Junk food causes nutrition deficiency: Soda and fast food cripple brain development, according to new study

Junk food causes nutrition deficiency: Soda and fast food cripple brain development, according to new study

( Natural News ) A special issue of the journal Birth Defects Research: The Teenage Brain has concluded that the excessive consumption of junk food and energy drinks impairs the mental health of teenagers . In the study, a team of researchers from the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia reviewed the effects of caffeine and taurine found in energy drinks on the developing brains of young adults. They found in the review of animal studies that taurine, an additive used in energy drinks, can be harmful to developing brains. Christine Curran, lead author of the study, said that this raises concerns on teenage drinking because they are often combined with alcohol. The researchers said that these products hamper the development of brains because of the intense rush of dopamine. This in turn causes a unique mental health risk to young people who consume energy drinks excessively. Curran explained that their findings in exposed adolescent and young adult mice to high taurine levels indicate that there can be detrimental effects on learning and memory and increased alcohol consumption in females. These mice were less sociable and exhibited worse performance in tests that measured their recognition of things. Their review also suggests that age is an important factor in both caffeine and taurine toxicity. They found that aged or diseased brains may benefit from taurine or caffeine supplementation. On the other hand, young people are unlikely to benefit from these products and may even experience adverse effects from chronic consumption of high amounts. “Our review indicates we don’t know enough about the effects of high consumption of energy drinks and the ingredients found in them at this critical time in mammalian brain development,” said Curran. Mother Nature’s micronutrient secret : Organic Broccoli Sprout Capsules now available, delivering 280mg of high-density nutrition, […]

Distribution Roundup: BrainJuice Enters Whole Foods and GNC

Distribution Roundup: BrainJuice Enters Whole Foods and GNC

BrainJuice Enters Whole Foods and GNC, Announces Product Launches Cognitive function brand BrainJuice’s saw its retail footprint rise from 150 to nearly 4,000 stores last year, with the shot maker adding Whole Foods Market and more than 1,000 GNC stores this month. The Texas-based shot brand was previously sold in about 150 doors, but has since added retailers including Sprouts, Fresh Thyme, H-E-B, Central Market, Fairway, and Mother’s. “Last year was more of a proof of concept for us that we could go nationwide and support national brand recognition,” Brain Juice VP of sales and marketing Tony Moy told BevNET. “[2018 has] been a great year for us because not only are we in 4,000 stores, now we have the ability to do four to five facings in the store.” Founded in 2012, BrainJuice was an early entrant in the nascent nootropic and brain function beverage space. The product’s formula contains B vitamins and green tea extract as well as nootropics that increase focus and memory such as acetyl L-carnitine, L-theanine, and alpha-GPC. The brand’s retail expansion comes alongside the launch of BrainJuice Active, a pre-workout shot line that features added electrolytes and ingredients that are said to improve blood flow and recovery. Active launches this month as a Whole Foods exclusive with a Pomegranate Acai flavor. Orange and Watermelon flavors will launch later this year. The line retails for $3.99-$4.29 per 2.5 oz bottle. “What a lot of people are finding out is that they want the focus and the clarity,” Moy said. “In the workout world they’re always talking about the mind-to-muscle connection. As that’s becoming more and more popular people are finding out it’s the focus they’re looking for in the gym as opposed to just getting jacked on caffeine.” To further grow the business, Moy […]

