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MitoQ

MitoQ Works Better When…

So you bought a bottle infused with this fancy molecule called MitoQ…  But will it work?

You want to get the best results possible, so prepare your skin to absorb this expensive stuff: Wash With Charcoal Powder

MitoQDon’t just wash and lightly scrub your skin with a towel before rubbing in charcoal-bulletproofthis expensive goo.  First use charcoal powder, to pull away dirt, oils, and dead skin that’s otherwise going to stand in the way between your live skin cells and the magic of MitoQ.

—Lightly scrub a capsule-full of coconut charcoal over your face, with just enough water involved to make the charcoal stick
—Let the damp charcoal sludge dry out.
—Wash with a towel and soapy, warm water.
—When the skin is dry, massage-in a generous blob of charcoal-powderthis fancy yellowish goo called “MitoQ”.

I figure it’s best to apply this stuff after a shower in the evening.  Then perhaps re-apply (without washing the skin again) right before bed.  Charcoal scrub >> shower >> MitoQ.

What is MitoQ?

Mitoq_structureHere’s a quick summary, from this article at joshmitteldorf.scienceblog.com

At the Second SENS conference in 2004, I sidled up to an expert whom I respected and asked, “What’s the optimal dose of CoQ10?”  He laughed and asked, in reply, “How much can you afford?”

But eating ubiquinone doesn’t work very well.  It is poorly absorbed in the digestive tract (the molecular variant called ubiquinol is supposed to mitigate this problem), little of it makes it into the blood stream, less into the cells, and a pittance to the mitochondria where it is needed.

…Targeting worked amazingly well, with virtually all of the Mito-Q molecules finding their way to the mitochondria. This means that very low doses can result in very high effectiveness.

Anything with a positive charge is drawn into the mitochondria, and if it’s not a proton, it won’t be pumped right back out again.  Murphy and Smith were inspired to create a molecule that combined ubiquinone at one end with a chemical tugboat at the other [this is MitoQ]…  The chemical “tugboat”, called TPP for tri-phenyl phosphonium, had been developed 25 years earlier in the Moscow State University lab of Vladimir Skulachev.

Skulachev, who had pioneered the early work on the right-hand part of the molecule, picked up this thread early on, and has sponsored much of the research that has demonstrated the rejuvenating potential of the molecule.  The molecular tugboat is known as a “Skulachev ion”, and a similar molecule to MitoQ has been dubbed “SkQ” and explored in Russian experiments.

Last year, a New Zealand company completed licensing requirements and created a manufacturing facility, and MitoQ is now available by order on the Internet for delivery worldwide.  The product was first announced at the A4M annual showcase meeting in November.  A year earlier, Skulachev’s company had begun to sell SkQ as eyedrops, available thus far only in Russia.  Skulachev’s group has long-term plans to develop the product for other uses as well, and to obtain licensing in Europe and America.

Skulachev is using a variant of the Mito-Q molecule based on plastoquinone rather than ubiquinone.  Plastoquinone is the equivalent of ubiquinone in green plants, and Skulachev reports that there is a wider range of effective dosage for plastoquinone compared to ubiquinone.  Scientists at MitoQ disagree that plastoquinone is better.

How can Whole Body Vibration possibly keep me looking younger?

More than aging skin, an “old face” is caused by bone erosion. The structure of your face changes as bone-density declines with age, and your skull structure basically erodes.

Whole body vibration increases bone density. Fact. That’s why USSR and USSA (formerly “USA”) astronauts have used WBV for decades now.

If increasing and maintaining bone density into old age, also prevents bone erosion, then WBV is a smart investment.the whole body vibrator

I’m no doctor, but this seems very reasonable. Cause-and-effect. But that’s a far-sighted goal to have, and not what motivates anyone to spend minutes every day standing on a vibration platform.

We do it because it feels freaking great.

Read more on the relationship between skin & bone structure

jarrow-hyaluronic-acid

Skin Health – Top 3 Supplements

What makes a supplement good for your skin?  HYDRATION EFFECT.

