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Monthly 3D Poll


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inaccurate investigative coverage of the supplements industry (which aired in November 2015) has officially been retracted and tonight's Marketplace episode will explain why they are retracting the previous investigative report and where things went wrong.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.