Toxic biosolids linked to deadly prion-related illnesses like mad cow disease

Toxic biosolids linked to deadly prion-related illnesses like mad cow disease

( Natural News ) Could deadly viruses hiding in the toxic “biosolids” that are being spread all over America’s food crops be at the root of the current epidemic of dementia? According to biosolids expert Craig Monk, there’s strong evidence to suggest so. During a recent behind-the-scenes interview he gave as part of the Brighteon Films Biosludged project – be sure to watch the official trailer for Biosludged at Brighteon.com – Monk explains how so-called “prions” are contaminating the food supply via biosolids, aka biosludge. One of the big issues in Texas where Monk lives is chronic wasting disease, a syndrome that afflicts deer and other wildlife. And according to Monk, Texas health and wildlife authorities have failed to make the connection between this disease and the biosludge to which many deer are being exposed. “If you think about it, right now in Texas chronic wasting disease of deer is, you don’t hear about it, but it’s at the top of the topics with the Texas Wildlife Department,” Monk explained during the interview. “In fact, they’re the ones handling chronic wasting disease. Well, chronic wasting disease is a form of prions … which is also in Alzheimer’s and many other diseases that affect the brain.” Be sure to watch the full interview with Craig Monk at Brighteon.com below: Deadly prions are impervious to heat, chemicals, and all other known sterilization methods While prions aren’t technically viruses, they act like them. And even worse, prions are known to survive chemicals, heat, and other forms of sterilization that would otherwise kill normal pathogens – which makes prions perhaps the most serious problem associated with biosludge. 100% organic essential oil sets now available for your home and personal care, including Rosemary, Oregano, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clary Sage and more, all 100% organic […]

5 Natural Ways to Boost Dopamine Levels

5 Natural Ways to Boost Dopamine Levels

Dopamine is one of the most vital chemical messengers in the human brain, and it has many functions. Dopamine is involved in motivation, reward, attention, regulating body movement, and even memory. When this chemical is released in large quantities, it creates a feeling of reward and pleasure, and that motivates people to repeat specific behaviours. In contrast, having a low level of dopamine have been linked to decreased enthusiasm and reduced motivation to do things that most people would ordinarily find exciting. Dopamine levels usually are well regulated within the human nervous system. However, there are ways you can naturally increase your levels. Below are the ten best ways you can naturally boost your dopamine levels. 1. Add Lots of Protein to your diet Proteins are a combination of smaller pieces of building blocks known as amino acids. There are a total of 23 variations of amino acids, and your body can synthesise some of them while you have to generate the others from the food you eat. The amino acid called tyrosine has a significant role to play when it comes to the production of dopamine. There are enzymes within your body that work to turn tyrosine into dopamine, which means you need to have adequate tyrosine levels to have enough production of dopamine. Phenylalanine is another amino that tyrosine can also be made from. Both phenylalanine and tyrosine are found naturally in foods that are rich in protein like beef, turkey, soy, eggs, dairy, and legumes. Studies have shown that increasing the amount of phenylalanine and tyrosine in your diet can help to increase the levels of dopamine in a person’s brain and that may help to improve memory and promote deep thinking. When tyrosine and phenylalanine are eliminated from your daily diet, dopamine levels get depleted, […]

The shroom boom: Natural Grocers predicts the top 10 nutrition trends of 2019

The shroom boom: Natural Grocers predicts the top 10 nutrition trends of 2019

Natural Grocers surveyed more than 70 of the company’s nutrition experts and pored over the latest research to identify the expected top 10 breakout trends in nutrition and health in 2019. The shroom boom In the last several years, the amount of scientific research published on mushrooms has exploded. Turns out, mushrooms hold the power to support the immune system, blood sugar balance, brain health, liver health, respiratory health, hormone balance and can even boost energy levels. In response to the growing mountain of research promoting the health benefits of mushrooms, the supplement, grocery and even body-care industries are introducing more ways to try out these fungal superheroes. Supplement companies are turning out a variety of mushroom-centric supplements, geared toward everything from brain health to immunity. The stunning benefits of mushrooms are influencing new grocery products as well. We’ll continue to see the category grow, with more mushroom teas, tonics, broths and coffees making an appearance in 2019. Ingredient lists over nutrition facts We’ve likely all grappled with counting calories and grams of fat, but in 2019, a new paradigm is bound to free us from some of the struggles we’ve formed around food, nutrition and our everyday health. Nutrition labels will be demoted and instead, consumers will read and make food choices based on ingredient labels. The days of counting every single calorie are nearing an end. Rather than glorifying macronutrient logs and adhering to extremely strict dietary guidelines, 2019 will foster a friendlier relationship with food that focuses on simple, clean ingredients in products made with whole, real foods. Love your liver While it shouldn’t be trendy to have fatty liver disease, unfortunately the disease is trending. In 2018 we were shocked to learn that millennials are getting fatty liver disease faster than any other age group. […]

