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Issue #20 (June 2016)

Letter from the Editor

Articles in this issue

  • D-fending against dermatitis
    Atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as eczema, isn’t an easily treatable condition. This systematic review looked at whether vitamin D supplementation may help reduce the symptoms of atopic dermatitis
  • Interview: Rick Miller, MSc, RD
    Most cows provide milk that contains at least some of a protein called A1 betacasein. Rick explains the difference between A1 and A2 beta-casein, and what benefits may be associated with A2 milk.
  • Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be gluten intolerant
    We’ve previously covered peanut introduction in infants, and next up is gluten introduction. These researchers analyzed the changing literature looking at celiac disease risk when gluten is introduced at different times.
  • Do probiotics alter gut microbiome composition?
    Probiotic ads tout the number of live bacteria they contain, typically numbering in the billions. But our guts already contain trillions of bacteria. Do probiotics actually change the makeup of our microbiomes?
  • Fattening up breakfast for weight loss Open Access
    Calories are the most important weight loss factor, but not the only one. It turns out that the type of fats you eat may impact your appetite, and this trial tested two fats (CLA and MCT) for that purpose.
  • Dead, yet active probiotics?
    We know that the gut microbiome can play a major role in a variety of conditions, but the specifics are still being teased out. This study tested the effect of one particular strain called Pediococcus pentosaceus LP28, in a heatkilled formulation.
  • Carnosine for blood sugar control
    If you join together the amino acids l-histadine and beta-alanine, you get the dipeptide called carnosine. Carnosine may have a variety of benefits, and this trial tested carnosine’s specific effect on insulin dynamics.
  • Coenzyme Q10 and chronic fatigue syndrome
    Chronic fatigue syndrome is a life-changing condition without many effective treatments. Could daily supplementation with coenzyme Q10 be a simple way to improve symptoms?
  • Can arachidonic acid work as a bodybuilding supplement? Open Access
    There isn’t nearly as much research on potential benefits of omega-6 fatty acids as there is on omega-3s. This study looked at the effect of the omega-6 known as arachidonic acid on resistance exercise



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); James Graham, PhD


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


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)


Calla Lee

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