Benefits of Boswellia.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.

This is not medical advice this is fro educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioners.

Boswellia Serrata

Boswellia is also known as frankinsense. It has anti-inflammatory properties as potent as NSAIDs. Because of this it can improve overall health including brain health. It has been found to be effective against many types of cancer.

Boswellia also inhibits cyclin which would help those who have a herpes virus.

It helps to prevent renal and intestinal fibrosis. Renal fibrosis leads to liver and kidney disease and intestinal fibrosis causes many health problems and inhibits nutrient absorption.

Boswellia’s anti-inflammatory effects helps with autoimmune diseases. It helps reduce the symptoms of autoimmune diseases like arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s , asthma and many others. It has been found to be very effective against colitis. It helps to balance the immune system.

I would not take Boswellia in excess. It inhibits Alpha glucosidase. This can cause glycogen storage disease which can damage the liver. Those who may benefits are those who have hyperglycemia.

Alpha glucosidase inhibitors inhibit viruses like HIV and hepatitis.

In the studies they seem to use pretty high doses. I doesn’t seem cost effective.

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Benefits of pumpkins seed oil.

Written by Lee Stevenson , sorry I am a lousy editor.

This is not medical advice, I have written this for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.

Pumpkin seed oil (cucurbita spp)

Most know that pumpkin itself has amazing health benefits. I am going to cover pumpkin seed oil itself and the benefits of it.

When you look at the composition of the variety of types of fats in pumpkin seed it is amazing. It has some of the most healing fats. It actually contains such a variety of oils that it would take consuming oils from at least six other seed oils to get all the types of beneficial fats found in pumpkin seed oil. The fats found in pumpkin seed oil have been found to help prevent inflammatory and autoimmunity because of their ability to balance the immune system and reduce inflammation. It also contains two very potent antioxidants lutein and beta carotene. It also has many other phytochemicals that have been found to be very potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. Just a note most squashes have very similar chemical composition in their seeds. Pumpkins seed oil has the perfect combination of nutrients needed to heal the bladder and the gut. Because pumpkins seed oil is so high in antioxidants it is often times used as a preservative to prevent excess oxidation. It has a very long shelf life.

Pumpkin seed oil has very good healing properties. It helps to protect and heal the renal system including the bladder. It helps to reduce prostate inflammation. It help improve the capacity of the bladder which would prevent frequent urinating.

Because pumpkin seed has such potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities it helps to protect the heart and prevent cardiovascular disease. Pumpkin seed oil also increases nitric oxide which would help to prevent high blood pressure.

Pumpkin seed contains gamma tocopherol which is a unique form of vitamin E found to reduce inflammation as effectively as NSAIDs. Another things unique to y-tocopherol is that it actually increases levels of the other forms of vitamin E where as other forms of vitamin E compete with each other and will reduce the levels of the other. This is one of the reasons pumpkin seed oil is so effective at reducing cardiovascular disease, prostate inflammation and inflammatory disease.

Pumpkin seed and seed oil reduces the risk of getting many types of cancer.

Because of over farming and the use of toxic farm chemicals most foods are low in minerals causing many to be deficient in many nutrients. Magnesium deficiency has been found to be very common and cause many health problems. Pumpkin seed oil is very high in minerals especially magnesium. Low magnesium causes insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. It is also high in zinc. Zinc is needed to regulate hormones and the immune system. Zinc and magnesium improves the quality of sleep.

Because of the nutrient content in pumpkin seed oil it dramatically improves hair growth and hair health.

Pumpkins seed oil is also high in phytochemicals that have been found to improve eye health and brain health. It has also been found to help reverse rheumatoid arthritis.

Pumpkin seed oil seems to have very few side effects though I have seen some get nauseated from it. I believe they were consuming excess amounts of it. Anything in excess can have negative effects on the body.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/seed-cyclingEach type of seed has it’s own benefits, this is why I believe it is better to alternate between the types of seed oils used. For example alternate between taking flax seed oil, sesame seed oil, pumpkins seed oil, and sunflower oil or even consuming the seeds has been found to help normalize hormone levels more quickly then just taking one of the oils or consuming one type of seed.

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Benefits of carnitine.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.

This is not medical advice, I am writing this for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practictioner.

