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…

Today we offer you an interview with Dr. Marvin Formosa, director of the International Institute on Ageing of the United Nations, Malta (INIA). But first let’s find out, how the issue of population aging was first introduced into the agenda of the United Nations, and why the UN body with focus on aging is located…

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…

More pressure to include the aging processes as a disease from a number of important scientists. This time Sweden is the focus for the push to have aging included in their disease classification with an article in the press by biologist and activist Victor Bjoerk. Now you may agree or disagree that the various processes…

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…

Today we have an interesting study showing that the damage to the neurons caused by beta-amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s disease is repaired when the amyloid is removed[1]. This means that removing the amyloids could potentially reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s in the early stages of the disease before too much damage is done.  Amyloids are misfolded…

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…

Potential Health Benefits From around age forty we start to lose muscle mass due to various aging processes, one of these processes is the accumulation of senescent cells. Senescent cells are simply cells that have become damaged or have reached their maximum number of divisions. Normally these cells are shut down by a kind of…

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