w1CoIrEyC5W08QkQ7asnEg-defaultЦинь Шихуанди, первый император китайской династии Цинь, правивший в III веке до н. э., умер в 39 лет. Скорее всего, он отравился ртутью, которая входила в состав эликсира бессмертия: Шихуанди верил, что она сделает его бессмертным. Он больше всего боялся смерти и пытался найти способы её избежать, в том числе путешествовал к разным китайским мудрецам, пытаясь выведать тайну эликсира. Считается, что Шихуанди взял ртуть с собой в могилу и окружил свою гробницу рвом из ртути — поэтому там сложно вести археологические раскопки. Вообще бессмертие в Китае долгое время считалось реальным и достижимым, а потому императоры Китая часто употребляли эликсиры бессмертия, но многие из них умерли от отравления. Это касается не только древних времён: император Чжу Хоуцун умер в 1567 году из-за того, что принимал ртуть, пытаясь продлить свою жизнь.



Garuda means eagle, the king of the birds in Indian mythology. This is a particularly challenging posture requiring a combination of strength, balance and flexibility. The ankles and legs are strengthened in this posture and flexibility is restored to the shoulders. This pose requires your position for 10 to 15 minutes. It would give you the tendency to balance your body straight. You have to breathe light when attempting this pose of yoga. It stretches the shoulders and strengthens your legs by giving your body a balance to stand firm.

This posture is particularly beneficial to those suffering from cramping in calf muscles. If you have weak ankles and are prone to ankle sprains this posture will tone up the muscles surrounding your ankle joints. Balance is restored to the body and the mind is centered.




The latest, and most likely, program theory of aging is the telomere shortening theory. Telomeres are the end-cap segments of DNA (our genetic material). Each time a cell replicates, a small piece of DNA is taken off the end of each chromosome. The shorter the telomere gets, the more it affects gene expression. The result is cellular aging and an increased risk for immune dysfunction, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and other degenerative diseases.

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

Background Information:

The key to slowing down the aging process and extending maximal human lifespan will ultimately involve preserving or restoring telomere length to the DNA (as well as decreasing chromosomal damage, cellular oxidation, and many other factors).

Several measures have already been shown to achieve this goal:

  •  Simply adopting a comprehensive dietary and lifestyle change consistent with good health has been shown to preserve telomere length.
  • Physical exercise has been shown to be associated with preserving telomere length.
  • Meditation has been shown to preserve telomere length by reducing the negative effects of stress.
  • Higher vitamin D levels are associated with longer telomeres
  • Since levels of inflammatory markers in the blood correlate with telomere shortening, natural strategies that reduce inflammation are very important in reducing the rate of telomere shortening.

New Data:

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

Researchers measured the effects of curcumin on cell survival and cell growth, intracellular oxidative stress and telomerase expression in these brain cells. Results indicate that the brain protecting effects of curcumin in Alzheimer’s may be primarily due to its effects on telomerase expression. When telomerase expression was inhibited the protective effects produced by curcumin disappeared.

These results indicate that another key aspect of curcumin in preserving brain health is through its effects on telomere expression.


There is considerable experimental evidence that curcumin, the yellow pigment of turmeric, protects against age-related brain damage and in particular, Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, the two clinical trials conducted to date failed to show any benefit. However, the failure to produce positive results may have been due to the poor absorption profile of the curcumin used in the trials. Of all curcumin products on the market, Theracurmin® shows the greatest absorption by a significant margin.

Currently there is a double-blind, placebo-controlled study underway with Theracurmin® in Alzheimer’s


DSC_3067Quality over quantity, especially when it comes to sleep! The deeper the sleep the more rested your body becomes