Common fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other edible plants are full of anti-aging compounds. The gut microbiome influences our desire to drink alcohol. Vitamin B3 improves physical performance in patients with peripheral artery disease. The ketogenic diet benefits memory function in mice.

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:

  • A large set of anti-aging compounds have been confirmed in edible plants. Traditional fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes contain meaningful amounts of compounds such as resveratrol, lutein, ellagic acid, curcumin, and numerous others that inhibit oxidative stress and promote autophagy. Sci
  • The gut microbiome affects the desire to drink alcohol. New research indicates that the mix of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in the gut microbiome influences drinking patterns and is shown to be significantly different in people to tend to binge drink. In the study, mice that were fed valeric acid (a form of SCFA) were less likely to consume alcohol. Microbiome
  • Vitamin B3, in the form of nicotinamide riboside, improves the physical performance of those suffering from peripheral artery disease. In a new study, patients who took nicotinamide riboside daily for six months increased their timed walking distance by more than 57 feet, compared to participants who took a placebo. Nature Communications
  • The ketogenic diet improves memory in older mice. Recent research from Chile “indicates that the effects of the ketogenic diet benefit brain function broadly, and we provide a mechanism of action that offers a strategy for the maintenance and improvement of this function during aging…” Cell Reports Medicine