Abstracts & Commentary

ND
Type 2 diabetics following a low-carbohydrate diet showed improved glycemic control, but the long-term effectiveness requires further investigation.
ND
Using a spirulina/curcumin/Boswellia extract for 3 months may reduce the size of benign thyroid nodules.
ND, LAc, MPH
Spending more time gardening during the lockdown was associated with better self-reported physical, mental, and emotional health compared to those who did not garden.
ND, FABNO
About 35 minutes of moderate physical activity a day improves lifespan regardless of hours spent sitting. Even 11 minutes a day of moderate exercise reduces risk for premature death.
ND
After use of a weighted blanket for about a year, 92% of insomnia sufferers in the study had at least a 50% improvement and 78% experienced remission of their insomnia.
ND
Increases in cortisol after an 80-minute biking exercise trial were blunted in people who supplemented with an amino acid mixture compared to placebo.
ND, RD, CDCES
A new randomized controlled trial finds that berberine may act as a gut microbiome modulator for improving gylcemic control, killing some gut microbes and enhancing others.
PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of conditions, but a plant-dipeptide combo supplement appears to improve saliva production and saliva pH.
ND, FABNO
A large, prospective study found that low frequency of laughter was significantly associated with all-cause mortality and CVD incidence in an older population.
ND
Supplementing with these 2 plants improved glucose control in prediabetics in the short term but not the long term.