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Why Smoothies are Better Than Juicing

Michael Greger MD | June 9, 2016 | Health

Read More: apple juice, apples, asparagus, bananas, blueberries, bone health, bone mineral density, bowel movements, butyrate, calcium, carob, cholesterol, colon health, diabetes, diarrhea, fiber, fruit, fruit juice, grapes, gut flora, juice, laxatives, Metamucil, onions, phytonutrients, polyphenols, smoothies, stool size, vegetables

Studies such as a recent Harvard School of Public Health investigation found that the consumption of whole fruits is associated with a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas fruit juice consumption is associated with a higher risk,......

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Treating Pancreatic Cancer with Turmeric Curcumin

Michael Greger MD | May 31, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, cancer, carcinogens, chemotherapy, chicken, curcumin, dried fruit, fake meat, fat, FDA, fruit, heterocyclic amines, legumes, meat, mortality, pancreatic cancer, poultry, red meat, side effects, spices, standard American diet, turkey, turmeric, vegetables, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, white meat

Pancreatic cancer is among the most aggressive forms of human cancer, characterized by a very high mortality rate. It represents the fourth leading cause of cancer death in United States, killing 32,000 people annually. With a five-year survival rate......

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Preventing Breast Cancer with Flax Seeds

Michael Greger MD | May 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, blood clots, brain health, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, cancer, cognition, flax seeds, fruit, grains, interleukin-1, lignans, longevity, mental health, mortality, ovary health, phytoestrogens, plant-based diets, seeds, side effects, tamoxifen, uterine cancer, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

I've previously discussed the role of dietary lignans in the reduction of breast cancer risk and improvement in breast cancer survival, based on studies that showed that women with breast cancer who ate the most lignans appeared to live......

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Rinse Your Mouth After Sour Foods and Drinks

Michael Greger MD | May 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: blackberries, blood pressure, burgers, citrus, Coca-Cola, dental health, erectile dysfunction, food additives, fruit, hamburgers, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, impotence, liver disease, liver failure, meat, mortality, oral health, orange juice, periodontal disease, plant-based diets, side effects, tea, vegans, vegetables, water

Hibiscus tea has been found to be as effective at lowering blood pressure as a leading hypertension drug without the potential side-effects (which include everything from lack of strength to impotence, including rare cases of potentially fatal liver damage).......

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Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | May 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, athletes, blood pressure, calories, cholesterol, dairy, DASH diet, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fish, fruit, heart disease, heart health, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, junk food, Lifestyle medicine, meat, mortality, nitric oxide, obesity, plant protein, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, side effects, standard American diet, stroke, tea, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, World Health Organization

Recently, researchers from Taiwan pitted the herbal tea hibiscus against obesity. They gave hibiscus to overweight individuals and reported that subjects showing reduced body weight. However, after 12 weeks on hibiscus subjects only lost about three pounds, only one......

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How to Protect Our Telomeres with Diet

Michael Greger MD | April 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fats, animal products, antioxidants, athletes, birth defects, bologna, butter, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, DNA damage, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, exercise, fiber, fish, fruit, ham, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, inflammation, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, meat, meditation, mortality, oxidative stress, palmitic acid, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, processed foods, processed meat, salami, saturated fat, stress, telomeres, vegetables, vitamins, weight loss

In my video, Does Meditation Affect Cellular Aging?, I discussed how stress reduction through meditation might be able to lengthen telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chromosomes that tend to deplete as we age. What about......

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How Many Minutes of Daily Meditation to Combat Stress?

Michael Greger MD | April 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, DNA damage, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, fat, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, longevity, meditation, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, stress, telomeres, vegetables

In the film The Holiday, Cameron Diaz exclaims "Severe stress ... causes the DNA in our cells to shrink until they can no longer replicate." Did Hollywood get the science right? The enzyme that builds and maintains the caps......

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Eating Garlic and Raisins May Help Prevent Preterm Birth

Michael Greger MD | April 7, 2016 | Health

Read More: aspartame, berries, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, diabetes, dried fruit, fiber, fruit, garlic, grains, heart disease, heart health, oils, onions, plant-based diets, prediabetes, pregnancy, probiotics, processed meat, raisins, saturated fat, soda, standard American diet, vegetables, water, women's health

The United States has one of the worst premature birth rates in the world, now ranking 131st worldwide. Even worse, over the last few decades, the rate of preterm birth in the U.S. has been going up. We've known......

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When Charities Collaborate With the Food Industry

Michael Greger MD | March 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calories, cancer, chicken, Coca-cola, exercise, fat, fruit, frying, industry influence, junk food, obesity, Pepsi, poultry, processed foods, salt, smoking, soda, standard American diet, subsidies, sugar, tobacco, vegetables, weight loss, women's health

When the history of the world's attempt to address obesity is written, one researcher writes, "the greatest failure may be collaboration with and appeasement of the food industry." For instance, Yum! Brands, who owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, linked up......

