Acute Sleep Loss Increases Blood Levels of Alzheimer’s Biomarker

New blood markers that reflect risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are uncovering important modifiable risk factors to be aware of to dramatically reduce the likelihood of ever suffering from this cruel disease. The latest study shows that just one night of sleep...

With summer almost here, I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some natural treatments for varicose veins. Although they are primarily a “cosmetic” issue, vein health may represent the overall health of connective tissue and our blood vessels. Fortunately, there are natural compounds available from food and dietary supplements that can support both vein and connective tissue health.

FDA Adds Black Boxed Warning to Insomnia Drugs

In an “it’s about time” move, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated that drug companies put what is referred to as a “black boxed” warning on certain prescription sleeping pills. These drugs have long been reported to cause injury and death resulting...

Quercetin Phytosome® to Enhance Exercise Recovery and Performance

Quercetin serves as the backbone structure for many flavonoids - a group of plant pigments largely responsible for the colors of many fruits and flowers. Flavonoids are also responsible for the medicinal actions of foods, juices, herbs, and bee pollen. Quercetin is...

Natural Approaches to Adrenal Fatigue

Have you ever been extremely tired and then all of a sudden felt a burst of energy? More than likely, the sudden burst was due to the release of adrenaline and cortisol from your adrenal glands, a pair of glands that lie on top of each kidney. If you have ever been...

Digestive Enzymes to Aid in Food Intolerance

Food is supposed to nourish and heal us, but sometimes food is the problem. In particular, many people suffer from food intolerances or allergies that can produce not only digestive issues like gas, bloating and loose stools, but also set the stage for more serious issues. Fortunately for many, help is usually quite easy in the form of digestive enzymes

What is SIBO? And, what will Help me?

Introduction Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) may seem like a new condition, but I first wrote about it over 35 years ago. At the time, in the early 1980s, there was a lot of focus on the overgrowth of Candida albicans in the intestinal tract as a factor...

Glutamine Health for the Gut

If you are trying to heal your gut, I definitely recommend glutamine. There are other recommendations as well. For example, prebiotics usually refer to non-digestible, but fermentable dietary fibers that promote the health of the microbiome. I really like the formula that I developed for Enzymedica. It is called GI Recovery.

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FDA Adds Black Boxed Warning to Insomnia Drugs

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Natural Approaches to Adrenal Fatigue

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Glutamine Health for the Gut

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DPA – The Missing Omega-3 for Health and Wellness

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Another Serious Side Effect of Heartburn Drugs Discovered, Learn How to Get Off These Drugs Now!

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Alpha-Lipoic Acid Improves Multiple Sclerosis

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Risk for Dementia and Depression Real with Nexium and Prilosec

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One Serving of Greens Daily Slows Brain Aging by Over a Decade

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Blackberry Consumption Promotes Improved Insulin Action and Fat Burning

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Even on Gluten-Free Diet, Exposure to Gluten Can Be too High

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Positive Effects of Blueberries on Mood in Children and Young Adults

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Seven BIG Reasons to Love Whey Protein

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Curious About Probiotics vs. Digestive Enzymes?

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Studies Show Serrapeptase Works Better than Steroids in Oral Surgery

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Berberine corrects brain chemistry in anxiety and PTSD

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The Importance of Being Congruent

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Nattokinase for Nasal Polyps and as a Mucolytic

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Why is Biotin in the News?

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Glycemic Load of Foods Table

See my Glycemic Load of Foods Table here (opens new…

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Oral Glutathione is Absorbed Orally to Provide Health Benefits

Introduction One of the most important compounds that every cell in your body produces is glutathione. The cells use this valuable compound to…

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Are Some of Us Just Wired to be Happy?

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The Whole Body Benefits of Natural Astaxanthin

“Astaxanthin is the crowned king of antioxidants,” said Dr. Murray. “It is given this title because of its unique benefits and actions in…

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Natural Form of GABA Receives Stronger Health Claims in Japan: New Study Shows PharmaGABA Promotes Muscle Growth!

