Long-sought-after ‘glueball’: Exotic particle may have been discovered


Scientists have calculated that the meson f0(1710) could be a very special particle: the long-sought-after ‘glueball’, made up entirely of gluons — the “sticky” particles that keep nuclear particles together.

Nucleons consist (left) of quarks (matter particles) and gluons (force particles). A glueball (right) is made up purely of gluons.

Scientists at TU Wien (Vienna) have calculated that the meson f0(1710) could be a very special particle — the long-sought-after ‘glueball’.

For decades, scientists have been looking for so-called “glueballs.” Now it seems they have been found at last. A glueball is an exotic particle, made up entirely of gluons — the “sticky” particles that keep nuclear particles together. Glueballs are unstable and can only be detected indirectly, by analysing their decay. This decay process, however, is not yet fully understood.

Professor Anton Rebhan and Frederic Brünner from TU Wien (Vienna) have now employed a new theoretical approach to calculate glueball decay. Their results agree extremely well with data from particle accelerator experiments. This is strong evidence that a resonance called “f0(1710),” which has been found in various experiments, is in fact the long-sought glueball. Further experimental results are to be expected in the next few months.

Forces are Particles too

Protons and neutrons consist of even smaller elementary particles called quarks. These quarks are bound together by strong nuclear force. “In particle physics, every force is mediated by a special kind of force particle, and the force particle of the strong nuclear force is the gluon,” says Anton Rebhan (TU Wien).

Gluons can be seen as more complicated versions of the photon. The massless photons are responsible for the forces of electromagnetism, while eight different kinds of gluons play a similar role for the strong nuclear force. However, there is one important difference: gluons themselves are subject to their own force, photons are not. This is why there are no bound states of photons, but a particle that consists only of bound gluons, of pure nuclear force, is in fact possible.

In 1972, shortly after the theory of quarks and gluons was formulated, the physicists Murray Gell-Mann and Harald Fritsch speculated about possible bound states of pure gluons (originally called “gluonium,” today the term “glueball” is used). Several particles have been found in particle accelerator experiments which are considered to be viable candidates for glueballs, but there has never been a scientific consensus on whether or not one of these signals could in fact be the mysterious particle made of pure force. Instead of a glueball, the signals found in the experiments could also be a combination of quarks and antiquarks. Glueballs are too short-lived to detect them directly. If they exist, they have to be identified by studying their decay.

Candidate f0(1710) decays strangely

“Unfortunately, the decay pattern of glueballs cannot be calculated rigorously,” says Anton Rebhan. Simplified model calculations have shown that there are two realistic candidates for glueballs: the mesons called f0(1500) and f0(1710). For a long time, the former was considered to be the most promising candidate. The latter has a higher mass, which agrees better with computer simulations, but when it decays, it produces many heavy quarks (the so-called “strange quarks”). To many particle scientists, this seemed implausible, because gluon interactions do not usually differentiate between heavier and lighter quarks. Anton Rebhan and his PhD-student Frederic Brünner have now made a major step forward in solving this puzzle by trying a different approach. There are fundamental connections between quantum theories describing the behaviour of particles in our three dimensional world and certain kinds of gravitation theories in higher dimensional spaces. This means that certain quantum physical questions can be answered using tools from gravitational physics.

“Our calculations show that it is indeed possible for glueballs to decay predominantly into strange quarks,” says Anton Rebhan. Surprisingly, the calculated decay pattern into two lighter particles agrees extremely well with the decay pattern measured for f0(1710). In addition to that, other decays into more than two particles are possible. Their decay rates have been calculated too.

Further Data is Expected Soon

Up until now, these alternative glueball decays have not been measured, but within the next few months, two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (TOTEM and LHCb) and one accelerator experiment in Beijing (BESIII) are expected to yield new data. “These results will be crucial for our theory,” says Anton Rebhan. “For these multi-particle processes, our theory predicts decay rates which are quite different from the predictions of other, simpler models. If the measurements agree with our calculations, this will be a remarkable success for our approach.” It would be overwhelming evidence for f0(1710) being a glueball. And in addition to that, it would once again show that higher dimensional gravity can be used to answer questions from particle physics — in a way it would be one more big success of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which turns 100 years old next month.

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Strange Side Effects of Drugs


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Commonly prescribed drugs can cause very strange side effects.

Prescription drugs are a mixed blessing. Millions of people rely on them to alleviate life-threatening or disruptive conditions. However, the chemical combinations within the drugs can cause bizarre and sometimes damaging side effects. Below are some of the strangest examples:

Vanishing fingerprints

A few years back, U.S. immigration authorities held a Singapore man for hours after finding out he had no fingerprints. Turns out, according to CNN, he was taking a chemotherapy drug called capecitabine (Xeloda). Fingerprints reportedly disappear as the skin peels in reaction to the drug.

Forgetfulness

In the movies, amnesia (loss of memory) usually happens after a violent knock to the head. In medicine, however, short-term memory loss can also happen after taking certain medications. Some types of drugs blamed for this side effect include tranquilizers and sleeping pills.

Lost sense of smell

There have been some reports of patients completely losing the ability to smell (called anosmia) as a side effect of interferons, which are commonly used to treat hepatitis, leukemia and multiple sclerosis. One patient in Croatia stopped detecting scent just two weeks after taking the medication for the first time. Even 13 months after stopping the treatment, he still couldn’t smell a thing.

Vegas, baby, Vegas

Using ropinirole (Requip) to treat restless legs syndrome or Parkinson’s disease could lead to compulsive gambling and sex, according to its maker, GlaxoSmithKline. “Patients should inform their physician if they experience new or increased gambling urges, increased sexual urges or other intense urges while taking Requip,” the drugmaker’s product information states.

Midnight munchies

The sleeping pill zolpidem (Ambien) pops up in association with strange nocturnal side effects, including sleep-eating, sleep-cooking — even driving while asleep. Doctors are still searching for the cause, spurred by patients who worry about safety. “These people are hell-bent to eat,” said Dr. Mark Mahowald, director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, in a 2006 New York Times piece.

Hallucinations

Mefloquine is an agent that fights malaria, but one that comes with a steep price. Patients have complained of hallucinations and even suicide attempts while taking the drug. In 2009, CBS News reported that Lariam — a  drug containing mefloquine — generated more than 3,000 reports of patients with psychiatric problems.

Blue urine

Blue is a rare color in nature, which makes it startling when it appears in toilet wastewater. Several drugs can cause blue urine, including the antidepressant amitriptyline, the painkiller indomethacin (Indocin) and the anesthetic propofol (Diprivan). The blue color comes from artificial colors in these drugs.

Swine flu vaccine far more dangerous than swine flu itself.


A closer look at the overall infection and death rate from confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza during the 2009–2010 “pandemic,” as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), has revealed that the widely administered vaccine for swine flu is far more deadly than the disease itself. As it turns out, far more people were injured with permanent brain damage, narcolepsy or even death from the vaccine compared to the number of injuries and deaths directly attributed to H1N1.

