Beets are a unique vegetable as both the root and leaves are typically consumed. They originated in North Africa, and along Asian and European seashores. Cultivated by the Romans, beets were spread throughout the eastern hemisphere by invading tribes. Perhaps one of...
Endive is a chicory green that is today, much more popular in Europe than in the United States. Although its recognition is growing, it is still largely under valued. Endive is a member of the Compositae family, along with artichokes, dandelions, and lettuce. Chicory...
Thyme is a small evergreen shrub and member of the mint family. Native to the western Mediterranean, thyme has been utilized since ancient times for its culinary, aromatic, and medicinal properties. In ancient Greece, thyme was burned as incense during sacred...
Prunes, or dried plums, originated near the Caspian Sea – the same area where European plums originated. As people migrated, so did prunes throughout Europe and eventually to the New World. Today, California is the world’s leading producer of prunes. To produce...
At the center of chocolate’s health benefits are flavonoids. These plant pigments are responsible for many of the health benefits of many fruits and medicinal plants, but chocolate may be a much more sensually pleasing vehicle. In addition, there is evidence that not...
One of the most beloved nuts is by far the cashew. This kidney-shaped nut is a relative of the mango and pistachio as a member of the anacardiaceae family. Cashews are actually seeds attached to the bottom of a cashew apple. Encased in a toxic shell, cashews are...
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.”
April is National Autism Awareness Month
Autism is a condition characterized by difficulties with social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests that usually become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism spectrum or autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has three primary forms:
Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).
It is now estimated that the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen to 1 in every 88 births and almost 1 in 54 boys. The cause of autism is extremely controversial. It does have a strong genetic component, but like most health conditions dietary and environmental factors play a huge role in whether the genetic predisposition will manifest and to what severity.
For more information, go to Autism Speaks – the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. For natural approaches to autism, please consult the 3rd Edition of the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.
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.