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The Meta Health Podcast


Mar 14, 2023

The pentose phosphate pathway, which I refer to as P3, is one of my favorite metabolic pathways and one that gets far less attention than glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, and Krebs, yet plays such a key role in our body. In this episode we go over the following:

  • Brief refresher on glycolysis and coenzymes using James Bond storytelling
  • Deeper dive into oxidation, reduction, and free radicals (aka reactive oxygen species or ROS)
  • Understanding and remembering the key functions of P3
  • How P3 is tied to obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease, and cancer
  • How erythritol is tied to P3 and the fallacy of a study linking it to heart disease