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Mulberry Leaf Extract Promotes Weight Control

Introduction: There are lots of herbal weight loss products on the market with most offering little hope, but a lot of hype. However, there are also several with confirmed benefits from detailed well-done clinical trials. Rather than getting seduced by the latest...

Oral Magnesium Supplementation Improves the Metabolic Profile in Metabolically Obese, Normal-weight Individuals

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Alpha-lipoic Acid Promotes Weight Loss

Introduction: With the growing epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes it is imperative that Americans utilize safe and effective strategies for achieving and maintaining their ideal body weight. The various drugs used to promote weight loss, as well as many dietary...

Simply Increasing the Intake of Green Leafy Vegetables Promotes Weight Loss

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Unraveling Obesity? All Roads Lead to the Brain!

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Promoting Satiety is Your Key to Weight Loss

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Artificial Sweeteners Promote Obesity

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Followup Study Confirms PGX® Promotes Satiety

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Eating a Varied Diet Inversely Linked to Obesity

Introduction: Most Americans eat a very limited range of foods and consume a very monotonous diet as a result. It seems entirely possible that…

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Unlock Your Fat Burning Genes

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Probiotic Supplementation Promotes Weight Loss

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Alpha-lipoic Acid Promotes Weight Loss

Introduction: With the growing epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes it is imperative that Americans utilize safe and effective strategies for…

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Oral Magnesium Supplementation Improves the Metabolic Profile in Metabolically Obese, Normal-weight Individuals

Introduction: Some normal weight individuals show obesity-related characteristics such as insulin resistance, elevated fasting blood sugar levels,…

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Mulberry Leaf Extract Promotes Weight Control

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Satiety is the Key to Weight Loss; Another Study Confirms PGX® is the Holy Grail

Introduction: The research is quite clear that safe and effective weight loss is not about will power or deprivation. Ultimately weight loss…

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A Great Strategy for Weight Loss: Use a Smaller Plate

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Mediterranean Diet Can Protect Against Heart Disease Even if You’re Overweight

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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.”

December is Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month

In seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is associated with winter depression Typically, these individuals not only feel depressed they also feel tried, slow down, and generally oversleep, overeat, and crave carbohydrates in the winter. In the summer, these same patients feel very good and maybe even are elated, active, and energetic.

Although many variables may be responsible for SAD, insufficient light exposure is the most logical explanation. Many mammals exhibit seasonal variations in activity level, sleep patterns, and appetite and are extremely sensitive to changes in day length. The antidepressant effects of full-spectrum light therapy have been demonstrated in well-monitored, controlled studies in SAD. The antidepressant effect of light therapy is probably due to the restoration of proper melatonin synthesis and secretion by the pineal gland, leading to reestablishment of the proper circadian rhythm. Full-spectrum white light (10,000 lux) is prescribed for at least 30 minutes every day in the morning. Or, better yet, use full-spectrum lighting throughout the indoor environment.

The key hormonal change caused by exposure to full spectrum lighting may be a reduced secretion of melatonin from the pineal gland and an increased secretion of cortisol by the adrenal glands. Melatonin supplementation is thought to improve SAD because it increases brain melatonin levels, but it may also suppress cortisol secretion.Take 3-5 mg 45 minutes before retiring.

Vitamin D is also an important consideration. Many experts recommend a dosage of 2,000 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily, especially during the winter months.

 

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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