Communication is between the gut and brain is quickly becoming an important topic in the health world and with trillions of bacteria in the gut what we’re discovering now is only the tip of the iceberg.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School have shown Nitric oxide produced by bacteria in the gut has the ability to alter gene expression. This is further proof that bacteria within us can communicate and give instructions to our body.
Disruptions in the Nitric oxide mechanism in this study has long been associated with diseases such as diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Although there is no known sweet spot for Nitric oxide levels in the body, this research suggests that a diet lacking in Nitric oxide may play a role in the development of such diseases.
John Hopkins Medicine have shared studies describing how a chemical found in abundance in broccoli sprouts can potentially assist in restoring imbalanced brain chemistry associated with Schizophrenia.
The chemical, sulforaphane, has been known to have many health benefits. It is found in several cruciferous vegetables however it is destroyed by heat so must be eaten raw.
This can be combated by mixing the cooked cruciferous vegetables with mustard seed powder, which helps restore the sulforaphane.
A new study out of Purdue University and published in the scientific journal “Circulation” has shown that swapping out the red meat in your diet with plant-based protein sources such as beans or nuts.
This was a meta-analysis encompassing over 1800 participants which showed lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in diets which were high in plant proteins.
If you’ve read the Blue Zones book you would already know that beans and nuts with small amounts of meat seem to be the key though!