Carnitine

There are two forms sold by supplement manufacturers. L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine. The L in front means it is bioavailable to the body, in other words the body can readily use it. Acetyl-L-carnitine and L-carnitine do act differently in the body. Many get them mixed up and I will see websites describing the effects of carnitine when it is actual acetyl-L-carnitine effects they are describing. The body has to convert carnitine to acetyl-L-carnitine first so the effects are different. I am going to only discuss the effects of carnitine. I may describe the effects of acetyl-L-carnitine later in this article.

Carnitine increases far burning, and endurance. Carnitine also enhances muscle performance and brain function. Supplementing with D-carintine is not good because it can block the effects of the other canitines L-carnitine and Acetyl-L-carnitine. Carnitine also prevents muscle damage. Carnitine improves insulin sensitivity and improves glucose metabolism. Carnitine prevents aciduria which often times occurs in chronic illness. Carnitine prevents neurological and brain injury and improves their function. Canritine helps to prevent systemic inflammation.

Carnitine prevents the production of trimethylamine N-oxide, it has been linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is what causes fish smell disease where the urine and body odor has a fish like smell. Carnitine is also cardioprotective because it reduces oxidative stress and inflammation. Up to 80% of heart failure has been linked to carnitine deficiency.

If carnitine levels are low from liver inflammation , chronic illness, or nutrient deficiency the body will switch from using fats for energy and use glucose for energy. This can cause high lactic acid levels and chronic fatigue. This can cause fat build up throughout the body causing damage to the organs and obesity.

Carnitine prevents excess oxidative stress and prevents DNA damage. Carnitine helps protect the liver and kidney from damage. Carnitine down regulates the markers that cause sepsis and chronic illness. Carnitine increase fertility in males and females. Carnitine deficiency causes fatty liver disease.

Carnitine improves mitochondrial function and improves the mitochondrias ability to remove toxins. Carnitine has been shown to reverse the damage caused by PCOS.

Carnitine improves the bodies ability to use vitamin C and improves the bodies ability to metabolize sulfur which almost every cell in the body needs.

Carnitine prevents joint deterioration and joint pain. Carnitine improves function of liver , heart and muscle even in those who have severe liver and heart damage. Canitine improves pancreatic function even in those with pancreatic cancer.

Carnitine has been shown to increase lifespan. As you can see carnitine deficiency cause many types of chronic illness and leads to early mortality.

Asparagus, cheddar cheese and whole milk are good sources. Many are deficient now days. The body can produce carnitine from lysine and methione. Oily fish are also good sources of carnitine. Up to 2000 mg a day could be taken without side effects.

Carnitine deficiency is very common now days. The most common causes of carnitine deficiency is nutrient deficiencies, antibiotic injury or consuming foods that damage the gut causing malabsorption of nutrients and vaccine injury causing inhibited blood flow to the gut. Our food is so toxic and just about everyone is vaccine injured so I would say in order to correct carnitine deficiency a person would have to work on healing the gut.

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Benefits of red sage.

Written by Lee Stevenson

This is not medical advice I am writing this for educational purposes. If you are ill place seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.

Red Sage (Salvia miltiorrhiza)

In chinese medicine it is referred to as Danshen. Red sage improve cardiovascular health and has been shown to prevent strokes. Red sage has potent antioxidant properties. It also has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Because of red sage antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties it helps to prevent fibrotic diseases like cirrhosis of the liver and Alzheimers disease. Though I have found no studies to support this statement I believe it would help with interstitial cystitis and inflammatory bowel diseases because it inhibits NLRP3 which is over expressed in those diseases. Red sage prevents diabetes induced eye injury and vision loss.

Red Sage improves brain function and cognition. It does thin the blood and prevents blood clotting. Most message boards that I have read on people who used it recommended only taking it for a month and then taking a one week break. Red Sage prevents high blood pressure by increasing nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide is also one of the most potent antivirals used by the body. Because red sage improves blood flow and increases nitric oxide it prevents ischemia (tissue damage from inhibited blood flow).

Red Sage inhibits NADPH oxidase which is upregulate in inflammatory , and autoimmune diseases it inhibits beta oxidation and increases oxidative stress. Inhibiting NADPH oxidase would increase fat burning in the body and decrease oxidative stress. In order for that to occur mitochondrial respiration would have to increase so it would be safe to assume it improves mitochondrial respiration.

Nrf2 is the master regulator of the antioxidant system. Red sage is a potent Nrf2 activator which would increase antioxidant enzymes in the body.

