The field of natural supplements to conserve or promote good health or as remedies for specific conditions is a complex one. Many of them have long and distinguished traditions and are becoming more popular than ever. That is the basis of Complementary or Integrated Medicine-combining the old (pre-20th century) with modern techniques and science to improve patient outcomes, including the brain-boosting nootropics and new anti-aging solutions. The sudden meeting of these two approaches has created a problem: there has not been the time or resources to thoroughly investigate how and
What is cellular senescence and why is it so important to reverse it? All adults have about 50 trillion individual living cells at any time. As cells age, they die and are replaced by new copies. An example is when we scrape a knee. The skin is damaged, leaving raw, sometimes bloody tissue exposed to germs and other dangers which could damage the whole body by poison or infection if left exposed. The damaged skin cells flake off, a scab forms to protect the underlying area, then drops off, leaving
Huperzine-A is a natural supplement extracted from the prickly leafed moss Huperzia Serrata.Today, its extract normally comes in capsules, with a daily intake of between 50 and 500 mcgs. It is increasingly being used to boost intelligence and improve a variety of cognitive functions - as well as addressing different forms of dementia. That said, it's best known as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. In traditional Chinese medicine, it has been used for those purposes for thousands of years, before being first fully analyzed by scientists in 1948. Huperzine-A
A lot of people overlook medicinal Cordyceps extract - and for lots of reasons - that’s a shame because it’s one of nature’s true wonders. Firstly, it’s not strictly a member of the mushroom family, although it is a closely-related edible fungus (it has a distinctly “mushroomy,” taste) of the 600+ strong, sac family. It’s a microscopic parasite, living mostly on insects, snails- and sometimes other, bigger fungi. It’s found all around the world, most notably in Asia. Cordyceps has been a vital ingredient in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine
The Bacopa (Monnieri) plant is one of the most widely-known and closely studied natural nootropics in the world. Other names for it include Brahmi and Hyssop. It’s a member of the herb genus and a very hardy perennial, growing mainly, like the Maca plant (see previous article) at high altitudes. It’s to be found on the Hindu Kush and Himalayan ranges, along with areas across South East Asia and in some of the southern states of America. Bacopa comes with many colors of small delicate flowers and thick, succulent leaves.
What is Maca? The Maca plant (Lepidium Peruvianum) is a member of the Brassica family, which includes carrots, turnips, and broccoli. A clue to its remarkable effects is that an alternative name is “Peruvian ginseng.” It is extraordinary because it grows only at extreme altitudes - that is, above 3800m (12, 500 feet) in the Andes mountains of Central and South America. Studies have shown that the red Maca (pictured above) is the strongest of the 3 main varieties. That it survives and prospers in such thin soil and with
The Elder (Sambucus) is a bushy plant with delicate white flowers found mostly in semi-temperate parts of the world, differing only slightly from area to area. It is fast-growing, making it ideal as hedgerow and is much sought after for its many other qualities and uses. It ranges from the Himalayas, across most of Europe to America and Australia, where its flowers are used as decoration and in other areas for the wines produced both from the flowers and fruit. It is also used to make the clear, strong liquor,