Luteolin fights cognitive decline, brain inflammation – A diet rich in the plant compound luteolin reduces age-related inflammation in the brain and related memory deficits by directly inhibiting the release of inflammatory molecules in the brain, researchers report. Luteolin (LOOT-ee-oh-lin), different from lutein, is found in many plants, including carrots, peppers, celery, olive oil, peppermint, rosemary and chamomile, but it is basically not found in high […]

Herbal supplements with anti-anxiety effects

A systematic review of research into the use of nutritional and herbal supplements for the treatment of anxiety disorders has found strong evidence for the use of extracts of passionflower or kava and combinations of L-lysine and L-arginine. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access Nutrition Journal pooled the results of 24 studies involving a total of more than 2000 participants, […]

Common pesticides during pregnancy boost ADHD risk in children – Children who were exposed to common, organophosphate pesticides while still in their mother’s womb were more likely to develop attention-deficit disorders years later, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The study raises the public health issue of whether organic produce might be a better choice for […]

ADHD linked to exposure to common polyfluoroalkyl chemicals – A link between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and exposure to polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) – industrial compounds which are widely used in many consumer products – has been uncovered by a new study led by a team of Boston University School of Public Health researchers. Published online, ahead of print, in the […]

ADHD linked to organophosphate pesticide exposure in children – Exposure to organophosphate pesticides at relatively common levels is associated with increased risk of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a team of scientists from the University of Montreal and Harvard University. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the investigation found a connection between exposure to pesticides and the presence of symptoms of ADHD. The […]

Memory loss linked to high saturated fat diet

Loss of memory with advanced age is a significant problem within most societies, and appears particularly severe in advanced industrialized nations. A less visible and often ignored problem comes from a food supply high in cholesterol and saturated fat, which has led to high obesity rates particularly in the United States. In a study published […]

Polyphenols from Concord grape juice may improve memory in seniors

As America’s baby boomers continue to age, the number of people 65 years of age and older is expected to double to 70 million by 2030. As such, age-related cognitive decline and incidence of chronic conditions, including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, is on the rise. Research supports that good nutrition – particularly a […]

Daily marijuana use shrinks key brain structures

JAMA / Archives – Long-term, heavy use of marijuana (cannabis) may be associated with structural abnormalities in areas of the brain known as the hippocampus and amygdala, according to a report in the June 2008 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. Conflicting evidence exists regarding the long-term effects of marijuana use. “Although growing literature suggests that long-term cannabis […]

Physical activity brings positive mood

A unique study by Indiana University researchers found that physical activity throughout the day – simply moving – is related to positive feelings, but they found no similar relationship between physical activity and negative moods. “In the study, if people are more active, they tend to report a more positive mood,” said Bryan McCormick, associate […]