Can soy prevent prostate cancer?

Prostate epithelial cells carry Beta-estrogen receptors (ERB) that when activated by isoflavones, genistein, act as tumor suppressors in prostate carcinogenesis by inhibiting invasion, proliferation of carcinoma cells & increasing apoptosis (programmed cell death). ERB also prevents prostate cancer by preventing the rapidly differentiating prostatic epithelial cells from undergoing oncogenic transformation. Genistein, the main phytoestrogen in soy, inhibits metastasis at levels that are equal to what you would find when eating soy.

Should you be taking a fish oil supplement?

A recent meta-analysis showed that omega 3 fatty acid supplementation had no significant association with fatal or nonfatal coronary heart disease or any major vascular event. I know this is contrary to what we have heard over the years. It is estimated that over 20 million Americans take fish oil supplements daily but is it necessary?

Is there a link between Nutrition & Cancer?

I remember how I use to shovel any type of food in my mouth that looked good. I thought disease was based solely on genetics and that what we ate had nothing to do with chronic disease or cancer. What if I told you it is actually a combination of both …

Does Exercise actually help you lose weight?

Exercise is one of the leading ways to improve your health, decrease mortality, prevent cardiovascular disease, and prevent age-related physical and cognitive decline. BUT … Exercise shouldn’t be used as a mechanism for weight loss. Exercise alone will not help you lose weight long term for two primary reasons ....

Wait, berries can do what?

Chronic exposure to calorie dense foods, typically in the form of a standard high-fat diet, causes metabolic stress effecting mitochondrial respiration and dissipation of the mitochondrial proton gradient in adipose tissue causing mitochondrial dysfunction. Previously we knew that anthocyanin-rich diets were beneficial for maintaining healthy body weight, improving glucose and lipid metabolism, and determining inflammatory status of key metabolic tissues. The anthocyanins, malvidin, petunidin, and peonidin (in berries) were found to improve body composition and enhance mitochondrial respiration and dissipation of the mitochondrial protein gradient when under chronic metabolic stress. 

Drinking Tea may reduce risk of Glaucoma

Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in the world, is from optic nerve and retinal ganglion cell damage resulting in vision field loss most likely caused by increased intraocular pressure (IOP), blood flow abnormalities, oxidative stress and potentially autoimmune processes. For years, researchers speculated that coffee/tea could increase glaucoma risk because caffeine potentially increases IOP and homocysteine levels. In this study, researchers looked at the correlation of different beverage consumption and glaucoma prevalence from the National health and nutrition examination survey.

Are you ever too old to start working out?

You all know I love my exercise, but is it ever too late for someone to start? Exercise, as you know, has played a huge role in my life! I exercise ever single day, without fail, BUT you do not have to go to those extremes to see lasting effects! For sedentary individuals, the heart undergoes a number of changes that ultimately can lead to heart failure. The development of heart failure, with a preserved ejection fraction, is likely mediated through increased left ventricular stiffness - a consequence of sedentary aging. In the study shown in the second image, sedentary adults were able to improve their maximal oxygen uptake and decrease the cardiac stiffness potentially protecting against the future risk of heart failure by preventing the increase in cardiac stiffness with 2 years of supervised high-intensity training.

When should you drink Coffee?

I LOVE COFFEE ☕️☕️☕️ but sometimes too much caffeine is too much caffeine, lol. 🤯🤯🤯 There are a ton of pros and cons about coffee - so rather than dump them all into a single post - I will make several small ones, stay tuned for the weeks to come! 🤓 Did you know that drinking coffee as soon as you wake up, isn’t actually that beneficial? When you wake up, you feel exhausted and groggy, but whether you have coffee or not, within 30 mins, you already feel awake enough to shower, get up, and get your day started, why? The beautiful stress hormone called CORTISOL. Caffeine and cortisol have similar physiological “awakening” effects on our bodies. Caffeine intake actually boosts Cortisol levels, amongst other things. Because cortisol peaks when we wake up, the effects of drinking caffeine immediately are partially negated. Instead if you wait and have your first cup between 9-12am, you will feel the effects even more! 🧠💪🧠 The second dip in cortisol throughout the day is after lunch, so if you need an extra pick-me-up, have some more between 2-4pm, while it is still early enough not to effect your sleep.