 

How do you know if a supplement is working?  HYDRATION EFFECT.
  • Take a supplement you expect to improve skin hydration.
  • If your skin feels hydrated (especially smooth) within 1 to 12 hours, then it’s working.
  • Consistent hydration effect.  Use after use; day after day.  That’s what these do:
1.  Hyaluronic Acid  (wikipedia, Hyaluronan)jarrow-hyaluronic-acid
  • Commonly prescribed for joint pains – because it works nearly instantly for systemic joint lubrication (relieving tendonosis pain, for example).
  • But it’s also the best skin hydrating supplement I’ve found.  I experience a surge of skin hydration within 2 hours of taking a typical dose of 100mg.
  • Be careful with a topical, liquid form.  Hyaluronic acid can dry your skin out, if it’s too concentrated when applied directly onto your skin.

 

2. Bioavailable Silica (wikipedia, Choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid)jarrow-silica-liquid
  • I prefer the liquid form.  Use topically; mixed in water; or fit 25-ish drops into an empty 00-size capsule.
  • I usually “man mix it” with some San Pellegrino or Gerolsteiner mineral water, and squeeze 20 to 30 drops from the Jarrow bottle. Tastes bad on its own, but adds a pleasant flavor when mixed with carbonated water.jarrow-silica-capsles
  • “Horsetail” supplements contain silica, but not a magically “active” form as in JarroSil or BioSil.  You won’t feel a massive skin hydrating effect from horsetail.

 

3.  Salt.  Yes, salt…
  • Too much salt will dehydrate you.  But most people are salt-ancientdeficient in REAL SALT:  Ancient mineral salt.
  • Ever get chapped lips?  9 times out of 10, that’s due to salt deficiency.  Gobble a 1/2 teaspoon of good salt, in water, and chapped lips disappear.
  • I usually buy in bulk from The Spice Lab.
  • I prefer ancient salt, rather than sea salt.  Oceans are too polluted.
  • Beware of imitation salt.  You don’t want colored sodium-chloride.  You want ancient crystal salt from underneath mountains or dead seas.
  • Most often “Himalayan salt” is from Pakistan.  Nothing wrong with that.

 

collagen

WHAT ELSE? Collagen.  From grass-fed cows.  It’s actually scrubbed from the inside of cowhide, oddly enough.  It’s cow skin, basically.

  • Mix the powder in hot water (collagen is heat stable).  Drink.  To improve the taste, you might add cinnamon powder, and even Xylitol (from birch bark).
  • It’s commonly claimed that collagen needs Vitamin-C to be utilized.
  • Try this:  2 tablespoons of collagen powder (in warm water), plus 2-to-4 grams ascorbic acid (in capsules), on an empty stomach in the morning, or before bed.

 

MSM (wikipedia, Methylsulfonylmethane)Jarrow MSM

  • Helps retain skin hydration.
  • Probably the most well-known skin & joint supplement.
  • Basically it’s a secondary supplement, to improve the effects of the top three above.

 

TOPICAL? Avocado oil.

    • Has a long-lasting hydrating / healing / smoothing-out wrinkles effect.
    • Absorbs very well into skin – better than olive oil.  Coconut oil, for example, absorbs very poorly.
    • I use an organic, unrefined avocado oil from Mountain Rose Herbs (often sold out).
ISO-2631

Vibration Safety

There’s an International Standards Organization chart (from ISO-2631) dealing with vibration safety in chronic exposure, but it does not specify displacement:
ISO-2631Is it simply a bureaucratic error, that this chart does not explicitly or implicitly refer to a displacement?  Read below to understand why it is true that without displacement, this chart is entirely useless.

Safety is about a machine’s impact (or “impulse“) on you.

With very little movement of its stainless steel platform, The Whole Body Vibrator has much less “impact” on your body than machines that are often compared to WBV, where safety is concerned:

  • riding on an old, bumpy train every day, while sitting in a seat without padding
  • operating a jack hammer
  • driving a tractor without a comfortable, isolated, padded seat… etc…

Imagine standing in an elevator.  You feel the acceleration when it starts.  That’s work being done on you; but the acceleration is very low, so you don’t feel much “impact”.

Work  =  Force  x  Distance

An elevator accelerates slowly (the force on you is low), but you move very far, so the elevator does a lot of work on your body.  But the total work done to lift you up a floor or more, is elapsed over a long period of time.  Thus the “impact” is very low:

Work done, in a short period of time, is a high impact.
The same work done, in a long period of time, is a low impact.

