Soybean oil causes neurological changes

Feb 18, 2020 by

Soybean oil has been marketed as a healthy alternative to other kinds of oil, but new research has found that may not be true. The new study showed that soybean oil causes neurological changes in mice, which may contribute...

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Brain may need iron for cognitive development

Feb 11, 2020 by

Research published in the January 27, 2020 edition of JNeurosci indicates that iron levels in the brain tissue rise during development and are linked to cognitive abilities. This research on both children and young adults may lead to new...

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Sugar alters brain chemistry in just 12 days

Feb 4, 2020 by

A new study has found that sugar alters the reward-processing circuits of the brain to create an addiction similar to those with drugs. The study was done on minipigs and used PET imaging to examine the receptors in the...

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Fasting may benefit the brain

Jan 30, 2020 by

A recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine reports that intermittent fasting may benefits the brain by decreasing blood pressure, resting heart rates and blood lipid levels. More specifically, intermittent fasting “augments associative, spatial and working memory...

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Belly fat may decrease mental flexibility with age

Jan 14, 2020 by

A study out of Iowa State University found that fluid intelligence tended to decrease with age in people with more abdominal fat. The study, which was done on thousands of middle-aged and older people, found that more body fat...

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Extra virgin olive oil may protect against dementias

Dec 5, 2019 by

A new study on mice, scientists found that a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil appears to prevent the toxic accumulation of the protein tau. Tau is the hallmark of multiple types of dementia. In addition, brain tissue...

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Reminders of coffee may perk up brain

Apr 12, 2019 by

A team of researchers exploring the psychological effects of coffee found that for people who grew up in a Western culture thought in more precise terms and felt that time went by faster after being shown coffee-related cues. The...

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