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Sulforaphane increases human brain glutathione
Broccoli sprout extract, taken for 7 days, increases brain glutathione by an average 30% according to a human study from Johns Hopkins Medicine. The extract used contained 100 micromoles daily of sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is also found in other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower.
Which trees remove the most air pollutant particles?
Trees work as amazing air purifiers, trapping airborne pollutants such as traffic fumes which are linked with many different diseases such as asthma, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and dementia. Now, different tree species have been put to the test with birch trees coming out first for best-performing – birch removed 79% of ultrafine particles from the air. Yew and elder came close behind.
‘Inactive’ ingredients in medications can have clinical consequences
Inactive ingredients in medications and vaccines aren’t always inert in the body. Chemical dyes, gluten, lactose, corn starch and peanut oil, for example, can all have clinical consequences and can cause symptoms or even (rarely) allergic reactions. Only 12% of all solid oral medications have at least one formulation option that has no ‘inactive’ ingredient.
Introducing microbes from children with autism into germ-free mice induces autistic symptoms
Microbes living in the GI tract may directly cause autism, according to new animal research demonstrating the powerful link between the gut microbiome and brain function. Microbiologists at Caltech put fecal samples from children with and without autism into the stomachs of germ-free mice. Those with microbes from children with autism began to exhibit a decline in social behaviors and increased repetitive behaviors.