How to “Beet” High Blood Pressure

More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years old and almost three quarters (71.8%) of all American blacks in the same age group. High BP is a major risk factor for a heart attack...
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4 Natural Ways to Reduce Blood Pressure

Do you want to lower your blood pressure without the harmful side effects of pharmaceuticals? The good news is that there are a number of safe, effective, and natural foods and nutrients that will help you do it. Over 60 million Americans have high blood pressure,...
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6 Natural Ways To Reduce Cholesterol

Elevated cholesterol increases the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease. It's currently recommended that total blood cholesterol (your "bad" cholesterol, LDL, plus your "good" cholesterol, HDL) be less than 200 mg/dl. In addition, your low-density lipoprotein...
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For Vascular Health, Boost Your Flavonoid Intake

Introduction: Flavonoids are a group of plant pigments that are responsible for many of the health benefits of fruits, vegetables, juices, and herbs. As a class of over 8,000 compounds, flavonoids are sometimes called “nature’s biological response modifiers” because...
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Blueberry Consumption Lowers Blood Pressure in Clinical Trial

Introduction: Blueberries are among the most important foods for good health. The diverse and wondrous health benefits of blueberries are primarily due to their high content of specialized pigments known as anthocyanins. These special flavonoids are responsible for...
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“Super” Broccoli Lowers LDL Cholesterol

Introduction Many of our modern vegetables were developed from wild plants during the Roman Empire and later-day Italians through traditional crossbreeding techniques. This process involves taking pollen from one plant and placing it on the flowers of another to...
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PQQ Lowers LDL-Cholesterol Levels

Introduction Every major advance in nutritional medicine generally starts out as an unknown entity. That is certainly true for PQQ (short for…

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Grape Seed Extract Lowers Blood Pressure in Double-Blind Study

Introduction: A simple dietary supplement has once again been shown to produce valuable health benefits. Specifically, a new study published in…

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New Blood Pressure Target Misses the Mark

Introduction: An initial report from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could be…

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Flaxseed Consumption Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Introduction: One of the most healthful additions to a heart healthy diet is ground flaxseeds. This wondrous little seed has played an important…

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Another Cardiovascular Effect of CoQ10 Discovered

Introduction One of the most important nutrients for heart and vascular health is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Its role in the heart is similar to the…

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“Super” Broccoli Lowers LDL Cholesterol

Introduction Many of our modern vegetables were developed from wild plants during the Roman Empire and later-day Italians through traditional…

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Blueberry Consumption Lowers Blood Pressure in Clinical Trial

Introduction: Blueberries are among the most important foods for good health. The diverse and wondrous health benefits of blueberries are…

Continue Reading

For Vascular Health, Boost Your Flavonoid Intake

Introduction: Flavonoids are a group of plant pigments that are responsible for many of the health benefits of fruits, vegetables, juices, and…

Continue Reading

6 Natural Ways To Reduce Cholesterol

Elevated cholesterol increases the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease. It's currently recommended that total blood cholesterol (your "bad"…

Continue Reading

4 Natural Ways to Reduce Blood Pressure

Do you want to lower your blood pressure without the harmful side effects of pharmaceuticals? The good news is that there are a number of safe,…

Continue Reading

How to “Beet” High Blood Pressure

More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years old and almost…

Continue Reading

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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.”

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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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June is National “Cataract Awareness Month”

According to a great deal of scientific research, the leading cause of impaired vision and blindness in the United States is an entirely preventable condition. Cataracts are white, opaque blemishes on the normally transparent lens of the eye. They occur as a result of damage to the protein structure of the lens, similar to the damage that occurs to the protein of eggs when they are boiled or fried. As a result, cataracts can make it difficult to see. Approximately six million people have some degree of vision-impairing cataract and among U.S. Medicare recipients, cataract surgery is the most common major surgical procedure with nearly one million procedures each year.

The lens of the eye is, obviously, a vital component of the visual system owing to its ability to focus light (via changes in shape) while maintaining optical transparency. Unfortunately, this transparency diminishes with age. The majority of the geriatric population displays some degree of cataract formation. Even with normal aging there is a progressive increase in size, weight, and density of the lens, but cataracts are not necessarily an inevitable occurrence with aging.

The basic cause of a cataract occurs when the normal protective mechanisms are unable to prevent free radical damage. The lens, like many other tissues of the body, depends on adequate levels and activities of antioxidant enzymes and adequate levels of antioxidants such as lutein, vitamins E and C and selenium, to aid in prevention of damage by free radicals. When the lens is sufficiently damages normal homeostatic control of cellular functions are lost and the cell dies causing the protein.

Individuals with higher dietary intakes of vitamin C and E, selenium, and carotenes (especially lutein) have a much lower risk for development of cataracts. Several studies have shown that various nutritional supplements—multiple vitamin formulas, vitamins C and E, B vitamins (especially B12 and folic acid), and vitamin A—also offer significant protection against cataracts. Studies conducted by the Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group (AREDS) and others indicate that a combination of these nutrients will likely produce better results than any single nutrient alone or even limited combinations of 3 or less nutrients both in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

For more information go to "What are Cataracts?"

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