The most effective way to exercise to improve learning and memory.

The most effective way to exercise to improve learning and memory.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), is a protein involved in neuroplasticity, learning and memory. The following study evaluated the isolated and interactive effects of 20-h fasting, 90-min light exercise, and high-intensity exercise on peripheral venous BDNF in 12 human volunteers. (Gibbons TG, et.al., 2023).     The researchers found that fasting...
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This vitamin has been shown to improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

This vitamin has been shown to improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
This study investigated the effect of a 12-month vitamin D supplementation on cognitive function and amyloid beta (Aβ)-related biomarkers in patients with Alzheimer's disease (Jia J, et.al., 2019). The research was randomized, double-blind, and placebo controlled. 210 patients were divided into either a treatment group which took 800 IU of...
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How long does it take to reduce cardiovascular risk factors?

How long does it take to reduce cardiovascular risk factors?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The following research investigated the effect of consuming a plant-based diet on blood Lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a)) levels and other risk factors in overweight and obese individuals (Najjar RS, et.al., 2018). High Lp(a) levels increase your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke. Lp(a) can cause increased clotting, which...
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Can a specific type of exercise reduce plaque in the arteries?

Can a specific type of exercise reduce plaque in the arteries?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
The following research assessed the effect of six months supervised high intensity interval training (HIIT) on coronary plaque using intravascular ultrasound in patients with stable coronay artery disease (Vesterbekkmo EK, et.al., 2022).   Sixty patients were randomized to two sessions of weekly supervised HIIT at 85-95% of peak heart rate...
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This plant substance has neuroprotective benefits.

This plant substance has neuroprotective benefits.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of the cortex and hippocampus, which leads to cognitive impairment if nothing is done to intervene. Many studies have shown that resveratrol has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties and can decrease the toxicity and aggregation of β-amyloid in the hippocampus of Alzheimer’s patients,...
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Can kale produce noticeable benefits?

Can kale produce noticeable benefits?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
In the following study the effective dose of kale-containing food was investigated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial (Kondo F, et.al., 2016).   The study included 42 participants between the age of 21 and 64 years with fasting plasma glucose levels of 125 mg/dl and lower. The participants consumed either...
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This was associated with significantly reduced breast cancer risk.

This was associated with significantly reduced breast cancer risk.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Brassica vegetable also called cruciferous vegetables, is a member of the family of vegetables that includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens and kale. These vegetables provide isothiocyanates and other glucosinolate derivatives capable of altering steroid hormone metabolism, regulating estrogen receptor response, and stabilizing cellular proliferation.    ...
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It’s amazing what exercise can do!

It’s amazing what exercise can do!

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
According to the following research this is one of the benefits exercise can provide which may surprise you. Exercise prevents cancer incidence and recurrence, even if the underlying mechanism behind this relationship remains mostly unknown (Sheinboim D, et al, 2022).     Exercise induces the metabolic reprogramming of internal organs...
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Does it matter when we are physically active?

Does it matter when we are physically active?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
In this study the researchers investigated if the insulin-sensitizing effect of physical activity depends on the timing of the activity (Van der Velde J H P M, et.al., 2022). 775 participants were assessed for sedentary time, breaks in sedentary time and different intensities of physical activity using activity sensors, and...
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This can reduce your testosterone level.

This can reduce your testosterone level.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
In this study the researchers investigated the association between Dietary Inflammatory Index and sex hormones in a large male population (Zhang C, et.al.,2021). Males aged 20 years old and older provided a 24-hour dietary intake history and underwent serum sex hormone testing. This is what the reserchers found.  Dietary Inflammatory...
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One thing you can do to slow down brain aging, it’s easy.

One thing you can do to slow down brain aging, it’s easy.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
In this study the researchers examined structural MRI data and vitamin D levels in 1,865 people from the general population (Terock J, et.al., 2022). They investigated whether low vitamin D levels were associated with imaging patterns of brain aging, gray matter volumes, whole brain volumes and hippocampus volumes.   Vitamin...
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Is there an easy way to improve cognition?

Is there an easy way to improve cognition?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  Low skeletal muscle mass is associated with cognitive impairment and dementia in older adults (Oudbier SJ, et.al., 2022). Myokines are chemicals released from muscles by physically activity which can cross the blood-brain barrier. These myokines upregulate brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the brain. BDNF produces anti-inflammatory effects that may...
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It is amazing what this type of exercise can do for you.

It is amazing what this type of exercise can do for you.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
The following research investigated if high intensity interval training could affect colon cancer survival (Devin JL, et.al., 2019). One group of colorectal cancer survivors did 4 minutes of high intensity cycling at a peak heart rate of 85-95% repeated 4 times with 3 minutes of active recovery between each session....
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This helped to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

This helped to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
In this study which included 1490 dementia-free participants aged 65 years old or older, the researchers examined the association of the amount of DHA in red blood cell and the incident of Alzheimer’s disease (Sala-Vila A, et.al., 2022). DHA is one of the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish...
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Your brain works better with higher amounts of these nutrients.

Your brain works better with higher amounts of these nutrients.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
In this study 266 participants with mild cognitive decline aged 70 years old or older were given the B vitamins folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 or a placebo for 2 years (Oulhaj A, et.al., 2016). The researchers tested cognitive performance, used a clinical dementia rating scale, and tested the...
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Slow down the aging process with this plant ingredient.

Slow down the aging process with this plant ingredient.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
The researchers of the following study investigated how 2 substances metformin, a drug, and berberine a plant substance, separately may affect and slow down the ageing process (Han X,et.al., 2016).   These enzymes and functions are affecting how we age.The function of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), an enzyme, is to...
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What can coffee do for you? You may be surprised.

What can coffee do for you? You may be surprised.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
This was a large study, a total of 449 563 participants with an average age of 58 years with 55.3% females were followed for over 12.5 years (Chieng D, et.al., 2022). This is what the researchers found. Ground and instant coffee consumption was associated with a significant reduction in arrhythmia...
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Would you like to improve your cognition?

Would you like to improve your cognition?

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
In this study a total of 285 participants with stable coronary artery disease being treated with statin were given either 3.36 g of EPA and DHA or a placebo for 30 months ( Malik A, et.al., 2021). EPA and DHA are omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil.  ...
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This substance affects your brain and how you age.

This substance affects your brain and how you age.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  The mitochondria are the energy producing enties of the cell and the primary intracellular site of oxygen consumption. For that reason, the exposure to free radical damage is also is also high.Among the antioxidants and detoxifying enzymes existing inmitochondria, mitochondrial glutathione emerges as the main line of defense (Mari...
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This is how you can reduce muscle fatigue.

This is how you can reduce muscle fatigue.

Posted by:  Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
In this study the researchers investigated the effect of glutathione intake on exercise-induced muscle metabolism and fatigue (Aoi W, et.al., 2015).This was a small double-blind, cross-over study. The participants were administered either glutathione 1g per day or a placebo for 2 weeks. Then, they exercised on a cycle ergometer at...
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