Seed and Vegetable Oils: Are They Bad or Beneficial for Health?

    The prevalence of processed vegetable and seed oils—like canola, safflower, and soybean oil—in today’s food supply has increased dramatically since the 1900s. [1,2] Seed oils initially got their “heart healthy” stamp of approval when studies discovered replacing saturated fats (like butter) with fats high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats (like vegetable oils) can reduce cardiovascular disease risk. [3,4,5] 

    Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio: What Does It Mean and What's Optimal?

    Fat intake was once vilified, but we now know that fats, especially healthy fats, play a significant role in satiety, hormone health, heart health, and cognitive function. [1] One metric that’s been used as a standard to determine whether a person is getting the right types of fat in the right amount in their diet is the omega-6 (n-6) to omega-3 (n-3) ratio (sometimes called n6:n3 ratio). Today, those following a Western diet—characterized by a high intake of saturated fats, refined ...

    Are L-Theanine Supplements Beneficial for Stress Reduction?

    Ever wondered why you were told to drink a cup of tea before bed to help you relax? Tea isn't just a good source of antioxidants—it also contains a unique amino acid, L-theanine, which has received recent attention for claimed “stress-reducing” effects.[1]  And though many "stress-reducing" supplements have come to market to combat the recent rise in societal stress, many don't live up to their claims. So what makes L-theanine different? Is L-theanine safe and effective to take to relieve ...

    A New Study Finds That Flavonoids and Heart Health May Be Related via the Microbiome

    Flavonoid-rich foods like berries, apples, pears, and wine appear to have a positive effect on blood pressure levels. This association is also partially explained by characteristics of the gut microbiome, according to a recent study published in Hypertension. [1] Past studies have provided strong evidence that the composition of the gut microbiome can partly explain the association between dietary flavonoids and cardiovascular health, but the present study is the first to provide data ...
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