Cinnamon is a well-known spice used to flavor savory and sweet foods. It is also widely used as a traditional medicine. Two varieties of cinnamon are used for these purposes, cinnamon cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) and ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum). Although the former is the more common of the two, the latter is scientifically known for … Continue reading Can cinnamon extracts help with diabetes and obesity?
Nutritionists have been hyping the health benefits of eating nuts for years — and for good reason. Numerous studies have found strong evidence of the ability of nuts (and seeds) to lower the risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Besides disease prevention, nuts also provide plenty of nutrients which the body needs … Continue reading Go nuts for nuts: Long-term nut consumption can reduce your risk of obesity and reduce weight gain
The lockdown measures implemented to slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) are worsening child obesity due to decreased physical activity and poorer diets. U.S. researchers have found that obese children in Italy participated in less physical activity while eating more junk food and watching more TV while social distancing measures to stop COVID-19 were in place. … Continue reading Coronavirus lockdowns worsen childhood obesity, studies say
Studies have come out in support of how quercetin, a bioactive flavonoid, can protect the body against certain obesity-related health issues in several ways. With around two out of three adults and one out six children and adolescents in America being considered obese, it may be time to look further into other compounds and nutrients that have … Continue reading Discovering the anti-obesity potential of quercetin
Obesity rates continue to increase globally, so researchers continue to find ways to minimize the risk and fight this epidemic. Researchers from Ohio State University found that polyphenols in green tea have anti-inflammatory properties and may lower the risk of obesity in mice. The researchers examined how green tea prevent weight gain or obesity. Obesity not only affects a person’s weight, but … Continue reading Polyphenols: They give green tea its anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties
We know that a predisposition to become overweight is found in our genes. Now, we’re starting to learn that epigenetics also has a hand in determining whether a person will become fat or lean. New research is uncovering the possibility of an epigenetic switch that is, interestingly, either “on” or “off”. A group of researchers … Continue reading Epigenetics Could Turn on an ‘Obesity Switch’
Every kid reaching for the junk food has heard mom and dad’s warning, “You are what you eat!” But parents should be advised that children can now offer a humbling retort, “No, I’m what YOU ate!” A new study by scientists from the Institute of Experimental Genetics at Helmholtz Zentrum München (Neuherberg, Germany) suggests that … Continue reading Epigenetics: Feeding the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic?
Adiposity is a condition of being severely overweight or obese and it has numerous connections to epigenetics. Understanding more about the epigenetics underlying obesity could help to introduce preventions based on lifestyle changes which may be able to modify our epigenetic marks and improve health. A rough measure of obesity is body mass index, BMI, which … Continue reading Epigenetics Clues to Obesity and How Lifestyle Changes Could Modify Your Epigenetic Profile
For decades, we’ve known how important it is to receive proper nutrition during early stages of life. Nutritional experiences in the beginning of development can set the stage for many things, including body weight, and can even affect the risk of obesity as we get older. Recent research supports the idea that poor nutrition at … Continue reading Early Epigenetic Nutrition ‘Memory’ Could Program You for Obesity Later in Life
We’ve all heard of the risks of the BPA, or Bisphenol A, a chemical used to make durable plastics. BPA can be found in baby bottles, toys, water bottles, and the lining of food cans, but it has also leached into the water and air, travelling around the world. Research has shown this endocrine disruptor can … Continue reading Could Common Chemicals Tip the Epigenetic Balance and Program Someone for Obesity?