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How to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | March 3, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Academy of Pediatrics, amputations, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, beans, blindness, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cost savings, dairy, diabetes, eggs, eye disease, eye health, fat, fiber, fruit, gout, grains, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney health, Loma Linda University, meat, milk, mortality, nuts, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, sugar, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, vision, water

Thirty years ago, virtually all diabetes in young individuals was thought to be autoimmune Type 1 diabetes, but since the mid-90s, we started to see an increase in Type 2 diabetes among youth, particularly in the United States. Indeed,......

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What To Do if You Suspect Gluten Problems

Michael Greger MD | February 25, 2016 | Health

Read More: allergies, anemia, autoimmune diseases, bacon, bagels, blueberries, bread, candy, celiac disease, chocolate, depression, doughnuts, fast food, fatigue, food sensitivities, fructose, fruit, frying, gluten, grains, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, junk food, kale, lactose, marshmallows, pasta, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, rash, Twinkies, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, wheat

Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include irritable bowel type symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel habits, as well as systemic manifestations such as brain fog, headache, fatigue, depression, joint and muscle aches, numbness in the extremities,......

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How to Cook Broccoli

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 2016 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, breast health, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cancer, cauliflower, collard greens, cooking methods, cruciferous vegetables, enzymes, greens, kale, mustard greens, mustard powder, mustard seeds, radishes, spices, sulforaphane, vegetables, women's health

When I used to teach medical students at Tufts, I gave a lecture about this amazing new therapeutic called "iloccor-B." I'd talk about all the new science, all the things it could do, its excellent safety profile. Just as......

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The #1 Dietary Risk Factor is Not Eating Enough Fruit

Michael Greger MD | February 2, 2016 | Health

Read More: allergies, arthritis, aspirin, berries, blood clots, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, fruit, grape juice, grapefruit juice, heart disease, heart health, inflammation, joint disease, joint health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, mortality, orange juice, platelets, rheumatoid arthritis, saturated fat, side effects, strawberries, stroke, trans fats, vegetables

The Global Burden of Disease Study published in 2012, is the most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death undertaken to date, involving nearly 500 researchers from more than 300 institutions in 50 countries, and starting with almost......

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Bile Binding Beets

Michael Greger MD | January 19, 2016 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, breast cancer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, carrots, cauliflower, cholesterol, collard greens, cooking methods, cruciferous vegetables, detoxification, eggplant, enzymes, fiber, green beans, heart disease, heart health, kale, mustard greens, okra, oxidative stress, peppers, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, raw food, spinach, steaming, turnips, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

In my video Breast Cancer and Constipation, I discussed how fruits and veggies bind carcinogenic bile acids in our gut. Since bile acids are absorbed back into our systems, they may increase our risk of not only colon cancer......

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The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 2016 | Health

Read More: acne, adolescence, Alzheimer's disease, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, erectile dysfunction, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hormones, infants, Japan, junk food, meat, milk, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, premature puberty, processed foods, puberty, skin health, standard American diet, TOR, vegetables

Acne is an epidemic skin disease of industrialized countries, reaching prevalence rates of over 85 percent of teenagers. In nearly half of American men and women, acne even continues after adolescence and into the third decade of life. Acne......

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How to Suppress the Aging Enzyme TOR

Michael Greger MD | January 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal protein, blueberries, breast cancer, broccoli, caloric restriction, cancer, cruciferous vegetables, cucumbers, dairy, endocrine disruptors, fruit, grapes, green tea, hormones, infants, Kaposi's sarcoma, kidney health, lifespan, mango, milk, mortality, onions, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, rapamycin, soy, spices, strawberries, TOR, turmeric, vegetables

Over the last decade, more than 5,000 papers have been published about TOR, an engine-of-aging enzyme inhibited by the drug rapamycin. (What is TOR? Check out my videos Why Do We Age? and Caloric Restriction vs. Animal Protein Restriction.)......

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Starch-Blocking Foods for Diabetics?

Michael Greger MD | December 29, 2015 | Health

Read More: acarbose, alternative medicine, American Diabetes Association, amylase, arsenic, beans, black beans, blood sugar, Canada, chickpeas, colon health, complementary medicine, diabetes, dietary guidelines, Europe, grains, green beans, insulin, kidney beans, legumes, Lifestyle medicine, liver disease, liver health, medications, peanuts, peas, pinto beans, Precose, prediabetes, rice, side effects, soybeans, vegetables

How did doctors treat diabetes before insulin? Almost a thousand medicinal plants are known antidiabetic agents, including beans, most of which have been used in traditional medicine. Of course, just because something has been used for centuries doesn't mean......

