A recent investigation among an Australian Islander population, the Torres Strait Islanders, confirmed those aspects of a modern diet that contribute to major depression and highlighted two specific fats that are highly involved in the development of the disease (1).  The Islanders that ate more fish, less take-out and fast foods, and subsequently had higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids, had the lowest risk for depression and depression-related issues.

Turmeric is increasingly being shown to have favorable influences on various cancer treatments, primarily through its ability to increase rates of apoptosis and with its unique effects on AMPK levels.

Chickpeas (aka garbanzo) beans are a major ingredient in Liquid Hope and Nourish.  Our chickpeas are extensively soaked, cooked for long periods of time, and are organically grown.  They provide a wide variety of nutrients and earlier research has shown that their regular consumption is a good predictor of a person’s nutritional status and is protective against cardiovascular disease(1)

One of the most controversial aspects of nutrition is the practice of not eating, at least for a limited or moderate amount of time.  While this has served our species well over the course of evolution, it has always been enforced by seasonal or environmental pressures causing limited food availability and, until more recently, has rarely been self-imposed. 

For the first time, a low quality diet, as defined by the concentration of micronutrients per calorie, was strongly associated with and offered great predictive value for an individual’s risk of developing cancer. 

Want to know how sugar and fruit juice effect the microbiome?
"Some sources of sugar are worse than others with respect to fostering the overgrowth of pathogens (1).  Those foods and beverages, or in the enteral area-formulas, contain much of their sugar in the form of fruit sugar or fructose.  Fruit juice, fruit juice concentrates, and high fructose-containing fruits are often the leading ingredient and foundations for enteral formulas." 
 
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Most of people regard fiber as something that helps keep them “regular”.  Others who may be more interested in their health understand how a diet rich in fiber can foster populations of beneficial gut flora and greater diversity overall within the microbiome.  The latest investigation however is sure to pave the way for a better understanding of the mechanisms linking higher levels of soluble fiber with improved brain health.

Award Winner: Andrew Yeh, MD
Institution: University of Pittsburgh, Department of Surgery
Senior Author: Michael Morowitz, MD
Abstract Title: Whole-Food Enteral Nutrition Prevents Gut Dysbiosis and Improves Outcomes in a Mouse Colitis Model
Meeting: Society of Academic & Research Surgery (SARS) Annual Meeting, January 7-8, 2019 in London

Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, is a condition caused by an error in cell division, occurring in about 1 out of every 2500 pregnancies.  The developmental issues caused by Trisomy 18 are associated with medical complications that are generally critical in the early years of a child’s life.   Only 50% of babies who are carried to term are born alive.  Intensive care admissions in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s) are the norm for infants with Trisomy 18.   Infants that survive and are discharged from the hospital require extensive care and support by the parents, family, and outside help.

Sure, the monosaccharide glucose is the best common form of sugar.  It generally makes up the majority of starchy root vegetables carbohydrate content and is far more compatible with human physiology.  Although excess glucose from some sources can still produce high blood glucose levels and may create problems with our corresponding insulin production, this form of sugar is metabolized much more cleanly than fructose. 

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