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Prenatal Nutrition:Optimal Nutrition Support During Pregnancy

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Almonds

Almonds are a relative to the peach, apricot, and cherry. Classified into two categories, sweet and bitter, sweet almonds are the variety that is…

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Apricots

A member of the plum and cherry family, apricots are classified as a drupe, or a fleshy, one-seeded fruit enclosed as a pit. Apricots are thought to…

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Artichokes

Long considered a delicacy around the globe, artichokes are actually the unopened flower of a thistle like plant. Artichokes are one of the oldest…

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Arugula

Arugula has grown in popularity in recent years, becoming a frequent addition to salads. Its peppery and woodsy flavors provide this green with a…

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Asparagus

As a member of the lily family and originally cultivated in ancient Egypt, asparagus is a superfood rich in nutrition. Nutritional…

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Avocado

The avocado, also referred to as the alligator pear, can be divided into three main categories, West Indian, Guatemalan, and Mexican. In the United…

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Bananas

Bananas are the second leading fruit crop in the world. Although traditionally thought of as yellow, bananas can also be red, pink, purple, and…

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Beets

Beets are a unique vegetable as both the root and leaves are typically consumed. They originated in North Africa, and along Asian and European…

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Blueberries

Native to North America and Europe, there are over thirty different species of blueberries worldwide. Consumed by man since prehistoric times,…

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Broccoli

Developed from a European wild cabbage, broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables. Ancient Romans and Italians have cultivated…

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Cabbage

Cabbage is a relative of broccoli, brussel sprouts, and radishes as a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables. Modern cabbage has developed…

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Cantaloupe

Cantaloupes are one of my favorites. Muskmelon, incorrectly referred to as cantaloupe, is one the five most frequently purchased fruits in the U.S. A…

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Carrots

Scientifically known as daucus carota, carrots originated in the Middle East and Asia. With over 100 varieties, they can vary in both size and color.…

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Cashews

One of the most beloved nuts is by far the cashew. This kidney-shaped nut is a relative of the mango and pistachio as a member of the anacardiaceae…

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Celery

Celery is a biennial vegetable, meaning it grows in a cycle of once every two years. While commonly thought of as light green, in Europe celery is…

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Chocolate

At the center of chocolate’s health benefits are flavonoids. These plant pigments are responsible for many of the health benefits of many fruits…

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Healing Facts - Corn

Corn

Corn has become the quintessential symbol of the harvest season. Almost everyone grew up hearing the story of Native Americans sharing their…

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Cranberries

In the days leading up to the Holidays, lets focus on traditional foods served at the year’s biggest meal. Cranberry sauce, weather the canned…

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Cucumbers

Although over 70% of them are made into pickles, cucumbers are nutritious and yummy in their own right. Cucumbers are a tropical plant that…

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Eggplant

Eggplants are a member of the nightshade family with potatoes and tomatoes. Although commonly thought of in a deep purple shade, eggplants also come…

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Endive - Healing Food Facts

Endive – Healing Food Facts

Endive is a chicory green that is today, much more popular in Europe than in the United States. Although its recognition is growing, it is still…

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Fennel

With its bulb and stalks, fennel is a member of the Umbelliferae family along with carrots and celery. Fennel has a distinct taste often compared to…

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Figs

There are over 150 different varieties of figs, varying dramatically in color from green and purple, to black. Because figs are extremely perishable,…

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Garbonzo Beans

Garbanzo beans go by many names, from chickpeas and Bengal grams to Egyptian peas. This unique legume has a nut like buttery taste and is a common…

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Garlic

Although garlic is extremely popular, few know that it is actually a member of the lily family. Garlic is a native to Central Asia, and as one of the…

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Ginger

Did you know that ginger is considered an erect perennial herb? Native to Asia, India, and China, ginger has been popular in these regions for…

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Glycemic Load of Foods Table

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Grapefruit

Named the “grapefruit” because it grows in clusters similar to grapes, nothing says summer quite like this citrus fruit. In fact, its Latin name,…

