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Background Women who survive breast cancer often experience severe hot flashes as a result of anti-estrogen treatment with the drug tamoxifen. these hot flashes can be extremely uncomfortable and not amenable to usual treatments due to the concern that physicians may...

Exercise, Heart-Healthy Diets Contribute to Early Menopause

A new study shows that women who work out frequently and eat a diet rich in polyunsaturated fat reach menopause faster, lowering their risk of breast cancer.

Seven Secrets for PMS Relief

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a recurrent condition in women characterized by troublesome symptoms seven to fourteen days before menstruation. Typical symptoms include decreased energy level, tension, irritability, depression, headache, altered sex drive, breast...

Fish Oils Improve Mood in Elderly Women

Background: The ability to produce a highly concentrated form of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that is free from lipid peroxides, heavy metals, environmental contaminants, and other harmful compounds has revolutionized nutritional medicine. A huge...

Eating Strawberries and Blueberries Cut Heart Attack Risk In Women

  Strawberries and blueberries are rich sources of beneficial plant pigments known as flavonoids. In particular, these berries provide specific types of flavonoids known as anthocyanins, which provide exceptional protection against damage to the lining of blood...

Sweet Relief For PMS

Think PMS is a normal part of being a woman? It doesn't have to be! You can feel better—less moody, bloated, and fatigued, for example—by trying a few select nutrients Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)—a recurrent condition that develops 7-14 days before...

Helping with Anxiety During Perimenopause and Menopause

Although hot flashes get a lot more attention, another common symptom during menopause is an increased feeling of anxiety. In general, anxiety is…

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Promoting Breast Health

Dealing with fibrocystic breast disease reduces the risk for breast cancer. Breast cancer is a major fear for many women these days. The fear…

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Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are bundles of smooth muscle and connective tissue that can be as small as a pea or as large as a grapefruit. Although they are…

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Ginger Effective in Relieving Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Introduction: Excessive menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia, is a common female complaint that may be entirely prevented by a simple herbal…

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Sweet Relief For PMS

Think PMS is a normal part of being a woman? It doesn't have to be! You can feel better—less moody, bloated, and fatigued, for example—by trying…

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Eating Strawberries and Blueberries Cut Heart Attack Risk In Women

  Strawberries and blueberries are rich sources of beneficial plant pigments known as flavonoids. In particular, these berries provide…

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Fish Oils Improve Mood in Elderly Women

Background: The ability to produce a highly concentrated form of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that is free from lipid peroxides,…

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Seven Secrets for PMS Relief

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a recurrent condition in women characterized by troublesome symptoms seven to fourteen days before menstruation.…

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Exercise, Heart-Healthy Diets Contribute to Early Menopause

About 6,000 women enter into menopause every day, but there is little information available about when a particular woman will go through “the…

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Magnesium Supplementation in Women with Severe Hot Flashes

Background Women who survive breast cancer often experience severe hot flashes as a result of anti-estrogen treatment with the drug tamoxifen.…

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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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