One out of every 16,000 people who received the Pandemrix vaccine (manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline) for swine flu, according to the International Business Times, developed narcolepsy or cataplexy, a condition that results in a person not being able to sleep for more than 90 minutes at a time, and falling unexpectedly unconscious throughout the day with no warning. The condition is a marker of brain damage, in fact, which is why the UK government agreed to pay out 60 million pounds, or about $92 million, to victims.

Roughly 60 million people received the Pandemrix vaccine for swine flu during the declared pandemic, which means that nearly 4,000 people likely now suffer from narcolepsy or cataplexy as a result. Meanwhile, the actual death rate from confirmed cases of swine flu was minimal, with only 71 confirmed deaths in the UK between April 2009 and February 2010. In the U.S., the reported number was a bit higher, but it has since been revealed that the official numbers were inflated.

As it turns out, most of the supposed cases of swine flu in the U.S. as reported in the media were not actually swine flu at all, nor were they any type of flu! Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson recently confirmed this after consulting with the top federal agency that deals with such matters, which refused to provide her with the actual laboratory results to back its official death numbers.

“I exclusively obtained lab test results from 50 states when the Centers for Disease Control refused to produce them,” reported Attkisson. “The results showed that most of the supposed cases of swine flu were not swine flu at all [emphasis added]. In fact, they weren’t any type of flu.”

Taxpayers, not GSK, ended up footing the bill for brain damage caused by swine flu vaccine

This suggests that most of the alleged 15,000 deaths that occurred in the U.S. from swine flu were actually deaths from other causes, and that H1N1 was not really as big of a deal as health authorities claimed it was. But this fact doesn’t help the thousands of injured or dead children that met an early fate due to GSK’s poisons.

While a total of 60 individuals in the UK are reportedly being compensated by the government for injuries resulting from Pandemrix, there are many more people out there, including many children, who are now seriously ill or dead from the vaccine without recompense. And to add insult to injury, it is the taxpayers that are compensating these injured folks, not GSK.

“Why are taxpayers footing the bill instead of the maker of the vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline?” asked Attkisson. “Under a similar arrangement that vaccine makers have in the U.S., GlaxoSmithKline would only agree to supply the vaccine if it was indemnified against any claim for any resulting injuries.”

Sadly, many of those injured by the Pandemrix vaccine, either compensated or not, are now permanently harmed. Some of them will require lifelong care for their vaccine-induced diseases, which never would have come about if these folks had just avoided the jab. How many more people need to lose their lives and livelihoods before the vaccine racket is taken down and eliminated?

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/051606_swine_flu_Pandemrix_vaccine_GlaxoSmithKline.html#ixzz3p6Pq2Y4o

When technology becomes religion and science becomes God.


Are we in love with how smart we are? In America today, there are technology companies that have a much larger “cult following” than any religious organization. And there are millions upon millions of Americans that freely confess that they “believe in science”. So what does this say about us? Does it say that we have discarded ancient “superstitions” and instead have embraced logic and reason?

Sadly, in most cases the truth is that we have simply traded one form of religion for another. Scientists and technology gurus have become our new high priests, and most of us blindly follow whatever they tell us. But in the end, just like with so many religious organizations, it is all about the money. Those with the money determine what the science is going to say, who the high priests are going to be, and what messages are conveyed to the public. For example, once upon a time the big tobacco companies had armies of doctors and scientists that swore up and down that smoking cigarettes was not harmful. In fact, many doctors and dentists in America once personally endorsed specific brands of cigarettes. Of course millions of Americans were getting sick and dying, but this was dismissed as “anecdotal evidence”. And over in Germany, “science” was once used to prove that the Germans were the master race.

We look back in horror now, but at the time the best “science” in the world was used as justification to promote some horrible untruths. And of course the same thing is happening today. We are told over and over that “the science is settled” regarding genetically-modified food, climate change and vaccine safety, and yet those of us that think for ourselves know that isn’t the case at all. But if you do not believe in the “official story”, you don’t get to be part of the “scientific establishment”. By definition, the only people that get to be “scientific experts” are the ones that embrace the “doctrine” of those that control the big corporations, that fund the research studies at the major universities and that own the big media outlets. Everyone else is not permitted to be part of the discussion. (Story by Michael Snyder, republished from EndOftheAmericanDream.com.)

As I have written about previously,[1] I spent eight years studying at public universities in the United States. And over time, I got to see where most “scientific truths” come from these days.

Most of the time, the theories that people believe are so “scientific” were simply pulled out of thin air. In other words, they were just the product of someone’s overactive imagination. In recent decades, there have been countless examples of “existing science” being overturned and rewritten when more information and evidence become available. This is because the “existing science” did not have any foundation to begin with.

And yet we continue to make the same mistake today. Instead of calling them “theories”, which is what they should do, scientists all over the world are so eager to make bold pronouncements about the wonderful new “discoveries” that they have made. These bold pronouncements are then repeated over and over and over again until they become “facts”. But of course they are not facts at all.

For instance, at one time it was a “scientific fact” that it was perfectly safe to smoke cigarettes. The following comes from a recent article by Tony Cartalucci…[2]

It wasn’t long ago when big-tobacco had armies of “scientists” citing the latest “studies” confirming the health benefits and safety of smoking. Of course these were paid liars, not scientists, even if many of them had PhDs. And it was lies they were telling, even if mixed with shades of science.

In case you are too young to remember those days, Cartalucci included the following compilation of old tobacco ads in his article…[2]

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Even worse is how the Nazi used science.

To them, the “facts” of Darwinism proved that they were the master race…[2]

Hiding behind science is nothing new. Darwinists hid behind it to prop up their racism, which in fact inspired the Nazis to hide behind it to scientifically prove they were the “master race.” The Nazis, in fact, loved science, and used it with horrible precision.

At any point in history, has “science” ever had all the answers?

Of course not.

And without a doubt, someday people will look back and mock all of us for how stupid we were.

But we never stop to consider that. Instead, we are all just so proud of ourselves and our accomplishments.

In fact, as I mentioned above, there are a lot of people out there that virtually worship technology these days. Just consider the following excerpt from a Los Angeles Times article entitled “How Steve Jobs and Apple turned technology into a religion”…[3]

Decades after Apple’s founding, we’ve grown used to referring to lovers of the company’s products as a “cult.” The devotion of customers to Apple products has long been the envy of competitors for its fanatical fervor.

It turns out that the religious intensity with which people follow the company is not entirely by accident. In a new book, “Appletopia,[4] author Brett Robinson examines the way that Steve Jobs drew on religious metaphors and iconography to elevate his products specifically, and technology more generally, into a kind of religion.

“The creative rhetoric around Apple’s technology has favored religious metaphors,” Robinson said in an interview. “Some of it is conscious on Apple’s part. Some of it is unconscious.”

But certainly this is less strange than what a lot of religious people do, right?

