Every Monday since October 24, 2005, Richard Béliveau, Ph.D., publishes a column in the section Votre Vie (Your Life) in the Journal de Montréal in which he describes the latest developments on maintaining health through diet in an easy-to-read and engaging style. Thanks to the generosity of the Journal de Montréal, you can download and consult all of the columns in high resolution PDF format from our website.
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Macular Degeneration: Too Much Fat Can Blind You
An important study, performed at the Université de Montréal, has shown that excess fat in the blood deranges the metabolism of cells in the retina and favors age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the principal cause of blindness in the world. Download this column
Move to Save Your Life!
Some significant recent research has revealed new mechanisms explaining the extraordinary impact that exercise has on the reduction of cancer. The adrenaline produced during physical effort enhances the elimination of cancerous cells by the immune system, which could explain the powerful anti-cancerous effect of regular physical activity. Download this column
The Influence of Diet on the Genes
A fascinating analysis of the genes in a vegetarian population showed the presence of an evolutionary adaptation which permits them to efficiently produce omega-3 and omega-6 long-chain fatty acids, even without eating meat or fish. We are what we eat, even at the genetic level! Download this column
Frozen Fruits and Vegetables: a Healthy Choice
Over the course of the winter, it is often remarked how difficult it is for the poorest of households to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables due to the high prices of these foods. It is worthwhile to remember that frozen fruits and vegetables are as good for the health as fresh products, but at a fraction of the price. Download the column
The Intestinal Microbiome and Cardiac Health
Certain molecules contained in animal products, such as red meat, are transformed by intestinal bacteria into TMAO, a substance which increases the risk of heart diseases. A recent study suggests, however, that adoption of a Mediterranean-type diet can block this transformation and thus diminish the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Download this column
The arrival of colder temperatures coincides very often with a marked increase in the number of common colds. Beyond the basic measures of hygiene, however, there exists an excellent means of reducing the risks of catching a cold: getting a good night's sleep. Download this column