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Alpha-Lipoic Acid + Acetyl-L-Carnitine:
Rejuvenation potential

Last modified: 2005.Sep.17

ALC+ALA: One month of “rejuvenation”

Last modified: 2003.Nov.8

ALC: Tapping our inner strength

Last modified: 2001.Nov.10

ALC supplies two essential components of the body’s fat-metabolizing machinery, and appears to reverse certain aspects of aging.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Basic facts

Last modified: 2000.Dec.16

Alpha-lipoic acid has been used in Europe for many years to treat liver-related ailments. More recent interest in ALA focuses on its antioxidant properties.

BHT: Still working after all these years

Last modified: 2002.Aug.16

Approved by the FDA as a food preservative, BHT is used by many people as an anti-aging supplement.

CardioPeptase, the “miracle” microbial enzyme

Last modified: 2002.Apr.26

The enzyme serrapeptase is now available in the U.S. after decades of successful use in Europe for inflammatory ailments and, more recently for unclogging arteries.

CDP-Choline: basic information

Last modified: 2002.Jul.13

Because this substance is converted by the body into cell membrane components, it has become of interest for restoring the function of nerve cells damaged by injury, disease, or aging.

CDP-Choline and alpha-GPC

Last modified: 2002.Sep.12

Ed Sharpe compares two supplements now being used to combat cognitive impairments due to aging and other diseases.

Chito-Lite: Natural lipid binder

Last modified: 2001.Nov.11

Chitosan is a gel-forming substance that in the digestive tract can trap cholesterol and other fatty materials, preventing their absorption into the body.

Chito-Lite: basic facts

Last modified: 2001.May.16

This enthusiastic review of chitosan covers its history, manufacture, and usage.

Coenzyme Q10: enzymes and coenzymes

Last modified: 2001.Jun.18

This basic summary of the actions and usages of coenzyme Q10 emphasizes its use for cardiovascular health, weight loss, and gum conditions.

Coenzyme Q10: recent medical applications

Last modified: 2001.Jun.26

A review of several studies of CoQ10 for alleviating cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, cancer, infertility, and weight loss.

Coenzyme Q10: history and usage

Last modified: 2001.May.16

This rather technical summary of the role played by CoQ10 in cells suggests explanations for some of its benefits as a supplement.

Enhancement of curcumin bioavailability

Last modified: 2004.May.26

Historical treatment of depression

Last modified: 2001.Dec.12

Since ancient times, treatments for depression have run the gamut — from herbs to shocks, and from sleep deprivation to chit-chat.

DMAE: basic facts

Last modified: 2001.Aug.12

Why does DMAE work better than plain choline supplements for improving nerve cell function, fighting ‘age spots’ and improving athletic performance?

Ginkgo Biloba: Past to present

Last modified: 2001.Feb.19

A brief history of Ginkgo biloba usage, and a summary of recent research.

5-HTP & you

Last modified: 1999.Jan.15

5-HTP is used for depression because it raises serotonin levels in the brain.

5-HTP and the B6 controversy

Last modified: 2001.Mar.14

This brief explanation of 5-HTP as a serotonin precursor suggests that it would be prudent to avoid taking it simultaneously with vitamin B6.

Serotonin solution

Last modified: 2001.Apr.16

Charles Davidson explains why 5-HTP is used for controlling depression, aggressiveness, appetite, pain, sleep, stress, and aging.

Human Growth Hormone: people want more of it

Last modified: 2002.Jan.11

A variety of methods exist for increasing the body’s production of Growth Hormone. Unfortunately, many of them have been made illegal by government bureaucrats.

Huperzine A: basic facts

Last modified: 1999.Feb.16

The cognitive enhancer huperzine A should become increasingly popular as the population ages and people look for methods to fight cognitive declines.

Hypericin: from Saint John’s Wort

Last modified: 1999.Nov.19

This fairly technical review of hypericin’s antiviral properties also discusses dosages and has an extensive bibliography.

Hypericin: Saint John’s Wort extract

Last modified: 2000.Jan.15

A non-technical summary of the use of hypericin to treat depression and viral infections.

L-Carnitine: overview

Last modified: 2002.Jan.18

An explanation of the function of amino acids, with emphasis on L-carnitine usage for improving fat metabolism and for treating various dystrophies.

Lithium and brain repair

Last modified: 2001.May.11

Lithium supplementation has been shown to stimulate the growth of new nerve cells.


