Can acute inflammation protect you from chronic pain?

Can acute inflammation protect you from chronic pain?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Inflammation is the body’s defense against pathogens like bacteria and viruses. Inflammation is also involved when the body is exposed to an injury. The acute inflammation helps to clear out damaged tissue and get it ready for repair (regeneration of new tissue). The following research investigated what happens when tissue...
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These minerals are important for muscle function.

These minerals are important for muscle function.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The purpose of the following study was to analyze the effects of magnesium supplementation in preventing muscle damage in professional cyclists taking part in a 21-day cycling stage race (Cordova A, et al., 2019). 18 male professional cyclists from two teams were participating in the research. They were divided...
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Factors affecting cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease that you can change.

Factors affecting cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease that you can change.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Research has found associations between neuroinflammation and oxysterol (oxidated cholesterol) levels on autopsies of the brains of patients who had Alzheimer’s disease (Testa G, et.al., 2016). These results strongly support the association between changes in oxysterol levels and Alzheimer’s disease progression. LDL are the particles that easily get oxidized, and...
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This natural ingredient has shown anti-aging properties.

This natural ingredient has shown anti-aging properties.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
This natural ingredient has shown anti-aging properties. A lot of scientists are working on solutions to slow down and even reverse the aging process. The following study investigated if Berberine a natural ingredient would affect aging. Key pathologies of aging, including oxidative stress, mitochondrial malfunction, and the associated mTOR, AMPK...
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One thing you need to take care of to live a long and healthy life.

One thing you need to take care of to live a long and healthy life.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  You need a well-functioning cardiovascular system. Every organ and tissue in the body need nutrition and oxygen, and the vascular system transports that throughout the body. Without proper nutrient supply tissue will degenerate instead of regenerate. Calcium deposits (plaque) will reduce circulation, make the blood vessels less flexible resulting...
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How to reduce your risk for depression.

How to reduce your risk for depression.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
In this research eleven studies were reviewed which included 101,950 participants which were between the age of 16 and 72 years old (Tolkien K, et.al., 2019). The researchers found a significant association between a pro-inflammatory diet and increased risk of depression diagnosis or symptoms, when compared to those on an...
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Can the plant substance Berberine help prevent Alzheimer’s?

Can the plant substance Berberine help prevent Alzheimer’s?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Berberine has been used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of various diseases, including diabetes and dementia. The following is a laboratory study performed on cells. Since berberine has shown to be neuroprotective, the research was conducted to investigate if berberine could be helpful in treating early stage...
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How to decrease your risk for stroke.

How to decrease your risk for stroke.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Oxidative stress resulting from an increased amount of reactive oxygen species and an imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants has been implicated in pathogenesis of cerebral stroke. The purpose of the following study was to investigate if certain common genetic expressions reducing the effectiveness of glutathione were affecting the risk of...
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How you can reduce important inflammatory markers using this plant substance.

How you can reduce important inflammatory markers using this plant substance.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Cytokines are inflammatory markers triggering inflammation in common conditions. The following research investigated if curcumin would have a significant impact on reducing important cytokines (Panahi Y, et.al., 2016). The study was an analysis of a randomized controlled trial in which males and females diagnosed with the metabolic syndrome were given...
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What other plant ingredient can improve insulin resistance?

What other plant ingredient can improve insulin resistance?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Insulin resistance is getting more and more common and can lead to type 2 diabetes if nothing is done to interfere. The following research include a systematic review of randomized controlled trials of the efficacy of resveratrol in the treatments of type 2 diabetes (Zhang T, et.al., 2021). 896 patients...
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Can you decrease your risk for unhealthy aging?

Can you decrease your risk for unhealthy aging?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Healthy ageing can be defined as survival without chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, lung disease, and severe chronic kidney disease, and the absence of cognitive and physical dysfunction, after age 65. The following research investigated if circulating omega 3 fatty levels had an effect on healthy ageing (Lai HT,...
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Do you want to decrease your risk for autoimmune disease?

Do you want to decrease your risk for autoimmune disease?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Autoimmune diseases are severe inflammatory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis is one of them. The body’s immune system starts to attack its own tissue which is a big problem. Decreasing the risk for that to happen would be a very big help. The following study which went on for 5.3 years...
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Do you want to reduce viral transmission and exposure?

Do you want to reduce viral transmission and exposure?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
The pathogen of COVID-19 enters cells through binding to the Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE2) (Aksoy H, et.al., 2020). ACE2 is highly expressed in adipose tissue. This contributes to increased viral transmission in COVID-19 patients with obesity. The following study investigated the effects of 30-days resveratrol supplementation in men with...
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Do you want to reduce your cardiovascular risk an easy way?

Do you want to reduce your cardiovascular risk an easy way?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  This research investigated the dose-response relations of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium with cardiovascular disease risk (Pickering RT, et.al., 2021). The study included 2362 men and women 30 to 64 years old. Surprisingly lower sodium intake less than 2500 mg compared to more than 3500 mg per day was...
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Simple habit to increase your life span.

Simple habit to increase your life span.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
The following research included 100.902 Chinese individuals and went on for 7.3 years (Wang X, et.al., 2020). The study investigated the associations of tea consumption with the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. The individuals who drank tea regularly had 1.41 years longer of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease-free years...
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How to avoid severe viral symptoms.

How to avoid severe viral symptoms.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
A common denominator in all conditions associated with COVID-19 appears to be the impaired redox homeostasis responsible for reactive oxygen species accumulation causing free radical damage; therefore, levels of glutathione, the key anti-oxidant guardian in all tissues, could be critical in extinguishing the exacerbated inflammation that triggers organ failure in...
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This you have time for, and it is producing results.

This you have time for, and it is producing results.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The researchers of this study investigated the effectiveness of high intensity short interval training on skeletal muscle mass and cardiovascular function in untrained 50- to 68-year-old participants (Allen JR, et al.,2021). The research lasted for 8 weeks, and each session involved 15-30 sprints on a stationary bike 3 times...
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This may surprise you about exercise.

This may surprise you about exercise.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Everybody knows that exercise is beneficial, but what does it take to get benefits? If you prefer spending as little time as possible exercising because you have plenty of other things you want to do, this should interest you. The following research investigated if the interruption of prolonged 8 hours...
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These vitamins can help improve insulin sensitivity and endothelial function.

These vitamins can help improve insulin sensitivity and endothelial function.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The following research was a double-blind placebo controlled study which included patients diagnosed with the metabolic syndrome (Setola E, et.al., 2004). Patients with metabolic syndrome are usually overweight, have insulin resistance and high blood pressure. Treatment with vitamin B12 and folic acid for 1 month were compared with a...
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Research has shown that this can help the symptoms of IBS.

Research has shown that this can help the symptoms of IBS.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  132 patients with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) participated in this double-blinded study (Chen C, et.al., 2015). They either received 400 mg of berberine hydrochloride twice daily or a placebo supplement for 8 weeks. Their symptoms were predominantly diarrhea and abdominal pain. The researchers concluded that berberine hydrochloride was well...
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