Researchers Find Possible Missing Link Between Sleep and Improved Memory

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Possible Missing Link Between Sleep and Improved Memory

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – A team of sleep researchers at the University of California, Riverside, led by psychology professor Sara C. Mednick, has found that the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for control of bodily functions not consciously directed (such as breathing, heartbeat, and digestive processes) plays a role in promoting memory consolidation – the process of converting information from short-term to long-term memory – during sleep.

The groundbreaking study, “Autonomic Activity During Sleep Predicts Memory Consolidation in Humans,” appears in the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Mednick and her team demonstrated, for the first time, that increases in autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity during sleep is correlated with memory improvement.

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Leftover Coffee Grounds Unlocking Unused Antioxidant Dietary Fibre

Spent Coffee Grounds As Food Ingredient In Bakery Products

A new use for a familiar favorite – coffee. Specifically spent grounds. Nothing like 6 tons of antioxidants and dietary fiber in our food waste streams. Here’s a novel way to extract high value from our food waste and get some much needed help with our chronically low dietary fiber levels.

Highlights

•Spent coffee grounds are natural source of antioxidant dietary fibre.
•Coffee antioxidant dietary fibre is a food ingredient for use at high temperature.
•A food grade ingredient has been obtained from spent coffee grounds.
•Safety of spent coffee grounds can be easily controlled.
•Spent coffee grounds can be used in bakery products and other foodstuffs.

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Hemp Revolution Research Case Underway

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Hemp Revolution Is Well Underway

Ongoing research into the complex compounds found in cannabis are adding to the knowledge base  Dr. Daniele Piomelli offers testimony on Medical Cannabis

Dr. Daniele Piomelli, Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, provided testimony on the science behind Cannabis research at a Senate Judiciary Committee, and Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, hearing on “Researching the Potential Medical Benefits and Risks of Marijuana.”

The hearing was held on July 13, 2016, and was a timely discussion about researching the potential medical benefits of the Cannabis plant and its cannabinoid chemical components.Testimony was offered to the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. I think that says it all when it comes to the dogged reluctance to putting the research we already have into wide spread medical use.

The hearing also addressed further removal of unnecessary barriers to research on cannabis and cannabinoids; especially, cannabidiol in the United States, where we like to think of ourselves as exceptional. An in the case of adopting medicinal cannabis, we are exceptionally resistant to health and wellness.

 

Buckwheat Boost For Cardiovascular Disease

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Buckwheat Exerts Protective Effect, Reduces Oxidative Stress Risk Factors.

Most studies conducted to date, have investigated the effect of various buckwheat extracts or individual molecular components on cell lines and animal models, with relatively few studies being performed on humans. [5]

The present study provided a valuable contribution in this context, particularly with regard to investigating the potential anti-inflammatory effect. Of relevance, it was possible to examine the above-mentioned parameters, after the consumption of the buckwheat-enriched wheat as the staple carbohydrate source in the diet.

The effects were then compared with those obtained after the consumption of modern wheat alone on the same population of Italian individuals, traditionally accustomed to wheat as a staple carbohydrate source. The results showed a positively impact on CVD risk by downregulating several key parameters associated with the disease.

In conclusion, a replacement diet with buckwheat-enriched products impacted positively by down-regulating several key parameters associated with CVD risk, including total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood glucose, insulin, and the HOMA index.

No improvements in the inflammatory profile were observed in the present studies that were specifically related to the consumption of buckwheat products. Additional human research is necessary to further investigate the possible beneficial effect of this pseudo-cereal.
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Citation: Sofi F, Ghiselli L, Dinu M, Whittaker A, Pagliai G, et al. (2016) Consumption of Buckwheat Products and Cardiovascular Risk Profile: A Randomized, Single-Blinded Crossover Trial. J Nutr Food Sci 6:501. doi:10.4172/2155-9600.1000501

 

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