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Choosing Tools To Answer Your Research Questions In Nutritional Neuroscience

Dietary factors have the ability to benefit or impair multiple aspects of our health. There is an abundance of literature analyzing relationships between diet and body mass, cardiovascular function, glucose regulation, and other health measures. As we put the pieces together, interest in diet and brain has developed into its own sub-field within the study of nutrition. For those of …

The best evidence that 2′fucosyllactose improves learning and memory: A case study

Is the secret to a high IQ hiding in your gut? Hyperbole aside, modulation of the microbiome via prebiotics and/or probiotics have been shown to alter behavior, increase learning and memory, or lessen anxiety. The discovery of these effects has prompted an interest in the bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain, or the gut-brain-axis. How is it that …

All for one and one for all: Prebiotic blends and anxiety

Forget competition, it’s about cooperation. We previously wrote about how prebiotics improve memory, reduce anxiety, and can even promote recovery from stroke. That was just about individual prebiotics. Here, we want to demonstrate that it isn’t necessarily about one prebiotic performing better than another. In fact, the goal of most research has not been to make direct comparisons. Rather, there’s …

Can Prebiotics Improve Cognition?

It’s no longer a secret and hasn’t been for some time, that the gut and brain share an intimate relationship. The gut houses the enteric nervous system, sometimes referred to as the “second brain”, and we are of course familiar with terms like “butterflies in our stomach” to describe the feeling of anxiety. Improving the brain with nutrition, however, is …

What’s the FDA regulatory definition of dietary fiber?

I know there’s a regulation for dietary fiber, but it’s so complicated I don’t know how to apply it. It’s not surprising that the recently enacted regulatory definition of fiber is difficult for non-experts to understand. Dietary fiber has long been associated with health and the concept is simple enough. Eating fiber-rich foods promotes digestive health, which most of us …

Short Chain Fatty Acids: Deceptively Simple

Short chain fatty acids (SCFA) are deceptively simple. There are six of them that are routinely studied (acetate, propionate, butyrate, isovalerate, valerate, and isobutyrate), and they are cheap and relatively straightforward to analyze. Their simplicity belies a much more complex story that is often overlooked. There are many review papers on the subject1–3, but we felt an abridged version was …

Probiotics: What are they?

I’ve heard of probiotics, but what are they? Probiotics are living bacteria in a food or supplement designed to seed the gastrointestinal tract (GI) with bacteria. While any bacterium added to food could theoretically fall under this category, the term is typically reserved for bacteria considered beneficial in the colon. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and …

Readme: Welcome to Traverse Science

This is us in 2018, several months before the idea to start Traverse Science would take hold. Welcome to Traverse Science. Our company was born out of a need discovered by Dr. Ryan Dilger and Dr. Stephen Fleming while working with researchers in industry. Who are we? Ryan is a nutrition scientist and hobbyist engineer. Stephen is a neuroscientist and …