Depression May Be Caused by Inflammation

What do heart attacks and depression have in common? Both might be caused by inflammation. Nova Next: Depression May Be Caused by Inflammation Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class […]

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Sleep Loss Can Affect Alzheimer

A single night of interrupted sleep causes an increase in brain proteins believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease, researchers reported. NBC News: Here’s How Sleep Loss Can Affect Alzheimer’s They believe their research shows that sleep helps the body clear away the compounds, called amyloid and tau, and that interrupting sleep may allow too much of them […]

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Too Much Sugar Could Increase Depression Risk in Men

Men who consume a lot of added sugar in drinks, cakes and confectionery run an increased risk of depression, according to a new study. The Guardian: Too much sugar could increase depression risk in men, study suggests Researchers from University College London (UCL) looked at sugar in the diet and common mental health problems in a […]

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Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders

If you have a brain, you need to know about ketogenic diets. The fact that these specially-formulated low-carbohydrate diets have the power to stop seizures in their tracks is concrete evidence that food has a tremendous impact on brain chemistry and should inspire curiosity about how they work. I first became interested in ketogenic diets as […]

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Impact of Nutrition on Social Decision Making

Food intake is essential for survival in all species for meeting energetic demands. PNAS: Impact of nutrition on social decision making However, food intake also modulates various biochemical processes underlying cognition. Across two studies, we showed that different macronutrient compositions in standard European meals affect plasma neurotransmitter precursor levels, and these in turn influence social decision […]

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Invincible on a Ketogenic Diet

Could keto be a solution to procrastination, and help boost performance at work? The answer is absolutely, if you ask this writer at Business Insider: After being diligent for three weeks, I felt the difference. Even on days when I ate bunless cheeseburgers for lunch, my energy was sky-high. I drank less coffee and felt more alert. […]

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Staves off Alzheimer’s, Preserves Memory

Temple University research shows extra-virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the college’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found mice with EVOO-enriched diets had better memories and learning abilities compared to the rodents who didn’t eat the oil. The real effect […]

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Insulin Action and Resistance in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Nutritional excess is a major forerunner of type 2 diabetes. It enhances the secretion of insulin, but attenuates insulin’s metabolic actions in the liver, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. However, conflicting evidence indicates a lack of knowledge of the timing of these events during the development of obesity and diabetes, pointing to a key gap […]

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The Role of Dietary Coconut for the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Coconut, Cocos nucifera L., is a tree that is cultivated to provide a large number of products, although it is mainly grown for its nutritional and medicinal values. Coconut oil, derived from the coconut fruit, has been recognized historically as containing high levels of saturated fat; however, closer scrutiny suggests that coconut should be regarded […]

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