Can diet lower depression risk

Decades ago, depression was frequently characterized as a problem of the worried well, people who had the time and money to consult with a psychiatrist about their mental state.  It was something to joke about.  Now depression is recognized as the most common psychiatric diagnosis in developed countries, affecting 300 million+ people, costing $1 trillion […]

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 […]

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

https://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 […]

How weight gain could happen and one possible solution

It all starts with sleep deprivation, not uncommon these days… 1. Sleep deprivation makes your fat cells hungry.  In this study, hormones related to fat cell metabolism were measured when subjects got a good night’s sleep and when they were sleep deprived.  Sleep deprived fat cells were less sensitive to insulin, and released less of […]

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