Coconut oil is rubbish!

Coconut oil healthy?

Coconut oil or coconut fat is one of the hypes among the "superfoods". Coconut fans think it is the miracle weapon against blood sugar and cholesterol or a means to lose weight. The other extreme is: "coconut oil is pure poison". I explain here how healthy coconut oil actually is. To put it briefly, coconut oil is not poison, but it is also not particularly [...]

Omega-3 fatty acids actually protect the heart

Omega-3 rich foods

Until now, it has been disputed whether omega-3 fatty acids are healthy for the cardiovascular system, i.e. whether they protect the heart, or whether they are useless. Omega-3 fatty acids are found, for example, in the fish oil of fatty marine fish, such as mackerel or wild salmon, or in krill oil, which are marketed as food supplements. Cardiovascular diseases, the most common cause of death in Germany About 40% of all deaths in our country are caused by cardiovascular diseases, [...]

Poorer sperm quality due to smartphones?

Sperm quality decreases due to nightly smartphone use

Perhaps men of procreative age should think twice about reaching for their smartphone or tablet at night. A new study found correlations between electronic media use at night and poor sperm quality. Study finds evidence of sperm damage As the findings, published in May in the journal Sleep, show, increased use of light-emitting media devices [...]

Study: Customers love round numbers, not exact ones

Round numbers appear higher than exact

People prefer round numbers to exact ones.Because exact, non-round numbers seem unfamiliar and difficult, many misjudge their value. Consider the following theoretical scenario: A vaccine against coronavirus is developed that is 91.27% effective. When the authorities publish this information with exactly this figure, most people consider the vaccine to be less [...]

Coffee - harmful or healthy?

Sometimes coffee is demonised, then caffeine is said to be very healthy again. As a neurobiologist and author who drinks "litres" of coffee every day, I am constantly asked the question: "What is true? Is coffee or caffeine now harmful or healthy?" In fact, a whole series of scientific studies have been published on this question and in July 2020 in the [...]

That seems Polish to me

I have just discovered that some of the texts I wrote for a German health publisher a few years ago have now also appeared on a Polish website. The site is called Zdrowie w Praktyce, which the Google translator translates as "Health and Practice" and is published by a publishing house in Warsaw, according to the imprint. Here is a screenshot: I [...]

Study participants wanted: Bipolar disorder - therapy aid via smartphone

People suffering from bipolar disorder fluctuate periodically between depressive phases, balanced state of mind and manic episodes. In order for doctors to be able to recognise the first signs at an early stage and counteract them preventively in future, doctors from the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Dresden University Hospital are testing the use of a smartphone app as part of a study. For this purpose, the monitoring app "MovisensXS" is installed on the [...]

New book: Dr. Numberger's Mentally Fit Kitchen

My latest book on mental fitness has been published: Dr. Numberger's Geistig Fit Küche It offers information and recipes for everyone who wants to do something for their mental fitness, for memory, concentration and brain health. The book is based on the latest findings and studies in neuroscientific research. It consists of two parts: approx. 60 pages with [...]

Sex in old age trains the brain - really?

I have already presented healthy nutrition, brain jogging exercises and sufficient exercise several times as good brain and memory trainers. But regular sex in the second half of life is also said to boost brain function, according to a British study. The work of scientists from Oxford and Coventry Universities has been haunting the media for some time. And the topic is simply too "sexy" [...].

Neuroscientists reveal: When does an article go viral?

It is not only bloggers and online marketing experts who are concerned with the question: Why does one article spread virally like wildfire, but another - very similar - never goes viral? For the first time, neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania have now investigated which brain activities lead to an article being read and recommended (going viral) via social media. In fact, you can [...]