After all, there are millions upon millions of people out there that do some really strange things in the name of religion. For example, on the other side of the globe 400 men cut off their own testicles[5] in an attempt to get closer to God.

Many would say that our worship of science and technology is evidence that we have evolved beyond our ancestors. In fact, there are some “scientific minds” that are now proclaiming that science will one day eliminate belief in God altogether. For example, the following comes from an article entitled “Will Science Someday Rule Out the Possibility of God?”[6]

Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science.

Although cosmic mysteries remain, Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, says there’s good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever.

Carroll argues that God’s sphere of influence has shrunk drastically in modern times, as physics and cosmology have expanded in their ability to explain the origin and evolution of the universe.[7] “As we learn more about the universe, there’s less and less need to look outside it for help,” he told Life’s Little Mysteries.

Personally, I find this laughable.

Darwinists have been trying to move God out of the picture for decades, but they are fighting a losing battle. Over time, more and more evidence has come out that has shot the theory of evolution full of holes. For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “44 Reasons Why Evolution Is Just A Fairy Tale For Adults”.[8]

And as far as whether or not God exists, this is something that I have been investigating for many, many years. My legal training has taught me to think critically and to allow the evidence to speak for itself. Over time, I came to learn that there is a vast mountain of evidence that leads to one inescapable conclusion. In the end, the overwhelming conclusion that I reached was that God is very, very real. You can find a few of my thoughts in an article entitled “Did You Know?”[9]

So what do you think?

Does our society worship technology?

Has “science” become a god in America?

Immunotherapy Tightens the Siege of Solid Tumors.


Translational Scientists Issue an Immunological Call to Arms, Prepare to Overcome Cancer’s Defenses

Immunotherapy Tightens the Siege of Solid Tumors

This image depicts a group of killer T cells surrounding a cancer cell. [Alex Ritter, Jennifer Lippincott Schwartz, and Gillian Griffiths, National Institutes of Health]

  • In anticancer campaigns, the immune system has often shown too little fighting spirit. It can be too civilized, too restrained—unless it is specially outfitted and guided. Measures that can drive the immune system to exert itself more strenuously, more aggressively, include monoclonal antibodies, cancer vaccines, checkpoint inhibitors, and adaptive cell therapy—all the tools and techniques of immuno-oncology.

    The proliferation of immuno-oncology tools and techniques was evident at the recent Translating Science into Survival conference. This event, which was held in New York City was organized by the Cancer Research Institute, the Association for Cancer Immunotherapy, the European Academy of Tumor Immunology, and the American Association for Cancer Research. The organizers evidently anticipated that this event, like previous immunotherapy events, would be fairly intimate. Yet it sold out quickly and ultimately strained to accommodate 1,400 attendees.

    The event’s popularity was probably at least in partly due to recent immunotherapy successes against blood cancers. For example, adaptive cell therapy approaches have shown promise in small trials, and work along these lines continues apace, as several presentations demonstrated. Moreover, lessons derived from this work may be applied more broadly, even to the treatment of solid tumors.

    For example, in a presentation entitled “Engineered T cells for cancer therapy,” the University of Pennsylvania’s Carl June described his team’s progress in using chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified T cells to treat patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). “We previously reported preliminary results on three patients with refractory CLL,” Dr. June noted. “Here we report the mature results for our initial trial using CAR-modified T cells to treat 14 patients with relapsed and refractory CLL.”

    The overall response rate in CLL patients was 8/14 (57%), with four complete remissions and four partial remissions. All responding patients developed B cell aplasia and experienced cytokine release syndrome, coincident with T cell proliferation. Minimal residual disease was not detectable in patients who achieved complete remission, which, Dr. June suggested, indicated that “disease eradication may be possible in some patients with advanced CLL.”

    Dr. June also summarized a separate investigation that asked whether the CAR cells used against CLL would also be effective against multiple myeloma. At first glance, this may seem odd, since the CAR cells that were effective against CLL target CD19, and CD19 expression is all but absent from myeloma cells. That is, myeloma cells don’t traditionally express CD19 on their surface because they arise from the most mature type of lymphocytes—plasma cells.

    Dr. June’s team, however, proceeded on the chance that they would be able to incorporate their anti-CD19 CAR T cells into a therapy that would target early precursors of myeloma cells. This therapy, which was administered to a patient with refractory multiple myeloma, involved an infusion of the patient’s own stem cells along with lymphodepleting chemotherapy (melphalan) as well as an infusion (two weeks later) of anti-CD19 CAR T cells.

    The patient experienced transplantation-related side effects during the time prior to receiving CTL019, including neutropenia and thrombocytopenia, nausea, fever, and an infection. After receiving the engineered cells, she experienced no fevers or other signs of cytokine release syndrome, a condition that has been observed in other patients undergoing CTL019. At last evaluation, 12 months after treatment, the patient exhibited a complete response with no evidence of progression. According to Dr. June, “This response was achieved despite absence of CD19 expression in 99.95% of this patient’s neoplastic plasma cells.”

    While the results presented by Dr. June pertain most directly to blood cancers—specifically, the inducement of favorable patient responses to treatment—they may also apply more broadly. For example, they demonstrate that a “living drug” may exert its effects indirectly. Also, they emphasize the importance of managing toxicity and ensuring the expansion of modified cells. They also raise the issue of introducing cells that may demonstrate longevity.

    More generally, uncertainties surrounding the differential expansion and persistence of distinct cell populations over time can complicate dosing. Similarly, with respect to toxicity, cytokine release and the generation of tumor-shredding products might be considered side effects or, really, evidence that a therapy is working.

    Yet engineered cells may also attack both malignant and healthy cells directly. That is, engineered cells may be sensitive to target proteins that stud both cancer cells and also, if only to a lesser degree, normal cells. In CAR T-cell therapies against leukemia and lymphoma, side effects related to direct attacks on normal cells has been manageable. Such side effects, however, may be more severe if adaptive cell therapies are directed against solid tumors.

    Leading up to the Translating Science into Survival conference, Dr. June’s group published a study that described an approach for managing target-mediated toxicity. The approach, called affinity tuning, involves generating CAR T cells that are sufficiently insensitive to ignore normal cells, which are relatively target-sparse, and yet sensitive enough to latch onto cancer cells, which are relatively target-rich.

    In a paper (“Affinity-Tuned ErbB2 or EGFR Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells Exhibit an Increased Therapeutic Index against Tumors in Mice”) that appeared September 1 in Cancer Research, the case was made that “affinity-tuned cells” could exhibit robust antitumor efficacy similar to high-affinity cells, but spare normal cells expressing physiologic target levels: “The use of affinity-tuned scFvs offers a strategy to empower wider use of CAR T cells against validated targets widely overexpressed on solid tumors, including those considered undruggable by this approach.”

    At the Translating Science into Survival event, the presentations concerning solid tumors emphasized that adoptive cell therapy could become more effective if obstacles in the tumor microenvironment could be overcome. For example, the University of Pennsylvania’s Ellen Puré, in a presentation entitled, “Tumor stroma: Immunomodulatory functions and a target of immunotherapy,” explained that stroma can be a barrier to T cells, including CAR T cells.