Red sage increases mitophagy which is inhibited by RNA viruses like the herpes viruses. It also prevents autoimmunity by decreasing IgE levels which would prevent excess mast cell degranulation which would decrease histamines preventing and allergic response. It would also prevent over expreassion of TH2 immune response.

Red sage reduces oxalate levels in the body.

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Benefits of melatonin.

Written by Lee Stevenson

This is not medical advice , I am writing this for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of an experienced and knowledgeable functional medicine practitioner.

Melatonin

Melatonin has so many benefits I may not be able to describe them all. One thing to take note of with melatonin if your vitamin D levels are low it will actually disrupt your sleep and possibly cause nighmare. When vitamin D levels are adequate it promotes deep restful sleep and does not cause nightmares. If taken it should be taken about and hour before bed time. Melatonin can help restore the bodies circadian rhythm . Melatonin improves mood and prevents depression. Low melatonin increases the risk of breast cancer. Melatonin improves cardiovascular health. Melatonin is a very potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It has been found to help reduce symptoms of autoimmunity and sepsis. Melatonin improves the function of the immune system. Melatonin helps to prevent over active bladder and muscle spasms. Melatonin increases the bladders capacity. Melatonin removes free radicals from the body. Melatonin prevents mitochondrial leakage which prevents the production of free radicals. Meltonin stimulates the release of antioxidant enzymes. Meltonin increases G6PD which is often times low in those with Lyme disease or who have consumed foods high in glyphosate. Melatonin inhibits the negative effects of endotoxins. Melatonin improves the health of the liver and kidney. Meltonin protects the brain and nerves from injury. Melatonin improves lung health and prevents allergies. Melatonin reduces NLRP3 expression which is overexpressed in autoimmunity, Crohn’s disease and interstitial cystitis. Melatonin alleviates the symptoms of Alzheimers disease and protects the brain from injury. The improvement of mitochondrial function by melatonin helps protect from viral infection and has been shown to protect from Covid. Melatonin also prevents viruses from entering the cells. Melatonin speeds up recovery from sepsis.

Before taking melatonin a person has to make sure they are not deficient in vitamin D which studies show most are. Vitamin D deficiency makes a person extremely susceptible to infection. A person should not take more then 5000 IU of vitamin D a day. If a person is deficient in vitamin D then they will react negatively to melatonin and it will cause disrupted sleep patterns instead of enhancing sleep.
Melatonin is an extremely potent antioxidant and it protects the mitochondria from oxidative stress. Melatonin is antiaging. This increases cellular ATP levels and enhances mitochondrial membraine potential meaning it is easier for the mitochondria to clean the bad out while transporting into the mitochondria the things needed. Melatonin is so important for mitochondria health that the mitochondria produces it’s own melatonin. If oxidative phosphorylation becomes inhibited or damaged many free radicals are formed causing the mitochondria to function even more poorly. Melatonin prevents this from happening. When oxidative phosphorylation is inhibited diabetes and obesity can occur. If melatonin is not the most potent antioxidant it is sure up there at the top in it’s power to reduce free radicals.
Melatonin has been found to protect from the harm infection like corona can cause. Melatonin reduces the outbreak of herpes and helps prevent the damage that occurs from herpes virus infections.

Taking extremely high doses can cause nausea, dizziness, headache, lethargy, sleepiness, disorientation and decreased motor skills. It should not be taken during waking hours. It can delay puberty in children because it inhibits prolactin production. It also inhibits gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons which could also delay puberty.

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Benefits of self heal.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.

This is not medical advice I am writing this for educational purposes. If you are ill seek the aid of an experienced and qualified functional medicine practitioner.

Self Heal (prunella vulgaris)

It has strong antiviral properties. It reduces inflammation in the gut and helps prevent autoimmunity by stabilizing the immune system by increasing T regulatory cells. It has very potent antioxidant properties and very potent anti-inflammatory properties. Self heal does not prevent viruses from entering cells it shortens their life cycle before they enter cells. It inhibits a viruses ability to replicate. It has been found to inhibit HIV replication. Because of it’s potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects it improves liver function. It contains Rosmarinic acid which has found to be as effective as NSAIDs at reducing inflammation. It prevents Sars-Covid virus infection by inhibiting it’s ability to attach to the ACE2 receptor. Self heal is probably one of the most potent antivirals it works on many types of viruses including herpes. Self Heal improves thyroid and lymphatic health.

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