Category Archives: Nutrition and Supplements

Cutting Breakfast Carbs Can Benefit People With Type 2 Diabetes

An international team, led by UBC Okanagan researchers, suggests a simple tweak to the first meal of the day might help people living with Type 2 diabetes (T2D) better control their blood sugar levels. Dr. Barbara Oliveira conducts research with Dr. Jonathan Little’s Exercise, Metabolism and Inflammation Lab in UBCO’s Faculty of Health and Social […]

Junk Food May Impair Our Deep Sleep

In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University have investigated how junk food affects sleep.  Healthy participants consumed an unhealthier as well as a healthier diet in a randomised order. After the unhealthier diet, the quality of the participants’ deep sleep had deteriorated, compared with those who had followed the healthier diet.  The results have […]

FDA-Approved Alzheimer’s Drug Could Help Preventing More Damage to the Brain

For the first time, researchers described the structure of a special type of amyloid beta plaque protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progression. In a report published in the journal Neuron, scientists showed the small aggregates of the amyloid beta protein could float through the brain tissue fluid, reaching many brain regions and disrupting local […]

High-Sugar Diets Can Worsen IBD

Excess sugar hampers cells that renew the colon’s lining in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a new study by University of Pittsburgh scientists. “The prevalence of IBD is rising around the world, and it’s rising the fastest in cultures with industrialized, urban lifestyles, which typically have diets high in sugar,” […]

Microplastics Harm Gut Health

An international team of scientists, including researchers from McGill University, have found evidence that microplastics in the digestive tract of seabirds altered the microbiome of the gut. “Our findings reflect the circumstances of animals in the wild. Since humans also uptake microplastics from the environment and through food, this study should act as a warning […]

Nitrate: Meet Nutrition’s Jekyll and Hyde

For a long time nitrate has been viewed warily, with previous research showing it could potentially be linked to causing cancer. However, subsequent research has revealed dietary nitrate also has various cardiovascular health benefits, which could help reduce the risk of related conditions such as heart disease, dementia and diabetes. Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Nutrition […]

New Form of Omega-3 Could Prevent Visual Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease

The DHA found in fish oil capsules and other supplements is typically in a form called triacylglycerol DHA. Although TAG-DHA has benefits in other parts of the body, it does not reach the eyes because it cannot travel from the bloodstream into the retina. For the study, researchers created a new lysophospholipid form of DHA, […]

Ingestible ‘Electric’ Capsule Curbs Appetite

Hormones released by the stomach, such as ghrelin, play a key role in stimulating appetite. These hormones are produced by endocrine cells that are part of the enteric nervous system, which controls hunger, nausea, and feelings of fullness. MIT engineers have now shown that they can stimulate these endocrine cells to produce ghrelin, using an […]

Two or More Cups of Coffee Daily May Double Risk of Heart Death in People with Severe Hypertension

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when the force of blood pushing against the walls of blood vessels is consistently too high The current blood pressure guidelines classify hypertension as a blood pressure reading of 130/80 mm Hg or higher. The blood pressure criteria for this study are slightly different from the ACC/AHA […]