Protein Discovered In Bacon Linked To Higher Intelligence

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Scientists have recently discovered a protein in bacon that is linked to increased cognitive performance.

The protein, called Secondary Carnitine Polypeptide (SCP), releases hormones that increase blood flow to the brain, thus improving transmission time between neurons and allowing for more neurons to fire simultaneously. The result is enhanced mental clarity in tasks focused on sequential reasoning and abstraction.

“It’s like dousing your brain cells in Gatorade,” said Dr. Christopher P. Boaranski, director of research and founder of the SCP Research Lab in Upstate New York. “Instead of tiring out and having a prolonged refractory period between firing, the SCPs are able to transmit several signals before needing a rest, and even then, there is a shorter ‘recharge’ time before they’re ready to fire again.”

To measure SCP’s effectiveness, Dr. Boaranski and his colleagues organized a blind cross-sectional longitudinal study of 240 students from a local college campus. Each student was assigned to a diet that included either two pounds of cooked crispy bacon meat a day or the caloric equivalent in other, SCP-“weak” foods such as tofu or turkey bacon. Another group was used as a control and received no change in their diet. The students then took weekly aptitude tests that measured their ability in areas of math, language and memory as well as cognitive reaction times.

“In the control group, we saw a 3 to 7 percent score improvement over the course of the study. These results were anticipated, as the average person improves cognitively with repetitive testing,” said Dr. Boaranski. “In the bacon meat group, we saw a 28 to 48 percent improvement, which is incredible for just a single dietary modification. In the group that ate the SCP-‘weak’ foods (tofu and turkey bacon), we actually documented a decrease of minus 13 percent in cognitive ability.”

This discovery comes in the wake of the World Health Organization publishing a study last year that showed diets with large consumptions of red meats to be associated with an increase in cancer diagnoses.

“We certainly don’t suggest anyone go out and start consuming pounds and pounds of bacon each day… there are some real disadvantages to overconsuming bacon,” said Dr. Boaranski. “But, as it turns out, bacon not only tastes amazing, it also makes you way smarter than people who don’t eat it.”

The next step is to isolate the protein into a powder for use as a nutritional supplement. This could help combat “lifter’s lurgy,” the post-workout fogginess bodybuilders experience while trying to add up the number of sets they’ve done, or be used as a pre-test stimulant for students.

Dr. Boaraski says he has already received interest in pre-orders for the powder prior to development. Since the powder would fall under the category of a natural supplement, there would be no requirements to have the substance approved by the FDA, thus greatly accelerating the time it will take for the powder to be available in the retail market.

“We are very eager to start putting SCP into other products,” Dr. Boaranski says. “There’s a whole new industry opening up here, and we certainly don’t want to be caught wallowing in the mud.”

For more information about the SCP Research Lab, please visit here.

You Won’t Believe What This Celebrity Does For A Day Job!

Life doesn’t always take the route you expected. Unanticipated opportunities and bumps in the road add twists to previously straight highways into the future. But amid changed plans is the possibility to thrive where you’ve been placed.

Doug Allen singing the National Anthem at a NHL Sabers hockey game.
Doug Allen singing the National Anthem at a NHL Sabers hockey game.

Just ask Doug Allen. At one time, he dreamed of success on the stage. Now, he follows two passions, singing the National Anthem for NHL Buffalo Sabers games at night and serving at the Buffalo City Mission during the day. He deeply enjoys and is passionate about both roles.

Nighttime at the First Niagara Center finds Doug Allen dressed in a tux, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before each Buffalo Sabers hockey game. He’s been doing this since 1992 and became the main anthem singer in 2005. The ecstatic fans know him for his amazing voice and the way he glides across the ice, pointing toward them every time he sings, “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

To those in the stands, he’s a celebrity. He’s performed at their weddings and birthday parties and posed countless times for their cameras. (He’s even been featured as a cake topper for one fan’s son!) Few of these star-struck fans know of or could even imagine the completely different and humbling role he assumes when he’s not singing at the rink.

Doug Allen spreading salt to melt ice at the City Mission
Doug Allen spreading salt to melt ice at the City Mission

During the day, Allen is the facilities coordinator at the City Mission. He melts ice, checks lights, and tackles things that need fixing. It’s not the glamour he looked forward to as a recent graduate with a degree in music education from Houghton College over 20 years ago. In fact, it started out as a job he worked while pursuing a master’s degree. But it’s been somewhere he’s been able to serve for over two decades.

Why doesn’t Allen try to push for more success if he has the voice for it? The answer lies in the dedication he has to following God’s leading. If God has placed him as “the Anthem Guy” and a “maintenance man,” Allen is going to give these jobs his all.

Allen hasn’t let disappointment from his earlier dream hold him back. Instead, with his humility, music-making abilities, and care for others, he’s forged a new kind of adventure.