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ERD Sneak Peek #19: A compound from beer may help fat loss


Matured hop extract reduces body fat in healthy overweight humans: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group study.

Obesity is an increasingly global problem that is associated with a greater risk of developing disorders like hypertension and diabetes. Although dieting is an effective strategy, many people find it difficult to maintain and look for easier alternatives.

A popular alternative approach to effective weight management is supplementing therapeutic products that offer ‘fat-burning’ properties. These includes natural products and ‘functional foods’ that are claimed to suppress energy intake or actively increase energy expenditure. There are many...

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Detoxes: an undefined scam

There’s no quick fix; nurturing your health is a long-term endeavor. That doesn’t stop fad diets and the marketers promoting them from gumming up the airways with advertisements. One such diet that keeps being revived is called …


The cleanse

Or “detox diet”. But whichever label you prefer, you’ll be hard-pressed to associate it with a definite definition. Presumably, the goal is to cleanse the body from harmful substances, often called toxins, through a hypocaloric diet consisting of certain foods (with a possible seasoning of supplements). Some cleanses are aimed at specific organs, while...

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ERD #18 Sneak Peek: Does this gluten make me look fat?


Wheat gluten intake increases weight gain and adiposity associated with reduced thermogenesis and energy expenditure in an animal model of obesity.

Wheat was introduced to the human diet about 9,500 years ago in the Mediterranean region as part of the “Neolithic Revolution,” when humans began to transition from hunting and gathering food to settled agriculture. Today, worldwide wheat production is estimated at 723 million tonnes, and the average U.S. citizen consumes roughly 132 pounds of wheat per year.

Gluten is the main protein complex found in wheat and related grains such as rye and...

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Follow Your Gut Feeling

THE PROBLEM:

Probiotics don’t permanently colonize your gut. Once you stop using them, they can’t survive in your intestine. It’s a fact of nature, and something that has long limited the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Until now.

THE SOLUTION:

What if you could make your microbiome more receptive to probiotics, and enable them to permanently colonize? Well, sorry, you just can’t. But we’ve come up with a different, radically novel approach. Introducing … POWERbiotics!

THE SCIENCE:

One of our kookier interns had been brewing his own bacteria during the winter of 2014–2015, and he noticed that his homemade capsules kept...

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What have we learned about nutrition in the past 5 years?

As we celebrate our 5-year anniversary, we thought it would be fun to look back at the last 5 years in research.…

Low-carb. Red meat. Sugar. Paleo.

Those are complex topics, but you might not be able to tell from all the frenzied and simplistic arguments on either side.

In a World Gone Mad over Diets, In a Time When Alarmism Rules (read in the voice of that movie trailer voiceover guy) … there comes Examine.com. Founded exactly five years ago in order to help people help themselves, Examine.com provides summaries of the actual primary research, spurs curiosity, and...

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Celebrating 5 years of being the trustworthy source on nutrition and supplementation

Five years ago, the quality of information out there on supplementation was abysmal. Our original motivation to improve this situation was simple and selfish: We wanted to know which bodybuilding supplements actually worked.

So we looked at the most popular ones — creatine (works), glutamine (does not work to build muscle), tribulus (does not boost testosterone), and more. And as people started to hear about our unbiased approach, we expanded — first into major supplements (starting with fish oil and vitamin D), then into nutrition myths (e.g. MSG is bad for you, top...

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ERD #16 is out and here's your exclusive sneak peek!

February's issue of the Examine.com Research Digest is out and this month, our sneak peek digs into fish oil.

When you buy and take a fish oil supplement, the story doesn't end there. It still needs to be incorporated into cell membranes. This study looked at how other fats may impact that process. Click here to read 'Fish oil incorporation: where do other fats fit in?'

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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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