Vitamin A: Vitamin or Villain?

180DegreeHealth, from the beginning, has been about two primary things: Slaying?widely-held nutritional myths Figuring out what the hell is causing an accelerated increase in nearly all health problems worldwide over the past century, the last 40 years in particular, and determine how best to turn those trends “180 degrees.” Admittedly, 180D has done a lot more of #1 than #2. In...

Glycine and the Immune System

By Joel Brind So I?ve been writing for a few years now about the benefits of supplementing your diet with glycine. (Full disclosure: I?ve also been selling glycine online, cleverly disguised as a sweetener called ?sweetamine??). I got into it because my studies on nutritional biochemistry and amino acid metabolism led me to try it out myself, both on lab rats and myself. I thought it couldn?t...

To Fish Oil, or Not to Fish Oil?

The nutrition world is awash in fish oil worship. Typically, when the entire scientific community, food industry, and more are all singing the praises of an isolated substance or substances (EPA and DHA in the case of fish oil), you can be pretty sure there are some blind spots. And indeed there are. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are the two predominant types of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats...

Glycine Methionine Balance Revisited: A Matter of Timing

By Joel Brind In one of my earlier posts on this blog, I discussed the largely reciprocal nature of the amino acids glycine and methionine. Specifically, too much dietary methionine depletes glycine, because your body uses up glycine in order to get rid of the excess methionine. This is a common condition these days, because the typical diet is high in methionine-rich muscle meats, but low in...

Glycine and Insulin Resistance

By Joel Brind For many of us, the downside of the holidays is the dread of adding a few pounds of abdominal fat that will take more than a New Year’s resolution to work off. Even worse, we all also know that it’s the extra abdominal fat that causes insulin resistance and eventually?or maybe already?type 2 diabetes. But more recent research tells a more precise?and cheerful?story...

Good Proteins, Bad Proteins: The Amino Acids in Health and Disease

Good Proteins, Bad Proteins… 1. Preface: Not All Protein Is Created Equal A few months ago, an interesting Danish study was published, showing that a?”high-fat/high-sugar” diet?would cause obesity to mice consuming chicken, cod, or crab as their main protein source. However, the group of mice eating scallop protein didn’t develop these problems at all. The researchers...