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Grapes

Having been consumed since prehistoric times as far back as 5,000 B.C.E., grapes were highly valued in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations for…

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Honeydew Melons

As a member of the curbitaceae family, honeydew melons are a relative of cucumbers and squash. It is thought that honeydews originated in Persia.…

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Kiwi

Kiwifruit is perhaps one of the most unique fruits. With its brown fuzzy skin, and bright green meat, there isn’t another comparable fruit. Kiwi is…

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Leeks

Leeks are a relative to the onion and garlic family, but are different as people consume their leaves rather than the bulb. They are a native to…

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Lemons

Although often thought of as sour, lemons actually are available in sweet varieties such as the Meyer lemon. Lemon trees are unique as they flower…

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Limes

Limes are a popular citrus fruit that can be either sour or sweet, depending on the variety. Originating in South-east Asia, limes were carried by…

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Maple Syrup

As the months grow cooler, a whole new flavor pallet is in season. One of many people’s fall favorites is maple syrup. Made by tapping the bark…

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Nutmeg

Nutmeg is the seed of a fruit similar to an apricot, grown on a tropical evergreen called the Moluccas. Native to the central Spice Islands of…

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Olives

Although most consider the olive a vegetable, its actually a fruit. Many consume green and black olives, the only difference between the two being…

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Onions

Did you know that the onion is a member of the lily family? Onions come in a wide variety of flavors, colors, and shape, which can be broken up into…

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Oranges

As one of the most popular fruits in the world, the history of the oranges dates back to ancient times. The first reference of oranges was found in…

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Papaya

As a native to Central America, the papaya is a tropical fruit with a soft consistency and sweet taste. The papaya became a favorite of Spanish and…

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Peaches

Did you know, that a nectarine is considered a smooth skinned peach? Native to China, peaches and nectarines were spread to the Middle East and…

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Pears

With Autumn officially upon us, the season of harvest is in full swing. One of the many new fruits in season are pears. Historic record of the pear…

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Peas

Peas come in three different varieties: garden, snow, and snap. The history of the pea is unknown, although it is believed that they originated in…

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Pecans

North American native to the Mississippi River valley, the pecan grows on a type of hickory tree that grows to a height of about 150 feet. Each tree…

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Pineapples

Pineapples were named for its resemblance of a large green pinecone, and its flavor profile, which is often compared to a mixture of apples,…

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Plums

Plums are a relative both the peach and almond. There are over 200 different varieties of plums, coming in a rainbow of colors from blue and purple…

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Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a holiday classic. As a member of the nightshade family, potatoes are relatives of the tomato, eggplant and bell pepper.…

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Prunes

Prunes, or dried plums, originated near the Caspian Sea – the same area where European plums originated. As people migrated, so did prunes…

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Pumpkin Seeds

Continuing with our pumpkin theme, pumpkin seeds are another great fall favorite. Although sometimes discarded after carving pumpkins, many use them…

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Pumpkins

With Halloween just a few weeks away, pumpkins are in high demand. As a member of the winter squash family, pumpkins share similar nutritional…

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Raisins

Raisins are a common American snack made from dehydrated grapes. Ancient Phoenicians and Armenians worked to prefect the process of making raisins.…

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Raspberries

Did you know that raspberries are not just limited to the color red, but also come in a wide range of colors from black and orange to yellow and…

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Rye

One of the heartiest of the grains, rye is more nutritious than its cousin, wheat. Rye was originally a wild grass found in Central Asia.…

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Scallops

Scallops are a type of mollusk that has a wavy, scalloped, shell. When consumed, you are actually eating the ‘nut’, or the muscle used to open…

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Spinach

Spinach originated as a wild plant in Persia and East Asia and has been cultivated in China for over 2,000 years. Catherine de Médici brought…

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Sweet Potato

Sweet potato pie, casserole and other dishes, are frequently served at Thanksgiving dinner. A favorite of many, the sweet potato is not a member…

