Sugar alters brain chemistry after only 12 days

Sugar alters brain chemistry after only 12 days

New research in pigs finds that sugar intake alters the reward-processing circuitry of the brain in a similar way to addictive drugs. Share on PinterestNew research helps explain why sugary foods are irresistible. Whenever we learn something new or experience something pleasurable, our brain’s reward system becomes activated. With the help of natural brain chemicals, […]

Common foods alter gut bacteria by influencing viruses

Common foods alter gut bacteria by influencing viruses

A group of researchers has brought the idea of food as a medicine one step closer. They have identified certain common foodstuffs that alter our microbiome. Share on PinterestIllustration of phage viruses attacking a bacterium. In science today, food and gut bacteria are two topics that are guaranteed to fuel interest and debate. Both, of […]

Older adults who drink tea are less likely to be depressed

Older adults who drink tea are less likely to be depressed -  two older adults drinking tea

Previous research has suggested that there is a link between depression and tea drinking. Now, a new study is investigating this relationship further. Share on PinterestDrinking tea may lower the risk of depression among older adults. Depression is common among older adults, with 7% of those over the age of 60 years reporting “major depressive […]

Online information about probiotics often misleading

Online information about probiotics often misleading -  woman pouring yogurt

As probiotics grow in popularity, a recent study investigates the reliability of online information. They find that the majority of “top” websites provide information that lacks scientific evidence. Share on PinterestProbiotics are popular, but do they cut the mustard? As scientists have become increasingly interested in the role of gut bacteria, so have the public. […]

Could a probiotic prevent or reverse Parkinson’s?

Could a probiotic prevent or reverse Parkinson's? -  parkinson s disease

A new study using a roundworm model of Parkinson’s disease found that a probiotic bacterium could prevent, and in some cases reverse, toxic protein buildup. Share on PinterestCould a probiotic be the key to treating Parkinson’s? Misfolded alpha-synuclein proteins in the brain are the hallmark sign of Parkinson’s disease. Many experts believe that these toxic […]

Supplement may help burn fat long after exercise

Supplement may help burn fat long after exercise -  runner

Gut bacteria produce an appetite suppressant than can strengthen the effect of an exercise-based weight loss program. Share on PinterestA supplement may boost the fat-burning effects of exercise long after it has finished. The many health benefits of regular exercise are well known. However, its impact on weight loss is less clear, as exercise increases […]

Anxiety and loss of appetite: What is the link?

Anxiety and loss of appetite: What is the link? -  a man not eating a bowl of food in front of him because he has a loss of appetite due to

Anxiety commonly causes a change in appetite. Some people with anxiety tend to overeat or consume a lot of unhealthful foods. Others, however, lose their desire to eat when they feel stressed and anxious. Anxiety is a mental health condition that affects 40 million adults in the United States each year. Changes in appetite are […]

What is the Dr. Sebi diet, and does it work?

What is the Dr. Sebi diet, and does it work? -  a man preparing a salad for his dr sebi diet

This controversial and strict plant-based diet was created by the late Dr. Sebi. Proponents claim that it reduces the risk of disease when coupled with specific supplements sold on the diet’s website. Dr. Sebi believed that mucus and acidity caused disease. He held that eating certain foods and avoiding others could detoxify the body, achieving […]

High blood pressure research: 2019 overview

High blood pressure research: 2019 overview -  blood pressure check

In this special feature, we collate some of the most intriguing hypertension studies from 2019. We particularly focus on nutrition, risk factors, and hypertension’s relationship with dementia. Share on Pinterest2019 has been a fascinating year for hypertension research. Today, in the United States, around 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure, which doctors also […]

Processed meat and cancer link depends on nitrite content

Processed meat and cancer link depends on nitrite content -  hot dog

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified processed meats as Group 1 carcinogens, citing sufficient evidence that they cause cancer in humans. Now, a new review challenges this blanket classification, having found that the strength of the evidence varies according to whether the meat contains nitrites. Share on PinterestNot all processed meats are equally […]