The Miracle Worker – CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) Might Have the Power to Treat Migraines

Have you heard about the CoQ10 supplement? It is being heard that the supplement is a miracle worker when it comes to treating migraine. Since the drug is fairly new, only a few studies have been conducted on it, which is why if you search for it online, you might not find the answers you are looking for. As it is with all new drugs, the CoQ10 was tested to find out if it helps with cancer, blood pressure, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and migraines. The US Department of Health and Human Services posted a conclusion of all the studies conducted, which reported that the enzyme showed promising results in the treatment of migraines.

What Is Coenzyme Q10 and How It Works

CoQ10 is a compound that generates energy for your cells. It is produced naturally, but it tends to decrease as a person ages. Luckily, you can get it through foods and supplements. The compounds works by transferring electrons to the electron transport chain that helps treat mitochondriopathy. CoQ10 is very well tolerated and even with a high dose, the side effects are quite uncommon, which include rashes, diarrhea, nausea, anorexia, and dyspepsia.

What Causes CoQ10 deficiency

  • Genetic defects in the utilization or synthesis of CoQ10
  • Nutritional deficiencies (vitamin B6 deficiency)
  • Mitochondrial diseases
  • Side effects caused by statin treatments
  • Oxidative stress caused by aging
  • Increase in demands by tissues due to health problems caused by diseases

CoQ10 and Migraines

When the body experiences abnormal mitochondrial function, it results in a decrease in antioxidant protection and increase in free radicals production. This, in turn, results in energy loss from the brain cells, which causes migraines. Since CoQ10 is chiefly found in the mitochondria, and it helps decrease inflammation that occurs during migraines.

Study #1

A study was published in the journal Neurology that looked at the effects of CoQ10 on migraines. 42 participants who experience migraines on a regular basis were asked to take 100 mg of CoQ10, three times a day for three month. They were also given placebos to check for headache days, attack-frequency, and days that cause nausea. The results showed that CoQ10 reduced attack-frequency by 47.6% whereas placebos reduced it by 14.4%. It was concluded that CoQ10 is well-tolerated and efficacious.

Study #2

A study was published in the journal Headache that looked at Coenzyme Q10 deficiency and its response in adolescent migraine. The idea of the study was to find out whether this enzyme prevents migraines or not. Patients in tertiary care who lacked CoQ10 enzymes were picked for the study. There were 1550 participants, who were given 3 mg/kg CoQ10 in the form of capsules. A few patients returned for a follow up in 97 days and reported that their headache frequency had decreased greatly from 19.2 +/- 10.0 to 12.5 +/- 10.8. It was concluded that while a more focused trial should be conducted for better results, CoQ10 does help reduce the severity of the headache, which can lead to its prevention.

The American Academy of Neurology is still trying to figure out how much more efficient Coenzyme Q10 can be in improving migraines. Even the American Headache Society has conducted its own studies and reached the same conclusion that CoQ10 holds much promise.

Vitamin D and Improvement in Mood

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is one of the most important vitamins for your body. Unlike other vitamins that are found in food, it can only be absorbed by the human body via sunlight or through dietary supplements. The importance of maintaining a regular intake of vitamin D is essential for many reasons: heart health, healthy bone growth, and also mental health and well-being.

Vitamin D Basics

The vitamin best known for building bones is not limited to this one function. In fact, it is essential for maintaining your overall body and brain health. Optimal levels of vitamin D in your body can help boost your mood and improve your overall brain functions, while improving your well-being in general. The vitamin is involved in the healthy regulation of as many as 900 human genes.

Vitamin D Deficiency

People who do not have the optimal levels of vitamin D in their body are prone to certain cancers while also being highly affected by mood disorders and depression. There has been a strong link found between mood disorders and depression and the deficiency of vitamin D. It has been found that vitamin D tends to increase the level of serotonin in the body, the mood boosting neurotransmitter. This is perhaps the reason that the people with a deficiency of vitamin D in their body are often the victims of mood disorders and depression.

Recommended Daily Dose of Vitamin D

The current recommended daily dose of vitamin D is 400 IU. However, experts suggest that it is well below the actual physiological needs of this vitamin in most individuals. It is suggested that adults should take at least 2000 IU of vitamin D on a daily basis. It is also recommended that you undergo vitamin D blood test every 6 months to know where you stand.

Where to Get Vitamin D?

Sunlight

The best source of vitamin D is sunlight. Direct exposure to sunlight for 10-30 minutes can boost vitamin D levels in your blood. In case you are not exposed to sunlight on a daily basis, consider buying a vitamin D lamp for your home or work to ensure you do not face a deficiency of the much-needed vitamin.