    Stromal components such as fibroblasts and the extracellular matrix can play myriad functions in cancer. For example, Puré noted, reactive stroma enriched in growth and angiogenic factors presents chemoattractants that promote the recruitment of bone marrow-derived cells and can modulate inflammatory and immune cell function, all of which can contribute to its tumor-permissive nature relative to normal stroma.

    “A significant portion of cancer-associated fibroblasts in virtually all human carcinomas express the cell surface protease fibroblast activation protein (FAP),” Puré continued. “Our studies indicate that FAP+ cells are required for the generation and maintenance of desmoplastic stroma and that depletion of FAP+ cells can inhibit tumor growth through both immune-dependent and immune-independent mechanisms.”

    Another take on the tumor microenvironment was presented by Wolf H. Fridman, Cordeliers Research Centre, Paris. In a talk entitled, “Cancer subtypes and their immune microenvironments,” Dr. Fridman described how his group was elaborating on the Immunoscore concept, which goes back at least as far as 2006. Basically, Immunoscore builds on the insight that in many patients, the density of T cells near tumor cells could be a better predictor of survival than traditional staging based on a cancer’s size and spread.

    In general, for a patient’s prognosis to be favorable, immune cells need to infiltrate a solid tumor. But recent work also suggests that more immune cells may not always be better. Apparently some immune cells are less helpful than others. Some may even be deleterious, depending on the interactions that occur between a tumor’s microenvironment and the immune system.

    “Our team studied the immune infiltrates of pulmonary metastases from colorectal cancer (CRC) and renal cell carcinoma (RCC),” reported Dr. Fridman. “As in primary tumors, a high density of CD8+ T cells correlated with good prognosis for CRC metastases, while it correlated with a bad prognosis for RCC metastases.”

    “In addition, in both cancer types, we identified subgroups of poor-prognosis patients with high tumoral lymphocyte infiltration, in the context of high expression of genes related to inflammation, immunosuppression, and angiogenesis,” he continued. “These results suggested that the identity of the tumor cells, rather than the organ where they grow, is critical for shaping the immune contexture of a given tumor.”

    A particular cancer, then, may have an ecology of its own, one in which the overall disposition of elements—tumor cells, immune cells, extracellular matrix elements, and so on—matters, much as the overall disposition of chess pieces matters in a game of chess. Even though it might be advantageous to occupy a particular space on the board, apparently not any chess piece will do. Frustratingly, one’s own pieces may be poorly positioned, so as to get in each other’s way.

    Nonetheless, as Dr. Fridman concluded, the integration of molecular and immune tumor phenotypes could guide the selection of immunotherapies “appropriate to specific, potentially responding groups of patients.”

Wrinkle Treatment: 12 Hacks And Home Remedies To Naturally Prevent Wrinkles


Home Remedies For Wrinkle Reduction
Wrinkle reduction and prevention treatments can be found right at home. Photo courtesy of

Wrinkles are the inevitable signs of aging we can’t avoid unless we go under the knife, lasers, or chemical peels, but they’re expensive and only lessen the appearance. Nature has a way of supplying what we need, and as long as we know what we’re looking for, we can find our at-home remedies throughout our kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Unfortunately, when skin ages it loses its collagen, which is the skin’s main tightening protein responsible for creating a smooth taut surface. This makes everyone susceptible to the fine lines, sagging and hollowness that appear on the face. The effects of aging on the dermal layer are significant. Not only does the dermal layer thin, but also less collagen is produced. With those odds against you, how do you prevent wrinkles?

While genes do play a role in the aging process, the actions you take control many of the processes’ speed and level of damage. Take control and try an inexpensive banana face mask or set time aside for a 30-second face massage every morning to prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles.

 

12 Wrinkle-Fighting Hacks & Home Remedies:

 

1. Oils

Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and can prevent the formation of free radicals that are one of the primary causes of early aging. It’s a natural skin-softening moisturizer and contains emollient, which helps reduce wrinkles that have already developed. Massage into your skin each night before bed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.

Olive oil was first used over 5,000 years ago when it was extracted from the olive tree, which Egyptians quickly adapted as a cosmetic product. It’s used more often as a moisturizer because it’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins A and E, which also help to fight the skin-damaging free radicals. Take a tablespoon of olive oil and massage it gently into the skin twice a day. It also works to protect against sun damage and after exposure.

2. Superfoods

Your skin is a combination of proteins, water, and fats, and it needs a healthy food supply for replenishment. Almonds pack skin-plumping and hydrating fats along with vitamin E, while a powerful antioxidant helps deter UV damage. Blueberries have a very concentrated combination of antioxidants and collagen-protecting vitamin C. Tomatoes are also packed with vitamin C, but they have the important component lycopene, which protects skin from sun damage and improves the vascular system, which will give you a natural glow thanks to the extra blood circulation.

3. Banana Mask

This powerfully healthy fruit isn’t just good for eating, but can also be used as a creamy face mask. Mash one banana up with a teaspoon of orange juice and a teaspoon of plain yogurt, then leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. The vitamin A will help fade dark spots and blemishes, while vitamin B will prevent aging, and potassium will moisturize and hydrate skin cells. Vitamin E is known as “the protector” because of its strength in fighting free radical damage and bolstering the skin’s resistance to UV damage.

4. Topical Vitamin C

When you’re young, your skin is full of this critical vitamin. However, as skin ages it lessens over time but is still needed and plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin, according to the National Institutes of Health. By replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels through an oral supplement or exfoliating with topical vitamin C every morning, you can repair sun damage, such as discoloration and fine lines. A rare side effect is dryness or flaking, which can be counteracted with a daily moisturizer post-vitamin C application.

5. Minerals

Selenium can be used as a preventive wrinkle treatment and functions as a powerful antioxidant. It neutralizes free radicals in the skin before they cause damage and restores any elasticity the skin may have lost from aging.

Copper is an essential mineral used to form collagen, elastin, and form as support and structure. It’s not advised to consume copper because it’s only needed in small amount, but a cream containing copper peptides helps to improve the skin’s clarity, decrease fine lines, wrinkles, and photodamage, according to WebMD.

Zinc is important if you tend to have breakouts or acne because it works to clear skin and tame oil production. It also helps heal acne scars or lesions that have already formed.

6. Egg White Mask

Mix together one egg white with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and half a teaspoon of honey to reap the antiseptic and antibacterial benefits of honey along with the astringents in lemon juice used to fight off bacteria. Those with oily skin will benefit most from the powerful ingredients in egg whites. It helps to tighten, tone, and shrink pores by reducing excess sebum, otherwise known as the oil secretion from your pores.

Egg whites are full of protein for tissue repair and growth, potassium to preserve the moisture in skin cells, fiboflavin to eliminate toxins and free radicals that are known to cause wrinkles, and magnesium, which slows down the aging process and makes skin radiant. Egg whites also contain lysozyme, which digests the cell walls of acne-causing bacteria.

