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Thinking Chocolate

Regular consumption of chocolate has again been correlated with better cognitive functioning, according to to the latest chocolate study.

This time, researchers examined the chocolate eating habits and cognitive performance of 968
participants in the MSLS (Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study) aged 23–98 years.


Chocolate Protects Your Skin

Since this upcoming weekend is Easter, and chocolate has somehow wiggled its way into this holiday, the next two posts (today and Friday's) will be on recent studies into the health benefits of this delectable superfood.


Microbiome Shifts in Early Childhood

A new study has both confirmed and shed new light on some aspects of microbiome development in an infant. The study says the transition from early infant feeding to "family foods" (solid foods that the rest of the family eats) is a major determinant for gut microbiota development.


Earn More Money with Breastfeeding

According to a recent study, even marginal increases in breast feeding rates could be worth millions to society when considering the benefit
to cognitive development.

UK and German researchers came to this conclusion after calculations using over 10,000 school exam results. Using a model based on the assumption that improved UK General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam results meant higher future salaries, researchers calculated that if the UK saw a 1% increase in breastfeeding rates, the 800,000 children born in the UK per year could collectively earn over £33 million (€40 million) more over their working lifetime.


Women go to BAT

I've been so busy recently that this is the first post is about 3 weeks... AND during that hiatus, this blog's 5-year anniversary came and went without any fanfare. It's hard to believe it's been 5 years already, and I look back at all the posts, studies, rants, videos and other extra-curricular goodies that has allowed this blog to grow and spread the message of natural health.

I have to thank everyone of you, all my subscribers, as well as those just stopping by, for helping me make this blog a success...well, at least to me.  :)

To kick things off again, on this International Women's Day, I'm going to quickly discuss a new study on brown adipose tissue (BAT), also known as "brown fat." If you are new to this term, click HERE as I've discussed this a few times before.


I've Got a Gut Feeling About Chocolate this Weekend

Just in time for Valentine's Day and the highly probable excessive chocolate consumption... a newly published study sheds light into another way cacao (chocolate) exerts its health benefits. The new research suggests the flavanols in cacao are modified by gut bacteria, and the resulting metabolites are what we absorb and experience health benefits from.

Flavanols are compounds found in a variety of plant-based foods and beverages, including tea, apples, grapes, and nuts. Cacao, however, is generally regarded as the most concentrated dietary source of these healthy compounds.

I'm going way back now, but in 2011, I described my research into biotransformation when I was developing a new ginseng product with a company I was with at the time. It's interesting that the scientific community still isn't acknowledging the impact of this phenomenon. This is why I feel in vitro studies are basically useless. There is just no way we can mimic in a test tube (currently, with today's technology) what happens in a biological system.


Irreversible Damage from Low-Fibre Diets Inherited by Children

Findings from a newly published study suggest damage to the gut's microbiome--as a result of a low-fibre diet--may not be reversible with a simple dietary approach as previously thought. Moreover, it appears that their offspring inherit this irreversible damage.

Dietary fibre plays a crucial role in shaping the body’s microbial ecosystem, and are notably reduced in a typical Western diet, which is high in fat and simple carbs, and low in fibre (compared with more traditional diets).


Antioxidants Reduce Benefits of Exercise

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Mitochondria-Original-Probiotic-Dictates/dp/1460251814/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=I'm very happy and excited to share that the last couple weeks have been extremely encouraging for my book! This being my first book, and being self-published, you can understand my excitement to learn that the famous Dr. Mercola recommended my book in a recent article, and the prominent Dr. Michael Eades gave it an amazing review in his recent blog post (after reading a thorough review of the book from author/bloggers Alice & Fred Ottoboni). At the same time I got another 5-star review on Amazon where the reviewer described it as "a masterpiece."
...well then, I think my work on this planet is done!  :)

Now what?

Oh yes... I still have to maintain this blog. And for today's study, I'll talk about a new scientific review that confirms what I wrote in my book: that antioxidants can--in some situations--do more harm than good. If you haven't yet read my book, it's because antioxidants mop up those free-radicals, which are actually incredibly important to our body. For subscribers, you may remember THIS post from about 1.5 years ago where I discuss a study on worms that showed free-radicals can extend lifespan. This new study is along the same line of thought, and also blends into the Exercise Paradox (also discussed in my book).


