Vitamin K, What is Good For? A Few Things, Actually.

Vitamin K? Isn’t that the blood clotting vitamin? Sounds boring, why should I care about my vitamin K intake?

In an attempt to answer that question I’ll post the available research from randomized controlled trials demonstrating the beneficial effects on vitamin K. However, first an explanation of what vitamin K is. Continue reading

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In Honor of the Conclusion of Breaking Bad; An Overview of the Clinical Research on Nutrition and Lung Cancer Prevention

Perhaps the most integral element of TV show Breaking Bad is Walter White’s lung cancer. The show, which concluding its amazing 5 season run this week, serves as a good opportunity to talk about lung cancer, as well as what the available clinical research suggests as far as preventing it.

Among all types of cancers, lung cancer represents the type generally found to be responsible for the most deaths, regardless of gender or race. Although this is likely due largely to the effect of smoking cigarettes, lung cancer is still one of the most common types of cancer among non-smokers.

Given the disease’s pervasiveness, it would seem immensely valuable to examine how diet and nutrient intake may be able to modulate and reduce the rates of lung cancer incidence and mortality. This review will focus almost entirely on evidence from randomized, controlled trials on humans with lung cancer incidence and/or death as endpoints. Despite their importance, this review will ignore the effect of drugs such as smoked tobacco and aspirin (which by the way show a harmful and protective effect, respectively).

For a TL;DR version skip to the conclusion section.

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