Drinking orange juice and tomato juice while pregnant has been shown to improve infant 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 juice – performed significantly better on tests of memory. “Our results show that there is significant cognitive benefit… Continue reading Drinking orange juice and tomato juice while pregnant has been shown to improve infant intelligence

Japanese doctors found seeds from a Southeast Asian tree may improve obesity and diabetes

Medical researchers have known for a long time that the hormone adiponectin improves obesity and diabetes and that the compound resveratrol increases the production of this beneficial hormone. Researchers from Kumamoto University, Japan who study plants from around the world for useful medicinal properties have found that Melinjo seed extract (MSE) stimulates the production of… Continue reading Japanese doctors found seeds from a Southeast Asian tree may improve obesity and diabetes

Yo-yo dieters’ brains and drug addicts’ brains have similar behaviours

Yo-yo dieters’ brains eventually show “drug-addict” like reactions. Compulsive eater eventually become immune to the reward of pleasurable food, and need a bigger and bigger “hit”, just like drug addicts. Compulsive eaters and drug addicts have similar brain reactions.

Fishy diet – in moderation – when pregnant improves the child’s metabolism

To eat or not to eat fish is a question that has long concerned pregnant women. A study, by Keck School of Medicine of USC, shows that children whose mothers ate moderate amounts of fish during pregnancy were more likely to have a better metabolic profile — despite the risk of exposure to mercury — than children whose mothers ate fish rarely.

It’s not just WHAT you eat but also WHEN you eat

A recent study by Vanderbilt University, USA shows that it’s not just how many calories you eat, but WHEN you eat them that will determine how well you burn those calories. We have all heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. It turns out, this is more important than we imagined,… Continue reading It’s not just WHAT you eat but also WHEN you eat