Lithium: how it works

Last modified: 2001.Jul.30

Lithium protects brain cells from death by overstimulation.

Melatonin: overview

Last modified: 2002.Jan.31

A brief review of recent research into melatonin’s anti-aging properties.

Methylcobalamin and B12: latest developments

Last modified: 2001.Nov.26

Ed Sharpe explains why methyl-B12 is a superior form of vitamin B12. This vitamin shows promise in prevention of nerve degeneration and cardiovascular disease.

Micronized DHEA vs. standard DHEA

Last modified: 2004.Apr.14

List of essential minerals

Last modified: 2002.Jul.26

Which minerals are essential? This article summarizes current thinking on this subject.

MSM: background and usage

Last modified: 2002.Feb.11

This article lists the various ailments for which MSM has been promoted as a treatment. It does not attempt to sort out which of these usages are legitimate.

Noitol — a complex with huperzine A

Last modified: 2003.Nov.8

Orotates: How they work

Last modified: 2002.Nov.11

Ed Sharpe addresses two biochemical puzzles about the mineral orotates: how they get into cells and what they do once they’re in.

Orotates: the mineral transporters

Last modified: 2002.Nov.11

A cogent summary of the history and usage of the mineral orotates.

Orotates for body and mind

Last modified: 2002.Nov.11

Ed Sharpe relates his personal experience with calcium orotate for weight loss.

Phosphatidylserine and mental enhancement

Last modified: 2002.Apr.16

A brief, non-technical overview of phosphatidylserine as a memory enhancer and mood elevator.

Piperine multiplies the strength
of many supplements and drugs

Last modified: 2003.Sept.8

Poly-Zyme 021, 022, and 023

Last modified: 2002.Jul.26

A clear, thorough review of the ‘Poly-Zyme’ enzymes — their rationale and usages.

Pregnenolone, the feel-good hormone

Last modified: 2001.Apr.30

Pregnenolone has long been known as a memory enhancer and a treatment for arthritis and bulging eyes. It may also have anti-diabetic and anti-aging properties.

Red Yeast Rice and cholesterol

Last modified: 2001.Aug.22

The absurdity of food-and-drug regulatory policy in the U.S. is glaringly obvious in the case of a Red Yeast Rice supplement targeted by the FDA and a major drug company.

Rejuvenation — it’s really happening

Last modified: 2004.Apr.13

Selenium supplements

Last modified: 2001.Sep.23

That selenium supplementation is beneficial is beyond dispute, but there are two forms available: selenate and selenite. Ed Sharpe favors selenate and explains why.

Two weeks on “Special T” (1-Testosterone)

Last modified: 2003.Nov.8

Stevia in a nutshell

Last modified: 2002.Nov.22

Stevia is a low-calorie sweetener that is widely used in countries where government regulations are more rational than they are in the U.S.

1-Testosterone account

Last modified: 2002.Nov.16

A self-experiment by a skeptical user had surprising results. What seemed like bodybuilding hype turned out to be no exaggeration.

1-Testosterone: 9-month update

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Nine months of experimentation with the anabolic supplement 1-testosterone (‘Special T’) has revealed effective and ineffective ways to use it.

TMG-15 and homocysteinuria

Last modified: 2001.Oct.31

A New York physician finds trimethylglycine indispensable for lowering homocysteine levels in hard-to-treat cardiovascular patients.

TMG-15: basic facts

Last modified: 2001.Aug.16

A brief explanation of trimethylglycine’s mechanism of action and effects on nerves and muscles.

Homocysteine and cardiovascular disease

Last modified: 2001.Dec.14

The standard method for preventing arterial plaques is to reduce cholesterol intake and take a ‘statin’ drug. A more subtle approach might be to target homocysteine.

Vitamin C: history and usage

Last modified: 2001.May.12

No one disputes the importance of vitamin C, but many people who rely on their diet to supply it should be using a supplement instead.

Vitamin E with gamma-tocopherol

Last modified: 1997.Apr.05

This article from Science News explains how many vitamin E supplements fail to supply the full range of important tocopherol compounds.

Vitamin E targets inflammation

Last modified: 2000.Nov.11

Vitamin E supplementation shows promise for reducing diabetes-induced inflammation that can cause arthritis and heart disease.

What is DHEA?

Last modified: 2003.Dec.22

Xobaline for diabetic neuropathy

Last modified: 2002.Dec.18

Recent research into neuropathy is providing evidence that vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) can be helpful if used in substantial amounts.

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