Here in the West, most of us don’t feel fully awake without a trip to the coffee machine or our local Starbucks. Millions of people rely on a cup – or five – of Joe to feel awake, alert, and stimulated all day long. Others prefer to get their oomph in a can, downing energy drinks such as Red Bull like they’re water. But there may be an even better way to get your buzz. In fact, there’s an intriguing substance found in the leaves of a simple plant – one that promises a gentle energy boost, combined with feeling [...]Continue reading L-theanine: A Better Alternative to Coffee?
A cup of coffee. A brisk walk. A quick nap. These are the classic ways to increase your vigor and fight fatigue. And who doesn’t want more energy? But there’s another kind of energy involved in good health – and it starts at the molecular level. Your cells crave energy. They need it to help maintain healthy tissues, heal injuries, and for your organs to function optimally. It’s not quite as obvious as the jolt you get from a Red Bull or other gimmicky drink – but it’s the type of energy that matters most in your body. And here’s [...]Continue reading D-Ribose: A CARB That Can Reverse Heart Disease?
Forget-me-nots symbolize remembrance in myths and legends. But in the scientific realm, another purple flower seems to best protect the brain. And that’s no fiction. Proponents say this common garden border can enhance memory, increase blood flow, and even protect nerve cells against damaging strokes. Some doctors like it, too. In fact, a synthetic derivative of the plant is prescribed in Europe for these very purposes. But you don’t need to travel overseas to get your hands on the product. It’s sold here in the United States as a dietary supplement. So does it live up to the hype?Continue reading Vinpocetine: Can This Flower Improve Your Memory?