The Whole Body Vibrator, puts more force on you than an elevator, but its stainless steel platform moves only a very small distance.  Thus a Linear WBV machine does relatively little work on your body.

However, this little bit of work is done in a very short period of time — making a “high impact” possible.  But the fact remains that the distance is very small, and the force is carefully designed so that the total impact on you is not comparable to a jack hammer or sitting on a steam-punk locomotive without a padded seat.

 

DISPLACEMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT
Imagine standing on a WBV machine that was somehow built to move up 1 foot and down 1 foot, at 30Hz (30 times per second , the same as in the Whole Body Vibrator).  You wouldn’t need to know what “acceleration” is for this 1-foot monster machine.  Just seeing it in motion you’d understand that it’s very dangerous.  It moves very fast, to travel back and forth 30 times per second.

The Whole Body Vibrator’s platform doesn’t have to move as fast, to travel a tiny distance 30 times per second.   It moves less than 0.05″ inches up and 0.05″ down.  With that very low displacement it would take a much higher acceleration to have a harmful affect.  This is described by the graphic of “G’s” on the Performance Data page.

 

THE WHOLE BODY VIBRATOR IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE UNDER 100 POUNDS
With all that said, The Whole Body Vibrator could be dangerous for a person weighing less than 100 pounds:

  • If you weigh under 100 pounds, the acceleration can exceed the suggested 7 G’s “comfort limit”.
  • You are responsible for discerning whether an impact is detrimentally “jarring” on your body, as described in the “G’s” graphic on the Performance Data page.
  • “Ask your doctor” is a disclaimer here.  But that may not be worth your time.  Most doctor’s know very little about health.

 

A WELL DESIGNED WBV MACHINE ISN’T COMPARABLE TO DANGEROUS POWER TOOLS
Holding a jack hammer, riding on a tractor, bumpy train, etc.  Vibration from these machines means a significant distance, and they move very fast.  That combination has a “jarring” affect on the body, and recurring exposure to that sort of vibration is dangerous.

the whole body vibrator

What Whole Body Vibration does BEST

SUPERCHARGES blood and lymph flow throughout the body.
Depending on the machine you use, it can do this very well.
Making you feel great is what linear whole body vibration does best.

CAN WBV INCREASE BONE DENSITY?
Yes.  This is the most well-established medical effect of whole body vibration.
Sanitariums, Cosmonauts, NASA, Athletes, etc.  For most people, bone density isn’t a priority; however maintaining bone density may be essential to slow that part of the aging process, to keep you looking years younger than you are.

CAN WBV HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
Probably not, directly.  Perhaps if someone has gained weight as a direct result of poor lymph flow, then WBV might directly result in some excess body fat being lost.

Excess weight gain is a endocrine system issue.

  • Most people are deficient in iodine; and are bombarded by “endocrine disrupting” toxins in low-quality food and water.
  • A “low fat” diet keeps people fat.  Eating high-quality fat from fish and grass-fed cows (butter!) is a much bigger part of the solution than ANY exercise machine or weight-loss gimmick.

For people who aren’t overweight, but have some sagging areas here and there, Linear WBV does cause a visible firming effect, pretty much all over the body.  For most people, this effect is obvious and nearly immediate.

IS WBV A SMART ADDITION TO YOUR LONGEVITY PLAN?
There’s no proof that WBV can keep your body looking and feeling younger, for longer; but anything that makes you feel this good, and shows immediate physical results without stressful or harmful exercise, is a smart move.
Isn’t “smart” just doing more of what’s good for you, and less of what’s bad (or just less efficient at doing good)?

IS WBV A REPLACEMENT FOR EXERCISE?
Depends on your purpose; but generally not a replacement.  More of an 80-20 relationship: A little time for a vibration session.  A lot less time walking, aerobic activity, etc.
Strength training? Try training during a WBV session, rather than separately.  See how this improves your results!

CAN WBV SHORTEN POST-WORKOUT RECOVERY TIME?
This is a common claim from athletes and trainers.  Many trainers rave about this benefit from WBV; but recovery time depends most on what you’re eating (plus optimized sleep).  Get plenty of collagen, vitamin-c, creatine, glutathione, while avoiding inflammatory foods and toxins.  WBV could further reduce recovery time, once you’re in that zone.  Try and see for yourself:  “n = 1” experiments are what personal progress is made of.