Benefits of perriwinkle.

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 practitioner.

Perriwinkle (Vinca minor)

Perriwinkle has potent anti-oxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties.

Perriwinkle improves blood flow to the brain. It also improves cellular glucose uptake which would imcrease endurance and improve mental function. Because it improves blood flow it helps protect the body from ischemia and hypoxia. There are many Vinca species but Vinca minor has been found the most effective at protecting and healing the brain. It Perriwinkle is high in chlorogenic acid which has many healing properties including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Perriwinkle can help to prevent stroke and it also speeds recovery from stroke up and helps to prevent the brain damage that usually occurs during strokes. I am mainly speaking of Vinca minor because it is the species of Perriwinkle that contains vinpocetine which is a very potent neuroprotectant and protect the brain from injury and improves brain function. It is so effective at healing the brain that it has been used to correct certain types of birth defects that cause a child to have seizures.

Perriwinkles antioxidant effects comes from the fact it not only activates Nrf2 but stabilizes it preventing it from malfunctioning.

I could not find any toxicity studies so I do not know the side effects other then a few studies mentioning that some using it developed a rash. I would say if you use this one then use it in moderation once you have healed and just use it once in a while to maintain health. With no toxicity studies being done I would use this one wisely.

Benefits of nicatinomide.

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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 practitioner.


Nicatinomide increase NAD+ which is needed by every cell in the body. As we age or get chronically ill we lose the ability to produce NAD+ in adequate amounts. Nicatinomide is a form of niacin (B3). Nicatinomide has been shown to reverse many of the effects of chronic illness and aging. It is needed for glycolysis which is involved in burning fats stored in the liver to produce glucose for the body. NAD+ is also involved in fatty acid oxidation which is the bodies way of burning fats to produce glucose for the body. If glycolysis is inhibited a person will develop fatty liver disease, if beta oxidation is inhibited a person will develop diabetes and hypoglycemia. NAD+ is involved in the proper function of all the antiaging genes. NAD+ is also involved in many of the function that protect us from infections including viral infection. So nicotinamide helps to prevent diabetes, obesity and many age related diseases.

Nicatinomide helps to prevent neurological damage and damage to the brain and improves brain function. It improves learning and memory. It has been found to help prevent depression. It also prevents damage to the brain by improve the function of many pathways in the body preventing toxic metabolites from being produced.

Nicatinomide improves function of the antioxidant system which would protect DNA. Nicatinomide also improve DNA repair. Nicatinomide also improve RNA processing and protects it from premature degradation.

Nicatinomide improves indurance and stamina by improving the bodies ability to burn fats for energy. Fat is the bodies main source of energy. When it cannot burn fat for energy and has to rely on glucose a person will develop frequent episodes of hypoglycemia. With hypoglycemia a person may experience headaches, lightheadedness, dizziness, heart palpitation, feeling flush or hot and may even sweat severely. The reason for the frequent boughts of hypoglycemia is that glucose is rapidly consumed for food and the glucose from fats is released slowly which keeps the glucose levels stable in the body.

Nicatinomide helps to prevent autoimmunity by keeping the immune system balanced. It also improves the ability of the immune system to respond to infection. It helps to prevent many types of viral infection including herpes, corona, the flu and many others.

Nicatinomide also improve the function of the circadian rhythm our bodies natural clock.

Nicatinomide also improves function of the citric acid cycle.

Because NAD+ reduces oxidative stress and inflammation it also helps to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Nicatinomide also improves muscle endurance and strength. It also prevents muscle degeneration.

NAD+ also helps prevent the build of of fibrotic tissue in the body which can cause organ failure so it helps to protect the organs.

It should be taken with food because if taken on an empty stomach a person will experience nausea, fatigue, headaches, diarrhea, stomach discomfort and indigestion. It should not cause flushing like niacin does. From what I could tell a person can take up to 1000 to 2000 mg daily but I would research which is the best amount to take. Excess nicotinamide consumption can inhibit growth of new cartilage and it also inhibits the genes that protect the body from cancer. So once the health issue is addressed that required the consumption of nicotinamide I would recommend pulsing it or discontinuing it’s use if it is no longer needed. I would not take super high doses of nicatinomide.

Nicotinamide has been shown to reduce the occurrence of acne.

Benefits of coconut oil.

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

Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains monolaurin which has very potent antimicrobial properties against just about every type of microbe. It even helps to fight candida. It even has antiviral properties. I got very ill when I first took coconut oil because candida die of, or even die off from and infection causes endotoxins to be released so if you have an infection you may want to ease into taking it.

Coconut oil is very high in electrolytes so could help replenish many minerals in the body.

Coconut increases ketones in the body which can protect from metabolic diseases like diabetes. Ketones also help to fuel the brain during times of glucose deprivation.

Because ketones help to prevent seizures coconut oil helps to reduce the occurrence of seizures in those suffering from epilepsy.

Coconut oil helps to reduce triglycerides and improve cardiovascular health.

Coconut oil improves the health of the skin and reduces episodes of eczema and other skin diseases. It also protects from the negative effects of UV rays.

The ability to use glucose for energy is inhibited in Alzheimers. Coconut improves brain function in Alzheimers by giving the brain an alternative source of energy. This should help those struggling with hyperinsulinemia which causes hypoglycemia.

Since coconut oil increases ketones it would also increase life span because ketones have been shown to slow down aging.

Ketones improve mitochondrial respiration and improve function of the citric acid cycle which would improve the bodies ability to burn fat for energy which would help to stabilize insulin and glucose levels in the body. This is why coconut oil can prevent obesity.