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Which Nut Suppresses Cancer Cell Growth the Most?

Michael Greger MD | December 22, 2015 | Health

Read More: almonds, antioxidants, beans, brazil nuts, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, cashews, colon cancer, corn, cranberries, fibrocystic breast disease, fruits, garlic, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, hazelnuts, lemons, lentils, liver cancer, macadamia nuts, mortality, nuts, oranges, oxidative stress, pancreatic cancer, peanut butter, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, soybeans, vegetables, vitamin C, walnut oil, walnuts

People who eat nuts in their adolescence may have a better chance of fighting off breast cancer later in life, according to data from the Harvard Nurse's Study. A follow-up study involving the daughters of the nurses corroborated the......

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How Learning to Cook Can Save Your Life

Michael Greger MD | November 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: boiling, breakfast, chicken, cholesterol, chronic diseases, cooking methods, diabetes, dietary guidelines, fast food, fiber, industry influence, junk food, LDL cholesterol, mortality, obesity, pizza, poultry, processed foods, saturated fat, sodium, standard American diet, supermarkets, Taiwan, turkey, United Kingdom, vegetables, World Health Organization

The eating habits of modern Americans have been described as, "eating breakfast in their cars, lunch at their desks and chicken from a bucket." Within the last few decades, Americans are eating out more and more, and cooking fewer......

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Sweet Potato Proteins vs. Cancer

Michael Greger MD | November 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: affordability, cancer, cervical cancer, chemotherapy, colon cancer, cost savings, gallbladder disease, gallbladder health, greens, leukemia, mortality, mouth cancer, NASA, potatoes, protein, sweet potatoes, tongue cancer, vegetables, yams

Sweet potatoes can be considered a superfood. They are one of the healthiest and cheapest vegetables on the planet. (And one day, perhaps, even off the planet, as NASA has chosen the sweet potato for space missions.) A study......

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Where are the Lowest Rates of Alzheimer's in the World?

Michael Greger MD | November 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, African-American, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, cholesterol, dementia, Europe, grains, India, iron, LDL cholesterol, low-carb diets, meat, Nigeria, plant-based diets, rice, saturated fat, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The rates of dementia differ greatly around the world, from the lowest rates in Africa, India, and South Asia, to the highest rates in Western Europe and especially North America. Is it all just genetics? Well, the incidence of......

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How to Reduce Your Dietary Cadmium Absorption

Michael Greger MD | October 20, 2015 | Health

Read More: air pollution, animal products, antioxidants, beans, breast cancer, cadmium, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cognition, diabetes, eggs, fiber, grains, heart disease, heart health, heavy metals, junk food, lead, meat, mercury, nuts, omnivores, organ meats, oxidative stress, phytates, plant-based diets, poultry, seafood, Slovakia, smoking, supplements, Sweden, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, zinc

Cadmium is known as a highly toxic metal that represents a major hazard to human health. It sticks around in our body for decades because our body has no efficient way to get rid of it and may contribute......

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Reduce Workout Soreness With Watermelon

Michael Greger MD | October 15, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, cherries, complementary medicine, fruit, ibuprofen, inflammation, internal bleeding, muscle soreness, naproxen, phytonutrients, side effects, Spain, stomach health, stomach inflammation, stomach ulcers, vegetables, watermelon

Long-distance runners and cross-fit athletes alike know it well: Delayed-onset muscle soreness is the discomfort that starts the day after a particularly grueling workout, caused by micro-tears in the muscle that lead to inflammation. The leading pharmaceutical interventions are......

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Where Do You Get Your Fiber?

Michael Greger MD | September 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, beans, blood pressure, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, dietary guidelines, eggs, fat, fiber, fish, flexitarians, folate, foodborne illness, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, junk food, meat, metabolic syndrome, obesity, omnivores, phytonutrients, plant protein, plant-based diets, prediabetes, protein, saturated fat, standard American diet, steak, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

Vegetarians and vegans are all too familiar with the question: Where do you get your protein? Well, we can finally put to rest the question of whether vegetarians get enough protein thanks to a large study that compared the......

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Exercise as Medicine

Michael Greger MD | September 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, alcohol, alternative medicine, broccoli, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular heath, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, depression, diabetes, exercise, greens, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, kale, Lifestyle medicine, mortality, obesity, osteoporosis, prediabetes, smoking, stroke, vegetables

Physical inactivity has been called the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. Of course just because someone calls it that doesn't mean it's true, in fact physical inactivity ranks down at #5 in terms of risk factors......

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