You Should Probably Be Eating More Turmeric. Here’s How

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that may help keep the brain young. Older adults in Singapore who ate turmeric-rich curry often were half as likely to suffer from mental decline. Other studies suggest turmeric may help improve memory. Cinnamon appears to have insulin-like properties that may help control blood sugar levels. Just as little as 1/4 teaspoon a day was found to be beneficial.  (Photo by Bob Fila/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

Turmeric is quickly becoming an “it” superfood. You’ve probably seen the ingredient all over Pinterest and Instagram in the form of golden-hues lattes, soups, and vegan ice cream. It was even called a “rising star” by Google Food Trends, since searches for turmeric jumped a whopping 56% in between November and January of last year. And as a nutritionist, I’m thrilled, since this healthy food trend is both delicious and backed by research. Leer Más



THE SOCIAL NETWORK IN YOUR GUT

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January of 2011, Ilana Brito maxed out her credit cards and booked a trip to Fiji. At the time, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, with a particular interest in how infectious diseases move throughout human communities and the environment. Nine months earlier, Brito had attended a talk in New York by Stacy Jupiter, a marine biologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s program in Fiji, who discussed the link between watershed health and human health. In Fiji, cases of typhoid typically spike after cyclones and other serious storms: pools of standing water form, providing safe harbor to Salmonella typhi, the bacterium that causes the illness. Like many other infectious diseases, typhoid can be very difficult to track in humans, but Brito—undaunted by the challenge of this epidemiological quandary—began to wonder whether it was possible instead to follow the bacterium as it travelled. She approached Jupiter after the talk with the idea of piloting the Fiji Community Microbiome Project (Fijicomp). Soon, she was on her way. Leer Más


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