Herbal supplement gingko biloba found to prevent cell death in the brain, improve recovery from stroke

Herbal supplement gingko biloba found to prevent cell death in the brain, improve recovery from stroke

( Natural News ) We need not look towards Big Pharma for solutions to our ailments, but only need to get back to our roots – literally. Among the world’s oldest trees is the ginkgo biloba, one of the most ancient and most popular solutions to many medical conditions. A study from Nanjing University in China found that ginkgo biloba may assist in stroke recovery and prevention of brain cell death. Ginkgo biloba versus ischemic stroke The study, led by Dr. Yun Xu from the Department of Neurology at the university, included 348 participants who had suffered an ischemic stroke. Each participant was assigned either a 450 milligram ginkgo biloba extract in three doses plus 100 milligrams of aspirin (179 people in total), or 100 milligrams of aspirin alone (169 in the control group). The dosage was prescribed every day for six months, one week after being admitted to the hospital from the stroke. Assessments were made by the researchers on the 12 th , 30 th , 90 th , and 180 th days of the trial using a test that measured memory, attention, and language skills. Findings show that participants who took ginkgo biloba together with aspirin had better test scores compared to those who were only taking aspirins alone. Combining both the ginkgo biloba extract and aspirin treatment alleviates cognitive and neurological deficits after an acute ischaemic stroke without increasing the occurrence of negative vascular effects. An ischemic or ischemic stroke is a type of stroke that happens when an artery to the brain gets blocked. It can be caused by a narrowing of the arteries in the neck or in the head, or atherosclerosis (cholesterol calcification or deposits). It is one of the most common kinds of stroke, with an occurrence rate of 88 percent […]

Study suggests that activity, more than rest, speeds recovery after a brain injury

Study suggests that activity, more than rest, speeds recovery after a brain injury

( Natural News ) If you’ve ever suffered from a concussion or a stroke, you’ve probably been told to take things easy for at least a few days to give your brain enough time to recover. But this can be a nightmare, especially for those who are always on the go. Fortunately, a recent study by researchers from Columbia University has revealed that there’s no need to rest after a brain injury. The study, which was published in the journal Nature , even showed that keeping the brain active was more beneficial for the recovery of traumatic injury . The researchers arrived at this finding through an in vivo experiment in mice, which was part of their multi-year effort to understand how the brain’s cerebral cortex works. In this experiment, they focused on a specific part of the cerebral cortex known as the barrel cortex and its role in the sensing and analysis of signals detected by the whiskers. The whiskers are akin to the fingers in humans since they are both used to detect their surroundings. The mice were trained to find an item inside the dark box, and once they’ve found it, they pulled a lever that rewarded them with water. The team removed the barrel cortex and found that the mice were unable to perform their task on the following day. However, on the second day, they went back to doing their normal task at original levels. This proves that the barrel cortex isn’t the only part of the brain responsible for tactile perception. Moreover, mice that were allowed to rest for three days before they were given a chance to return to the task were unable to show full recovery. It took them some time before they could partially regain sensation, unlike the former group […]

Omega-3 supplementation lessens symptoms of depression in people with chronic heart failure

Omega-3 supplementation lessens symptoms of depression in people with chronic heart failure