Supplements

If you are highly deficient in vitamin D, you should consult with your doctor and start taking a vitamin D supplement. Your health care consultant will advise you about the dose you need. You should start taking the supplements right away if you want to steer clear of the problems lack of vitamin D can pose to your body and mind.

Other Mood Boosting Vitamins

In addition to vitamin D, some other vitamins are found to help boost the mood. Omega-3 fatty acids, tryptophan, folate, magnesium, and B vitamins are found to help boost your mood. Chocolate and low glycemic foods are also mood boosters.

If you are always in a bad mood, consider getting your vitamin D levels checked to make sure you are not deficient

How Dangerous Are CBD’s?

Suddenly, everywhere you go, you will find CBD oil is being used in everything from coffee to morning breakfast and smoothies. It’s being used in night time tea for relaxation, people are swallowing capsules to relieve stress and some are even using it in vape pens to make their depression go away.

So, before you say that this “drug” is harmful, World Health Organization (WHO) would like to disagree with you. In November, 2017 WHO finally declared that cannabinoid is in no way harmful and does not have any potential for abuse.

However, let me ask you a couple of questions:

Do you drink coffee in the morning?

During work hours?

At night when you are pulling a long shift or working on a project at home?

We all know that caffeine can be harmful for the body and yet, we are consuming it day and night… almost as a drug, wouldn’t you say?

Back to the question: how can a drop of oil that has various medical benefits such as providing relief from pain and epilepsy, stress reduction, fighting cancer, etc, can be harmful to the body?

Well, even though WHO has declared it has no harmful effects, it does have a few side effects that are not dangerous. These include vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and nausea. As you know that CBD doesn’t get you stoned like THC but it still affects people negatively, depending on their health. According to the NEJM and Lancet studies, CBD can have a negative effect on people, who are dealing with liver problems. While controlled and high doses of CBD are well tolerated by people, in some instances, let’s say an overdose, people might experience the following side effects:

·        Inhibition of Drug Metabolism in the Liver

While CBD on its own will not cause any side effects, it will slow down the activity of cytochrome P450 (liver enzyme), when it comes in contact with other pharmaceutical drugs. This will slow down the drug’s metabolism and prevent it from fully affecting the liver.

·        Dry Mouth

CBD often inhibits saliva secretion, which can make the mouth go dry. Since cannabinoid receptors are in the body’s submandibular glands that are responsible for saliva production, you might get a cotton-mouth sensation after ingesting CBD oil.

·        Low Blood Pressure

If you are taking tablets for high blood pressure, then taking CBD oil without consulting your doctor can be dangerous. As CBD enters your system, the blood pressure drops slightly, which can lead to lightheadedness. This can be easily fixed by drinking coffee or a cup of tea.

·        Drowsiness

While CBD is different from THC and doesn’t get you high, it can make you feel a little drowsy. This is why it is recommended that you don’t operate any heavy machinery after having it.

WHO’s claim has given people the green light to use CBD oil in whatever way they want. Since it is legal in more than half of the states in the US, CBD oil is available in every drug store and pharmacy.

If you are planning to use CBD oil and are taking any medication for liver or heart problems, then consult with your doctor first.

Does CBD Require a Prescription?

Now that you know about the states where medical and recreational marijuana and CBD is legal, let’s talk about how one can get a prescription for it. This is one question that has left many residents in a state of confusion about how they should go about possessing cannabis in a state where it is legal.

One thing that you should know is that the states where CBD and medical marijuana is legal, you need to have an approved prescription for it. Moreover, if found on your person, depending on what state you are in, it needs to be in a specific amount. However, there are things that you need to consider too. While certain states have approved the use of cannabis, under Federal Law, it is still considered illegal.

Here’s what you need to understand about a CBD prescription:

Prescription vs. Recommendation

Since Federal Law is above State Law, when it comes to marijuana, a medical prescription is non-existent. The State government refuses to recognize it therefore; licensed cannabis doctors, as well as dispensaries and pharmacies don’t offer it. Since the term has become so synonymous with medicine, most people think that all they need to do is get a prescription from their doctor.

As for a recommendation, doctors provide them freely to patients but in states where cannabis is legal. A recommendation is a professional view written on a piece of paper that is provided by your doctor, which says using cannabis will benefit you.

CBD Use

So, it’s established that you require a recommendation for cannabis use that has THC in it. When talking about CBD, the rules are completely different. In fact, you don’t need a prescription or a recommendation when it comes to purchasing CBD products.

Since CBD is legal in 46 states, it is widely available everywhere and is easy to obtain. CBD businesses require a permit from the state law in order to operate legally. Failure to obtain a permit will result in the business’s product being labeled as schedule 1 controlled substance.

