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Nourishment and Nutrition

Contact Wellness believes nourishment and nutrition are key elements of a wellness-based solution to the crisis of chronic disease. Contact Wellness has collected here some of the most recent results in this very active area of research.

Vitamin D Hormone Regulates Serotonin Synthesis. Part 1: Relevance for Autism — Vitamin D indirectly controls the expression of over 900 genes in the body. This paper describes how vitamin D activates three brain hormones known to affect social behavior. Autism, which is characterized by abnormal social behavior, has previously been linked to low levels of serotonin in the brain and to low vitamin D levels but no mechanism has linked the two until now.  Read the abstract. Read the full article.

Vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids control serotonin synthesis and action, part 2: relevance for ADHD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and impulsive behavior — An explanation of how omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D contribute to improved congitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders. This paper is by Rhonda Patrick, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).  Read the abstract. Read the full article.

A nutrient-dense, high-fiber, fruit-based supplement bar increases HDL cholesterol, particularly large HDL, lowers homocysteine, and raises glutathione in a 2-wk trial — A description of a trial in which participants saw improved disease risk biomarkers after consuming a high-fiber, fruit-based supplment bar twice daily for two weeks.  Read the abstract. Read the full article.