7. Silky Sleep

Pillows made of satin or high thread counts are a worthy investment when it comes to wrinkle reduction. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, and having a soft place to rest our impressionable skin can change the way our skin resists or creates wrinkles. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sleeping on your back to avoid sleep lines that can become etched into the surface of the skin. Sleeping on your side increases wrinkles on the cheeks and chin, and sleeping face-down can give you a furrowed brow.

8. Massage

Give yourself a massage with a do-it-yourself acupressure treatment. Use your index and middle finger on one hand to massage 20 rotations between your brows. Apply light pressure to each temple for 10 seconds and then to the jaw joint for another 10 seconds while clenching your teeth gently. It’ll smooth skin and relax the muscles from making unnecessary micromovements that cause wrinkles from tension and stress.

9. Lemon Juice Honey Dab

A simple remedy to reduce the appearance of wrinkles just before you head out the door, put on your makeup, or wash your face, is known as the lemon juice honey dab. Apply a thing layer of lemon juice mixed with honey on your face for 10 minutes to tighten skin then rinse off, feel fresh, and smell nice. The honey contains humectant, which preserves moisture in skin cells, while the lemon boosts collagen production.

10. Cucumber Yogurt Blend

Puree half a cucumber with mint leaves, mix in half a cup of Greek yogurt, and throw it in the fridge for a cool, naturally hydrating face mask. One cucumber contains B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. It tightens, lightens, hydrates, and tones the skin, while protecting it from dryness, peeling, or cracking. The smorgasbord of vitamins will help to guard from inflammation, and neutralize free radicles, which are known to cause premature aging.

11. Aloe Vera

The clear gel inside an aloe vera plant has wound-healing and soothing effects when applied to the skin, especially after sunbathing thanks to the vitamins and minerals it contains. Having an aloe vera plant inside your home or growing in your garden is convenient and less expensive than buying the gel by itself because the leaves regrow after they’re cut or removed from the base. Sunburns are one of the quickest ways to damage and wrinkle skin, so applying gel can ease the healing process with its anti-inflammatory properties.

12. Juice Cleanses

The skin runs on vitamins, minerals, and hydration, so what better way to treat your skin right than by feeding it what it wants? Juicing involves three-day cleanses that contain the best skin-nourishing vitamins and minerals through various fruits and vegetables. The Blonde Vegan has a long list of smoothies, shakes, and juice recipes to quench your thirst and fill your skin with what it needs to fight wrinkles.

Learn To Meditate By The End Of This Post


Here’s a beginner’s guide to meditation.

Does the idea of meditating freak you out? Throughout my years of being a meditation teacher I’ve witnessed all kinds of resistance to the practice. The most common excuses for not meditating are, “I don’t have time,” “I can’t sit still,” and “Meditation is for yogis and super spiritual folks.” Does this sound familiar? If so, I’m here to bust the myth the meditation is difficult and not for you. Meditation is for everyone, it doesn’t have to take much time and anyone can sit still (even if it’s for just a minute).

Before we go any further, let’s begin with a few definitions so you can get familiar and comfortable with the language of meditation. Sometimes the lingo can feel off-putting, but like most things you’ll pick it up quickly.

What Is Meditation?

First, what is meditation? Meditation is a practice that trains your mind. If that sounds a little vague, it’s because there are many types of meditation done for different purposes.

Probably the most popular meditation practice in the U.S. is transcendental meditation, or TM for short. A great resource on TM is the book Transcendence, by Dr. Norman Rosenthal. Another popular practice in the U.S. is mindfulness meditation, which is based on stillness and calming the mind.

I teach Kundalini meditation. This type of meditation uses mantras, breath work, mudras (hand positions) and even physical movements. (All the meditations in my book Miracles Now are Kundalini practices.) But even before I became a student of Kundalini yoga and meditation I designed my own stillness practice based on different tools I’d learned throughout my life.

What Are Mantras?

Another term that comes up a lot when talking about meditation is mantra, which I mentioned above. What is a mantra? Simply put, a mantra is a word or sound that you repeat throughout a meditation to help focus the mind. “Mantra” comes from Sanskrit: man is the root of the word for “mind,” and tra is the root of the word for “instrument.” Mantras help us disconnect from that stream of thoughts constantly flowing (sometimes rushing) through our minds. Keep in mind, not all forms of meditation use mantras.

I’ve meditated every day for the past decade. I owe my happiness, health and awesome life to this one simple tool. Through my meditation I have learned how to boost my immune system, release my fears and heighten my intuition. My daily meditation practice has given me an internal power that supports all that I bring forth in the world.

You can check out my all-time favorite mantra here.

You too can experience this groovy power, intuition and connection by following the simple meditation steps outlined below. To help you demystify your meditation practice, I’ve created Gabby’s Guide to Meditation for beginners. These 10 steps will help you begin your very own meditation practice now and guide you to embrace the life-changing benefits that this tool has to offer.

Gabby’s Beginners Guide to Meditation

1. Anyone can meditate. You’ve just gotta want it.

Like any practice, you have to want to do it in order to achieve results. It can be hard to start a meditation practice because it seems so foreign from what we’re taught to do. But I have good news: Meditating is much simpler than we make it out to be. Beginning a meditation practice requires only your slight willingness. Your desire to experience something new is all you need to get on a new path.

Let’s set the intention to begin your practice now. Affirm this statement out loud to yourself: I am open to meditation and I welcome a new practice into my life. This simple statement will give you all the energy and enthusiasm you need to continue reading this blog and beginning your practice. It’s very important to accept that anyone can meditate as long as they want to.

2. Set the mood.

It’s great to create a space in your home that is quiet, uncluttered and serene. This space can be dedicated to your practice. Keep in mind, though, that you really can meditate anywhere. You can meditate on a park bench, at your desk, in the bathtub, even on the subway. Meditation can become a part of your daily routine and you can do it anytime, anywhere.

Many meditation teachers suggest that you create a sacred space to meditate in. Even if you have a small apartment, you can set up ameditation pillow and light a candle. In this video I share how I created my Zen den and altar for my meditation practice.

Does Ecotourism Hurt or Help?


When critters get used to tourists, they may be less aware of both predators and poachers

Ecotourism
Ecotourism is travel with a purpose: To conserve and contribute to remote communities and delicate ecosystems. And business is booming—tourists can snorkel with whale sharks to fund their protection or help scientists track jaguars in Costa Rica. But a new study shows that this tourism may put animals at risk.

Every year, eight billion tourists throng to protected areas around the globe. “That’s like each human on Earth visited a protected area once a year, and then some,” study author Daniel Blumstein says in a press release.

