Creatine is a popular supplement used by athletes and weightlifters to improve their athletic performance. It has been shown to be effective in improving strength and sprint performance and may also improve your intelligence.
The reproducibility crisis is in my opinion the biggest crisis facing medicine right now. Many of the studies that are integral in medicine have either never been replicated or when replication was attempted it failed. This is important because these studies are used to inform policy and treatment decisions.
This is my longest episode I have done so far. In it I discuss my favorite polyphenol, resveratrol. It is commonly found in wine and for a long time was thought to be the primary contributor to many of the health benefits of wine. This episode is actually the main episode, which is only a little bit longer than normal, and then a bonus section where I focus a bit more technically on three of the proposed cellular mechanisms for resveratrol. In it I discuss a paper I wrote, and if you would like to read the paper you can find it in the Scientific Nutrition Group on Facebook. Without further ado, see why this is my favorite polyphenol, and why I continue to quixotically yell about how we are not mice.
Today we get to talk about my favorite liquor, tequila. Actually we are going to talk about how the vast majority of science reporting is absolutely worthless, but we are going to use the fact that people keep saying tequila helps with weight loss to accomplish that. Now in episode 8 I previously discussed the health effects of alcohol and I am not going to be rehashing that here.
In this episode I get to rant about something I have always found very interesting, the placebo effect. This effect is so much larger and more important than is often realized. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 36: The Placebo Effect”
this is going to be a controversial episode. I am talking about the science of a spice I have grown to quite like MSG (monosodium glutamate). It has a beautiful umami flavor, and for the vast majority of people is safe. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 35: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)”
Inspired by some of the profiles in Tim Ferriss’ book The Tool’s of Titans who used saunas to improve athletic performance I looked at what the literature suggested and found that this is a pretty well supported tactic. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 34: Sauna’s”
This episode is basically a rant about something that frustrates me that I see all the time in online low carb dieting and ketogenic diet groups. People do not realize how much of the initial weight loss with low carb diets is water weight.
This episode was inspired by Dr. William Lagakos of Calories Proper and his work on circadian rhythm and blue light. Basically I had to determine whether there was enough evidence in the literature to justify my wearing these incredibly ugly glasses. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 31: Blue Blockers”
Today we are discussing the cordyceps mushroom, another medicinal mushroom like the chaga mushroom, the lion’s mane, and the reishi mushroom. They all have significant and sometimes surprising health effects. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 30: Cordyceps Mushrooms”