Tag: nutrient

Cooking Method Affects Beneficial Compounds in Broccoli

Broccoli is one of those super foods that we all need to eat more often. Broccoli is high in nutrients and fiber, and is a particularly good source of glucoraphanin—a compound that is converted into sulforaphane, which has been found to improve phase II liver detoxification, and to have potent anti-cancer activity. If broccoli is not a regular part of…

Prenatal DHA Linked to Decreased Premature Birth and Low Birth Weight

The omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is most concentrated in the brain. This nutrient is well known to be important for brain development of infants. DHA is most rapidly accumulated in the brain during pregnancy, which is why prenatal DHA intake is widely recommended. Despite these recommendations, however, American women are not getting enough. “US women typically consume less…

High Omega-3 Levels Linked to Lower Risk of Death

When it comes to the benefits of a food or nutrient (or even a drug), one of the best indications of efficacy is a reduced risk of death. This makes sense, of course—if a food or nutrient helps us live longer, that’s a good thing. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine investigated the connection between increased…

Healthy Food, Healthy Mood

Can diet affect your mood? You betcha! A recent study published in the Journal of Health Psychology evaluated the link between emotions and foods, and found that people who eat more fruits and veggies are also happier and more energetic than those who eat very little of these foods. The study involved 281 young adults who recorded their food intake…

Fish Oil Increases Muscle Strength

People take omega-3 fish oil for a number of reasons extending far beyond heart health; although heart benefits are the number one reason. Because of the rich diversity of science behind omega-3 fish oils, researchers have uncovered—and continue to uncover almost daily—new uses and applications for this amazing nutrient. I recently blogged about a less-commonly reported benefit: improved muscle function…

The Human Microbiome Project

The Human Microbiome Project is a five-year research collaboration between 200 scientists at 80 universities and scientific institutions, all funded with $153 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the aim of, “characterizing the microbial communities found at several different sites on the human body, including nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract, and to…

Fish Oil for Muscles

  When omega-3 fish oil comes to mind, heart health is usually the first benefit attributed to it. Brain health and joint health are a close second and third. Did you know that omega-3s may also be helpful for your muscles? According to a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regular fish oil consumption, in conjunction…

Omega-3 Fish Oil and Your Eyesight

Fish high in omega-3 oils provide a rich source of the fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). DHA is a physiologically-essential nutrient in the brain and retina where it is found in high concentrations. For this reason fish oil rich in DHA is particularly beneficial for the eyes and brain. EPA is especially helpful for reducing inflammation.…

Omega-3 and Your Mouth

Omega-3 fatty acids are wonder nutrients that offer many benefits to the body, from head to toe. Now, even the mouth is included in the long list of body areas that function better after intake of omega-3s. A recent study found that a moderate, daily intake of the omega-3s DHA and EPA (found in marine sources, usually fish oil) was…