Drinking orange juice and tomato juice while pregnant has been shown to improve infant intelligence

Drinking orange juice while pregnant improves babys intelligence

A new study explores in greater depth the effect on infant cognition of drinking fruit juice while pregnant.

Results show that infants whose mothers had their diets supplemented with fruit juice – particularly orange juice and tomato juiceperformed significantly better on tests of memory.

“Our results show that there is significant cognitive benefit for the offspring of mothers that ingest more fruit during pregnancy,” said Rachel Ward-Flanagan, University of Alberta

“We see this as especially valuable information for pregnant mothers, as this offers a nonpharmacological, dietary intervention to boost infant brain development.” said  Claire Scavuzzo, co-lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Psychology.

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“The idea that nutrition may also impact mental health and cognition has only recently started to gain traction,” said Ward-Flanagan. “People want to be able give their kids the best possible start in life, and from our findings, it seems that a diet enriched with fruit is a possible way to do so.”

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Source: https://www.ualberta.ca/science/news/2020/february/pregnancy-fruit-brain-development.html

Photos: Glass of Orange Juice by JÉSHOOTS | Pregnant woman in white by Dominika Roseclay

The best material for homemade face masks may be a combination of two fabrics

A report published by the American Chemical Society in ACS Nano that a combination of cotton with natural silk or chiffon can effectively filter out aerosol particles — if the fit is good.

Face masks:
Definitely this season’s “must have” accessory!

One layer of a tightly woven cotton sheet, combined with two layers of polyester-spandex chiffon — a sheer fabric often used in evening gowns — filters out the most aerosol particles (80-99%, depending on particle size), with performance close to that of an N95 mask material. 

However, a badly fitted mask, with just a 1% gap, reduced the filtering efficiency of all masks by at least half.

This emphasizes the importance of a properly fitted mask.

Substituting the chiffon with natural silk or flannel, or simply using a cotton quilt with cotton-polyester batting, produced similar results.

The researchers point out that tightly woven fabrics, such as cotton, can act as a mechanical barrier to particles, whereas fabrics that hold a static charge, like certain types of chiffon and natural silk, serve as an electrostatic barrier. 

Source: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2020/april/the-best-material-for-homemade-face-masks-may-be-a-combination-of-two-fabrics.html

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