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Cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) have serious side effects. Primarily, these drugs block the development of a critical anti-oxidant vitamin, CoQ10,that’s causes significant heart, liver, muscle and brain damage. A new study finds that statin use also impairs stem cell function, which helps in slowing hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), but hinders other body processes. Because of these effects, the study supports weighing individual risk when considering statins as a preventive measure.




The scientists looked specifically at the association between age and gray matter. They compared 50 people who had mediated for years and 50 who didn’t. People in both groups showed a loss of gray matter as they aged. But the researchers found among those who meditated, the volume of gray matter did not decline as much as it did among those who didn’t.


New research determined that Curcumin, the yellow pigment of turmeric (Curcuma longa), may provide significant benefit in preventing telomere shortening and may actually promote elongation of telomeres.

Although telomeres shorten with each cell division, dividing cells express telomerase, a protein complex that synthesizes and elongates telomeres. Researchers sought to determine if Curcumin could increase telomerase expression and thereby help preserve telomere length. To test their hypothesis, they chose to look at its effects on telomerase expression in brain cells exposed to beta-amyloid, a primary source of oxidative damage and brain cell death linked to Alzheimer’s.