Gut check: Metabolites shed by intestinal microbiota keep inflammation at bay

Researchers have elucidated a mechanism by which ‘good’ bacteria that reside in our gastrointestinal tract can help protect us from inflammation, and how their disruption (dysbiosis) can increase the susceptibility of the liver to more harmful forms of disease. Their study identified two key metabolites produced by the bacteria in mice that modulate inflammation in the host and could ultimately reduce the severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Source: Gut check: Metabolites shed by intestinal microbiota keep inflammation at bay: Researchers find inflammatory response in fatty liver disease is reduced by two tryptophan metabolites from gut bacteria — ScienceDaily

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Leg exercise is critical to brain and nervous system health

New research shows that using the legs, particularly in weight-bearing exercise, sends signals to the brain that are vital for the production of healthy neural cells. The groundbreaking study fundamentally alters brain and nervous system medicine — giving doctors new clues as to why patients with motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy and other neurological diseases often rapidly decline when their movement becomes limited.

Source: Leg exercise is critical to brain and nervous system health: In a new take on the exercise truism ‘use it, or lose it,’ researchers show neurological health is an interactive relationship with our muscles and our world — ScienceDaily

Very-low-carb diet shows promise in type 1 diabetes

Very-low-carbohydrate diets can improve blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes, with low rates of hypoglycemia and other complications, according to an online patient survey. The researchers now call for controlled clinical trials of this approach.

Source: Very-low-carb diet shows promise in type 1 diabetes: Survey finds exceptional blood-sugar control with few complications; researchers call for clinical trials — ScienceDaily

Dietary seaweed used to manipulate gut bacteria in mice

Scientists working with laboratory mice have shown that it’s possible to favor the engraftment of one gut bacterial strain over others by manipulating the mice’s diet. The researchers also have shown it’s possible to control how much a bacterium grows in the intestine by calibrating the amount of a specific carbohydrate in each mouse’s water or food.

Source: Dietary seaweed used to manipulate gut bacteria in mice — ScienceDaily

Conjugated Linoleic Acid: How CLA Burns Fat and Boosts Your Immune System

If you’ve been following the Bulletproof Diet, or looking for a way to burn more fat on a healthy, whole food diet, you may have come across CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid. It’s one of the magic ingredients that make grass-fed butter and meat so incredible for boosting your physical performance. As one of the […]

Source: Conjugated Linoleic Acid: How CLA Burns Fat and Boosts Your Immune System

Infant growth patterns affected by type of protein consumed

A new study has determined that protein intake from solid foods has a significant impact on infant growth during the first year of life. The study tested whether dairy-based or meat-based protein in an infant’s diet contributed to growth and weight gain.

Source: Infant growth patterns affected by type of protein consumed — ScienceDaily

Breast cancer linked to the body’s internal clock

For years, doctors have associated the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations with an increased risk of breast cancer. But researchers have now identified another gene that may have an impact on breast cancer –associated with the body’s circadian rhythm.

Source: Breast cancer linked to the body’s internal clock — ScienceDaily