Lutein and zeaxanthin for eyes and brain

I love when nutrition research intersects with actionable food recommendations to promote health.  A recent talk on the relationship of lutein and zeaxanthin to cognitive function is the perfect example of that concept. Lutein?  Zeaxanthin? I hope I haven’t lost your attention already.  These are carotenoid molecules found in egg yolk and many plant foods. […]

A vitamin study done right

More evidence that single nutrients are not silver bullets Nutrition can be so frustrating!  On one hand, we have consumers falling for the latest fad diet or “healthy” marketing ploy.  On the other hand, we have researchers studying single nutrients — one vitamin or one mineral or one type of fat.  As if nutrients were […]

Food for Thought

The Food and Mood connection is real No one needs a scientist to tell them how mood can influence what they eat. Just think about it– what quick food choices do you make for dinner if you are stressed or depressed? Bagels? Boxed mac & cheese? Frozen Pizza? If you crave steamed broccoli after a long […]

A diet for Alzheimer’s prevention

The MIND diet may help you avoid Alzheimer’s. When it comes to aging, it’s a safe bet that cognitive decline is a bigger concern than weight loss for lots of people.  Since there are no effective medical treatments to reverse Alzheimer’s Disease, prevention is the best strategy we have.  And, no surprise, there’s evidence that […]

B vitamins, iodine and the brain

http://radionutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/B-vitamins-iodine-and-the-brain.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:52 — 2.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCan high dose B vitamins prevent Alzheimer’s disease?  Recent headlines suggested the answer is “yes”.  Unfortunately, the study in question didn’t really come to that conclusion. Higher levels of the metabolic byproduct homocysteine are associated with atrophy in certain […]

Cancer, cognition and calories

http://radionutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Cancer-Cognition-Calories.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:19 — 2.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHere’s one thing we know: populations that eat primarily plant-based diets have lower risk for most chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  But the reasons for this remain a mystery.  Is it fiber?  Vitamins?  Lower saturated fat?  […]

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