too many companies will try to sell you on their pills to fix your problem. If you don’t know what the problem is exactly, how do you know you are not making it worse by following their protocol? You may be causing your stress through your thought processes and emotions, but there also could be a clinical explanation. Better to get to the root of the problem before your try to self-diagnose and self-treat.

-Nina Anderson, Specialist in Performance Nutrition