Leptin Protects Your Brain, Energizes Your Body
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
The fat-hormone leptin must get into your brain in order to activate your metabolism and help protect your brain from inflammation and damage. A new study documents that leptin even protects brain cells1 from low oxygen states that are related to stroke damage.
On the one hand we have those factors in your life that induce wear and tear and drain your energy. Being overweight is one of them. In this condition you elevate the inflammatory marker TNFa Cytokine involved with systemic inflammation and regulation of immune cells. It is able to induce cell death, and inhibits tumorigenesis and viral replication. When dysfunctional it is associated with a number of disease processes. – which does get into your brain and cause fatigue. At the same time, elevated levels of leptin do not get into your brain (leptin resistance), and thus the primary signal that gives the green light to energy production by your nervous system is not activated.
To make matters worse, leptin is also highly protective to your brain cells. The combination of increased inflammation into your brain with reduced protection getting into your brain is a recipe for accelerating brain wear and tear.
By following the Leptin Diet® you are able to eat in a way that enables leptin to get into your brain easier which in turn reduces TNFa Cytokine involved with systemic inflammation and regulation of immune cells. It is able to induce cell death, and inhibits tumorigenesis and viral replication. When dysfunctional it is associated with a number of disease processes. inflammation – thereby supporting energy production, protecting your brain, and improving your metabolism.
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