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HOW TO BUILD A BETTER MOOD

The brain is comprised of billions upon billions of nerve cells (neurotransmitters) that relay information from one nerve cell to the next, allowing for efficient communication to occur. When everything is working properly, we feel our best. However, neurotransmitters often get compromised from the stressors of everyday life, which then affects our overall mood. One […]

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THE POWER OF PEAS

For those celebrating Thanksgiving this week, definitely have your family or friends pass the peas, please. Peas have been a common part  the human diet for ages. Produced by the Pisum sativum plant, peas actually belong to the family Fabaceae, which are a group of pod-producing leguminous plants. So, although commonly regarded as vegetables, peas are actually legumes, […]

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NUTRITIONAL GENOMICS AS IT RELATES TO DETOXIFICATION

The study of nutrient-gene interactions is becoming a popular and developing area of science, and people now accept the diet-genome relationship affects our health. In other words, the belief there is an optimal individualized diet which, if compromised, could expose a person to greater health risks is gaining credibility. As the poet Lucretius stated long ago, “What […]

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CAN CHOCOLATE HELP WITH OXIDATIVE STRESS?

Can eating chocolate or drinking wine, coffee or tea play a role in keeping us young? According to a team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Ivana Ivanovi-Burmazovi from the Chair of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), together with researchers from the USA, compounds within these foodstuffs can activate with zinc to protect against oxidative stress. […]

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PROBIOTICS MAY IMPROVE METABOLIC PROFILES

Most people generally associate probiotics with fostering the growth of good bacteria in the gut, however, more and more clinical studies are highlighting the role of probiotics beyond the gut. One randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind studylooked at the effects of probiotic supplementation on the metabolic profiles in diabetic patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Sixty diabetic […]

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EFFECTS OF SLEEP LOSS ON WEIGHT GAIN

For a number of reasons, sleep loss has been associated with weight gain whether it’s because of an increase in appetite due to hormonal imbalances or craving sugar-laden products to stay awake. Few studies, however, have focused on underlying tissue-specific molecular responses to acute sleep loss. In a recent study, adipose and skeletal tissues were […]

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Astaxanthin inhibits oxidative stress and protects against mitochondrial dysfunction

Astaxanthin is a red-orange carotenoid mainly produced by microalgae (haematococcus pluvialis) and accumulated in many marine organisms such as salmon, trout, shrimp, and lobster. Astaxanthin’s molecular structure provides its unique features such as touting a higher antioxidant activity than of other carotenoids. Previous research suggests that astaxanthin offers health-promoting benefits in the prevention and treatment of […]

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New insight into the role of protein, leucine, fish oil, and vitamin D in sarcopenia and functional decline

The aging process is associated with sarcopenia and functional decline. The loss of muscle mass between the ages of 40 and 80 is approximately 30%–60%, and is associated with disability, illness, and death. Prevention strategies are the most effective treatment options against musculoskeletal aging. In a recent review published in Nutrients, researchers investigated the role of […]

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Melatonin supplementation shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health

According to a recent review published in Molecules, researchers demonstrate that melatonin may be a promising adjunct in the treatment of heart failure, as it plays an essential role in cardiovascular health. This new, comprehensive review reveals substantial evidence supporting the importance of melatonin supplementation in various cardiac pathologies and disorders, as outlined here. Epidemiological studies […]

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Reduced carotenoid and retinoid concentrations found in patients with atopic dermatitis, according to a new study

Atopic dermatitis is the most common chronic disease of the skin. It is generally considered a type of eczema and is strongly linked to food allergies; therefore, diet plays a role in its treatment and prevention. The cause of atopic dermatitis is still poorly understood; however, it involves genetic factors, inherited and acquired skin barrier […]

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