Methylene blue may treat bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Vitamin D improves cancer-fighting immunity. Creatine helps to overcome sleep deprivation. Commonly used food emulsifiers increase type 2 diabetes risk. Contact with nature reduces inflammatory biomarkers.

Every week we discover inspiring, informative, and sometimes shocking health-related news. From new studies to insightful analysis, here is what you need to know this week:

  • Methylene blue is mysterious, multifaceted, and seemingly has many positive health effects. Dr. Lipman delves into the the mitochondrial boosting powers of methylene blue that may potentially treat bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Frank Lipman M.D.
  • Vitamin D improves gut bacteria and increases cancer-fighting immunity. New research indicates that mice given food rich in vitamin D had better resistance to implanted cancer cells. Science
  • Creatine supplementation can overcome the negative impact of sleep deprivation. A new study shows that a single dose of creatine can temporarily improve cognitive function during and after significant lack of sleep. Scientific Reports
  • Certain food emulsifiers increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Recent research from France observed that carrageenans, tripotassium phosphate, mono and diacetyltartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides of fatty acids, sodium citrate, guar gum, gum arabic, and xanthan gum had a dose-dependent relationship with type 2 diabetes. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Direct contact with nature lowers inflammation levels. A new study from Cornell University showed that higher levels of exposure to nature decrease interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein, and fibrinogen inflammation biomarkers in the blood. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity