Bacopa and Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a heart-wrenching ailment that affects millions of people across the globe every day. The biggest problem with Parkinson’s disease is how the dopamine system is disrupted in the brain, which is to say memories and motor function becomes poor because the person with this illness is not getting the right amount of dopamine. Bacopa monnieri is often used as a memory enhancer, but there is evidence it can also be a potent way of treating Parkinson’s disease.

It is investigated consistently in trials and the evidence is almost always the same: bacopa helps reduce dopaminergic neuronal death. This means that the neurons and connections in the brain that usually die as a result of Parkinson’s disease are not as affected by the system because of the dopamine support that is offered through the drug. This is often the case, but one particular study showed how this could occur.

Bacopa_ monnieriIn the study, bacopa was used as both a way to avoid acute and chronic stress in order to reach bacopa’s adaptogenic effects. With these tests, it was discovered that bacopa supplementation could prevent the depletion of dopamine and serotonin which was associated with these stressful situations. This “preservation of dopamine levels” is one of the important reasons why bacopa can be a protective agent against Parkinson’s disease and even help to reverse the trend in some instances.

While it is not a perfect solution to the problem of Parkinson’s disease, it is nonetheless a great option for people who are either struggling with the early stages of the disorder or have other medications that can be added to the bacopa repertoire. If you are struggling with early Parkinson’s or you have a history of it in your ancestry, it might be a good idea to start taking the product now so that you have a much better process of aging that is with less risk!

Why Nootropics are Taking Wall Street by Storm

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There are plenty of people who are starting to take nootropics, but there are sections of people that can benefit more than others. For example, people are in the financial industry can see more benefits of using nootropics than can most other people. The people who are focused on getting ahead will have an advantage, but in the world of finance sometimes the smallest difference is the ability to make millions. This is one of the reasons why people on Wall Street are looking at nootropics as the next frontier for them to get ahead.

wallstreetWith more nootropics to enhance brain power, they will be able to get small advantages that can make a big difference for their bottom line. Think about an Olympic swimmer or athlete of some kind for an adequate comparison. Most of these athletes are only a hair better than their opponent. However, the first place is usually by far way more successful than the others (at least as far as sponsors are considered). This is one of the reasons why nootropics help the Wall Street traders so much.

If you are interested in day trading or getting involved in any kind of financial role (even just managing your own money), it is a good idea to take nootropics. You’ll find that you can work longer, which means more research and better decision making. You can concentrate better, remember more things and generally improve your abilities with the help of these nootropics. Even though plenty of people don’t feel like that really need to have the support of smart drugs, you’ll find really quickly how helpful it can be if you have the right mentality. Even though everyone on Wall Street has neither heard of it nor uses it, the tool is still there for you to use as you see fit.

Is Kombucha Really That Healthy?

There are a lot of different thoughts about the new fermented product called kombucha, but few people have been able to accurately depict the pros and cons. There are many in Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington who think that the product is one of the best that has ever been produced, but indeed this is a bit of a stretch. In these progressive health towns, certain products take off whether they are actually healthy or not.

KombuchaIn many cases, kombucha is actually a healthful drink. It has fermented aspects that make it a great probiotic for the body. It also comes with a variety of different minerals, but they are usually not in a high quantity. Perhaps the biggest advantage is the ability to make an upset stomach feel better, but this is not something that is new as far as carbonated drinks go.

The real problem with kombucha is the sugar. Usually the drinks have about as much sugar as the sodas that you consume, but often they are not supposed to report that based on the ingredients required to make the drink. While the sugar is not in high quantity when it is first made, kombucha often creates its own sugars that make it a sweet treat!

Still, kombucha is not unhealthy simply because it has a lot of sugar. There are plenty of foods with a lot of sugar. Instead, it is important to realize that kombucha should be consumed in moderation just like any other drink. If you are expecting to have a healthy lifestyle, it is important that you keep a close eye on these so-called “health” products. Sometimes they are great, but only in moderation as is the case with kombucha. If you can prevent yourself from drinking too much, it is a great way to get a refreshing twist!

Are There Many Studies on Racetams?

If you are trying to improve the quality of your life, finding the right kind of nootropic is key. Smart drugs that could cause you to have side effects or danger issues are obviously not a smart choice! This is why it is important to look for studies no matter what nootropic you are trying to use. There are plenty of studies on the various racetams, but in particular, there are many studies on piracetam, as well as some of the older analogs like aniracetam, and oxiracetam; with the newer version there is not ample research available.

When it comes to racetams, you’ll find that there are plenty of studies on all of the different analogs that make it a good option for you no matter what you are trying to achieve. Here are some goals you might want with nootropics and some of the evidence.

  • studying and researchImproved memory – this is the goal that people desire most from racetams and for good reason. For the past 50 – 60 years, there have been studies on racetams and their ability to effect memory. In fact, the reason piracetam became so popular is because of the early results with the drug. Today it is used in many countries as a prescribed drug to treat the most difficult memory diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Stimulation – there have been fewer studies on how racetams improve your focus and concentration, but that doesn’t mean there are none. Both aniracetam and piracetam have evidence that they can improve your stimulation. The Olympic committee banned phenylpiracetam because it is so potent for improving stimulation.
  • Reducing anxiety – aside from the stimulation and memory benefits, there are plenty of studies about anxiety and racetams. Particularly, the studies focus on aniracetam and how it can be an effective tool for improving feelings of anxiety. There are a lot of anecdotal reports on the subject, but for people who want more than anecdotes, find studies on aniracetam and anxiety and you’ll be surprised.

Now you see that there are plenty of studies that show the different analogs of racetams can help in different ways.

Bodybuilders and Fasting or Fat Loss

Bodybuilders are routinely stereotyped as weirdos who are willing to do just about anything to burn fat and have a more attractive looking physique. Really, they are not weird, but they are dedicated to a certain mission and that has a lot to do with how they look. If you are trying to improve your own physique it is a good idea for you to look through the lens of a bodybuilder to see what they do and take a less intense approach. Usually, they have good science to back up their practices.

bodybuilderWith bodybuilding, one of the new practices people use is fasting. Often coined intermittent fasting because there are feasting and fasting windows, this usually has people eat for 8 hours out of the day and fast for the other 16. This is a famous ritual that was made popular by bodybuilders and is now getting more credibility in other elements of society.

The reason it is gaining credibility is because studies show it burns fat better than eating consistently and there is little to no loss in muscle mass. More importantly, it is showing a host of other benefits, such as enhanced cognitive abilities and anti-cancer properties. The majority of people who are fasting find that it is not hard to do after a couple of weeks. During this period, your body is adapting to the new environment without food!

Just try to do fasting for a few weeks and see how you like it. There is no need to do fasts like bodybuilders where you go to extremes and use supplements to reduce your muscle loss, but you can get a lot of the anti-cancer benefits and fat loss benefits by just following a similar regime by not eating 16 hours of the day and then only eating during 8 hours.