If you’re already plotting your baby’s admission into Harvard, don’t neglect her microbes. Gut microbiota may be your child’s best teacher. A little background: 100 trillion microbes share your body. Their move-in date is now thought to have begun when you were under construction in the womb. … [Read more...] about Microbes Impact Brain Development in Infants
When it comes to playing favorites, nutritionists are not shy about their love for walnuts. All tree nuts-- including cashews, pecans, pistachios and others—are packed with healthful benefits yet walnuts boast the most impressive stats. Walnuts contain: L-arginine, a heart healthy amino acid … [Read more...] about Walnuts Change Gut Bacteria, Adding to a Stellar Resume
A natural hormone in the body, melatonin has long been supplemented by frequent flyers to ease circadian rhythms into new time zones. A newer and potentially more valuable finding is its role in weight gain and metabolism. Indeed, melatonin reduces body weight, liver steatosis, and low-grade … [Read more...] about Melatonin Unlocks a Microbial Key in Obesity
It seems men and women are different in more ways than the obvious. Yogurt changes microbes; that we know. But now new research shows that probiotics in yogurt may alter them depending on gender. A team from various medical facilities in Japan led by Yoshio Suzuki has produced some interesting … [Read more...] about In Men or Women, Yogurt Impacts Microbes Differently
Is aging a disease? Some in the ranks of research think it may be so. Others stick to the idea that aging begins after the snip of the umbilical cord, the intrinsic nature of the mortal beast. Michael S. Lustgarten of Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University … [Read more...] about How Gray are your Microbes?
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is fearsome, affecting 44 million people worldwide; worse, those numbers are growing as populations age. While seemingly random, AD does not strike equally. Western Europe and North America claim the most whereas AD is least prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. Aha! Here’s a … [Read more...] about In Alzheimer’s, Microbes Mind the Mental Gap