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Deep Dive: Workouts for NERDs—Boosting cognition through specific types of exercise
According to this meta-analysis, exercise can boost brain power, but some types seem to work better than others.
Interview: Joel Fuhrman, MD
We chat with Dr. Fuhrman about his latest book, Eat for Life, and the principles of the Nutritarian diet.
The relationship between vitamin C supplementation and exercise remains unclear
Vitamin C supplementation could reduce post-exercise inflammation and oxidative stress, which in turn could boost recovery. But more evidence is needed to say whether or not this is the case.
Low calorie sweeteners: friend or foe in bodyweight management?
Swapping sugar for sweeteners is somewhat slimming sometimes.
Coffee's effect on vascular health
This meta-analysis aimed to explore the experimental evidence for coffee's impact on vascular health. However, it may have missed its mark.
Measuring the effects of meal timing on post-meal glucose using high and low GI meals
Eating foods with a higher glycemic index earlier in the day may help with glycemic control...at least in otherwise healthy people.
Supplements for blood pressure: Is zinc an option?
According to this recent meta-analysis, zinc can indeed lower blood pressure, but its effects are tiny.
NERD Nulls: March-April 2020
Our latest quick summary of nutrition studies that didn't find clear evidence of an effect!
Can polyphenols prevent our brains from slowing down?
This recent meta-analysis found a minimal effect on one measure of cognition, but there's much more room for more evidence.
Deep Dive: Evaluating the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet as a ‘holiday diet’ requiring no calorie restriction or exercise
How much of a benefit does switching sedentary people eating a typical Western diet to an equicaloric Mediterranean diet provide? This trial aimed to find out.
Digging into Paleo: Ancestral diets for glucose control
The early evidence isn't conclusive but looks promising. More evidence, especially from studies that strictly control for caloric intake, would be useful.
Safety Spotlight: The Dark Side of Broccoli
A recent meta-analysis highlights some concerns around how certain drugs can interact with cruciferous veggies.
Do different dieting strategies lead to loss of control after losing weight?
According to this recent trial, continuous energy restriction may have a very slight edge over intermittent energy restriction.
Not just for making cakes: baking soda may improve exercise performance
Bicarb seems to boost muscular endurance a bit but may not affect strength.
Herbs for hypogonadism: Exploring the effects of fenugreek on testosterone
Fenugreek boosts testosterone a tad according to this meta-analysis, but there are many reasons not to take these results at face value.
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