Archive for January, 2006

Bioenergetic Substances: Do you get enough in your diet?

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Bioenergetic substances are chemicals that help your cells’ energy production improve in a healthy, non-stressful way. Stimulants, like caffeine and nicotine stress the adrenals and central nervous system, but bioenergetics just help the body’s energy system work better. Inside each cell are many, many power houses called mitochondria. These little factories incinerate fatty acids and turn them into ATP, the currency of biologic energy. Bioenergetics benefit this process by either improving the mechanics of the process, or by providing anti-oxidant protection to the mitochondrial structure.
For example, L-carnitine acts like a worker that stokes the fire by putting or pulling fatty acids into the mitochondrial incinerator. Co Q10 and alpha lipoic acid are important anti-oxidants that protect the incinerator structure from the “rusting” that occurs with this highly oxidative process. The fire of this process is the Kreb’s Cycle. Components of this cycle and processes feeding into it also act as bioenergetics, including magnesium aspartate, potassium aspartate, alpha ketoglutarate, and pyridoxal-5-phosphate (the MOST bioavailable form of vitamin B6).
It’s best to combine the substances that improve the mechanics with those that serve as anti-oxidants so that these energy factories run optimally and also stay in good shape . In other words, protect the Kreb’s cycle with anti-oxidants. So if you’re feeling sluggish, don’t reach for that cafeinated drink, reach for a great bioenergetic supplement instead! Your body will love you for it, and you will have better energy all around in the long run.
This is Dr. Natalie’s personal list of bioenergetics and anti-oxidants that she takes to optimize her energy and health:
acetyl L-carnitine (it helps brain function too! She gets this in her Oasis Life Sciences Ageless Prime.)
pyridoxal-5-phosphate (Oasis Life Sciences Ageless Prime and AgelessXtra)
alpha lipoic acid (Oasis Life Sciences AgelessXtra)
Selenium (Vitaline formulas)
Zinc (Solaray)
Vitamin E ( mixed forms are best, not just alpha tocopherol. Gamma tocopherol is a better choice. Did you know there are at least 8 different forms of vitamin E, including tocopherols and tocotrienols?)
Vitamin C
Magnesium malate
Anti-oxidants from fruits and vegetables (Oasis Life Sciences Metagreens, Metaberry, Aloe Gold and AgelessXtra)
N-acetyl cysteine (detoxifies the brain and liver! Oasis Life Sciences Ageless Prime)
CoQ10, EPA, DHA (purified fish oil Metapower from Oasis Lifsciences)
Bio-identical hormone replenishment (Yep! They are bioenergetics too! Just remember to also include the above substances also because with hormones, the speeds of processes are increased. So what little supply of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and etc. are there, will get used up even faster.)
Vitamin D (cholecalciferol. It’s actually an anabolic steroid!)
Thyroid hormone
Progesterone
Testosterone
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
7-keto DHEA
Pregnenolone
Melatonin

Bioenergetics are awesome substances, helping the body to function better and become healthier! Include them in your diet everyday!
Best Wishes in Health,
Dr. Natalie

Book Review: The Edge Effect

Monday, January 9th, 2006

The Edge Effect is a helpful healthy aging guide by Dr. Eric Braverman, a specialist in “neuropause,” or the slowing of the brain’s function. His book helps people identify their strengths and weaknesses in the four main neurotransmitter systems: serotonin, gama amino butyric acid, dopamine, and acetylcholine. It is a chemical exploration into one’s mind. He offers useful hormone, amino acid, and dietary recommendations to help optimize each of these neurotransmitters and bring balance to the brain.

I encourage anyone who wants to improve their “edge” to read this book. It is easy to understand, and can provide a path to a better functioning brain!

Natalie Kather, MD
diplomate of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine
and diplomate of the Amercian Board of Family Medicine

Anti-Aging Humor

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Patient: “There are just so many nutritional supplements to take! Is there anything I can stop?”

Anti-Aging Physician: “Are you eating potato chips?”

Patient: “Well, yes.”

Physician: “Stop that.”