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Thyme

Thyme is a small evergreen shrub and member of the mint family. Native to the western Mediterranean, thyme has been utilized since ancient times for…

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Tofu

Behind soy sauce, tofu is the best-selling soy product in the United States. Tofu is made from soymilk by coagulating the soy proteins with calcium…

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Tomatoes

Did you know that there are over one thousand different varieties of tomatoes? Originating in central and South America, tomatoes were introduced to…

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Turnips

Turnips, as well as cabbage and broccoli, are a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. Cultivated over 4,000 years ago in Asia, turnips…

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Watermelon

Did you know that a watermelon can weigh upwards of 90 pounds? Watermelons are native to the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa. Depicted in…

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Zucchini

Considered a summer squash, zucchini are a member of the melon family. Other summer squash include crookneck, straightneck, and pattypan squash.…

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On the Dr Oz show

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On the show I discussed the failure of conventional medicine to address the underlying issues in many health conditions offering little more than drugs as biochemical “band aids.”

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Introduction

The statistics on the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes are staggering as it is now estimated that over 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are at high risk of developing diabetes. If things do not change one-half of all Americans adults will develop the disease by 2020. It is a serious issue that will bankrupt our society on many levels if the tide is not turned.

Currently, one out of every five United States federal health care dollars is spent treating people with diabetes. The average yearly health care costs for a person without diabetes is $2,560; for a person with diabetes, that figure soars to $11,744. Much of that increase is related to the costs of drugs.

A “Misguided” Organization

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the largest and most powerful organization dealing with this deadly disease. Though the ADA does a great deal of good, I wonder if the agenda of the organization is more to be a front for the pharmaceutical industry rather than trying to offer effective answers to patients with diabetes. The ADA’s Standards of Medical Care for Type 2 Diabetes focuses on the complete overreliance on the drug treatment of diabetes and its complications while completely ignoring the use of critical nutritional support.

When medical historians look back at these sorts of position papers they will refer to them as marketing propaganda promoting the dark age of pharmaceutical interventions. These guidelines were obviously written by individuals closely tied to the drug industry – it’s a travesty. The major shortcoming of pharmaceutical interventions in type 2 diabetes are that they do not impact the progression of the disease and in many cases actually accelerate the underlying disease process and increase mortality. Yet, this approach is the only one offered by conventional medicine.

A Rational Solution

The key issue that is not addressed by the ADA or other conventional medical group dealing with diabetes is that the drugs are only biochemical band-aids and some of the drugs actually shorten life expectancy (click here). There is one fundamental truth that is rarely explained to the patient: type 2 diabetes in almost every case is a disease caused by diet and lifestyle. The focus should be on using diet, lifestyle, and natural medicine to achieve ideal blood glucose control and metabolic targets, as well as reducing the risk of the complications of diabetes by focusing on the following four areas:
* Providing optimal nutrient status
* Reducing after-meal elevations in blood glucose levels
* Improving insulin function and sensitivity
* Preventing nutritional and oxidative stress

For more information, please see the completely revised and updated 3rd edition of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

Weekly Health Tip

Mind Your Ps and Qs

PQQ may be the perfect answer to preventing or reversing age-related mental decline.

kiwiPQQ (short for pyrroloquinoline quinone) is a vitamin-like compound found in plant foods that shows a wide range of benefits for brain function and energy production. Learn more about PQQ with the following Q&A.
What Exactly Does PQQ Do?

PQQ is an extremely potent antioxidant that is able to carry out the role of an antioxidant in the body more than 20,000 times—which is a rare thing. For example, other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are only able to accomplish this “cycling” process about four times.
Are There Any Food Sources of PQQ?

PQQ has been found in all plant foods analyzed to date. Particularly PPQ-rich foods include parsley, green peppers, kiwi, papaya, and tofu. These foods contain 2–3 mcg of PQQ per 100 grams. Green tea provides about the same amount per 4-oz. serving. While these amounts appear to be sufficient in helping our cells carry out their basic functions, research indicates that boosting PQQ through supplementation can produce some amazing effects.

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