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Theanine, another interesting amino acid

Oslo, Norway.  I have written some about glycine here on this blog, but I have not mentioned theanine that much. At least not as much as it deserves. These last months, I have been reading more and more about theanine and it seems like a very interesting substance with a lot of beneficial effects on our physiology. It also seems to improve sleep in many people. Theanine is an amino acid, and our biggest consumption of it are from tea. The amount varies depending on the sort and the strength, but an average cup could be about 15 mg. I first found about when researching more about GABA, and like several other amino acids like taurine and glycine, theanine also...

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The interdependence of the metabolism and sleep

Do you need better sleep? Have you ever heard of the fast metabolism sleep connection? Something very important that most people aren’t aware of is that a healthy metabolism isn’t just necessary to promote fat loss; it’s also crucial for proper restorative sleep. You might think you get enough sleep every night, but the real question is, what is the quality of your sleep? A proper functioning metabolism (read: fast) is most essential for improving the quality of your sleep.

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Melatonin and sleep

Oslo, Norway.  The human stages of sleep are fully dependent on the presence of light or the absence of it (darkness). Although it seems very simple (we sleep at night and we wake up in the morning when the sun comes out), there is a very complex explanation behind it.  When light is detected, a nervous stimulus is sent from our retina to our hypothalamus, from where many different functions will be started (raising body temperature, regulating the secretion of hormones etc). The importance of melatonin in our sleep is such, that one of the most important functions commanded by the hypothalamus is delaying the secretion of melatonin, until the next sleeping cycle is to begin. What is melatonin? Melatonin...

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Osteocalcin, a short introduction

Oslo, Norway.  The bones in the human body were considered as a stationary and static organ only providing support and protection to other organs of the body. But the recent studies have clearly depicted their role in the secretion of hormones and their effect on the physiological condition of the body. One of the main hormones released by the bones is Osteocalcin. It is a 49 amino-acid peptide, found abundantly in the bones and comprising of almost 2% of the total bone proteins and is released by osteoblasts both into bone matrix and the blood. Osteoblasts are the cells which are found in bone marrow and act as the basis for the formation of new bones, maintaining and remodeling of...

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Blue Light 101, a very short introduction

Oslo, Norway.  What is Blue Light? Light is made of electromagnetic particles that travel in waves. The length and strength of these waves is what determines the hazard hey represent to us humans. Hence, there is a broad electromagnetic spectrum and some lights are more damaging to our health than others. Blue light has a very short wavelength and therefore the energy is very concentrated. Excessive exposure to its wave strength is very dangerous. Where does Blue Light come from? Blue light is actually found everywhere but we must acknowledge two sources: natural and artificial. Natural blue light comes from the sun and is scattered everywhere. It is one of the reasons why the sky is blue and has several benefits for...

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