Tag Archives: Current Biology

Moon Cycle and Sleep Pattern

DSC_22655Linking lunar cycle to physical and psychological conditions has been considered unscientific by some researchers. However, the Swiss are changing this view. A new study analyzed sleep patterns of 33 subjects in a sleep lab. Subjects and investigators didn’t know that the analysis was related to the lunar cycle. They found that around full moon, subjects had less deep sleep and lower endogenous melatonin levels. Would you agree?  What is your personal experience with the lunar cycle?    

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Keep fruit and vegetables in daylight to boost nutrients

Current Biology published a study regarding the best way to store fruits and vegetables to obtain the most benefit. The study found fruits and vegetables follow a 24-hour plant clock. Food crops can alter the internal chemical level throughout the day in order to ward off pests. Storing fruits and vegetables under the light-dark cycles helps them to preserve more nutrients. Glucosinates, a chemical with anti-cancer property is produced by cabbage in the day; refrigerated cabbage on the opposite produced less glucosinates. Further tests revealed many other crops (e.g., lettuce, spinach, courgettes, sweet potatoes, carrots and blueberries) also follow the same light-dark cycle. Please share your thoughts on the result of this study. How do you typically store your fruits or vegetables?

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