However, when talking about medical use, CBD does not require a prescription or a recommendation. Here’s why:

According to the Controlled Substance Act in the US, only certain marijuana plant parts are prohibited from use such as the cannabis seeds and the mature stalk. CBD products can only have oil from the plant’s shoot. This product can be sold openly and legally. According to the Agricultural Act of 2014, industrial hemp can be cultivated only and if only it has less than 0.3% of THC concentration.

So, now that you know there’s no need for a prescription when it comes to buying CBD products, there are a few things that you should know before making a purchase. Since this product can be expensive depending on the brand you are choosing, you need to make sure that it is authentic. The 5 things you should look into before purchasing CBD oil are:

  1. Extraction
  2. Purity
  3. Origin
  4. Potency
  5. Additives

Avoid buying over the counter medicines with CBD, as you have no idea how they will react to your current condition. Always buy CBD in its pure form and from a reputable source.

Is CBD Legal?

The popularity of Cannabidiol (CBD) has skyrocketed in the United States. However, people are still confused about which states approve of CBD, which of recreational marijuana and which of medical marijuana.

Let’s make it clear for you: cannabis that contains more than 0.3% THC is considered marijuana, whereas one that contains less than 0.3% THC is considered hemp. CBD is in fact legal in most states but not all 50. The one place where, medical and recreational marijuana, and CBD is legal is the capital of the United States, Washington, DC.

Here’s a list of all the 46 states where CBD is legal:

 

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Colorado
  4. Alabama
  5. Connecticut
  6. Arkansas
  7. Georgia
  8. California
  9. Delaware
  10. Florida
  11. Maine
  12. Maryland
  13. Hawaii
  14. Illinois
  15. Indiana
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Iowa
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Wyoming
  20. Kentucky
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Massachusetts
  23. Michigan
  24. Mississippi
  25. Nevada
  26. Missouri
  27. Texas
  28. New Hampshire
  29. Louisiana
  30. Minnesota
  31. Montana
  32. New Jersey
  33. North Dakota
  34. New York
  35. Ohio
  36. New Mexico
  37. Oklahoma
  38. Vermont
  39. South Carolina
  40. Tennessee
  41. North Carolina
  42. Washington
  43. Oregon
  44. Pennsylvania
  45. Utah
  46. West Virginia

 

 

Every state has a legal policy regarding the possession of CBD. While CBD is legal in most of the states, the above mentioned states have rather an open view of it. You can read about each state’s policy here: https://www.whatiscbd.com/category/policy/.

Now, let’s come to the areas where marijuana can be used for medical and recreational purposes:

Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is legal in the following 30 states:

 

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. Arkansas
  6. California
  7. Delaware
  8. Florida
  9. Maine
  10. Maryland
  11. Hawaii
  12. Illinois
  13. Massachusetts
  14. Michigan
  15. Nevada
  16. New Hampshire
  17. Minnesota
  18. Montana
  19. New Jersey
  20. North Dakota
  21. New Mexico
  22. Ohio
  23. New York
  24. Oklahoma
  25. Rhode Island
  26. Vermont
  27. Oregon
  28. Pennsylvania
  29. West Virginia
  30. Washington


Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana can be consumed in any form, by people 21 years and older, without a doctor’s prescription. It is legal in the following 9 states:

 

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Maine
  5. Nevada
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Oregon
  8. Washington
  9. Vermont

As mentioned earlier, each state changes its stance on the basis of where the CBD is derived from. The keyword here that makes CBD legal is “hemp-derived”.

Now we know that a total of 46 states have legalized the use of CBD in hemp form and marijuana. This leaves us with the four states where marijuana is completely illegal. These states include: South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Idaho. Here, even the use of CBD requires a medical prescription or you will be punishable by law.

So, whether you’re buying CBD or marijuana, no matter in which state you are, to be on the safe side, make sure that you have a medical prescription for its use. Here, even the medical prescription differs, as some states allow CBD for just epileptic seizures, some for cancer treatment and so on.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) has slowly taken over the world and surprisingly, the wellness sector seems to be the one who has warmed up to it the most!

In fact, CBD has been popping up in many things from lotions to lattes. Yes, even coffee! Most of you might recognize this term in connection with marijuana. However, unlike marijuana, this compound is legally available in many states, 46 to be exact, including the US’s capital Washington, DC.

CBD 101 – Understanding the Fundamentals

The one thing that complicates the understanding of cannabis is the plant’s pharmacology. So, to help you understand the basics, here’s the explanation in layman terms:

“The reason why CBD lacks any kind of psycho-activity is because the compound is inert. It’s the THC cannabinoid that has the legendary power and strength to produce euphoric sensations.”

