Ketogenic diet may increase memory and prolong life

A ketogenic diet (KD), known as a keto diet is the most extreme Low-carbohydrate diet (LCD). The goal is to get more calories from protein and fat than from carbs. When carbohydrate intake is very low the body shifts from using glucose as the main fuel source, to break down protein and fat for energy producing ketones, causing ketosis.

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High-fat diet impairs organism’s cognitive processes

iStock_000034378286_FullThe number of people with diagnosed overweight or obesity is rapidly growing worldwide. The problem concerns both, children and adults. According to World Health Organization, there is 1,6 bn overweight and 522 m obese people around the world. The latest research conducted in the United States showed that high-fat diet impairs cognitive processes of human organism such as memory or learning.

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Influence of Mediterranean diet on the symptoms of childhood asthma

DIt has been observed that the incidence of childhood asthma is gradually increasing in developed countries. It is estimated that one-third of the young population will suffer from this disease in the near future. Diagnosing asthma in children is difficult. It consists mainly of checking clinical symptoms: cough, dyspnoea and wheezing. Asthma attack can be provoked by infection of upper respiratory tract, contact with allergens, tobacco smoke, certain medications and physical activity.

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A diet rich in broccoli can reduce the risk of liver diseases

iStock_000034378286_FullThe results of the study published in Journal of Nutrition indicate that eating plants such as broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts can reduce the risk of liver diseases, especially cancer.

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A dairy products rich diet has a beneficial effect on cognitive ability and short-term memory

iStock_000019071669_FullShort-term memory is a type of memory that stores a relatively small amount of information for short period of time. Assessment of short-term memory is useful as a screening tool for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease. Previous studies have indicated associations between intake of dairy products, better cognitive function and increase in short-term memory. However, these studies have not considered genetic, family or environmental factors. Scientists from the Department of Health Promotion Science (Osaka) and the Center for Twin Research (Osaka) evaluated the impact of the above factors and the dairy products rich diet on a research group made up of twins. Read full text »

Does the diet after colorectal surgery make a difference?

Over the past 20 years of medical research, there has been a significant increase in awareness of the importance of early feeding after colorectal surgeries. Surgeons transitioned from the routine historical decompression of the gastrointestinal tract through a nasogastric tube, through the introduction of the oral diet after giving the first flatus, up to the present times, in which reliable medical evidence indicates that early feeding is beneficial for the fast recovery of patients after these operations. Ways, complications associated with colon surgery and the time of introducing the diet after it always aroused controversy in the medical community. In “Advances in Surgery”, researchers from Singapore gathered in their article scientific achievements of recent years, which correspond to the many questions and concerns of surgeons. Read full text »

The influence of eating chocolate during pregnancy on height and fetal development

iStock_000001495171_LargePotential health benefits offered by the introduction of dark chocolate to your daily diet are still growing. The ingredients in cocoa not only improve our mood but also prevent obesity and reduce blood sugar levels which leads to preventing type 2 diabetes. It was also proved that eating chocolate lowers blood pressure. This time, researchers examined the effects of daily consumption of chocolate during pregnancy on fetal growth and development. The results were presented at the congress of The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta in 2016. Read full text »

Long-chain fatty acids may cause exacerbation of multiple sclerosis

iStock_000034378286_FullScientists from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany conducted a research which showed that intestinal flora, as well as the type of fatty acids in the daily diet, through the influence on the cells of the immune system have an impact on exacerbation of multiple sclerosis. The results of the study were published in “Immunity” magazine. Read full text »

Orthorexia – when healthy life becomes harmful

Nowadays, there is an increase in popularity of a healthy lifestyle including healthy nutrition. It seems that this is a good tendency, however, it turns out that even that way of life can have disadvantages when a desire to eat healthy becomes harmful. Read full text »

Mediterranean diet decreases the risk of a stroke

iStock_000020735338XSmallResearch conducted in the latest years have shown that the use of Mediterranean diet significantly decreases the risk of a stroke occurrence. It is the third most frequent cause of death and the main reason for permanent disability in people over 40 years old. It is estimated that every year 4,6 m of people die because of a stroke and in Poland about 60 thousands new cases are registered every year. Introduction of Mediterranean diet has a chance to decrease morbidity in this group of diseases. Read full text »