This impressive statistic made Blumstein, a conservation biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, question how that many visitors affect the animals. So along with his colleagues, Blumstein evaluated more than 100 studies of wild animals in areas with ecotourism, reports Rebekah Marcarelli for HNGN.
This search showed that the animals grow accustomed to human presence. In some cases, reserve managers and ecotourism companies actually facilitate these interactions. For example, park rangers in Uganda’s Kibale National Park visit chimpanzees daily to ensure they make an appearance for the tourists, the researchers write in the paper recently published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

“The question we’re asking is, ‘Does this mean they become more vulnerable to predators?'” Blumstein tells Jon Gugala for Outside. “The degree to which animals become dumb around humans is a really interesting question.”

When people are around, predators are deterred. But when people leave, animals may keep their guard down. The Elk and antelope in the Grand Teton National Park are only one example. These creatures grow accustomed to noise from tourists and their cars, and so they spend less time alert for predators and more time feeding. Birds in urban areas also suffer from acclimation. The city birds are more bold, and as a result, they are more frequently nabbed by sparrowhawks.

But the danger extends beyond regular predators: Researchers also fear that poachers can more easily bag these human-accustomed critters.

Ultimately, this study doesn’t prove ecotourism harms wildlife. Still, there’s enough evidence that experts should be concerned, the researchers write. It’s a “rallying cry” for more research, Blumstein tells Christopher Intagliata for Scientific American. Even when people mean well, they could be changing the environment.
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14 Amazing Psychology Facts You Should Keep To Yourself


Up until only fairly recently psychology and philosophy were thought to go hand in hand. It was only during the 1870’s when psychology became an independent scientific discipline. Since then through multiple studies and technological advances, we have learnt a great deal although still only scratched the surface. Check out these interesting psychology facts, and make sure to share your own thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

1. If you announce your goals to others, you are less likely to make them happen because you lose motivation, studies confirmed. There have been tests since as early as 1933 that prove that once intended goals are announced, people are less likely to follow through with them as they lose motivation. This is thought to happen because doing so satisfies a person’s self-identity just enough to prevent them performing the hard work to achieve those goals.

2. Most people have a favorite song because they associate it with an emotional event in their lives. It is well known that music has a direct effect on emotion. In a recent study on nine undergraduate students, it turns out that the flip side is also true – similar in a way that certain smells can remind us of moments in the past.

3. Music affects the way you perceive the world. A new study held at the University of Groningen has shown that music has a dramatic effect on perception. The study focused especially on the ability of people to “see” happy faces and sad faces when different music tracks were listened to. Listening to particularly happy or sad music can even change the way we perceive the world.

4. Studies have shown that spending money on others provides more happiness than spending it on yourself. Research performed by Harvard Business School has shown that people are actually happier when they give money to others. Of course, this should go without saying as we often anticipate how people will react to our own gifts at Christmas, more so than what gifts we may receive.

5. According to studies, you’ll be happier spending your money on experiences rather than possessions. Happiness has become an increasingly popular field focused on the scientific study of emotional well-being. Research has suggested that people often sacrifice things that make them happy such as vacations or going out to certain events, in order to afford possessions (such as property).

6. Kids are more highly strung today, with high school students showing the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950’s. Approximately 49% of the general population suffer or have suffered from anxiety, depression or substance abuse. In particular, there is proof that the collective human race is becoming more anxious every decade and there are many speculative reasons for that. For instance, people move more, have less interaction with their communities, change jobs, are less likely to get married and more likely to live alone.

7. It has been shown that certain religious practices like prayer and attending services is associated with lower psychological distress levels. “The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Mood Disorders” discusses several studies that have demonstrated that people who partake in various religious activities may have a lower risk of depressive symptoms and other psychological disorders.

8. While money can buy happiness to an extent, studies show that after $75,000 per year, increased income does little to boost happiness. A study of 450,000 Americans in 2008 and 2009 suggested that there are two forms of happiness, emotional well-being (day to day contentment) and an overall life assessment. The more money people had, the higher their “life assessment”. However, findings suggests that once people earn more than $75,000, additional income is simply considered more “stuff”.

9. By surrounding yourself with happier people, you’ll become happier too. We’ve all been in the situation at one point of laughing out loud with someone purely because they had an infectious laugh. New research published in the Psychoneuroendocrinology journal shows that stress and happiness are both contagious, and being around groups of either type has a direct influence on us.

10. People between the ages of 18 and 33 are the most stressed in the world. After the age of 33 stress levels tend to reduce. According to a 2012 Stress in America survey by the American Psychological Association, people between the ages of 18 and 33 are the most stressed out, and that stress only seems to be increasing every year.

11. Fooling yourself into thinking you’ve slept well, even if you haven’t, still improves performance. We’ve all been in that situation when we wished for just one or two more hours’ sleep. A recent study published by the Journal of Experimental Psychology demonstrated that when patients were told they had above average REM sleep (when they hadn’t), they performed better on a given test. They called it “placebo sleep”.

12. Intelligent people are more likely to underestimate themselves, while ignorant people are more likely to believe they’re brilliant. Known as the Dunning Kruger Effect, some unskilled people believe they are superior and assess their own abilities as much higher than what is accurate. On the other side of the coin, some highly skilled people often underestimate their competence, assuming that what is easy for them, is also easy for others.

13. If you remember a past event, you’re actually remembering the last time you remembered it rather than the event itself. One interesting insight into how the brain works, is that every time we have a memory, we transform it slightly. Recent research conducted by Northwestern Medicine has shown that recalling memories often, makes them less accurate over time.

14. Decisions become more rational if they are thought in a foreign language. A recent study by the University of Chicago conducted on United States and Korean citizens has shown that thinking in a foreign language reduces deep seated and misleading biases.

The Silent Deficiency Robbing Your Heart, Brain, and Other Systems of their Vitality


CoQ10 by itself is also known as ubiquinone. To benefit from the form of the nutrient needed to produce cellular energy and help you reduce the typical signs of aging, your body must convert the ubiquinone to ubiquinol.

Ubiquinol exists everywhere there is life… it’s ubiquitous!

The challenge you face as you age is this — your body levels of CoQ10 continue to diminish.

In addition, your capability to convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol also declines. It becomes more and more difficult for you to produce the ubiquinol you need due to:

Grandparents benefitting from CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements
If you take statin drugsCritical CoQ10 levels decline as you age. So I believe this is a must-have supplement!
  • Increased metabolic demand
  • Oxidative stress
  • Insufficient dietary CoQ10 intake
  • Deficiency of factors required for biosynthesis and ubiquinol conversion
  • Potential effects from illness and disease
  • Age-related changes in your genes
  • And any combination of these factors

Some reports say your CoQ10 level decline becomes apparent as early as your 20’s.

The good news is with the Mercola Advanced Nutrition supplement, you now can have the ubiquinol formula direct… the active form of the CoQ10 nutrient*.

