Remarkable Remedies for Rejuvenation – alternative therapies
In a search for long longevity, people over the ages have tried a variety of remedies, from sacrificing animals to “taking the waters” at natural mineral springs. Science has added a new page in this epic quest and has revealed some herbs, hormones, essential fats and minerals that may well put the long in longevity Herein are some of our favorites.
Few people realize that the primary building material in the brain is fat. Indeed, a full 60 percent of the brain is composed of fats, of which DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) a long-chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid, is the most abundant. DHA is also the most prevalent fat in the retinal of the eye.
Preliminary studies on DHA suggest that this long-chain fatty acid may have promise in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and depression. In an intensive cross-national collaborative study of depression, North American and European populations showed cumulative rates of depression 10 times greater than rates found in a Taiwanese population that consumed a diet rich in fatty fish, a natural source of DHA. Researchers have discovered a similar correlation between low DHA levels and Alzheimer’s disease. In a study published in 1991 in Lipids, a team of Swedish scientists found that levels of DHA were lower in brain samples of patients with Alzheimer’s disease compared to healthy geriatric patients.
How do we get DHA?
The human body only synthesizes small amounts of DHA. Therefore, it is necessary to obtain it from dietary sources. A declining consumption of animal organ meats and eggs by North Americans and a diet of less than three or four servings a week of fatty fish make supplementation necessary.
Strict vegetarians have even lower blood levels of DHA due to its absence in most foods of plant origin. It would be prudent, then, for vegetarians to take a high-quality DHA supplement daily. In recent years, scientists have developed techniques to extract DHA from microalgae, the fish’s original source. This vegetable oil form closely matches the DHA that is found in human breast milk.
Human growth hormone (HGH) is a protein-like hormone produced in the pituitary gland. HGH regulated and controls cell activity in the body. Its production decreases with age and stops completely at around age 50.
The human growth hormone has been the “secret” at European spas for years. Injections of the hormone were so expensive that only the wealthiest were able to afford the treatments.
Modern science has been able to stabilize HGH in liquid and tablet forms, making this remedy available to the masses. Some of the principle health-related actions of HGH supplementation include improved wound healing and tissue repair, increased energy, reduced blood pressure and cholesterol, improved elasticity of connective tissue and enhanced fat burning.
In addition to HGH supplementation, many longevity specialists recommend long-term use of amino acids such as glutamine, argininie, glucine, tryptophan and tyrosine to aid the body in producing more HGH on its own.
Stay healthy with colostrum
Before infants drink mother’s milk, they get colostrum, a veritable mother lode of immunity and nutrition. This nutrient-dense clear fluid is only produced by the mother for three days following birth and provides the infant with passive immunity.
Scientists have discovered that bovine colostrum has even more immune-enhancing power than human mother’s milk. This liquid contains all four of the key immunoglobulins: IgM, IgG, IgA and secretory IgA. These immunoglobulins are effective at neutralizing a wide range of bacteria, viruses and yeast.
Most diseases enter the body through the mouth and remain in the stomach and intestinal tract. Colosturm antibodies are not absorbed and digested but rather remain in the intestinal tract after being swallowed, where they fight off pathogens.
In addition to its immune-enhancing benefits, colostrum contains iron-binding proteins, vitamins and peroxidase enzymes and may help prevent autoimmune diseases such as lupus, asthma, and arthritis. Sourcing is important; look for colostrum from cows fed an organic diet and raised without antibiotics or hormones.
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