Author Archives: Rhonda Patrick, Ph.D

About Rhonda Patrick, Ph.D

Dr. Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science and is an expert in nutrition, metabolism, and aging. She has done extensive research on aging, metabolism, nutrition, and cancer. She is currently conducts clinical trials examining the positive effects of vitamin and mineral supplementation on metabolism, inflammation, and aging. Get her free report on the health benefits of omega-3 here.

The IGF-1 Trade-Off: Performance vs. Longevity

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During the relatively recent fireside talk put together by WellnessFX Tim Ferriss brought up the point that in some cases there may exist a trade-off or a “faustian bargain” (as he called it) between longevity and performance. Watch the fireside talk here.

Optimizing for IGF-1, otherwise known as insulin-like growth factor-1, is one such case where more performance driven goals like maximizing growth and maintaining muscle and neurons may, to some degree, come at odds with ones desire for longevity. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

The “Vitamin D Sweet Spot” and Its Relationship To Aging

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[This is a guest blog post contribution by Dr. Rhonda Patrick. More information on Dr. Patrick is below.]

Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin many of you have heard of, is actually a steroid hormone that controls the expression of over 1,000 genes in the body.1 This means that vitamin D is controlling over 1,000 different physiological processes. Today we are going to dive into how this hormone actually plays an important role in the aging process.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Three Main Causes of Magnesium Deficiency (Part 2)

Body Odor-In my last post, we learned that 56% of the U.S. population is deficient in magnesium. We also learned about the important role magnesium plays in mitochondrial function and how this relates to exercise performance by ensuring your muscle cells have the highest oxidative capacity (ability to produce ATP or “energy”) possible.

In this post we are going to talk about:

  • The OTHER consequences of magnesium deficiency that are not strictly related to mitochondrial function … and…
  • Why over half of the U.S. population is deficient

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Over Half the U.S. Population is Deficient in This Critical Mineral: Maximizing Your Mitochondria with Magnesium Part 1

In this post, we’ll delve into how optimizing your magnesium levels, an essential mineral that 56% of the U.S. population is deficient in, can help you maximize your mitochondria in order to enhance your performance.1 (Note: Magnesium can be tested by the WellnessFX Performance package.Your mitochondria are what give you energy through the process of oxidative phosphorylation – the consumption of oxygen to generate ATP, the energetic currency of your cells. They supply fuel to every single type of cell in your body, from muscle to neuron, to keep your cells functioning at their best. Your mitochondrial health is strongly tied to your fitness both in terms of physical performance and even longevity. It is your mitochondria that provide nourishment during injury to speed up wound healing and recovery.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.