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Issue #17 (March 2016)

Letter from the Editor

Articles in this issue

  • Kneed relief? Try collagen
    Glucosamine has gotten the bulk of public attention concerning joint health, and most of the studies, but small amounts of undenatured collagen may be as or more effective for arthritis symptoms.
  • Cancer-chromium connection?
    Chromium has long been viewed as a potential anti-diabetic supplement. But the form of chromium in supplements may not always be the final form your cells get. This study looked at a potential connection to cancer, through testing extremely high dose chromium exposure.
  • Fish oil and football: an unlikely pair
    Head trauma from football, and its delayed (and catastrophic) health effects, are a major issue in sports today. What if something as simple as fish oil supplementation could help with this
  • Interview: Marie Spano, MS, RD
  • Protein: sleep fuel?
    Protein is typically thought of as a muscle-building supplement, but its uses go beyond that. This study looked at the potential for protein supplementation to improve sleep during a weight-loss diet.
  • Creatine, depression, and brain energetics
    The human brain is a powerhouse, consuming tons of fuel to keep all those intricate neural connections going. Brain energetics may play a role in major depression, which makes creatine a potential adjunct to antidepressants and therapy.
  • The taurine-blood pressure connection
    With well over half of Americans having either hypertension or prehypertension, effective supplements are a highly researched area. The amino-acid like compound taurine may be a safe and easy-to-obtain treatment option.
  • Is organic meat healthier?
    Part of the allure of organic food is the potential for improved nutrition. But studies in the past have tended to focus on organic plant foods. This broadranging meta-analysis of 67 studies puts organic meat to the test
  • Interview: Matt Smith MD
  • Vitamin D for MDD
    Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition without many effective treatments, or at least treatments lacking side effects. Vitamin D has been linked to improved mood, and this trial tested it specifically for MDD

Credits

Researchers

Alex Leaf, MS(c); Margaret Wertheim, MS, RD; Courtney Silverthorn, PhD; Zach Bohannan, M.S.; Jeff Rothschild, MSc, RD; Anders Nedergaard, PhD; Greg Palczewski, PhD(c)

Editors

Gregory Lopez, PharmD; Pablo Sanchez Soria, PhD; Kamal Patel, MBA, MPH, PhD(c)

Reviewers

Stephan Guyenet, PhD; Arya Sharma, PhD, MD; Natalie Muth, MD, MPH, RD; Sarah Ballantyne, PhD; Gillian Mandich, PhD(c); Mark Kern, PhD, RD; Katherine Rizzone, MD; Spencer Nadolsky, DO; Adel Moussa, PhD(c)

Infographics

Calla Lee

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