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Recipe: Low-Carb Chunky Chocolate Cookies

While you enjoy these satisfying cookies, please see page 1 for a new study that revealed eating a moderate amount of chocolate reduced inflammation and chances for heart problems. Prep time:5 minutesCook time: 12 minutesServes 12 Ingredients: 1 egg, slightly beaten1 tsp vanilla extract1/4 c coconut oil, melted and cooled1/2 c coconut sugar1 c almondContinue reading “Recipe: Low-Carb Chunky Chocolate Cookies”

Early-Stage Discoveries: Oat and Rye Bran, Quercetin, Probiotics

Good results in the lab can lead to larger human trials. Here are some of the most promising recent findings. Oat and rye bran benefit gut microbiota Dietary fiber from whole grains has many metabolic benefits. In the lab, doctors gave mice a high-fat diet with 10 percent of calories from either oat or ryeContinue reading “Early-Stage Discoveries: Oat and Rye Bran, Quercetin, Probiotics”

Vision & Balance: Nutrients beneficial in glaucoma and vertigo

Vitamin B3 improved vision in glaucoma In the back of the eye, the retina contains millions of optic nerve cells that send light images to the brain, allowing us to see. One type of optic nerve cell, the retinal ganglion, is particularly vulnerable to damage from increased fluid pressure in the front of the eye,Continue reading “Vision & Balance: Nutrients beneficial in glaucoma and vertigo”

Metabolism: Vitamin E delta-tocotrienol

Metabolism: Vitamin E delta-tocotrienol and vitamin C improved metabolism Delta-tocotrienol vitamin E improved NAFLD When fat builds up in the liver for reasons other than alcohol, such as obesity, it is called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In this study, 71 people with NAFLD took a placebo or 300 mg of delta-tocotrienol twice per day.Continue reading “Metabolism: Vitamin E delta-tocotrienol”

Physical Health: Probiotics and selenium improved performance

L. plantarum for triathlete endurance In an earlier study by these doctors, the probiotic L. plantarum reduced inflammation and oxidative stress, improving athletic performance. Here, they wanted to understand how L. plantarum might help maintain healthy gut microbiota under the stress of a triathlon. Twenty triathletes, with a minimum five years of training, took aContinue reading “Physical Health: Probiotics and selenium improved performance”

Healthy Insight: Chocolate Hearts

Earlier chocolate studies found a benefit for blood pressure and vessels. Here, doctors were interested specifically in coronary arteries. Reviewing six studies covering 336,289 participants over an average nine years of followup, those eating chocolate more than once a week were 8 percent less likely to develop coronary artery disease than those eating chocolate lessContinue reading “Healthy Insight: Chocolate Hearts”

Cognition: Nutrients boost memory, mood, spatial awareness, and metabolism

GABA for memory, mood, and spatial awareness In a world with an aging population, doctors wanted to find ways to prevent cognitive decline. In two separate, coordinated studies, each with 60 healthy adults over age 40, participants took a placebo or, in one study, 100 mg of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and in the second, 200Continue reading “Cognition: Nutrients boost memory, mood, spatial awareness, and metabolism”

Recipe: Spiced Walnuts

You won’t be able to stop eating these addictive spiced walnuts! As you munch, please see page 1 for a new study that found those who regularly ate walnuts had improved brain structure and function. Prep time: 5 minutesCook time, oven and skillet: 10 minutesServes: 8 Ingredients: 2 cups organic walnut halves1 tbsp organic caneContinue reading “Recipe: Spiced Walnuts”

Healthy Women: Resveratrol and fenugreek improve postmenopausal health

Resveratrol improved bone mineral density Earlier studies found resveratrol has beneficial whole-body and cerebral circulatory effects. Doctors wondered if resveratrol could benefit bone density, as well. In this study, 125 postmenopausal women took a placebo or 75 mg of resveratrol, twice per day, in two alternating 12-month phases. Compared to the placebo phases, resveratrol hadContinue reading “Healthy Women: Resveratrol and fenugreek improve postmenopausal health”

Coronavirus Update: Vitamin D, selenium linked to better COVID-19 outcomes

Vitamin D calms immune overreaction When vitamin D is low, immune systems are hyperactive, according to findings from data doctors analyzed in 10 countries, after noticing differing death rates between them. Before the study, theories included variability in healthcare quality, differences in population age distribution, lower or higher Covid-19 testing rates, or different strains ofContinue reading “Coronavirus Update: Vitamin D, selenium linked to better COVID-19 outcomes”

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