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Vitamin B3 Rescues Failing Mitochondrial Function

A recent study found that only a single dose of a unique no-flush form of vitamin B3 (called nicotinamide riboside, or NR) may significantly increases levels of NAD+. For those who may not know the importance of NAD biology, I would suggest you read more about in my book, Life: The Epic Story of Our Mitochondria. In the meantime, you'll want to know that NAD+ is key to cellular energy metabolism and mitochondrial function.

This is the first study to show that NR supplementation can increase NAD+ in humans, which confirms the results seen in animal studies. What this means is that the benefits in animals seen with increased levels of NAD+ are highly likely to be seen in humans as well.


Chocolate-Lovers, May I Have Your Attention

Researchers behind a new chocolate study have concluded that dark chocolate containing only moderate amounts (60%) of cacao have an acute stimulating effect on the human brain.

This new study shows it can increase attention in an acute (immediate) manner. The results were obtained by using electroencephalography, or EEG technology, which takes images of the brain (a measure of brain activity) while performing a cognitive task


Creatine & CoQ10 Combo Delays Cognitive Decline

This is about a week old now, but if you still haven't seen (or even heard) Elon Musk's launch of Tesla Energy and the PowerWall, I highly recommend you view it... witness the dawn of a new era, and the beginning of the end of fossil fuel dependance. Even more impressive is the media coverage that lays out the real benefits of this technology, but this video gives you a general sense of what it's all about.

Now back to the regular program... here are two nutrients I discussed in my book (Life), and this study shows it can reduce the cognitive decline seen in Parkinson's patients. In this study, researchers sought to investigate the effect of creatine and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) combination therapy on mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Parkinson's disease (PD; PD-MCI)


Statin Intolerance can be Resolved by Vitamin D

A popular post on this blog has been a study I covered back in 2011, which showed vitamin D supplementation reduced muscle pain and inflammation induced by statin medications (click HERE for that post). In that post, I already explained that cholesterol is the precursor to vitamin D, so logically, if we're reducing cholesterol, we're inducing a state of vitamin D deficiency--which in turn leads to at least some of the adverse effects experienced by patients using these statin drugs.

We know that low serum vitamin D levels can cause myalgia (muscle pain), myositis (inflammed muscles), myopathy (muscle disorders), and myonecrosis (muscle cell death). 

Now here's another study that adds more weight and confirmation that supplementing with vitamin D can resolve these drug-induced problems.


May the (Proton Motive) Force be with You

This is the first May 4th (the unofficial Star Wars holiday) since the launch of my book (Life), and if you've read it, you'll know I start the book with references to the "Midi-chlorians"--the source of the Force, in the Star Wars story.