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Battling exercise-induced muscle damage with omega-3s
This small study provides preliminary evidence that a high-dose mix of EPA and DHA may combat early post-exercise muscle soreness.
Deeper Dive: Shining a light on the effects of vitamin D on fall risk in older adults
This study suggests that higher vitamin D dosing doesn't prevent falls compared to lower dosing. Instead, it may cause more.
Deeper Dive: Do I have to choose between osteoporosis and heart disease?
A recent meta-analysis suggests that calcium supplementation leads to a small but significant increased risk of heart disease. In this review, we put this risk in context.
Nulls: November–December 2020
Highlights include omega-3's lack of impact on bipolar disorder, whether adding vitamin C to iron helps iron deficiency anemia outcomes, and more!
The effects of full fasting vs. modified fasting on cognitive performance
How does full fasting impact mental functioning compared to very low-calorie intake over the course of a day? This study aimed to find out.
Deep Dive: Micronutrients with micro-effects for preventing and treating acute respiratory infections
This meta-analysis found evidence that supplementing vitamins C and D may prevent the risk of acute respiratory infections, but only by a tiny amount. Zinc has a more sizable effect, but only once symptoms have set in.
D-creasing asthma symptoms with supplementation
Calcifediol is the form of vitamin D that's often checked in the blood to monitor vitamin D levels. This trial found that supplementing this form of vitamin D can improve asthma symptoms in people with vitamin D insufficiency.
NERD Mini: Takeaways from the ISSN's position on caffeine and exercise performance
We break down some key takeaways from the International Society for Sports Nutrition's newly-updated position stance on caffeine's use in exercise performance.
Deep Dive: Keto, carbs, and calories
A tightly-controlled experiment found that short-term keto led to more ad libitum food intake than a higher-carb diet, raising further doubts about the carbohydrate-insulin model of obesity.
Evaluating the efficacy of vitamin D, omega-3, and strength training in older adults
This large and meticulously designed trial explored whether supplementation or strength training improved the mental or physical health of people over 70. It came up empty-handed. The question is: why?
Deep Dive: Zinc and immunity
One big reason people take zinc is to boost immunity. This meta-analysis looked at the details of how supplementation impacted specific immune and inflammation markers.
Deep Dive: Cutting carbs may help reverse diabetes, but dietary adherence remains a challenge
Low-carb diets can reverse diabetes for some people, but they can be challenging to stick to, and longer-term efficacy remains uncertain.
Curcumin reduces DOMS, with some caveats
A recent meta-analysis suggests a modest effect of curcumin on delayed-onset muscle soreness, but the quality of evidence ain't great.
Deep Dive: A heartbreaking story of EPA, DHA, and CVD
A major study looking at how pharmaceutical-grade fish oil affects CVD risk came up empty-handed. We cover that trial here and discuss its possible ramifications.
Safety spotlight: Sex, drugs, and weight loss supplements
We give the lowdown on a recent FDA crackdown on sexual enhancement and weight loss supplements.
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