Cinnamon as Economic Medicine & Nootropic

With the rise of autodidactic biohacking and the public accessibility of science, dietary supplements and nootropics have come under more (justifiable) scrutiny; not the usual faux scrutiny by charlatans who worship doctors and pharmaceuticals, but instead reasonable and empirically-based concern. Meanwhile, marketing of overpriced health products and blends composed of various otherwise inexpensive compounds has … Continue reading Cinnamon as Economic Medicine & Nootropic

Perfectionism, Mind, & Mitochondria: Dismantling the Rabblement

Moonlight Sorrow (ca. 1856) by Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa One factor in creative block is that the threshold of self-consciousness about the desired manifestation of your ideas overrides your ability to take action and create those ideas. In other words, your idiosyncrasies are not embraced within, and so are implicitly suppressed by your superego, and … Continue reading Perfectionism, Mind, & Mitochondria: Dismantling the Rabblement

Coffee Part Trois: Cinnamoylquinides, Endorphins, Immunity, Amplification

Coffee and the Endocannabinoid and Endorphin Systems Our endogenous opioid system communicates via endorphins released from the pituitary gland, blocking pain and contributing to our ability to experience pleasure, relaxation, and euphoria. Endocannabinoids confer similar effects, but are released throughout the nervous system.  One endocannabinoid, the omega-6 arachidonic acid-metabolite anandamide, etymologically means bliss-amide, and is … Continue reading Coffee Part Trois: Cinnamoylquinides, Endorphins, Immunity, Amplification

Caffeine Caution: Reconsidering the World’s Favorite Plant Drug

Since writing my article praising coffee in February during a honeymoon phase, I spent much of this year learning about coffee and caffeine as it exists in reality, and not through a lens of confirmation bias or wishful thinking. Like almost any plant, there are potentially positive benefits, some poisonous and detrimental effects, and some … Continue reading Caffeine Caution: Reconsidering the World’s Favorite Plant Drug

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

Vitamin B6’s Benefits: Disease Prevention & Neurotransmission

Vitamin B6, pyridoxine, is a peculiar vitamin among the B-family. Whilst necessary for over 100 enzymatic reactions in the body, it seems to be the only B-vitamin that we hear warnings about having a toxicity risk, the primary symptom of which is nerve damage involving paresthesia (tingling and burning), although it's usually reversible upon prompt … Continue reading Vitamin B6’s Benefits: Disease Prevention & Neurotransmission