Growth Hormone, Aging, and Disease

The following post will be fairly speculative, so view it as a researched opinion piece. This post may have its inaccuracies and will evolve as I continue to research this topic. Herein I will be proposing some of my views on growth hormone and its downstream protein IGF-1 with particular respect to its role in aging and longevity. Continue reading

Monounsaturated Fat Versus Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fat: Nutrition Cage Match

To my knowledge there exist no controlled dietary trials lasting long enough for us to know how replacing monounsaturated fats (e.g. olive oil, canola oil) with omega-6 polyunsaturated fats (e.g. corn oil, sunflower oil) affects death from and incidence of various diseases. C’mon researchers, get on that!

In the meantime, if we want to try and figure out which types of fat is healthier, we need to look at controlled trials which measured various health markers suggestive of disease risk. I went on a mad search for controlled trials on humans comparing the effects of monounsaturated fat and omega-6 (or n6) polyunsaturated fat on such markers. Here’s what I found:

Continue reading

The Common Mushroom

White, crimini, portabello, baby bella; I was pretty surprised when I found out all these types of mushroom were technically the same fungus: agaricus bisporus (known commonly as the common mushroom). The different names comes from their natural variance in size, color, and maturity. As far as nutritional qualities there isn’t much deviation between the various kinds. Are mushrooms are healthy? Thanks for asking! As it happens, there are a number of benefits to noshing your ‘shrooms, as well as some good reasons to be cautious. Continue reading