Monday, February 16, 2015

Autism Oddities

  Sulforaphane, derived from broccoli sprouts, reduces behavioral disturbances...described by Leo Kanner, MD 70 years ago.... in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Sulforaphane boosts the bodies natural defenses against oxidative stress, inflammation, and DNA damage as well improving the bodies heat-shock response, processes used to protect cells from stress caused by high temperatures....including fever.
  Half of parents with ADSs affected children report their autistic behavior improves noticeably when they have a fever.
PNAS:2014 Oct 13

Five Factors to Reduce Stroke in Women

  Healthy diet, moderate alcohol consumption, never smoking, physical activity and a healthy BMI reduce the risk of stroke by 54% in women.
Neurology 2014 Oct 8

Walnuts to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's

  Researchers studied the effects of dietary supplementation on mice given a human equivalent of 1 to 1.5 oz per day of walnuts and found significant improvement in learning skills, memory, and reduced anxiety. This study suggests possible human studies regarding the effect a walnut enriched diet may have on AD.
Journal of Alzheimer's disease Oct 21,2014