The Roundup - Edition 52

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 52, bringing you the best health news, research and paleo recipes from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

Certain dietary supplements have been linked to an increased cancer risk. A research meta-analysis of two decades worth of research covered 12 trials that involved more than 300,000 people, and found that unlike eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, taking lots of supplements may raise a person’s risk of developing cancer.

Examples of supplements that were studied and found to impact certain cancers connected: beta carotene and lung cancer, vitamin E and prostate cancer, selenium and skin cancer, and folic acid and colon cancer.

However, this doesn’t mean that no one should take any supplements whatsoever. I agree that the supplements mentioned above are not ones people should be taking, yet certain supplements can be helpful for filling holes in an inadequate diet, or for addressing established nutrient deficiencies.

In Step 4 of my eBook 9 Steps to Perfect Health, Supplement Wisely, I suggest using smart supplementation based on the most common nutrient needs for the average person. While getting your nutrients from food is always the optimal choice, sometimes getting what we need solely from food is difficult, if not impossible. That’s why I recommend supplementing with certain forms of vitamins and minerals that can support our best health.

Research Report

  • Electric light, particularly at night, disrupts human circadian rhythms.
  • A country of couch potatoes: The number of Americans who were “totally sedentary” rose to its highest level since 2007.
  • Researchers are still in the early stages of understanding the effects of sleep loss.
  • Do slow-digesting carbohydrates make us feel more full?
  • An an irregular microbiome can increase the risk of many chronic diseases diseases for Westerners.
  • Processed foods are more likely to be associated with addictive eating behavior.
  • Flavanols, natural compounds found in tea, fruits, and some chocolates among other sources, have been shown to enhance brain function and cognitive performance in older adults.

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