Here are some thoughts gleaned during a workshop on Aging at the Young Living Convention in June:
- “Aging is associated with a chronic increase in the level of systemic inflammation that is relatively stable over extended periods, and predicts risk for general functional decline.” – Catarina Rosano, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
- Nutrition is a key factor in reducing inflammation – Greens are a vital part of good nutrition. Consider replacing grains with greens!
Magnesium – the “spark of life”
- Up to 80% of the US population is suffering from a magnesium deficiency – Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
- The average American diet provides only 40% of the magnesium that we need in a day – Sherry A Rogers, MD, author of Wellness Against All Odds
- Magnesium Supplement helps boost brainpower – Science News Feb. 2, 2010
- Magnesium improves memory formation and aids normal thought processing – Natural News.com
- Elevation of brain magnesium prevents and reverses cognitive deficits and synaptic loss in Alzheimer’s Disease mouse model – The Journal of Neuroscience “Our results suggest that elevation of brain magnesium exerts substantial synaptoprotective effects.” University of Texas, Austin, USA
Magnesium content in foods…
Cocoa and human health
- “Cocoa contains biologically active substances that may affect human health: flavanoids, theobromine, and magnesium.” University of Leeds, UK. – PubMed April 2013
- Phenylethylamine (PEA) that occurs in raw chocolate is created in the brain and released when we are in love. PEA plays a role in increasing focus and alertness.
- Anandamide nicknamed the “Bliss Chemical” is a neurotransmitter isolated in raw cacao produced in the brain and released while feelings of happiness and excitement are dominant.
- Cacao also contains inhibitors that decrease the breakdown of anandamide so that the effect of raw cocoa anandamide is more long-lasting.
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