The Natural Way

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Although we try to take good care of ourselves, even with the help of good fortune, our bodies bear the brunt of wear and tear every day we live. Just as everything else is constantly becoming something else, so it is true with our bodies as well. An early signal that this is so is a feeling of tiredness - sort of a sense of deep fatigue.

Our culture doesn't support this slowing down at all. In the big picture we are an energy-dependent nation and in the small picture we often take stimulants such as coffee, uppers or even sugar to "get us back into the swing." We live in an artificial culture based upon energy and consumerism. Other than diet products, stimulants are right up on the top of the list for the most popular purchases in a health food store.

But what would you say if there were a natural supplement that doesn't jazz and jitter you, but still causes more energy, lifts mood, improves memory and thinking, is a necessary co-enzyme in the B family, improves symptoms of Parkinson's and slows deterioration from Alzheimer's? This was all published in 1993 by Birkmayer, et al.

The supplement is NADH. This stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and is one of the most important co-enzymes in the human brain and body. It is also needed for the proper functioning of antioxidants, so the broad impact on health is huge. Dosages of up to 70,000 mg for an average-sized person showed no short-term problem, though the standard suggestion is five to 20 mg/day.

The published study suggested the following nutritional supplementation: for Parkinson's add l-tyrosine; depression add l-tyrosine and 5HTP; Alzheimer's add DMAE and acetyl-l-carnitine; and for serious fatigue add B complex, alpha lipoic acid, CoQ10 and magnesium.

I'm always amazed with the utter mountain of scientific work published, especially on nutritional supplements. I have a hard time understanding, in light of this good information, why this isn't shared with everyone. I've always believed that if information is good and it is shared, then everyone wins. I guess some don't see it this way.

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