Nearly 25 million Americans experience daily physical discomfort, according to the National Institutes of Health, which can affect mood, mobility and quality of life.
Researchers are identifying new ways to promote nerve health and comfort by inhibiting inflammatory compounds in nerve cells, and at the same time, encouraging healthy neurotransmitter levels in the brain.
Experts have discovered that a fatty acid called palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), produced naturally by the body as part of a healthy inflammatory and immune response, inhibits the secretion of inflammatory compounds from mast cells, a type of white blood cell. As we age, our number of mast cells decreases, causing our remaining mast cells to work harder. That can make them overly sensitive, activating inflammatory processes linked to nerve discomfort.
“By inhibiting inflammatory compounds released by mast cells, PEA promotes the body’s natural response to uncomfortable nerve stimuli at the cellular level,” says Michael A. Smith, M.D., senior health scientist for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Life Extension®.
One option is Life Extension’s ComfortMAX, a dual action nerve support supplement which contains both PEA as well as Honokiol, a naturally occurring lignan compound derived from magnolia that is shown to support “calming” receptors in the brain, known as GABA receptors, which affect the way the brain perceives discomfort.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, however, many experts believe they can be effective in managing nerve health and comfort. More information can be found at www.lecomfortmax.com.
If you didn’t know, belly fat can be hazardous to your health. Certain types of fat create more health concerns than others, and abdominal fat can be one of the worst offenders.
Life Extension has introduced AMPK Metabolic Activator that combines the citrus flavonoid hesperidin with ActivAMP® G. pentaphyllum extract, two natural ingredients that safely trigger AMPK, and in effect informs this unique enzyme to start burning unwanted fat, particularly around the abdomen.
AMPK is an enzyme found in every cell in the body. But the natural, age-related decline in AMPK is a major cause of unwanted abdominal fat. And with studies showing that increasing AMPK activity can encourage cells to stop storing fat and start burning it for energy, Life Extension created AMPK Metabolic Activator.
In addition to reducing abdominal fat and activating AMPK, hesperidin helps inhibit circulating hsCRP levels, a major inflammatory factor and helps maintain already-healthy cholesterol levels and promotes healthy vascular function. This supplement should be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise program. Individual results are not guaranteed, and results may vary.
“You’re only as healthy as healthy as your gut, plus, belly fat is more than unsightly,” says Dr. Smith. For more information visit www.lifeextension.com/education.