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This year's first issue of ERD is out and here's your exclusive sneak peek!

The latest issue of the Examine.com Research Digest is out and this month's sneak peek digs into one our favorite treats-- chocolate! Can this tasty treat be the secret to better skin?

Cocoa contains high levels of beneficial phytochemicals called “flavanols”,which may provide a variety of health benefits. This randomized trial tested cocoa for the specific purpose of wrinkle reduction and other skin-related improvements.

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Get ahead of cold and flu season with these supplements

Colds suck, and the flu sucks much worse. So the million-dollar question is: what (if any) supplements actually work to prevent or ameliorate the symptoms of a cold?


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is marketed as the go-to supplement for preventing and treating colds. A recent meta-analysis took a look at the data. It looked at two different populations:

  • The general public and …

  • Athletes who engage in “periods of severe...

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Scientists just found that red meat causes cancer ... or did they?

In the past couple days, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably been seeing headlines of the “Red Meat as Carcinogenic as Smoking!” variety.

What happened? Just a year and a half ago, we covered the (ludicrous) media frenzy on “High Protein Diets as Dangerous as Smoking”. Are reporters taking crazy pills, or is there really something to the headlines this time?

To understand this issue, you have to understand just a bit about the science of red meat metabolites as well as about epidemiology. The following is a quick primer. But before reading, please...

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ERD #12 is out and here's your exclusive sneak peek!

The latest issue of the Examine.com Research Digest is out and this month's sneak peek covers a study on omega-3 supplementation for ADHD.

With more and more people being diagnosed with ADHD, there’s a continuing hunt for helpful treatments. Researchers tested an omega-3 supplement on young males, and also explored a potential dopamine-related mechanism. Click here to read our full article now!

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ERD #11 is out and here's your exclusive sneak peek!

The latest issue of the Examine.com Research Digest is out and this month's sneak peek covers a pill that could help with gluten-intolerance!

Some people are lactose intolerant, but still drink milk thanks to the availability of lactase enzymes. That setup isn’t yet possible for those who don’t handle gluten well. This study examines the efficacy of a promising enzymatic adjunct to a gluten-free diet. Click here to read our full article now!

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Biotin

We’ve just updated our page on Biotin, an essential vitamin, also known as vitamin B7. It was discovered in a yeast culture at the same time as several other B-vitamins.

Biotin was initially researched in the...

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Really-low-fat vs somewhat-lower-carb - a nuanced analysis


Introduction

With so many low-carb trial results rolling in each year, you might think that it’s case closed: everything there is to know is known. But there are still a few key pieces missing, and one of those pieces has just been released in the form of a six-day feeding study. Why only six days? That can’t tell us anything, right? Read on to see how revealing this study actually was, as well as what it can’t show (and likely wasn’t designed to show).

Low-carbohydrate diets have become even more popular in the past...

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ERD #10 is out and here's your exclusive sneak peek!

Our tenth issue of the Examine.com Research Digest is out and this month our sneak peek is dedicated to one of your favorite sources of dairy-- cheese.

Although both cheese and meat are lumped into the “watch out!” category in heart-health recommendations, dairy products often show neutral or positive associations with cardiovascular health. In this month's sneak peek, we look at how cheese-rich diets fare in randomized trials when compared to other diets.

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Fermented foods, neuroticism, and social anxiety

Today’s competitive society is full of stressed people. Extreme and debilitating distress, along with the fear of being judged and criticized by other people can cause panic and social anxiety, characterized by intense sweating, shaking, muscular tension, confusion, and an elevated heart rate. Social anxiety can make social situations very difficult, and if it occurs often, it can severely interfere with day-to-day activities, to the point where socially anxious people will avoid social interactions all together.

Social anxiety is also known as social phobia, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). With...

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The skinny on the trans fat ban

On June 16, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced their decision to eliminate trans fat from food in the United States by 2018, with a gradual phase-out period beginning immediately.

Take THAT, trans fat advocates! Hold on ... are there any trans fat advocates? While some dislike government regulation of foods and nutrients, there isn’t much debate about trans fat health effects anymore.

This brings up a question … if we all know that trans fat is bad, why is it still a public and personal health issue? Well, it is true that...

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