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Coffee Controversy and Potential Benefits of by-productsThere are two main arguments to be considered when drinking #coffee, firstly its high #antioxidant status and secondly the potential risk factors associated with the #stimulant #caffeine. There have been various studies and articles written about coffee including how it can lengthen your lifespan by lowering the risk of death from several conditions including heart disease, its ability to improve memory, mood, energy and cognitive function, or how it may help the breakdown of body fat. On the other side of the argument there are reports of people suffering from dizziness, tremors and insomnia. High doses of caffeine can be linked with anxiety, digestive issues, high blood pressure and a rapid heart rate.  A new study from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has caused headlines this week claiming that the occasional coffee can cause miscarriage for #pregnant women.

Nigella Satvia

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Nigella-SativaWith plants having long been used as traditional remedies by mankind, and the belief that natural remedies have fewer harmful effects as compared to synthetic medicines, there has been a resurgence of interest in the use of plants as a source of medicine. The #nigella #sativa seed is considered one of the most nutrient rich #herbs in history containing significant levels of iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, thiamin, niacin, pyridoxine, and folic acid as well as various amino acids.

Looking at Life Through Redox Glasses

Thursday, 20 October 2011 by | Comments: 1
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Richard Deth, Ph.D., is a neuropharmacologist and professor of pharmacology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Deth has published scientific studies on the role of D4 dopamine receptors in psychiatric disorders, as well as the book, Molecular Origins of Human Attention: The Dopamine-Folate Connection. His current research is directed toward understanding the roles of redox and methylation in autism, and he has served on the scientific advisory boards of the National Autism Association, the Autism Research Institute and Generation RescueFocus: You say you view life through redox glasses—not the proverbial rose-colored glasses—and that this perspective has changed how you see life and health. Can you tell us about that?

RD: In the simplest terms, maintaining life can be viewed as the ability to resist oxidation. Oxygen is essential to life, but oxygen is like fire. It can be very damaging and needs to be controlled by antioxidants, known as “reducing” molecules. Balancing reduction and oxidation—or redox–is the fundamental challenge of life. What’s great about that word, redox, is that it shows that they are profoundly linked and that we need both. Once you understand this relationship, it leads to all kinds of new insights.

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