Tag: Harvard

Saving Brains: Maternal micronutrient supplements during pregnancy can feed babies’ brains

My name is Anuraj Shankar from the Harvard School of Public Health and from the Summit Institute of Development in Indonesia. Our project was a re-enrollment project supported by Grand Challenges Canada from the Government of Canada, and the goal of the project was to look at the long-term effects of a complete nutritional supplement…


The Optimal Dose of Vitamin D Based on Natural Levels

“The Optimal Dose of Vitamin D Based on Natural Levels” If everyone took 2,000 units of vitamin D a day, it could shift the curve from average blood levels in the mid-50’s to about a 110, which some estimate could add years to our life expectancy. Data derived from randomized clinical trials have convinced some…


Trans Fat In Meat And Dairy

“Trans Fat in Meat and Dairy” Trans fats are bad, increasing one’s risk of heart disease sudden death and diabetes, even perhaps aggression. Trans fat intake has been associated with overt aggressive behavior impatience and irritability Trans Fats are basically only found one place in nature animal fat. The food industry however found a way…


Carnitine, Choline, Cancer and Cholesterol: The TMAO Connection

“Carnitine, Choline, Cancer and Cholesterol: The TMAO Connection” Earlier this month, a research team at the Cleveland Clinic offered a novel explanation as to why meat intake may be related to mortality. “Numerous studies have suggested a decrease in atherosclerotic disease risk — heart disease our #1 killer –” “in vegan and vegetarian individuals compared…


Preventing COPD with Diet

“Preventing COPD with Diet” The top three killers in the United States are no longer heart disease, cancer, and stroke. That was so 2010. Stroke moved down to number 4. Number 3 is now COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; respiratory diseases like emphysema. We know we can prevent, and even help treat, the other top…


Eggs and Diabetes

“Eggs and Diabetes” Type 2 diabetes is becoming a world pandemic. We know the consumption of eggs is related to the development of some other chronic diseases… what about diabetes? Researchers found a stepwise increase in risk the more and more eggs people ate. Eating just a single egg a week appeared to increase the…


Nutrition in Ageing | Imperial College London on edX

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: As a general practitioner, I am very concerned about the difficulty that many older people have in eating and drinking well to maintain their health and well-being. SPEAKER 2: As a carer, what areas of nutritional knowledge would be beneficial to you? SPEAKER 3: What advice would you give to an older…


How Much Fruit is Too Much Fruit?

“How Much Fruit is Too Much?” Previously, I explored how adding blueberries to our meals can actually blunt the detrimental effects of high glycemic foods, but how many berries? The purpose of this study was to determine the minimum level of blueberry consumption at which a consumer may realistically expect to receive antioxidant benefits after…


Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

“Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better?” There are many ways to compare the healthfulness of different foods. One can compare nutrient content, for example. So if you’re interested in antioxidants you might compare vitamin C levels. If you did that for our two most popular fruits, apples and bananas, based on vitamin C content bananas would…


Nutrition and Cancer | WageningenX on edX

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Cancer. In Western countries, about one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer. Did you know that about 40% of these cancer cases could have been prevented? The food we eat, the amount of exercise we do, the lifestyle choices we make, all of these factors can have an impact on…