Opti-Biologics


“Presenting Scientific Research for Optimization of Everyday Life"

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Sep 23, 2022


Supplements for Improving Neurite Growth and Membrane Integrity


Background  Maintaining neuronal membrane integrity is crucial for cognition. As humans age, mutations occur throughout our cells' genetic material resulting in a myriad of problems. One such problem is metabolism, by which transporters in our intestin...


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Sep 19, 2022


Lab Update #2: August


Informal Introduction  The previous 30 days or so have been focused on making new peptide amphiphiles and purifying them. This is a straightforward process but can be highly time-consuming. Since I have two projects and both revolved around purificatio...


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Sep 16, 2022


Journal Review #8: Micronutrient Supplementation for the Treatment of ADHD


Micronutrients are molecules essential for proper growth and function in small quantities. These nutrients include sodium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin D, and so on. Children and young people oftentimes eat a diet similar to their parents which in the...


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Sep 13, 2022


Supplement Review #4: Phosphatidylserine


 Biological Background  The cell membrane is composed of a phospholipid bilayer, where each phospholipid is amphiphilic in nature, that is, consists of a hydrophobic lipid and hydrophilic phosphate group. The presence of the hydrophilic head group allo...


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Sep 9, 2022


A Non-Stimulant Based Formula Designed for Blood-flow & Hydration


A simple stroll around any grocery store or convenience store can overwhelm a customer looking for a hydrating beverage. There are beverages labeled “energizing” and "hydrating,” which oftentimes do not align with the nutritional facts. As a user of ma...


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Sep 5, 2022


Supplements for Everybody


 Introduction Supplements have been pushed on every single social media platform to promote health and well-being. Most of these sources are misrepresenting these supplements and damaging the community that accurately represents the appropriate use of...


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Sep 2, 2022


Product Review #1: The Tale of an Ineffective Pre-Workout


The world of nootropics is flooded with many products that contain proprietary blends. The products’ labels and marketing are centered around a claim frequently not scientifically supported. Along with false marketing, these blends are often underdosed...


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Aug 30, 2022


Supplement Review #3: Zinc


  Background Zinc is a common mineral found throughout the world, including in humans. It is an essential mineral and plays a crucial role in various biological and chemical pathways. Zinc can be consumed through the dietary intake of foods such as b...


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Aug 28, 2022


Journal Review #6: Probiotics for Gut Health


An Inside Look at the Benefits of Probiotic Supplementation for both Gut & Systemic Health Nutrients for the Gut Microbiota and Their Effects on Overall Health Background - There is increasing evidence that the gut microbiota has a direct impact on...


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Aug 19, 2022


Journal Review #5: Weight Loss from Intermittent Fasting is Equivalent to Constant Caloric Restriction


 Background Information - Obesity is a silent pandemic that is invading millions of homes worldwide, and while knowledge on the subject is increasing, the vast majority of treatments and preventives available to the general public are extremely ineffec...


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Aug 15, 2022


Supplement Review #2: Cerebrolysin


Background - Neurons are scattered throughout the body and are responsible for sensing and responding to the environment. The nervous system is actually broken down into a peripheral nervous system and a central nervous system. The peripheral nervous s...


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Aug 11, 2022


Journal Review #4: Detrimental Effects of a Long-Term Ketogenic Diet


Background - The ketogenic diet has gained much notoriety over the years, with promises of significant weight loss, better brain health, and improved mood. All of the benefits of the ketogenic diet have been plastered all over social media without any ...


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Aug 10, 2022


Lab Update #1: June & July 2022


 Hello everyone.  The lab update blog posts are designed to be informative, fun, and interactive. The first section of the post will include my workflow, how I’ve felt the past few weeks, new tasks, and my future outlook. Later sections will serve as ...


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Aug 5, 2022


Supplement Review #1: Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR)


Background Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR) is a commonly supplemented molecule amongst many gym goers and nootropic formulators. L-carnitine is a naturally occurring molecule synthesized by the liver and kidneys and found primarily in cells that use fatty ...


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Aug 1, 2022


A Model for Standardizing Self-Experimentation


 The world is filled with information regarding nutrition, sleep optimization, exercise, and other tips and tricks to improve quality of life. So many different blog sites and YouTube channels are aimed at presenting the best combination of drugs and h...


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Jul 29, 2022


Journal Review #3: Serotonin & Depression, is there a link?


"The serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidence" Authors:  Joanna Moncrieff, Ruth E. Cooper, Tom Stockmann, Simone Amendola, Michael P. Hengartner & Mark A. Horowitz Journal: Molecular psychiatry, Published July 20th...


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Jul 25, 2022


Journal Review #2: Ketogenic Diet and Alzheimer's Disease


 “Ketogenic diet ameliorates cognitive impairment and neuroinflammation in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease”  Authors:  Yunlong Xu, Chenyu Jiang, Junyan Wu, Peidong Liu, Xiaofei Deng, Yadong Zhang, Bo Peng, Yingjie Zhu Journal: CNS Neuroscience ...


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Jul 16, 2022


Journal Article Review #1: The Use of a Ketogenic Diet to Treat Chronic Pain


“Effects of a Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet on Reported Pain, Blood Biomarkers and Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Pain: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial” Authors: Rowena Field, M. Physio, Fereshteh Pourkazemi, Ph.D., Kieron Rooney, Ph.D...


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Jul 11, 2022


Mission: Understanding & Optimizing Nutrition


 The saying "what you eat is what you become" is a common phrase heard around the world. What exactly does this refer to, and what truth (if any) does this phrase portray? To break this down, let's first start with what exactly food is and why it is so...


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Jul 11, 2022


Body weight: Does the number on the scale really matter for health?


The idea that there is an ideal body weight for longevity and health-related reasons has been around for quite some time. However, like most things science, weight is highly-variable, it often depends on genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle. ...


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Jul 11, 2022


Introduction: Welcome to Opti-Biologics


Hello new readers, my name is Joshua Giblin. I am a recent undergraduate and received a BS in biology from Utica university. This first blog post will consist of a short intro about me and my interests in science. Along with a brief introduction, I wil... (Link)


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