Fitness Factoids: Volume 45
Diet Can Alter Gut Bacteria Faster Than Previously Thought
The composition of our gut bacteria has become a major topic of interest in the scientific community as of late. Although research into the effect of the microbiome on our digestive and overall health is still in its infancy, scientists are beginning to understand the role that having a healthy gut can play in our everyday lives. According to new research published in the journal Nature the adaptive ability of the gut to adjust to dietary changes occurs must faster than previously thought.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 44
High Maternal Vitamin D Levels Boost Strength in Babies
The popularity of vitamin D supplementation has exploded in recent years due to the seemingly endless array of benefits that have become associated with it. According to new research published in the journal Endocrine Research children of mothers with high vitamin D levels during pregnancy have been linked to having better muscular development.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 43
Cinnamon May Be Able To Lower Blood Sugar
To date over 25 million American have been diagnosed with diabetes, and it’s suspected that upwards of 80 million more Americans are pre-diabetic. As general has precipitously declined, and waistlines dramatically expanded, people have been searching for new ways to help control excessive blood sugars. According to new research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food adding a daily dose of cinnamon to your diet may be an effective tool to help combat elevated blood sugar.
Fitness Factoids:Volume 42
Scientists Develop Anti-Aging Pill
As the anti-aging movement has continued to garner mainstream interest science has responded by increasing the amount of research dedicated to finding ways to extend our lifespan and increase our quality of life as we age. According to a new study published in the journal Cell, a team of researchers at the University of Wales have developed a pill that has shown the ability to reverse the aging process in mouse models.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 41
BCAA’s Improve Sleep Problems
As bodybuilders we tend to view BCAA’s and leucine in particular, as the keys to turning on our anabolic machinery. The ability of BCAA’s to stimulate muscle protein synthesis have been known for decades, but new research suggest that they may provide an effective means of combating sleep disorders that result from traumatic brain injuries. New research published in the journal Science Translational Medicine has found that BCAA treatment improves sleep disorders by stimulating the production of neurotransmitters in the brain in a study done on mice who had suffered some form of traumatic brain injury.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 40
Study Refutes Protein Timing for Strength and Hypertrophy Gains
Bodybuilders have traditionally been decades ahead of the popular and scientific opinions about nutrition. The idea of targeting an anabolic window for strength and muscles gains has been responsible for putting untold slabs of muscle on generations of bodybuilders. However, a recent meta-analysis of the scientific data to support the anabolic window theory refutes one of bodybuilding’s ten nutritional commandments.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 39
Exercise Protects Women Against Crohn’s Disease
Over the last fifty years there has been a dramatic increase in the reported diagnosis of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Patients diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease can suffer from chronic debilitating pain and may require invasive surgery if conditions are unable to be improved my lifestyle modifications.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 38
Combination of Nutrients Kills Breast Cancer Cells
A team of researchers from LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans and the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center have developed a combination of six nutrients that were able to kill 100% of breast cancer cells according to data published in The Journal of Cancer. The researchers combined bioavailable chemical nutrients derived from; curcumin, isoflavone from soybeans, Indo-3 carbinol from cruciferous vegetables, C-phycocyanin from spirulina, resveratrol, and querceitin to form the compound.