( Natural News ) Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for overall health, are now associated with improved symptoms of depression in patients with chronic heart failure . This finding was based on the results of a recent American study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology . In this research, the scientists also found a lower incidence of other psychosocial factors such as stress. Chronic heart failure, also called congestive heart failure , is a condition wherein the heart cannot efficiently pump blood . This occurs as a result of the build-up of excess fats in the arteries, an increase in blood pressure, or irregular heartbeat. Lifestyle is a major contributor to chronic heart failure, and due to the increased prevalence of fast food, stress, and sedentary lifestyle observed in recent years, more people are now suffering from this disease. According to the American Heart Association , approximately 6.5 million adults suffer from chronic heart failure, which is very worrisome since it also increases the risk of other conditions such as kidney or liver damage and depression. Depression affects more than 20 percent of patients who suffer from chronic heart failure. Its prevalence has been a great cause for concern in recent years, which is why many researchers are focusing their efforts on finding a cure for this condition. One of the most promising treatments for depression in patients with chronic heart failure is omega-3, which is one of the most widely studied nutrients in the world. This fatty acid has two major types, namely eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The power of the elements : Discover Colloidal Silver Mouthwash with quality, natural ingredients like Sangre de Drago sap, black walnut hulls, menthol crystals and more. Zero artificial sweeteners, colors or alcohol. Learn […]

Nature shows us how important circadian rhythm is to our overall well-being

Nature shows us how important circadian rhythm is to our overall well-being

( Natural News ) Nature demonstrates the importance of circadian rhythm to organisms’ overall well-being in the latest issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Researchers from the Netherlands focused on the significance of biological clock on nature and other organisms. The theme of the journal’s issue on “wild clocks” comes after an international symposium arranged by the University of Groningen (UG), together with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). The joint symposium led to over 10 academic publications on the keeping of time by wild animals gathered in the said journal. “Ecology and chronobiology, the biology of the clock, must be reunited,” said researchers Menno Gerkema and Roelof Hut of the UG. The biological clock is the internal mechanism that exists in many animals and plants. It is responsible for regular periodic changes in behavior or physiology. Jet lag, mating, migration of birds all rely on the keeping of time in our bodies and those of other organisms. (Related: Mammals have a 12-hour biological clock distinct from the 24-hour circadian rhythm, researchers find .) “Sixty years ago, these disciplines were working together, but then chronobiologists started focusing on the mechanics of the clock and ecologists on timing in nature. They need each other, though, to reveal the true impact of time on organisms,” said Gerkema and Hut. Aside from the day-to-day clock, there are also the rhythms of the seasons and tide, which are lesser known and harder to study from an office. Therefore, scientists used the latest tools to conduct studies. These tools can adjust the clock’s mechanism in secret, make use of substances that reveal to them the position of the clock in the brain and the body, and monitor animals in the wild […]

The human eye has a spooky ability: It can detect “ghost images”

The human eye has a spooky ability: It can detect “ghost images”

( Natural News ) Some people claim they can see apparitions, things that aren’t really there, or just straight up ghosts . If you’re a skeptical person, you may chalk it up to fatigue, drunkenness, or even hallucinations — anything but actual ghosts. But there may be a sliver of truth to those claims after all. In a new paper posted on arXiv , scientists in Scotland at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow have discovered that the human eye can actually detect “ghost images.” However, these ghost images are far from paranormal entities or anything of the sort. Instead, these ghostly visions appear as gray pixels that have been projected from original images by hitting them with a pattern of light and recording the reflected light with a single pixel. Ghost imaging relies on algorithms to encode images in random patterns. This complicated process was previously thought to be detectable only by computer , but scientists now have evidence that the human eye itself is capable of doing the required computations. Ghost images Ghost imaging has been a highlight in optics research in recent years. So how do “ghost images” work? Think of a typical camera. To create an image, the camera has multiple pixels that take in light from one source, say sunlight, to create an image. In ghost imaging, the process starts with multiple light sources in a predictable array, then the light is collected by a single-point detector, usually called a “bucket.” It works similarly to a LiDAR (light detection and ranging), which is a surveying method that measures the distance to a target by using a single-point laser to scan a scene. The detector captures how the light from the laser bounces back from each spot in the scene – the […]