Dr Rhonda Patrick – Joe rogan podcast

Amazing amount of information on the latest podcast, here’s a few pearls…

Garlic contains a powerful enzyme called allicin.  In order to activate the enzyme, a clove of garlic must be chopped up first and ideally left for at least 5 minutes before eating it.

Allicin is a potent anit-inflammatory that in high amounts can help reduce atherosclerosis.


Turmeric contains a potent anti-inflammatory – curcumin. However, it has a really low bio-availability.

Meriva curcumin, which contains phosphatydyl-choline,  is the best absorbed form of curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful anti inflammatory derived from turmeric.

There is a lot more information about the effectiveness, and science behind it – here 

Dr Rhonda said she takes 1 gram a day.

Personal Review of Meriva Curcumin

I’ve been taking 3g for 3 days and feel significantly less sore – I’ve been suffering terribly with my neck and hip.  I’m going to taper down the dose but yesterday it felt almost drug-like in terms of how much better I felt.  Wanting to move about all the time etc. because I wasn’t painfully sore.

I’m using Thorne Meriva Curcumin Phytosome

Dr Rhonda says that 8g a day of curcumin has been given to people in clinical trials without any negative side effects.

She also covers the benefits and cryotherapy and taking cold baths, ice baths etc. but not immediately after training – wait at least an hour. Otherwise, the cold can affect the inflammatory response that’s responsible for gains in muscle size and strength.

Cryotherapy decreases the ‘tnf alpha’ response – tnf alpha inhibits the signalling molecule that causes the immune response, and it also inhibits collegenase 
Finally; cryotherapy also helps activate the enzymes that make use of glutathione

They also discuss the warnings around NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which you can see here. Chronic use of which, increases the risks associated with strokes and heart attacks.

Saunas and exercise in the heat, produces dynorphin, which makes you feel really good.

Vitamin E can actually do damage to some people who have a certain polymorphism
Saturated fat is okay for most people, but again, not for everyone depending on genetics.  It’s always bad when combined with sugar.  You can get genetic testing with 23andme

About Drew

MMA, Fitness & Marketing enthusiast from North Wales, UK. A Stoic Hippy with no hair. Not to boast but - 1st Class Degree in Sports Science from Loughborough, MSc in Nutrition from the University of Liverpool. 20 years experience of weight & fitness training.
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