Klotho & Intermittent Fasting: Brain, Adaptation, & Longevity

The Three Fates (c. 1910) by Alexander Rothaug Klotho is the “longevity gene”, named after the Greek Goddess of Fate who spins the threads of human life, determining when we live and die. Klotho regulates neurogenesis, calcium and phosphate excretion, blood vessels, fat storage, and insulin signaling, with other yet unknown functions. Mice who lack … Continue reading Klotho & Intermittent Fasting: Brain, Adaptation, & Longevity

Glycine’s Myriad Health Benefits: Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Stress

The amino acid and neurotransmitter glycine has interested me for awhile, especially due to its high presence in gelatinous foods and its ability to excite or inhibit neurons depending on the surrounding physiological conditions. For example, in the forebrain, it is an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor coagonist, promoting the excitatory actions of glutamate, while also being … Continue reading Glycine’s Myriad Health Benefits: Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Stress

Taurine: Inhibitor & Stabilizer

Taurine is a chemical compound found ubiquitously in the body. It is tentatively being considered for additional categorization as a neurotransmitter since, whilst functioning as an antioxidant, and to make digestive bile acids, regulate fluid balance and mineral retention, it is also a natural sedative by its activation of the GABA-A and glycine receptors (Jia et al., 2008; Zhang & … Continue reading Taurine: Inhibitor & Stabilizer