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  1. Gut Microbiome and Aging: Can Maintaining Healthy Gut Bacteria Help Turn Back the Clock?

    Gut Microbiome and Aging: Can Maintaining Healthy Gut Bacteria Help Turn Back the Clock?

    New research has linked the gut microbiome and aging, suggesting that maintaining a healthier gut can help you feel younger for longer. A study conducted at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University focused on the effects of transferring the more diverse gut microbiota of older mice into the guts of younger mice. Once the transfer was complete, the younger mice were examined...
  2. The Truth About Tryptophan: Why Your Turkey Isn't Making You Tired

    The Truth About Tryptophan: Why Your Turkey Isn't Making You Tired

    Tryptophan, a compound found in turkey, is often erroneously blamed for that sleepy feeling you get after eating a big Thanksgiving meal. It may surprise you to learn that while tryptophan does start off a chain of reactions that results in the release of melatonin, the "sleep hormone," there is actually less tryptophan in turkey than in many other commonly...
  3. Certain Lifestyle Factors Found to Increase Risk of Menopause Hot Flashes

    Certain Lifestyle Factors Found to Increase Risk of Menopause Hot Flashes

    Menopause is a natural occurrence in a woman's life, and as such should not be considered an illness or adverse medical condition. Although it typically occurs when a woman reaches her 40s or 50s, it can occur earlier. The onset of menopause is marked by a woman's last menstrual period; specifically, menopause commences with the cessation of the menstrual cycle...
  4. The Best Time of Day to Take Nutrients for Cognitive Health

    The Best Time of Day to Take Nutrients for Cognitive Health

    As people age, it's normal to experience a natural decline in cognitive ability. This is why seniors can tend to be more forgetful, less patient and exhibit a decline in critical thinking abilities. However, some seniors experience more severe cognitive degeneration as a result of a condition known as dementia. Dementia involves a more rapid decline of mental functioning that...
  5. Drinking More Coffee Boosts Gut Health

    Drinking More Coffee Boosts Gut Health

    Previous research has found that drinking coffee can provide a growing list of health benefits, from protecting cognitive functioning to strengthening cardiovascular health. While these benefits may seem unrelated, new research has discovered that they may all be attributed to the way in which coffee affects the gut microbiome. A new study finds drinking more coffee boosts gut health, adding...
  6. Which Foods and Fibers Are Best for Supporting a Healthy Gut Microbiome?

    Which Foods and Fibers Are Best for Supporting a Healthy Gut Microbiome?

    Past research has confirmed that trillions of microorganisms thrive in our large intestines, comprising what we call the gut microbiome. This collection of bacteria influences our health in a variety of ways, including how likely we are to develop medical conditions such as Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Research has found that one of the primary...
  7. Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Everything You Need to Know

    Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Everything You Need to Know

    There are two primary types of vitamins: those that dissolve in water and those that dissolve in fat. Fat-soluble vitamins, or those that don't dissolve in water, should be taken along with some dietary fat in order to obtain the most benefits. After the supplement has dissolved, the vitamins contained within it are delivered to the liver and to fatty...
  8. New Insights Reveal How Chili Pepper Compound Capsaicin Relieves Pain

    New Insights Reveal How Chili Pepper Compound Capsaicin Relieves Pain

    Chili peppers are used to create spicy dishes throughout the world, but research has found that this pepper also provides a vast array of health benefits. In fact, it’s the compound in the chili pepper responsible for creating that spicy, burning feeling that provides those benefits. This compound is called capsaicin and it has been the focus of several scientific...
  9. Diallyl Sulfide and Cancer: Can a Vegetable Compound Protect Against a Deadly Disease?

    Diallyl Sulfide and Cancer: Can a Vegetable Compound Protect Against a Deadly Disease?

    While vegetable compounds like diallyl sulfide make onions and garlic more flavorful and contribute to their spiciness, they may also play a more important role when it comes to human health. While previous research has looked at how these compounds affect the development of various medical conditions, a recent study focused specifically on their effects on breast cancer risk. This...
  10. Scientists Probe New Link Between Gut Health and Chronic Disease

    Scientists Probe New Link Between Gut Health and Chronic Disease

    What would happen if you could turn an unhealthy gut microbiome into a healthy one? According to research recently conducted at Scripps Research Institute, doing so may improve cholesterol levels and stave off chronic disease. According to this new research, gut health and disease are linked, suggesting improving gut health can positively impact the risks of developing certain diseases. Recent...

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