Your added benefits from the ubiquinol formula can be significant as you…

  • Potentially absorb more CoQ10 — as shown in studies by enhanced blood plasma levels*
  • Become less dependent on your body to convert ubiquinone to ubiquinol… In the plasma of healthy humans, more than 90% of CoQ10 exists in the reduced form (ubiquinol).*
  • Absorb CoQ10 that’s already in the active state your body needs*
  • Receive the reduced (unoxidized) form of CoQ10 for added cellular energy*
  • Get a strong first stage defense against oxygen free radicals to help you reduce the typical signs of aging and optimize your health*

However, not everyone needs the ubiquinol formula. If you’re younger than 25, your body should absorb regular CoQ10 just fine.

In fact, research studies show that younger people don’t absorb ubiquinol as well as older folks. So if you’re young, sticking to a regular formula makes more sense.

That’s why I decided to offer both regular CoQ10 and ubiquinol-based CoQ10 in my line of Mercola Advanced Nutrition supplements.

Plus, I’m so convinced of the reduced aging and energy-boosting capabilities, I personally recommend Mercola Advanced Nutrition Ubiquinol to family and friends over 25.

And let me show you more on…

How to Help Turn Your Declining CoQ10 Levels into a Healthier YOU*

Coenzyme Q10 CoQ10 and Ubiquinol

The Mercola Advanced Nutrition CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements can help you in many different ways to complement your healthy diet and energize your life.

  • Help you produce more energy for your cells*
    • Act as a catalyst in your body’s various chemical reactions, leading to the production of energy.*
    • Ignite your body’s engine by jump-starting energy production in your cells.*
    • You’ll enjoy your new-found energy and stamina levels.*
  • Boost your heart health*
    • Help strengthen your overall cardiovascular system.*
    • Help maintain and balance the critical energy level needed in your body’s most vital muscle… your heart.*
    • Since you’re passionate about life, you need an optimally-functioning heart.*
  • Act as an antioxidant to help protect you from free radicals*
    • Provide your body with added defense against oxidation stress to your cells, tissues, and organs.*
    • Help recharge other antioxidant nutrients to their active states — and keep them working for you.*
    • You’ll feel good about yourself, knowing you’re taking steps to live a healthy life.*
  • Help you reduce the signs of normal aging*
    • Help you potentially feel more alert and responsive.*
    • By keeping blood levels high in CoQ10, help you maintain your vitality.*
    • You’re determined to feel young and full of life… don’t let aging get the best of you.*
  • Help you maintain blood pressure levels within the normal range*
    • Promote healthy blood circulation in your body and a more efficient heart.*
    • Research indicates maintaining proper levels of CoQ10 can help you maintain normal blood pressure levels.*
    • Just by knowing you’re taking more steps to take control of your health, you could feel more relaxed and less stressed out.*
  • Provide a boost to your immune system*
    • Help promote your healthy immune system.*
    • Help support your immune system by providing a defense against free radicals.*
    • You’ll feel great about yourself knowing you’re taking action to potentially boost your immune system.*
  • Support your nervous system*
    • Help promote an active mind.*
    • Your brain is one of the most active organs in your body and requires uninterrupted energy.*
    • Nothing beats having an active mind to help you deal with all of life’s challenges — and to help you make healthy decisions for your family.*

By now, you should see the power of CoQ10 and ubiquinol, and understand why I believe they provide you with extraordinary benefits to complement your healthy diet.*

There’s another very strong reason to take CoQ10 supplements…

Why You Should Replenish Your CoQ10 Levels When Taking Statin Drugs

If you or anyone you know is taking a statin drug, I truly believe it is absolutely essential to start taking a CoQ10 or ubiquinol supplement immediately to replenish your CoQ10 levels.

Replenish Your CoQ10 Levels
If you take statin drugs to lower cholesterol, I believe it’s essential for you to replenish your CoQ10 levels!

Why?

Statin drugs work to lower your cholesterol in the same pathway your body uses to produce CoQ10.

Now you might ask: “Why would you take a statin drug in the first place?”

Good question.

Normally, I believe well over 99% of people placed on statin drugs do not need them (although you should always consult a physician before stopping any medication).

I believe people should be able to easily optimize their cholesterol levels with simple lifestyle changes.

However, I have been practicing medicine for far too long to know the journey to good health can be long and complex for many. Some people simply require more time to make the transitions in weaning off these dangerous drugs.

So if you or someone you care about is taking a statin, I recommend (based on your age) you start using a high quality CoQ10 or ubiquinol supplement right away.

But not just any CoQ10 supplements.

To be in line with my mission to provide you only the best, you should…

Never, Ever Settle for 2nd Best

As with any supplement I recommend on my site, I established stringent criteria to find you the ultimate CoQ10 and ubiquinol formulas.

This thorough process ensures you can take full advantage of all the benefits the supplements have to offer.

My strict criteria for selecting top-notch CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements for you?

They must:

  • Deliver high-absorption formulas regardless of your age*
  • NOT contain any synthetic ingredients
  • Come from a highly reputable company with some of the strictest quality control and safety standard practices in place

So far, I believe the Mercola Advanced Nutrition CoQ10 supplements deliver high-absorption formulas*. That’s why I offer both regular CoQ10 for those under 25 years old, and ubiquinol if you’re over 25.

I’ll cover more on my selection criteria later on. But first, here are even more advantages you’ll get from using these supplements and…

Why These Formulas Stand Above the Rest

As you’ve already seen, using a high-quality CoQ10 or ubiquinol supplement provides you great benefits:*

And in my opinion, statin drug users should begin taking the supplement immediately to help replenish their CoQ10 levels.

With my Mercola Advanced Nutrition CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements, there are even more possible advantages for you in the way they…

  • Support healthy gums*
  • Boost your body’s immune system*
  • Help maintain normal blood sugar levels*
  • Support muscle recovery from intensive workouts*
  • Promote normalization of your weight*

It gets even better, as my Mercola Advanced Nutrition CoQ10 supplements are…

Does Not Contain Any Synthetics

Very exclusive processes drive the creation of these supplements. Innovative manufacturing using biological fermentation delivers pure CoQ10 and ubiquinol.

This is right in line with one of my most stringent selection criteria.

These processes ensure you get stabilized, high-absorption formulas.

And when it comes to ubiquinol, one of the biggest challenges faced by any manufacturer is how easily ubiquinol oxidizes in the air. This adds to the instability of the nutrient.

To overcome this issue, the manufacturer of the Mercola Advanced Nutrition Ubiquinol supplement established technology that enables the production of ubiquinol in stable bulk quantities.

This results in a formula that achieves higher elevations of circulating CoQ10 in your bloodstream.*

Plus, there’s more terrific news about ubiquinol…

Licaps® — New and Exciting Delivery Technology

Ubiquinol is now delivered in a “Licaps®” capsule instead of a softgel or caplique. Licaps use innovative “Fusion Technology” to seal a 2-piece capsule without the use of banding.

This extraordinary liquid capsule technology can provide many beneficial advantages over others because it…

  • Reduces oxidation potential by flushing the liquid formulation with nitrogen during the capsule-filling process – Creates a ‘freshness bubble’
  • Ensures 2-piece capsules are hermetically sealed to significantly reduce the potential for leakage – Yields a precisely tight, one-piece capsule
  • Enhances shelf-life through exemplary filling and sealing processes

The bottom line with Licaps… the possibility of leakage is virtually reduced to zero while absorption is enhanced.

