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Optimum Nutrition

By Michael Greger M.D.
January 5, 2012
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Supplements, Vegan

In my videos, Golden glow and Produce, not pills to increase physical attractiveness, I review new research suggesting that consuming dark green leafy vegetables will improve healthy appearance of Caucasians,* because of the deposit of carotenoids in the skin.

Taking those same phytonutrients in pill form, however doesn’t work. We should strive to get most of our nutrients from plants, not pills. The balance of scientific evidence suggests that the healthiest way to eat is a vitamin B12-fortified diet of whole plant foods.

For optimum nutrition, we should be sure to include in our daily diet not only an array of whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruit, and as many vegetables as we can eat, but also specifically dark green leafy vegetables, berries, and white (or green) tea.

Attention should also be paid to these nutrients: …read more of Optimum Nutrition here

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Should you take supplements? The ones you shouldn’t miss.

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
October 20, 2011
File under: Health Concerns, Supplements


If you’ve read my prior posts, you know that I recommend supplements and herbs for a wide range of uses, from maintaining strong bones, to staying healthy during the winter.

So, you may have been baffled by some recent reports on whether supplements are actually good for us.  …read more of Should you take supplements? The ones you shouldn’t miss. here

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Natural Remedies that Prevent and Treat the Flu

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
October 20, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Natural Remedies, Supplements


It’s flu season again and even though there is no mention of a swine flu epidemic at the moment, the flu will soon start to make its yearly rounds.  You may be thinking, ‘Well, there is the flu vaccine.’  However, numerous studies have called into question the efficacy of the flu vaccine in preventing unintended complications, such as flu-related community-acquired pneumonia and even death.1 2 3 4 5

Even after the increasingly widespread use of flu vaccination, the yearly prevalence of the flu has not been reduced significantly. This is primarily because not all vaccines are a good match or will trigger enough immunity in all persons. There are other natural ways to prevent and treat the flu.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D, in its active form prevents excessive inflammation (the cause of cold symptoms) during an infection.  Vitamin D will also optimize the functioning of the immune system, which includes increasing the expression of anti-microbial proteins.6    Vitamin D plays a special role in the body’s “immune fitness.” …read more of Natural Remedies that Prevent and Treat the Flu here

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Vitamin D: Not Just for your Bones! And Here’s why…

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
September 15, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Supplements


Vitamin D is not a vitamin at all but is actually a steroid hormone. These fat-soluble signal molecules are able to enter the cell and turn the genes on or off. These genes include those that regulate the absorption of calcium from the intestines, the building of strong bones, and the efficient and coordinated activity of our immune systems.

New research has found this amazing “vitamin” plays an even stronger role in the prevention of disease, including heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, depression, autoimmune diseases and at least 17 different types of cancer.

In the Framingham Heart Study, it was observed that men with higher levels of vitamin D were less likely to suffer a heart attack. Higher levels of vitamin D are also associated with a lower likelihood of developing breast and colon cancer. …read more of Vitamin D: Not Just for your Bones! And Here’s why… here

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Resveratrol: Uncorking the Secret to Health and Longevity

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
August 23, 2010
File under: Organic, Supplements, Vegetarian


Resveratrol is compound that occurs naturally in plants and has been touted as the fountain of youth in a glass of red wine. Resveratrol is a polyphenol and potent antioxidant that may have many health and longevity benefits.

Polyphenols are plant compounds thought to protect health and counter the effects of aging. Resveratrol acts like an antibiotic by protecting the plant from bacteria and fungus. Certain types of plants produce resveratrol in response to stress, injury, fungal infection and ultraviolet radiation (UV).

Resveratrol has attracted media attention because of its potential anti-cancer and anti-aging benefits.  This antibiotic compound is plentiful in the skin, pulp and seeds of red wine, purple grape juice, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries,1 peanuts,2 and Japanese Knotwood.3

…read more of Resveratrol: Uncorking the Secret to Health and Longevity here

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