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.

DPA – The Missing Omega-3 for Health and Wellness

Much of the research and attention on fish oils has focused on the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5n3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6n3), but a burgeoning body of new science is now indicating that the third most prevalent very long-chain omega 3 fatty acid in fish oil, docosapentaenoic acid (DPA, C22:5n3), is also critical to human health. It definitely possesses some unique benefits.

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

More than 15 million Americans currently use proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to treat heartburn due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Studies show that while these drugs relieve symptoms fast, the longer you take them, the greater the risk of serious side effects.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid Improves Multiple Sclerosis

Many times there are extremely positive preliminary results with a natural product improving very serious health condition and there is no follow up studies. In 2005, a clinical trial indicated that a common dietary supplement can produce meaningful improvements in multiple sclerosis.

Risk for Dementia and Depression Real with Nexium and Prilosec

The use of acid-blocking drugs, like Nexium and Prilosec, in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and indigestion is a prime example of how drugs designed to only suppress symptoms can create a long list of possible adverse effects and outcomes.

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

Is memory loss and decreased brain power inevitable as we age? Many people in their 40s, 50s and beyond are told that it is and there is nothing that can be done about it. Is that true? Of course not. Steps can be taken to not only stop memory loss, but also reverse it. Here is a simple step. New research from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that eating just one serving of leafy green vegetables a day takes a decade off an aging brain. Two servings produced even greater effects. I explain how below.

Blackberry Consumption Promotes Improved Insulin Action and Fat Burning

One of the biggest mistakes that people with diabetes or desiring weight loss do is stay away from fruit. While it is true that fruits contain natural sugars that have the potential to stress blood sugar control, they are also rich in fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that provide considerable beneficial health effects.

What is SIBO? And, what will Help me?

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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

It’s not hard to find reasons to love chocolate–and maybe that’s why most people consider it a guilty pleasure. But that perception is changing…

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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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Dr. Oz hosts Dr. Murray 6/22

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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!

Introduction: A new study published in the International Archives of Medicine adds to the growing data supporting the benefits of dark chocolate…

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New Study Shows Probiotics May Prevent ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Introduction: There is a growing amount of medical research indicating that alterations in the type of bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal…

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

Introduction: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the most revered plants in Ayurvedic medicine. Because the rejuvenating effects of…

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How to Juice for Healing Power

Juice has gotten a bad rap. We’re often advised to eat whole fruits and vegetables—for the fiber and because they are lower in calories than an…

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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

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

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Another Positive Study on Glucosamine-Chondroitin Reducing Arthritis Pain

Introduction: It seems that when a positive study on natural products comes out in a medical journal that it garners very little media attention.…

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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

Hyaluronic acid may hold the key to reversing arthritis Several years ago, ABC News’ Connie Chung reported on a Japanese village called Yuzuri…

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Vision Quest

Five key nutrients for preventing and treating cataracts and macular degeneration Nutritional factors play a key role in the prevention and…

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The Collagen Connection

This unheralded protein plays a key role in keeping us together—literally The most abundant protein in the human body, collagen is also the main…

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Quiet Please

Natural ways to silence the ringing, roaring, and hissing of tinnitus Millions of Americans suffer from tinnitus, a condition more descriptively…

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Quitting Time

Natural products to help kick the smoking habit You’ve heard it before, but to put it simply, if you want good health, you must stop…

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All About Iron

What it does. Why you need it. And more Iron is critical to human life. It plays the central role in the hemoglobin molecule of our red blood cells…

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Fast Times

Rid your body of toxins and boost energy with a simple juice fast Good health is largely determined by our bodies’ ability to…

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Food for Thought

Safe brain boosters for kids Brain cells are the most complex, long-living, and nutritionally demanding cells in the body. Studies show that…

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3 Juice Recipes To Help You Enjoy Heart-Healthy Pomegranate

The pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits in recorded history. Native to the area of modern-day Iran and Iraq, the pomegranate has been cultivated…

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Pre-Meal Consumption of Whey Protein Promotes Satiety and Improves Blood Sugar Control

Introduction: Whey protein ingestion has been shown to reduce feelings of hunger and promote satiety making it a valuable aid in weight loss…

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Seven Keys to Achieving New Year’s Resolutions

I absolutely love this time of year. It allows me to fully examine my life and, of course, assess if I achieved the goals that I set for the previous…

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Eat Prunes and Plums for Healthy Bones

Introduction Prunes (dried plums) are most popularly used for their laxative effects, but a growing body of research indicates that prunes offer…

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Tamiflu for Flu Symptoms and Viral Infections? The Emperor has No Clothes!

Introduction Oseltamivir, brand name Tamiflu, was released onto the market in 1999 for the treatment of influenza. Despite is wild popularity –…

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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.”

March is National Vision Awareness Month

Five key nutrients for preventing and treating cataracts and macular degeneration
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Nutritional factors play a key role in the prevention and treatment of cataracts and macular degeneration. A diet high in richly colored fruits and vegetables—as well as targeted supplements—is associated with a lowered risk for both conditions.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Research shows that lutein and zeaxanthin supplements not only help protect against macular degeneration, but can also improve visual function in people with macular degeneration. Specifically, in patients with macular degeneration, 10–15 mg of lutein daily led to improvements, including glare recovery, contrast sensitivity, and visual acuity, as compared to a placebo group.

Lutein is also important in preventing cataracts and improving visual function in people with existing cataracts. Like the macula, the human lens concentrates lutein and zeaxanthin. In fact, these are the only carotenes found in the human lens. Three large studies have shown that the intake of lutein was inversely associated with cataract surgery.

Flavonoid-Rich Extracts

Flavonoid-rich extracts of blueberry, bilberry, pine bark, or grape seed also offer valuable eye-health benefits. In addition to possessing excellent antioxidant activity, these extracts have been shown to improve blood flow to the retina and enhance visual processes, especially poor night vision. Take 150–300 mg daily of one of these extracts to support eye health.

Nutritional Antioxidants

Nutritional antioxidants—such as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc, copper, and selenium—are extremely important for eye health. Studies conducted by the Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group confirm that a combination of these nutrients produces better results than any single one alone. But even something as simple as taking vitamin C or zinc can produce dramatic effects. In one study, women who took vitamin C for more than 10 years had a 77 percent lower rate of cataract formation compared to women who did not take the vitamin.

Zinc plays an essential role in the metabolism of the retina and the visual process. A two-year trial involving 151 subjects showed that the group taking zinc had significantly less visual loss than the placebo group.

CoQ10 and Acetyl-L-Carnitine

In one double-blind study, 200 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine, omega-3 fatty acids (460 mg EPA and 320 mg DHA), and 20 mg of CoQ10 was shown to improve visual function and macular alterations in early-stage macular degeneration. This combination stopped the disease from progressing in 47 out of 48 cases.

Fish Oils

There is a strong relationship between atherosclerosis (known as hardening of the arteries) and eye health. Therefore, just as in atherosclerosis, omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils play an important role in preventing macular degeneration and other eye conditions. The recommended dosage is 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA.

Nutrition for Your Eyes

Foods rich in the carotenes lycopene, zeaxanthin, and lutein include bell peppers, carrots, collard greens, kale, papaya, spinach, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.
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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