Nutrition

Cliff Harvey PhD on The Roar Knowledge Podcast

I was recently on the Roar Knowledge podcast with Alex Connor. Check out the cast where we chat about nutrition, performance, and how to *simply* get the most out of your nutrition.

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

Do Saunas Help You ‘Detox’?

While saunas are known to be beneficial to health (by inducing ‘heat shock proteins’) and might even aid hypertrophy (muscle growth), the evidence for a ‘detox’ effect is less clear. It is plausible, as the skin is a major excretory organ and can help the body to eliminate toxins, and the increased metabolic activity and catabolic processes initiated by heat-shock proteins may amplify this. Research is lacking although a few studies have shown some isolated findings for an effect of saunas on detox At this stage though, research is lacking although a few studies have shown some isolated findings for

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

The Brain and Nootropic Issue: The Carb-Appropriate Review

Issue 3 | Volume 2 | March 2020 In this issue: This month, Cliff looks at the evidence behind diet and lifestyle for reducing the risk of dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders and how you can boost brain-power right now. Also this month, research commentary on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis on carbohydrate intake and metabolic syndrome risk, along with short research ‘bites’ on evening primrose oil, saunas and detox, and the paleo-keto diet. Featured article How to Optimise Brain Health & Reduce the Risk of Age-Related Cognitive Decline Brain health now and impending cognitive decline are two of

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All About: Nootropics

Nootropics are supplements that improve cognition and mental performance to better-than-normal levels. In this review, Cliff Harvey PhD looks at the evidence behind some of the most common and most-studied nootropics.

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

Is Evening Primrose Oil Worth Taking?

Reviews of the evidence have shown that there is little meaningful evidence to support the use of evening primrose oil (EPO) for breast tenderness or dermatitis.1, 2 But one review has suggested a benefit (versus drugs used for treatment) for breast pain. It should be noted that the studies cited within these reviews still offer many conflicts.2 There is only limited data on the use of primrose oil for schizophrenia but a Cochrane review of this application found no clear effect of EPO supplementation on schizophrenia.3 Primrose oil is probably not worth taking References 1.         Stonemetz D. A Review of

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

How to Optimise Brain Health and Reduce the Risk of Age-Related Cognitive Decline

Brain health, mental performance, and reducing the risk of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s are key aspects of health that are highly sought after. In this review, Cliff Harvey PhD looks at some of the diet, lifestyle, and supplement interventions that might boost brain-power and protect the brain.

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

All About Sweeteners: The Carb-Appropriate Review

Issue 2 | Volume 2 | February 2020 In this issue: This month, Cliff delves into the evidence behind the health effects of sweeteners. This issue includes a general review on non-nutritive sweeteners and then in-depth reviews of the human health effects of stevia and erythritol. Also this month, a look into recent controversy on the benefits and harms of a ketogenic diet for Ovarian Cancer. Featured article The Impact of Non-nutritive Sweeteners on Health Many people think that artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners increase the risk of microbiome damage, obesity, and cancer. In this overview, Cliff looks at the evidence

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

Are Low-Carb & Keto Diets ‘Bad’ for Ovarian Cancer?

There has recently been significant discussion in clinical circles about the appropriateness of the ketogenic diet for the treatment of ovarian cancer. In this article, I summarise the available research on ketogenic diets and ovarian cancer to shed some light on whether it is or isn’t appropriate…

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

All You Need to Know About Stevia

Stevia is now one of the most common natural non-nutritive sweeteners. There has been some concern about the potential for harm from stevia. In this article, Cliff looks at the evidence for the impact of stevia on health.