Sugar causes dementia?

No wait, artificial sweeteners cause dementia. No, wait… None of the above?  That’s the my conclusion after looking at the two recent studies that generated headlines like “Is Soda Bad For Your Brain?“.  Both studies came from the same research group looking at the same diet intake data collected as part of the ongoing Framingham […]

Fat news

We’ve all heard that omega-3 fats are healthy, associated with all manner of better health outcomes.  What we didn’t really know was why.  What is it about omega-3 fats that’s beneficial?  Now we have some evidence.  Using living mouse cells, a team of scientists discovered that omega-3 fats block a particular enzyme – cyclooxygenase – […]

Omega-3 and brain health – more evidence

As baby boomers age, interest in brain and cognitive health is exploding.  There isn’t much to recommend cognitive decline; it’s not a disease that’s well-managed by prescription drugs.  The possibility of boosting brain function with nutrition is very attractive.   It would be easy to just take some supplements.  But is maintenance of brain health […]

Brain nutrition in the news

While obesity may be causing health havoc worldwide, is scarcely strikes fear in the heart of the average person the way dementia does.  Cognitive decline with age is now a big research field, with an aging population.  Loss of cognitive ability is a scary prospect, not to mention an expensive one.  A study reported last […]

Vitamin B12: from anemia to brain function

Cobalamin, or vitamin B12, is an unusually large molecule for a vitamin.  And we need just a tiny dose every day, just 2.4 micrograms for the average adult.  Contrast that with the 1.3 mg requirement for riboflavin (B2).  That’s 500+ times as much B2, by weight.  But while B12 may only be necessary in tiny […]

We’re taking more vitamin D

If you’ve added vitamin D to your supplement list, join the crowd.  According to a new survey, more Americans say they’re taking vitamin D, up 16% in the past 2 years.  Still, just 27% of supplement users say they’re taking extra D.  Anyone taking a general purpose multiple vitamin is likely getting vitamin D from […]

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