Natural Form of GABA Receives Stronger Health Claims in Japan: New Study Shows PharmaGABA Promotes Muscle Growth! Japan has a very interesting and…

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Figs Relieve Constipation in Clinical Trial

How crazy is it that Americans spend over $2 billion a year on laxatives to deal with constipation? Here is something else to ponder, studies…

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The Rising Epidemic of Gout

More than likely you are familiar with gout, an inflammatory arthritis triggered by crystallization of uric acid within the joints. It causes severe…

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New Study Shows Avoiding Sun Exposure is as Dangerous as Smoking

Introduction: Conventional wisdom is that we need to avoid sun exposure in order to avoid skin cancer. However, one of the issues with…

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Nutrient Highlight -Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin Introduction There are over 400 different members of the carotene family of pigments in nature. Historically, the potency of a…

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Resveratrol Shows Beneficial Effects in Ulcerative Colitis

Introduction: Resveratrol is a plant compound similar to flavonoids. It is found in the low levels of the skin of red grapes, red wine, cocoa…

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Unexpected Benefit from Furry Pets

Introduction: When most people think of the benefits of having a dog, cat, or other furry animal they would likely associate feelings of the…

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Statistics on ER Visits Due to Dietary Supplements Misleading

Introduction: The media has once again failed to report the whole story or put things into the proper perspective when they reported on a study…

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Move over Paleo and Mediterranean Diet, Here Comes the New Nordic Diet

Introduction The latest “it” diet in medical research is the New Nordic Diet (NND), This diet was created by a group of researchers,…

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The Guilty-Pleasure Food That’s Good For You

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Vitamin K2 Effective in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Introduction: Just as there has been an explosion of positive science on the importance of vitamin D3, another nutrient, vitamin K2, is showing…

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Are MicroRNAs from Plants the Future of Healing with Food?

Introduction: New research is exploding into scientific journals detailing exciting ways in which foods interact with the expression of our genes.…

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Vitamin D3 is Important in Autoimmune Disorders

Introduction Vitamin D has a well-established role in calcium metabolism and bone health, but recently there has been a great deal of research…

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Whey Protein – An Essential Component in a Weight Loss Plan

Introduction: A recent study highlights the value of whey protein in helping to maintain muscle mass during intentional weight loss, an extremely…

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Maybe Nuts are Not a High Calorie Food After All

Introduction Nuts and seeds are rich in nutrients and phytochemicals, but they are also high in fat. So, many people avoid nut consumption out of…

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Another Study Shows Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight and Keep it Off!

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New Study Shows Probiotics May Prevent ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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New Research Shows Special Extract of Ashwaganda Protects Key Area of the Brain

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How to Juice for Healing Power

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Ginger as Effective as Synthetic Drug in Migraine, but Without the Side Effects

Introduction: Migraine headaches are estimated to affect over 28 million Americans. These headaches are caused by excessive dilation of blood…

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“Rainbow” of Fruits and Vegetables

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is your best bet for preventing virtually every chronic disease. This fact has been established time and again…

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How Much Water Do You REALLY Need? Here’s How To Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for life. It’s essential to stay hydrated to keep your body healthy and strong. The average amount of water in an adult’s…

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CoQ10 Study Yields Important Results and Considerations

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Another Positive Study on Glucosamine-Chondroitin Reducing Arthritis Pain

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Stroke Recovery

The right nutrients and herbs can help repair damage and improve quality of life Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the United…

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Save Your Joints

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Vision Quest

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The Collagen Connection

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Quiet Please

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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.”

July is National Blueberry Month

blueberriesOn May 8, 1999 the United States Department of Agriculture proclaimed July as National Blueberry Month. It is fitting that July is the month of celebration given the importance of blueberries in American history and the fact that the United States produces over 90% of all of the blueberries in the world.

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 the deep blue or purple color of blueberries.

Currently, the most popular medical use of blueberries is their use in improving vision and protecting against age-related macular degeneration. Additional research also points out that blueberries may be protective against the development of cataracts and glaucoma, and quite therapeutic in the treatment of varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and peptic ulcers.

Another very practical application of the antioxidant activity of blueberries is in the protection against Alzheimer’s disease and age related cognitive decline. In animal studies researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, when older rats were given the human equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries a day they demonstrated significant improvements in both learning capacity and motor skills, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats. When the rats’ brains were examined, the brain cells of the rats given blueberries were found to communicate more effectively than those of the other older rats that were not given blueberries.

While blueberries are an excellent food, a blueberry concentrate with all the anthocyanin-power of fresh picked blueberries is a convenient way to gain all of the health benefits. Two 500 mg capsules of a 36:1 blueberry concentrate is equivalent to ¼ cup of fresh blueberries. For general health, take two capsules daily.
 

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

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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