Ithaca, NY and Augusta, GA—New studies have shown that maternal intake of the nutrient choline during pregnancy can have a positive impact on the neural functions of children born with Down syndrome, as well as those whose mothers consumed alcohol during the first trimester. Choline, found in egg yolks, liver, nuts, broccoli and cauliflower, is part of several major phospholipids that are critical for normal membrane structure and function according to the Journal of Nutrition Web site. This nutrient is also present in numerous brain support supplements.

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Junk Food

King County, WA—According to a study done by a team of researchers at University of Washington, childhood obesity is often linked with socially disadvantaged neighborhoods as reported in the Social Science & Medicine journal. A study in King County was recently conducted with 8,616 children between the ages of 6-18.

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multivitamins

Northumbria, UK—A new study conducted by researchers at Northumbria University found that multivitamins can improve mood and mental performance in middle-aged men. While most multivitamin studies deal with the elderly, this study is one of few researching the effects of multivitamins on healthy men.

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Coffee

Enough of the tired excuse, I haven’t had my coffee yet. It’s common for people to blame their morning grogginess on a lack of caffeine, but a recent study suggests that the morning jolt may be nothing more than a figment of the imagination.

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Beta Carotene

Baltimore, MD—Expecting mothers should add vitamin A to their diets as a new study, published in May in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that regular intake of the vitamin at recommended dietary levels before, during and after pregnancy improve lung function in their children.

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pregnant woman

Denver, CO and Boston, MA—Most pregnant women aren’t getting enough vitamin D, even those that take prenatal supplements, according to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

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A new study published in the gastroenterology and hepatology journal Gut indicates that curcumin may be a viable option for slowing down liver damage and cirrhosis.

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New research presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) explained how fructans, molecules of fructose chained together, might increase the absorption of minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are essential to bone growth.

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A study completed at Iowa State University’s Nutrition and Wellness Center found that a diet supplemented with flaxseed significantly lowered high cholesterol levels in men.

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Chapel Hill, NC—A study recently published by researchers at the University of North Carolina has found that children are snacking more frequently between meals. The study, conducted with data from over 31,000 children from two to 18 years old, reports that children in the United States are eating an average of three snacks a day, on top of their three regular meals. 

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