Over a Year Spent Selecting Just the Right Manufacturer

My team and I spent over 18 months doing our due diligence with the Licaps’ manufacturer Capsugel, before agreeing to any sort of partnership.

And I wasn’t just satisfied to read and hear about Capsugel’s incredible innovation and quality processes, I personally traveled there myself to witness them first-hand.

Just as you look at credentials when you’re hiring a contractor or an employee, it’s wise to highly scrutinize the credentials of the company making your supplements… and that’s exactly what I did with this manufacturer.

In choosing Capsugel to produce my ubiquinol formula, careful attention was paid to their quality processes… so you would have the very best ubiquinol product I could find to enhance your health.

Here is just some of the history behind this innovative company…

  • Developed the concept of sealing a capsule without ‘banding’ in response to consumer safety concerns in the late 1980s (called ‘Licaps’)
  • Spent more than 15 years developing the Licaps capsule design and processes
  • Successfully received cGMP certification for its facility in France in 2003
  • Has been a world-leader in capsule manufacturing for more than a century – Has 10 manufacturing sites running 24/7 in the Americas, Asia, and Europe
  • Produces over 50% of all two-piece capsules out there today – more than 180 billion capsules on an annual basis

You can rest assured knowing that my team and I have made a well thought-out and investigated choice in providing you a high-quality product.

Have Trouble Swallowing Capsules or Pills?

According to a Harris interactive survey…

  • At one time or another, an astonishing 40% of American adults experience pill-swallowing difficulties…
  • Almost twice as many women as men (51% vs. 27%) have difficulty swallowing pills…
  • Shockingly… only 14% inform their doctors of this difficulty…

And surprisingly, the ‘40% statistic’ also applies to people who don’t usually have difficulty swallowing food.

Perhaps you’ve had problems swallowing capsules or pills at one time or another… or, maybe it’s become a constant challenge in your life.

To help with this issue and for folks who simply don’t want to take capsules or pills, I’ve come up with the perfect alternative for my ubiquinol supplement in the—Mercola Advanced Nutrition Ubiquinol Liquid Pump.

The key to the Ubiquinol Liquid Pump supplement is the airless pump technology my team uncovered while searching for a healthful tea to go on the site as well.

The airless pump technology helps preserve the ubiquinol from oxygen intrusion – One of the biggest factors that may cause ubiquinol to go oxidize is the air itself.

To use, simply pump it into a drink or onto your favorite salad… no more capsules and pills if you want to avoid them. And it tastes similar to olive oil.

Why Would You Settle for Inferior Quality?

Just as my team and I performed thorough ‘due diligence’ with the ubiquinol supplements, the same holds true for my regular CoQ10 formula… Advanced Nutrition CoQ10

It was a must that the developer and manufacturer of regular CoQ10 could demonstrate proven quality practices.

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of CoQ10 supplements on the market today… but there are only a few great ones out there.

When I first started my investigation, the low quality demonstrated by so many companies absolutely shocked me.

But after many long months researching CoQ10 manufacturers, I believe the manufacturer of choice for my regular formula is one of the top CoQ10 supplement producers in the U.S. today.

Here’s why I firmly believe the manufacturer of Mercola Advanced Nutrition CoQ10 clearly stands apart in it’s quality standard practices…

  • Follows strict Pharmaceutical GMP standards in its manufacturing processes
  • Awarded and filed applications on at least 24 US and international patents — including 10 for its manufacturing processes
  • Announced self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status–performed all necessary research and provided supporting materials regarding production methods, quality assurance, and safety (no objection letter was issued)

You should clearly see why I chose this manufacturer to provide you with the highest quality Mercola Advanced Nutrition CoQ10 supplement.

Don’t ever settle for a supplement unless it is solidly backed by a manufacturer practicing the highest quality standards.

To you, quality means a consistent top-of-the-line product every time you use it.

How High-Quality Means Exceptional Value You Can Rely On

The scientific community continues to conduct many research studies using CoQ10 in both ubiquinone and ubiquinol forms.

To date, the safety and reliability reports on these supplements remain solid.

This should always be important to you when considering taking any supplement… I know it is for me.

  • From the American Cancer Society: “Few serious reactions to CoQ10 have been reported.”
  • From the University of Maryland Medical Center: “Coenzyme Q10 appears to be generally safe with no significant side effects…”
  • From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH): “No serious side effects have been reported from the use of coenzyme Q10.”

I bet you agree — this is excellent feedback on CoQ10 safety.

With the superior high-quality practices in place for the entire family of Mercola Advanced Nutrition CoQ10 supplements, I feel these are true winners.

And here are…

5 Clear-Cut Reasons For You to Act Now

Now you should understand why I’m so excited to bring you these extraordinary CoQ10 supplements. They passed all of my stringent selection criteria for supplements to be offered on my site.

Let me quickly summarize all this for you with 5 clear-cut reasons why you should take action and order these supplements without delay.

The Mercola Advanced Nutrition CoQ10 supplements can:

  1. Boost your energy and stamina levels*
  2. Support the health of your cardiovascular system*
  3. Help you feel younger and reduce the normal signs of aging*
  4. Enhance the support of your immune and nervous systems*
  5. Replenish your CoQ10 levels if you’re taking a statin drug*

Before you jump in and place your order, there’s some real important information I want you to have in…

How Two Different Types of Antioxidants Work Together
to Neutralize Free Radicals*

Antioxidants are generally classified into two broad categories…water soluble (hydrophilic) and lipid soluble (hydrophobic).

Your body needs both types of antioxidants because each one targets different types of cells and tissues for free radical scavenging…

  • Water soluble antioxidants – These are present in aqueous fluids, such as blood and intracellular and extracellular fluids. They react with oxidants in the cell cytosol (fluid portion of cytoplasm) and the blood plasma. Examples of water soluble antioxidants include… vitamin C, glutathione, and catechins.
  • Lipid soluble antioxidants – These are localized to cellular membranes and lipoproteins. They protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.* Examples of lipid-soluble antioxidants include… vitamins E, A, and beta carotene.

The bottom line… to fight and help neutralize pesky free radicals, you need both types of antioxidants from as many sources as possible.*  When taken together, the efficacy of water- and lipid-soluble antioxidants is enhanced even more.

The antioxidants found in Purple Defense (anthocyanins, polyphenols, resveratrol) are water-soluble antioxidants. Both Astaxanthin and Ubiquinol contain lipid-soluble antioxidants.

Each type of antioxidant has its own special function in helping repair and protect your cells from free radical damage.* Water-soluble Purple Defense helps repair the interior of cells… Lipid-soluble Astaxanthin helps repair fat/cell membranes… Lipid-soluble Ubiquinol acts as an antioxidant recycler for vitamins C and E.*

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