Study under review: Cocoa flavanol supplementation influences skin conditions of photo-aged women: A 24-week double-blind, randomized, controlled trial
Antioxidants are a hot topic. We’ve previously discussed one type of antioxidant, flavonoids, in several NERD articles, including ‘Blueberries every day keeps high blood pressure at bay’ in NERD #6 and ‘Don’t forget the cocoa!’ in NERD #2.
Flavonoids are typically divided into five different subgroups: anthocyanins (the "blue" in blueberries), anthoxanthins, flavanones, flavanonols, and flavans (which are of interest to chocolate lovers everywhere, and also this study). The flavans subgroup includes flavanols, which are the biggest source of flavonoids in cocoa— primarily catechin, epicatechin, and procyanidins.
Other Articles in Issue #15 (January 2016)
DASH plus fat equals ...
The DASH diet is one of the most studied diets of all time, and was specifically formulated to curb chronic disease. But will DASH still do it’s thing if you add extra fat each day?
Wine and dine with diabetes
For some, wine is a daily or weekly indulgence. As those with type 2 diabetes must pay extra attention to the blood sugar and lipid impact of what they consume, this trial puts red and white wine to the test.
Better living through cherry juice
Cherries and berries (the former is not a type of the latter, by the way) have increasingly shown cognitive benefits. This trial specifically explores cherries for Alzheimer’s disease.
Interview: Victoria Prince, MD, PhD
Victoria Prince is passionate about ancestral health and evolutionary medicine, and has a particular interest in dietary fats and the role they play in health and disease, especially liver disease. She writes at principleintopractice.com.
Beyond ‘eat less, move more’: treating obesity in 2016
By Spencer Nadolsky, DO
A fishy depression treatment
With many trials already conducted on the topic of fish oil and depression, the question of overall impact still remained. This is the latest update to the Cochrane systematic review on the topic.
A calorie is a calorie ... or is it?
Obesity research typically focus on what you eat, but less frequently touches on when you should eat it. Since animal models have shown strong results for meal timing, this study looked at potential weight-related benefits of eating earlier in humans.
A bit of D for CVD
Vitamin D is touted for pretty much every health condition out there. While observational evidence has strongly linked optimal vitamin D levels to cardiovascular disease, the trial evidence has been more mixed. This trial attempts to strengthen that literature base.
Your probiotic may be lying to you
Take a gander at a probiotic bottle label and you may be astounded at the number of live bacteria, as well as the variety these supplements contain. But the labels may not be entirely accurate