Does Dietary Fiber Improve Brain Function As We Age?

There’s a huge body of research into why cognitive and memory function seem to decline as we age. A number of mechanisms and age-related conditions have been identified as connected to this decline. One is chronic brain inflammation. The solution to that issue may be simpler than we knew.

Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may… Continue reading Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

Strawberries Reduce Colon Inflammation, Help IBD Sufferers

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a set of painful conditions that can cause severe diarrhea and fatigue. Treatments can include medications and surgery. But now researchers report that a simple dietary intervention could mitigate colonic inflammation and improve gut health. In this case, a strawberry — or rather, less than a cupful of strawberries —… Continue reading Strawberries Reduce Colon Inflammation, Help IBD Sufferers

Carbs, Exercise and Your Aching Joints

Got achy joints? Do you creak and crack getting out of bed in the morning or even just out of the chair at work? I’ve been a sufferer of joint pain for quite a few years. It sucks. Some days, I feel like my body is made of glass. Everything hurts. But I know what… Continue reading Carbs, Exercise and Your Aching Joints