Fermented Foods Help Prevent Pneumonia & Ear Infections

I started this month with a study on fermented foods, and the poll running this month is on fermented foods, so it's only appropriate that the last post this month is also on fermented foods.

Here we're talking about a beneficial bacteria called Corynebacterium accolens (C. accolens), which is primarily found in the human gut, nose and skin. Previous studies have shown it can inhibit Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae), a common and infectious bacterial species and a pathogen that can lead to middle ear infections and meningitis. S. pneumoniae is also responsible for septicaemia (blood infections) and otitis media (middle ear infections) seen in children and adults.

This new research indicates the Corynebacterium species were abundant in children free of S. pneumoniae, and describes how C. accolens specifically inhibits pneumococcal growth. 


Higher Omega-3 Index Benefits Attention & Processing Speeds

So before I get into the new study I'll discuss today, I just wanted to encourage all my Canadian readers to spread the word that CBC Marketplace's inaccurate investigative coverage of the supplements industry (which aired in November 2015) has officially been retracted and tonight's Marketplace episode will explain why they are retracting the previous investigative report and where things went wrong.

It's important everyone knows this because many people's opinions of the industry and its products have been negative impacted due to false information. We need to correct this misconception in order encourage a vibrant industry where consumers continue to have access to healthy, and often life-saving products. Now as for the study at hand...

Here's another study showing benefits of omega-3s for teenagers. I like this study because it looked at a newer measure of omega-3 effectiveness known as the Omega-3 Index (a measure of the quantity of omega-3 fatty acids in the red blood cell membrane). In this study, the researchers used baseline data from Food2Learn, a double-blind and randomized placebo controlled krill oil supplementation trial in 13-15 year-old Dutch adolescents.


Resveratrol Improves Mitochondrial Capacity

Here's another study that confirms the mitochondrial benefits of resveratrol, where it boosted the mitochondrial capacity when it was combined with exercise.

Although it's only a small pilot-style study, it does add something useful to the developing body of evidence. For this study, researchers studied 16 young adults who were put on a low-intensity exercise program and found that participants that ingested 500 mg of resveratrol (plus 10 mg of piperine, an alkaloid found in black peppers, to help with absorption) daily over four weeks, had a significant increase in skeletal muscle mitochondrial capacity compared to participants who ingested a placebo.


Dark Chocolate for Physical Performance

Here's a new study on something I can't keep my hands off... chocolate! This new study indicates that dark chocolate, known for it's benefits to cardiovascular and cognitive health, may also have potential for sports nutrition applications. This was just a small study with nine moderately-trained men to, but does confirm the results of an animal study I discussed a few years back.


Sugar Promotes Breast Cancer

This is probably not surprising to most reading this blog, but here's another negative study for sugar, and more reason why you should minimize it as much as possible. What's interesting, however, is how the breast cancer "industry," while pretending to genuinely care about cancer prevention, actually promotes it. It's really incredible that these organizations use anything other than whole organic foods to raise funds. It's like selling cigarettes to raise funds for lung cancer research. In my opinion, at least fund-raise in a manner that doesn't promote what your fighting against. Common sense, right?

I remember a few years back writing a letter to the Princess Margaret Hospital (a leading cancer research institute in Toronto) during their annual charity lottery. My beef was that they had many gas-guzzling cars included in the lottery, at a time when we know how detrimental the burning of fossil fuels are to human health and cancer risk. Especially when hybrid vehicles were growing in popularity and electric vehicles were just getting a foothold in the market. Could they not run a lottery with prizes that support their mission? Surely I can't be the only one that questions their logic.

Anyway, enough of my thoughts...let's see what this new study had to say.


Kimchi & the Risk of Eczema

Happy New Year everyone! Hope 2016 has started out on a high note for you all, and hope that continues for the next 12 months. For my first post this year, I'll start with a recently published study that piles on more evidence (to all that already exists) to support the far-reaching health benefits of fermented foods.


Cosmetic Chemicals Wrecking Havoc in Mammals

A new study highlighting the toxic chemicals in cosmetic products has found the negative effects go far beyond just those who apply them to their own skin. The study, points to a growing body of research supporting claims that compounds from such products are ending up in marine creatures such as otters and dolphins, that come into contact with such pollution.