onsdag 4 november 2009
"Alpha-GPC has been used over the past decade to enhance cognition and memory. The dietary supplementation of Alpha GPC has been studied as an alternative treatment in various age-related conditions, including dementia, and cerebrovascular and Alzheimer's disease. Its mechanism of action is by the potentiation of growth hormone from the hypothalamus. It is thought to be particularly useful for elderly individuals, as they exhibit lower secretions of growth hormone with age. It may also be beneficial for individuals who wish to increase muscle mass via increased secretion of growth hormone"
L-Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine (Alpha GPC, choline alfoscerate) is a natural choline compound.
Food source (100 g) Amount of Choline (mg)
Wheat Germ 152
Dried Soybeans 116
lördag 24 oktober 2009
Vitamin-A is essential to muscle-building. It is necessary for the utilization of protein and the production of testosterone and other growth factors.
"...one human study, discussed below, found the administration of vitamin A and iron to have results equivalent to the administration of testosterone itself."
Natural vitamin-A can be found in foods such as liver and food-based supplements such as cod liver oil.
torsdag 17 september 2009
Beets are one the best sources of folate and betaine. These nutrients work together to lower blood levels of homocysteine. A high level of blood serum homocysteine can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. The natural pigments, betacyanins that give beets their color have been shown to have potent anti-cancer properties in studies of laboratory mice.
torsdag 10 september 2009
Why It's Healthy? Cabbage is low in calories, and still has a lot of valuable nutrients. Maybe most interesting is sulforaphane, a chemical that exhibits anticancer, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial properties. Sulforaphane increases your body's production of enzymes that disarm cell-damaging free radicals. According to Stanford University scientists sulforaphane boosts the levels of these cancer-fighting enzymes higher than any other plant chemical.
tisdag 26 maj 2009
“Rosehip ‘better than painkillers’ for arthritis” is the headline in The Daily Telegraph. Researchers have found that a powder made from Rosa canina (a wild variety of rosehip) is “three times more effective than standard paracetamol at relieving pain” and 40% more effective than glucosamine, the newspaper says.
fredag 1 maj 2009
Boron is a trace mineral which is involved in both calcium and magnesium metabolism and may play an importing role hormone metabolism. Boron may be be useful to increase strength and muscle mass, maintain bone density, and decrease body fat. Boron may also help to prevent arthritis in the elderly.
"Research has shown that low boron diets have been associated with reduced testosterone levels and boron supplements have been shown to increase serum levels of testosterone in postmenopausal women. This finding caused an increase in boron supplements targeting athletes and bodybuilders for boosting testosterone levels, strength and muscle mass. However, specific research on athletes has not yet confirmed this association that boron alone will boost testosterone."
Dietary Sources: Dried fruits, nuts, dark green leafy vegetables, avocados, applesauce, grape juice, and beans and peas. Meat and fish are poor dietary sources of boron.
List of Boron Rich Foods
Beans (red kidney)
Cashew Nuts (raw)
Wine (Shiraz Cabernet)
Source: Boron Rich Foods - Sources of Boron
måndag 9 mars 2009
Watermelon may work as a natural Viagra. That's because watermelon is rich in an amino acid called citrulline, and relaxes and dilates blood vessels much like Viagra and other drugs meant to treat erectile dysfunction.
"We have known that watermelon has citrulline," says Bhimu Patil, PHD, director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M University, College Station. Until recently, he tells WebMD, scientists thought most of the citrulline was in the watermelon rind. "Watermelon has more citrulline in the edible part than previously believed," he says.
How could watermelon be a natural Viagra? The amino acid citrulline is converted into the amino acid arginine. Arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide, and the nitric oxide regulate the blood vessel dilation.
Watermelon consumption increases plasma arginine concentrations in adults:
"The increased blood concentrations of arginine and ornithine and stable concentrations of plasma citrulline in response to watermelon consumption indicated that the citrulline from this plant origin was effectively converted into arginine. These results demonstrate that plasma concentration of arginine can be increased through intake of citrulline from watermelon."
Lignans from the roots of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) and their metabolites bind to human sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)
Testosterone and estradiol circulate in the bloodstream, bound mostly to SHBG and to some degree bound to serum albumin. Only a small fraction is unbound, or "free," and thus biologically active and able to enter a cell and activate its receptor. The SHBG inhibits the function of these hormones. Thus bioavailability of sex hormones is influenced by the level of SHBG.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_hormone-binding_globulin)
Résumé / Abstract
Polar extracts of the stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L.) roots contain the lignans (+)-neoolivil, (-)-secoisolariciresinol, dehydrodiconiferyl alcohol, isolariciresinol, pinoresinol, and 3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran. These compounds were either isolated from Urtica roots, or obtained semisynthetically. Their affinity to human sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) was tested in an in vitro assay. In addition, the main intestinal transformation products of plant lignans in humans, enterodiol and enterolactone, together with enterofuran were checked for their activity. All lignans except (-)-pinoresinol developed a binding affinity to SHBG in the in vitro assay. The affinity of (-)-3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran was outstandingly high. These findings are discussed with respect to potential beneficial effects of plant lignans on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).