Monthly Archives: August 2014

Regular Fish Oil Use Linked to Better Brain

I regularly blog about the brain benefits of fish oil because the science behind them is so extensive and I want to pass the knowledge on to others. When you have the knowledge to heal your body, you become your own health advocate, and you realize how much power you have to change your health. In yet another study highlighting…

Gut Bacteria Balance is in Flux

The 100 trillion bacteria that live inside the human digestive tract are the subject of many studies currently underway. Researchers the world over are trying to figure out which microbes constitute a “healthy microbiome,” which microbes protect our health, and which cause disease. Many advances have already been made, but there is still much we don’t know about the creatures…

Drink Too Much? Fish Oil May Help Offset Damage

Long-term heavy use of alcohol can lead to brain damage and increased risks of dementia, so the search is on for treatments that offset this damage. In a recent study published in the Public Library of Sciences ONE journal, researchers tested the effects of fish oil on brain cells exposed to high levels of alcohol. The fish oil was found…

Low-Carbohydrate Diet for Diabetics

One of the best ways to get diabetes under control is by eating a low-carbohydrate diet. Carbohydrates include mostly sugars and starches, with fiber making up a smaller portion. Starches—as found in breads, pastas, pastries, crackers, etc.—break down into sugar in the digestive tract, so you can think of starches as “hidden sugars.” A diet high in carbohydrates is really…

Probiotic Bacteria Prevent Weight Gain in Mice

The connection between gut bacteria and weight gain is a subject of great interest among researchers. It’s a topic of great interest to me, too! The search is on for probiotic therapies that prevent weight gain. In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Vanderbilt University researchers discovered a protective effect against weight gain of a genetically…

Omega-3 Joint Benefits for Osteoarthritis

You may have heard that omega-3 fats are good for your joints—and you’re right, particularly when it comes to inflammation. Most studies investigating omega-3 for joint health have looked at rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. Omega-3 supplementation has been shown to reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and reduce symptoms and inflammation…

Beware of the BPA Substitute

You have likely heard of bisphenol A (BPA), the hormone disrupting chemical found in many plastics. In fact, you may even purchase ‘BPA-free’ plastics in an effort to minimize your exposure to BPA. Many of us do. But you might want to rethink your approach based on some new research. The chemical that manufacturers use to replace BPA is BPS,…

High-Dose, Multi-strain Probiotics Help Reduce Blood Pressure

One out of every three adults has high blood pressure (hypertension), yet only about half of them have their blood pressure under control. Another one out of three adults has prehypertension, which means that they are on their well on their way to joining the first group. With two-thirds of American adults suffering from hypertension or prehypertension, the search is…

Gut Microbes Are Target for Treatment of Diabetes

Prediabetes is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. It means that blood sugar levels are elevated, but not quite high enough to be considered full-blown diabetes. Without intervention, prediabetes will likely become type 2 diabetes within 10 years. At least 86 million US adults over age 20 have prediabetes, yet 9 out of 10 of them do not even know…