Psilocybin Helps Smokers Quit For Good
Psilocybin is the active hallucinogen in what’s common referred to as magic mushrooms, or shrooms. Although psilocybin has been considered a controlled substance single the 1960’s, experimental uses of the drug in clinical settings have discovered a number of pharmacological benefits, and have the determined that the drug itself is not addictive. A recent study conducted by John’ Hopkins University, that was published in the Journal of Physcopharmocolgy, found that psilocybin is nearly three times as effective at getting long-time smokers to quit permanently than standard prescription drugs, or nicotine patches and gums. For the study researchers took 15 long-time smokers and treated them with a 20mg pill containing psilocybin. Two weeks later the subjects returned for a second treatment with a stronger dose, while also undergoing behavior modification efforts between sessions. Six months after receiving treatment 12 out of 15 participants had quit smoking permanently – a rate nearly three times higher than that of the prescription anti-smoking drug Chantix according to the article. This study is one of a number that John’s Hopkins has recently conducted on the ability of psilocybin’s medicinal properties which have been reported to have positive long-term influences on mod, depression, and PTSD.
Mango Reduces Blood Sugar in the Obese
Increased daily consumption of fruit and vegetable intake has been associated with a wide range of health benefits. In addition to essential vitamins, minerals, and health doses of soluble fiber fruits and vegetables also contain active food elements known as polyphenols which have been shown to have a wide ranging spectrum of health benefits. According to a study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insights, eating 100 grams of mango daily showed the ability to decrease blood sugar in obese individuals. The study tracked participants over the course of twelve weeks as they were given a mango supplement. Blood sugar analysis was conducted prior to the start, during, and after the study to monitor the effects that mango supplementation had on baseline blood glucose levels. At the conclusion of the twelve week period researchers noted that the individuals did in fact have reduced fasting blood glucose – a result attributed the high fiber content of the mango. Although this study doesn’t measure ergogenic effect, previous studies of the popular weight loss supplement Irvingia Gabonesis, also known as the African Mango, have significant thermogenic properties that have shown to lead to reductions in both body weight and body fat.
High Protein Diets Can Lower Blood Pressure
High protein diets, and especially those coming primarily from animal protein, have been vilified in the past and untruthfully said to cause heart disease, high blood, and kidney problems. Diets high in animal protein are also traditionally contain higher amounts of saturated fat, which was once considered to be the primary culprit for the increase in the incidneces of heart disases suffered by Americans; although the scientific data never clearly supported the dietary fat-heart health hypothesis. Now, a new information published in the American Journal of Hypertension has discovered that high protein diets actually decrease risk of developing hypertension. The data was collected from the Framingham Offspring Study, which is a follow up to the famed Framingham Heart Study that started the dietary fat-heart health hypothesis in the 1950’s. The data found that individuals who consumed the highest amounts of protein (100g’s or more daily) had a whopping 40% lower risk for developing hypertension than those who consumed the lowest levels of dietary protein. As more scientific to support the diet and lifestyle factors associated with bodybuilding come to light and gain more mainstream attention, perhaps a similar rise in the popularity of the sport will soon follow.
Too Little Vitamin B1 Can Cause Brain Damage
B-vitamins are one of the most underappreciated common dietary supplements we have at our disposal. Not only do B vitamins play a critical role in carbohydrate and protein metabolism, but they also have key roles in thousands of enzymatic processes, including the production of neurotransmitters. New research conducted Loyola University has found that low levels of Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, can lead to dangerous and permanent brain damage. Researchers estimate that up to 70% of encephalopathy’s (a brain condition that can impact memory loss), have undiagnosed Thiamine deficiencies that could result in permanent damage if left untreated. Diets high in dietary protein are often high in B vitamins. However conditions such as alcoholism, or even weekend binge drinking, deplete the body of B-vitamins. Those who drink regularly should strongly consider taking B vitamin supplements to help offset some of the damaging effects that continuous alcohol abuse can have on the body.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Brain Cell Function
Omega-3 fatty acids fall into a category of lipids known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s). PUFA’s like omega-3 fatty acids, particularly those that come from fish oil, have high amounts of a brain boost lipid known as DHA. A recent discovery has found the PUFA DHA has the ability to help insulate neurons in the brain, and improve the structure of the brain cell itself. Cells are surrounded by a phospholipid bilayer, which is comprised of fatty acids. DHA appears to increase the malleability of the phospholipid bilayer, allowing the cell to divide more freely, and also allowing messages to pass more freely between cells. PUFA’s are fatty acids that are absolutely essential, not only to good health, but also to maintaining normal cellular function. Traditional diets tend to be deficient in omega-3’s and other PUFA’s, and supplementing daily with 3-10g’s of omega-3’s from fish oil should be a staple of every health athletes nutritional protocol.