Mothers Diet During Pregnancy Impacts Multiple Generations
The emerging science of epigenetics provides fascinating insight into how our environment can impact us at the genetic level. Studies have shown that environmental factors can act as genetic triggers that have the ability to turn on, or turn off, particular genes which can have dramatics effects on multiple generations. A new study published in the journal Science reports that a mother’s diet during pregnancy can not only directly affect her offspring, but it also appears to influence the genes of future generations as well.
B-Vitamins Improve Cognitive Function
Homocysteine is an amino acid that has been associated with being an independent risk factor for heart disease. Typically when a person has elevated levels of Homocysteine in the blood they also tend to have lower levels of the b-vitamins B6, B12, and folate. As we age blood levels of Homocysteine tend to increase while blood levels of b-vitamins tend to decrease which can lead to heart disease and decreased cognitive function from the accumulation of beta amyloid proteins in the brain. According to a new study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience supplementing with folate, B6, and B12 has the ability to improve cognitive function and reduce Homocysteine levels in middle aged and elderly individuals.
The global obesity epidemic has caused a flood of research and funding to pour into the pharmaceutical industry in search of a magic weight loss pill that can be hailed as the Holy Grail for individuals who are unable to lose weight by traditional means.
Fitness Factoids: Volume #66
Exercise Reduces Inflammation From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Chronic inflammation has been identified as one of the calling cards of a diseased state in the body. The damaging effects of inflammation have been tied to a number or chronic and debilitating diseases such as IBS, heart disease, hypertension, and arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a particularly debilitating autoimmune disease characterized by chronic painful swelling of the joints and often leads to sufferers becoming wheel chair bound due to the eventual deterioration of the joints. New information being released from the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Conference has found that exercise shows the ability to control systemic inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Exercise Boosts Healthy Gut Bacteria
Hard training athletes, particularly those who train for physique competition, understand the importance of diet and exercise’s ability to impact performance and reshape body composition. However, without a healthy digestive system, even the most well-conceived nutritional approaches can fail to be effective. A new study published in the journal Gut has found a positive link between exercise and digestive health. The study tracked 40 professional rugby players who were asked to fill out food questionnaires in addition to giving blood and stool samples before participating.
Exercise Quality is More Important than Exercise Duration
At some point in time we’ve all heard our parents utter the phrase “There’s no point in doing things unless you’re going to do them right.” Apparently this mantra rings true when it comes to exercise as well according to a new study conducted by Skidmore University that was published in The Journal of Applied Physiology. Exercises scientists conducted a study in which they took 57 unhealthy individuals who did little to no exercise and were classified as obese or overweight and split into three groups at random. Group one received 60 grams of whey protein daily but remained sedentary.
Just when you thought you’d finally recovered from all of the issues handed down to you by your parents, science has come along once again to prove that you can’t escape your genetics. Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic pain that’s attributed to a variety of conditions ranging from arthritis to inflammatory bowel diseases
Fitness Factoids: Volume 62
Almonds Boost Athletic Performance
If you’re looking to add a source of healthy fats to your diet that also serve as a functional food, almonds may be exactly what you’re looking for. Whether they’re raw, roasted, in flour form, or the ever popular Almond Milk; they can make a delicious and nutritional addition to your diet. Now a new study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition has found that almonds appear to have a positive impact on exercise performance.