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This Study is Just Nuts

After the back-to-back studies on nuts I covered in November, here is another positive study showing their health benefits. This study's results showed that high tree nut consumption is strongly linked to a lower risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Tree nuts included almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, and even peanuts (which aren't really nuts). Their consumption varied from daily to never, with average consumption being 16 g/day among the highest consumers, and 5 g/day among the lowest.


Father's Health Influences Unborn Child

It's been a slow start to the new year in terms of interesting studies, but I'll send you away on your weekend with this new study. Now, I would guess most will think it's common sense that the mother's health while pregnant will have a significant impact on the health of the child, but this new study shows that the father's health can also impact the unborn child's future health.


Drinking Alcohol Protects Against Multiple Sclerosis

Interesting results from two new studies suggest drinking alcohol may reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). The data for the studies come from 1) the Epidemiological Investigation of Multiple Sclerosis (EIMS) that included 745 patients with MS (cases) and 1761 controls, and 2) the Genes and Environment in Multiple Sclerosis (GEMS) study that had 5874 cases and 5246 controls.


Mom's Prenatal Vitamin D Intake Linked to Child's Muscle Development

Almost 3 years ago, I covered a study that suggested what this new study confirms. This new vitamin D study has linked the maternal blood level of the vitamin (at 34 weeks of gestation) to the child's lean mass and muscle strength at 4 years of age. These new results indicate that exposure to vitamin D during the late stages of pregnancy might influence the child's muscle development.

This may have consequences for a child's health later in their life--because muscle strength peaks in young adulthood before slowly declining in older age. Low grip strength in adulthood has been associated with poor health outcomes including diabetes, falls and fractures.


Antidepressants Linked to Liver Damage

Happy New Year! KnowGuff.com just came off its 2nd best month ever for traffic, and nearing its 3-year anniversary. So I want to say "thanks!" to all my subscribers, regular visitors, and supporters for making this website an increasingly popular resource in the Natural Health Products industry.

As we enter the heart of winter, we have to be mindful of those who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD). While many may resort to pharmaceutic antidepressants, we have to know the risks involved, and this what I'll base my first post of the New Year on.