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I have only encountered a few dietary supplements that I would care to share with people.  I don’t push them on my clients.  I have only represented one of them as a distributor, mainly for the purpose of enjoying a distributor discount on the product from the manufacturer.

The first is Juice Plus, which my wife and I subscribed to and have used since December 1998.

The second is Elysium Basis which my wife and I have subscribed to and been using since February, 2015.  In the nearly there years that we have be using Basis, the main change since then in our well-being has been a noticeable increase in our available energy and endurance.  That is the main selling point of the product.  Here is what the manufacturer says about it.

The Science of NAD+, Explained

The coenzyme NAD+ has been called “the golden nucleotide” by one scientist, and the “linchpin of energy metabolism” by Scientific American. It’s the subject of countless preclinical studies indicating that increasing NAD+ levels in lower organisms may have a variety of positive effects on health. We’re especially interested in NAD+ at Elysium: We’ve demonstrated that our first product, Basis, increases NAD+ levels in humans, and we’re working on research to better understand how the gut microbiome affects systemic levels of NAD+. If you’re new to the science of NAD+, here are a few facts to get you started.

NAD+ is a coenzyme found in all living cells.

Coenzymes are colloquially referred to as “helper molecules” because proteins  —  large molecules made of amino acids that do the important biological work in the body  —  require them to do their work. (And they’re called coenzymes because most proteins are enzymes.) If you think of a car as a protein, getting you from place to place so you can go about your life, the gas (or battery if you have a Tesla) is the coenzyme, without which driving is impossible.

But gas (or batteries) can also be used to power any number of other things, from yachts to spacecraft. So too with NAD+, whose chief role is transferring electrons in redox reactions, including oxidative phosphorylation, otherwise known as the metabolic process our body uses to turn food into energy.

Nobel Prize-winning scientists discovered NAD+ more than 100 years ago.

NAD+ was first discovered by Arthur Harden and William John Young in 1906. In 1929, Harden and Hans von Euler-Chelpin won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on fermentation. They determined that fermentation required the presence of an enzyme (“zymase,” actually a mixture of enzymes) and a coenzyme which they called “cozymase,” now known as NAD+.

Euler-Chelpin further identified the structure of NAD+, which is made of two nucleotides, the building blocks for nucleic acids (the same thing DNA is made of). The role of NAD+ in fermentation, a metabolic process, foreshadowed the critical role that NAD+ plays in metabolic processes in humans.

The science of NAD+ is evolving as more research emerges.

Several important discoveries about NAD+ followed the 1929 Nobel Prize. The most recent discovery happened at MIT, when Dr. Leonard Guarente, founder of Elysium, and Dr. Shin-ichiro Imai observed that sirtuins  —  a family of proteins that have been shown in the laboratory setting to be influential in impacting healthspan  —  only function in the presence of NAD+. (Reminder: Sirtuins are the proteins that do biological work; NAD+ is the coenzyme that allows that work to happen.)

So why are scientists excited? An increasingly detailed picture of NAD+ shows its many functions, from energy creation, to sirtuin activity, to a wide range of other enzymatic activities including mitochondrial function, chromosomal integrity, gene expression, epigenetic and posttranslational modifications, and calcium signaling.

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Today: “when you hear the truth, you also get exposed to your own lies” Yogi Bhajan

“People are afraid, because when you hear the truth, you also get exposed to your own lies. You don’t want to hear that. All right, it is a choice. Don’t hear it now. One day time will tell you in another way. That will be very painful.” Yogi Bhajan
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Today: Use your intuition in choosing the way forward – from the I Ching

Use your powers of contemplation to discern the right path forward.  Don’t rely on others’ judgement or popular beliefs. Use your intuition in choosing what you will support and what you will oppose.  Be cautious with moving forward, as the time is fraught with pitfalls.  Take time to assess the situation so that any movement is supported by deep understanding.

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Today: “Creativity and love come from your sensitivity” Yogi Bhajan

“Creativity and love come from your sensitivity. A developed sensitivity in character gives you commitment. Commitment in turn gives you more sensitivity of character. They are interrelated. That is how this planet runs.” Yogi Bhajan
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Today: Be in tune with the tendencies of the the time – from the I Ching

So much potential that can produce great abundance is held in check by petty usurpers of power.  Rather than meeting their struggle for dominance, it is more advantageous to allow the current part of the cycle to play out as the tide turns and moves the opposite way.  We cannot personally challenge the laws of nature with any great effect.  Rather, be in tune with the tendencies of the the time and use them to advantage.

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Today: “You are never separated from God” Yogi Bhajan

“You are never separated from God or your soul. You come to this planet not to seek anything. You come to recognize God and realize your soul.” Yogi Bhajan
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Today: Shuniya.  Silence.  Stillness. – from the I Ching

Shuniya.  Silence.  Stillness.  Through contemplation our intentions can manifest graceful form and beauty.

 

 

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