C-reactive protein levels get high during Covid, Lyme and many other infections and can cause sepsis and even death. Coconut oil helps to reduce C-reactive protein levels which could help prevent the damage caused during infection.

Monolaurin in coconut oil helps to prevent over activation of the immune system which can help prevent autoimmunity. This could also help with asthma and inflammatory diseases.

Coconut oil can cause hypoglycemia if taken in excessive amounts and can actually cause weight gain if taken in excess. A tablespoon a day at most, should be enough.

Benefits of astaxanthin.

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You have to be careful buying astaxanthin there is synthetic astaxanthin and it can cause many health problems. Get it from food sources like eating salmon or krill oil or only use supplements that contain astaxanthin acquired from natural sources. Astaxanthin has a pretty good safety record. Astaxanthin is better absorbed when taken with an oil.

Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants. Because of it’s potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties at can reverse some of the effects of aging and has been found to improve eyesight. It has more potent anti-inflammatory properties then steroids. Astaxanthin prevents the negative effects of blue light from cell phone and computer screens.

Astaxanthin reduces wrinkling and improves the health of the skin. It prevents the harmful effects of UV light to the skin.

Astaxanthin reduces cognitive decline, improves BDNF which increases brain plasticity which means it will improve cognition, brain function, and the ability to retain memories. It improves brain blood flow and prevent damage from oxygen deprivation in the brain.

Astaxanthin improves blood flow. Prevent cardiovascular disease, protects the heart from damage and improves blood pressure.

Astaxanthin improves mitochondrial function which would improve the health of the whole body. This would also improve the ability of mitochondria to break down fat to use for energy and improve the mitochondrias ability to produce ATP.

Astaxanthin improves muscle endurance and recovery during exercise. This may be because astaxanthin helps improve insulin and glucose balance.

Astaxanthin has been found to prevent and even reverse many types of cancer. Astaxanthin can also prevent the negative effects physical trauma has on the body.

Astaxanthin can prevent fibrosis in the body which can cause fatty liver and dementia type diseases like Alzheimer. It also prevents liver damage by improving bile duct function. It prevents fatty liver disease from improving the bodies ability to break down and burn fat for energy.

Infection and toxins can cause excess inflammation which can cause loss of smell and hearing. Astaxanthin help prevent loss of hearing and smell from excess oxidative stress and inflammation.

During infections, vaccine injury, toxins like glyphosate in our foods and environment can cause excess inflammation and oxidative stress. This causes tissue ischemia, astaxanthin prevents the damage when that occurs. Those prevention is the best medicine we cannot control everything in our environment. It also help to prevent neurological disease. Astaxanthin actually improves the function of stem cells.

Astaxanthin turns on many of the antiaging genes which are inhibited by Covid and herpes.

Endotoxins and inflammation can cause tryptophan metabolism to shunt and produce toxic metabolites that cause dementia and depression. Astaxanthin prevents this from occurring. It also increases the microbes in the gut that could cause bad tryptophan metabolites to be formed and increases the microbes that reduces inflammation. Astaxanthin helps restore gut immune homeostasis.

There is a reason flamingos are pink if you do not want your skin or eyes to be pink do not consume excessive amounts of astaxanthin. It is what causes flamingos to be pink. Excess astaxanthin consumption can cause low blood pressure. It can also cause excess hair growth. Excess astaxanthin consumption can cause low calcium levels. Astaxantin increases progesterone in cows so may have this effect in humans though I have found no research to support that idea.

I can tell you from personal experience of people who have taken it. It dramatically decreases joint pain. If taken in high dose it caused headaches. Those who took high doses also experienced acid reflux. I do not recommend high dose astaxanthin. Many complain it messed with their hormones. Many other said it got rid of their acne so I suspect it increase their progesterone levels. It does seem to restore hormone balance and until the body gets used to the new hormone levels a person may feel bad.

Benefits of NAC.

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 an experienced and qualified functional medicine practitioner.

NAC (N-acetylcysteine)

The FDA is trying to ban NAC so it may not be available soon. It seems it must be hurting their corporate sponsors wallet.

NAC boost glutathione levels which is one of the most potent antioxidants in the body. NAC helps to reduce the symptoms of PCOS. It improves male and female fertility. NAC prevents mitochondria and DNA damage. It reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. It improves the health of the mucus layers throughout the body including the gut and bladder. NAC promotes glutamate and dopamine homeostasis. VEGF is overexpressed during infections especially by Covid and herpes viruses. It causes damage throughout the body. NAG inhibits VEGF. NAC increases ATP levels in the cells. Most are deficient in Nitric oxide. NAC increases nitric oxide levels. NAC has been found to improve the health of the lungs. NAC reduces allergic symptoms. NAC blocks and prevents the formation of biofilms by pathogens. NAC has been found very effective at reducing the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. It helps to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance preventing diabetes and obesity. If taken in moderation it reduces excess homocysteine but if taken in excessively high amounts it can increase homocysteine levels. NAC has been found to reduce the symptoms of sleep Apnea. NAC inhibits the replication of many viruses and bacteria. NAC has been found to be effective against Covid and at reducing the replication of the herpes viruses. NAC helps prevent fatigue. NAC helps to prevent many types of eye disease and autoimmune diseases. NAC helps prevent many types of mental disorders. Xenobiotics disrupt mitochondrial function and oxidative balance. NAC restores mitochondrial function and oxidative balance.

If taken in excess it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It thins the blood so taking very high amounts is not recommended. Most studies I read that were effective the patient had taken NAC for at least three months. The shorter term studies seem to show very little benefits so it seems it takes a while to start feeling the health benefits of NAC.