History Nicotinic acid is a form of water-soluble vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 and was discovered in 1937 by American biochemist Conrad Elvehjem and as a result cured pellagra, a disease caused by niacin deficiency that causes horrible skin lesions, diarrhea, dementia and even death. This compound is now commonly marketed as niacin and is the…

Alpha-lipoic acid is a common supplement but what about its geroprotective properties? We take a look at this supplment in another of our geroprotector articles. History Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) was first discovered in 1937 when Snell discovered that a type of bacteria relied on potato juice to reproduce[1]. This led to alpha-lipoic acid being known…

Magnesium is a common element and is found in a variety of foods but not everyone gets enough of this essential element which is vital for cellular processes. History of Magnesium It was Joseph Black who recognized magnesium as an element back in 1755. However, it was first isolated by Sir Humphry Davy in 1808 many…

Today we take a look at one of the more unusual  supplements which has been used in traditional medicine for many years. History of honokiol Honokiol is a lignan isolated from the bark, seed cones, and leaves of the trees of various Magnolia species. Honokiol along with other active molecules in magnolia such as magnolol…

One of the most commonly used supplements frequently taken to promote joint health and other aches but there really is more to this dietary supplement than first meets the eye. History of Glucosamine Originally discovered during the 1960s in Italy by pharmacologist Professor Luigi Rovati and the founder of pharmaceutical giant the Rottapharm|Madaus group. The…

Nothing quite compares to a tasty fresh crisp apple, but most people might not know apples contain a very interesting compound that has a number of potential health benefits. History of quercetin Quercetin is a naturally occurring member of the flavonoid family – a large family of water-soluble chemicals, which are not created by the…

There are few things as tasty as a good blueberry, but science is showing there could be more health benefits to this delicious fruit than people might think. History Pterostilbene (trans-3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxystilbene) is a naturally occurring dietary compound, part of the stilbene group of compounds and the main antioxidant component of blueberries. It was first discovered…

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