Scientific Nutrition Update 45: Magnesium

This episode was a request from Al Boulley, who was curious about the effect of certain minerals on human health, and in this one I focused in on magnesium.  Magnesium may have benefit for depression, anxiety, insulin sensitivity, glycemic control, and even testosterone.

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Scientific Nutrition Update 39: Resveratrol


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.

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Scientific Nutrition Update 38: Tequila and Weight Loss (Science Reporting Sucks)

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.

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Scientific Nutrition Update 23: Coffee

A small cup of coffee

This episode is all about one of my favorite drugs, coffee.  Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed mind altering substances, full of a huge number of compounds with various health effects.  Coffee seems to have pretty incredible health benefits, and seems quite safe.  This is one you are going to want to share with the coffee consumers in your life.

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Scientific Nutrition Update 8: Effects of Alcohol both Good and Bad

This is a topic that is near and dear to the hearts of my friends and I.  In this episode I discuss the health benefits and health risks of alcohol, and there are a surprising number of benefits.  I have written about this before.  And as always the episode and script is right below the fold. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 8: Effects of Alcohol both Good and Bad”

Intermittent Fasting and Diabetes: Can IF improve insulin sensitivity?



An Introduction to Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting as a Strategy for Weight-Loss

Type 2 Diabetes is an incredibly damaging disease that causes a huge amount of damage to both life and to our national healthcare expenses.  Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.  It has annual costs of $245,000,000,000.  This is a huge problem for our nation and for 29.1 million people.  There was early on some evidence in rats and mice that intermittent fasting could help with insulin sensitivity and potentially with diabetes, and the question is whether or not that same effect is seen in humans. Continue reading “Intermittent Fasting and Diabetes: Can IF improve insulin sensitivity?”