Weed that does not have any traces of THC is called hemp, which is used for medical and therapeutic purposes. So, when talking about the sources of CBD, there are two options: marijuana and hemp plant.

The Difference

CBD and weed is not the same thing. The THC content in the weed will give you a euphoric high but CBD does not affect the body in such a way. When weed is consumed, the THC in it interacts with the CB1 receptor which is located in the peripheral and central nervous system. This changes the way your brain functions and gets you in a high state. However, both THC and CBD offer the same medical benefits. CBD does not interact with the CB1 receptor, which is why it will not get you high.

CBD Produces a Smoother and More Balanced High

When it comes to recreational use, the only problem CBD users have is that it doesn’t get them high enough. On the other hand, THC induces feelings of anxiety and paranoia once the high wears off. People go through negative mood alterations, which is the most common symptom of any drug.

The good thing about CBD is that is can be used to inhibit THC toxicity, which allows you to balance yourself. Those erratic thoughts and behaviors can be eliminated with a little change in what you are smoking.

CBD has been approved as the best therapeutic candidate through various studies. Diseases that were once thought incurable or hard to manage can now be maintained well with CBD. It can stop epileptic seizures and even slow down its frequency, it can treat neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it can relieve pain and reduce inflammation, it can treat mood disorders and most important of all, it can fight cancer. Today, more and more people are opting for CBD therapy as opposed to chemotherapy.

CBD Products

You can now find CBD in almost any type of product. As mentioned earlier, apart from beauty and health products, there are also CBD oils and vaporizers. In order for the public to consume it easily, various food items have been infused with CBD, so that they can use them discreetly for medical purposes.

Since, CBD has a calming effect on the THC compound; several companies have developed a new strain of Cannabidiol, which has a higher ratio of CBD than THC. These strains include Katelyn Faith, Remedy, Harlequin, ACDC, Cannatonic and Charlotte’s Web.

If you think about it, CBD is the cannabis compound that promises more room for innovation. After all, it has a gentle reaction and still enough power to treat serious medical grade problems.

4 Great Methods for Improving Cognitive Function and Memory

When we talk about memory and cognitive function, the first thing that comes to our mind is the Alzheimer’s disease. It always starts small with forgetting keys or blanking on what you were talking about. Most people find an easy solution for these problems such as a calendar on your phone that reminds you of trivial things that you feel you might forget but what about the long term memory?

Now, psychologists are using a number of “brain-training games” that improve cognitive function but that’s not enough! While it may lead to optimizing your brain more but it does maximize neurogenesis. After all, all you are doing is playing game on your laptop.

Engaging Cerebellum and Cerebrum

While it’s easy to engage your cerebrum because we use it daily for thought process and actions, it’s important to give as much attention to cerebellum too. This can only happen when you learn, practice and explore in the 3-dimesional world.

The Cerebellum is known as the “Little Brain” that helps you perform everyday tasks. Although cerebellum makes only 10% of the brain volume, it has more than 50% of the total neurons found in the brain. In short, the cerebellum recruits many neurons to improve cognitive function and it being untapped is how you suffer from memory loss.

Now that we know how the brain works to retain our memory, follow are 4 great methods for you to adopt in order to improve cognitive function:

1.     Exercise Daily

According to a research done by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), there’s a deep connection between physical activity and cognitive function. The study revealed that during exercise, certain hormones are released in the body that helps improve memory. The exercise can be of any type that puts your body in a strenuous position where you sweat.

2.     Be Open to New Experiences

Have you heard about the “use it or lose it” concept? This concept says that as long as you keep using every part of your body, you won’t experience any decline in its function. This does not mean that memory games such as puzzles will keep your brain active. The key is to learn demanding and new skills while engaging in a social network that keeps you energized. Willing to face challenges on your journey is something that will open your mind to possibilities. This will allow you to constantly engage your brain with activities and people that keep you sharp and on edge.

3.     Try Mindfulness Meditation

According to a study by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, meditation can help reduce stress, which is one of the biggest factors behind declining memory. The energy that you tap into during mindfulness meditation helps slow down age related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

4.     Brain-Training Games

Yes, we discussed earlier that games are not that productive in improving memory function but certain games that provide a stimulant-rich environment helps in preventing memory loss. According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, a brain-training session aimed at older people can improve their memory for a decade. The study conducted showed that after 10 sessions of brain-training, people’s memory improved, which led the researchers to assume that with additional boosters within 3 years, the results would be phenomenal.

So, now that you know what can slow your possible progress of Alzheimer’s disease, why not adopt these methods. This will benefit you in the long run in retaining memories that most people forget with age.