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Michael Greger MD

The Best Nutrition Bar

Michael Greger MD | September 19, 2013 | Health

Read More: abdominal obesity, almond butter, caloric density, cholesterol, dried apples, dried fruit, figs, fruit, nut bar, nut butter, nutrition bar, nuts, obesity, peanut butter, satiety, weight gain, weight loss

There are a variety of healthier fruit and nut bars on the market now that boast dried fruit as a primary ingredient. Dried fruit is calorically dense, though. Should we be concerned that eating such bars may make us...

Michael Greger MD

Best Treatment for Constipation

Michael Greger MD | September 17, 2013 | Health

Read More: bowel movements, bowel regularity, Bristol stool scale, California Prune Board, constipation, dried plums, finer supplements, home remedies, International Prune Association, laxatives, Metamucil, natural remedies, over-the-counter drugs, plant-based diet, plums, prunes, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, vegan, vegetarian

Constipation is a common problem that affects up to 20 percent of the world's population. Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from chronic constipation, which is particularly a problem in women and the elderly. It is a pathological condition that...

Michael Greger MD

Best Dried Fruit For Cholesterol

Michael Greger MD | September 12, 2013 | Health

Read More: apples, asthma, bile, blood sugar, c-reactive proteins, cholesterol, constipation, dates, digestion, dried fruit, figs, fruit, glycemic index, heart health, inflammation, LDL, minerals, pectin, plums, prunes, skin, sulfur dioxide, triglyceride levels, vitamins, women's health

When I saw there was a paper entitled "Daily Dried Apples Versus Daily Dried Plums: Impact on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Postmenopausal Women," the first thing I thought was well, was the study funded by the U.S. Apple...

Michael Greger MD

Eggs vs. Cigarettes in Atherosclerosis

Michael Greger MD | September 10, 2013 | Health

Read More: apples, asthma, bile, blood sugar, c-reactive proteins, cholesterol, constipation, dates, digestion, dried fruit, figs, fruit, glycemic index, heart health, inflammation, LDL, minerals, pectin, plums, prunes, skin, sulfur dioxide, triglyceride levels, vitamins, women's health

A study in the journal Atherosclerosis found that eating just 3 eggs or more a week was associated with a significant increase in artery-clogging plaque buildup in people's carotid arteries going to their brain, a strong predictor of stroke,...

Michael Greger MD

Latest Science on Rooibos & Nettle Tea

Michael Greger MD | September 5, 2013 | Health

Read More: calcium, chamomile tea, copper, estrogen, green tea, hibiscus, iron, magnesium, minerals, mint tea, nettle tea, phytonutrients, prostate enlargement, red tea, rooibos, sage, St. John's Wort, steroid hormones, steroids, zinc

Rooibos, or red tea, is anecdotally reported to aid stress-related symptoms, but it has none of the mood-altering phytonutrients thought responsible for the increased calm and decreased stress after drinking green tea (see Dietary Brain Wave Alteration). So why...

Michael Greger MD

Hibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?

Michael Greger MD | September 3, 2013 | Health

Read More: amla, antioxidants, berries, chamomile, dementia, depression, erythritol, flor de Jamaica, flowers, goji, green tea, herbal, hibiscus, matcha, mint, oxidant stress, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, PMS, rose bush, roselle, saffron crocus, sorrel, stress, tea, vegan, vegetarian, zinger tea

A landmark investigation of the Antioxidant Content of 3,139 Foods put all previous rankings to shame. That's where I got the data to create my videos Best Berries, which compares hundreds of berries to common fruits, and Better Than...

Michael Greger MD

Treating Parkinson's Disease With Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, berries, bioaccumulation, brown rice, caffeine, cancer, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, coffee, dairy, dopamine, fisetin, fish, Istradefylline, L-dopa, levodopa, meat, milk, N-hexacosanol, Parkinson's, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pollutants, Preladenant, protein redistribution diet, serotonin, strawberries, vegan, vegetarian, whole wheat, yogurt

Caffeine consumption appears to help prevent Parkinson's, but what if you already have the condition? A recent study found that giving folks the equivalent of about two cups of coffee a day worth of caffeine significantly improved symptoms of...

Michael Greger MD

Avoiding Dairy to Prevent Parkinson's

Michael Greger MD | August 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: brain damage, cheese, chemicals, concussions, dairy, exercise, head damage, hormones, industrial carcinogens, industrial pollutants, milk, Monsanto, neurotoxic chemicals, Parkinson's, PCBs, pesticides, plant-based diet, pollutants, Polychlorinated biphenyl, Tetrahydroisoquinoline, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

There are four things that may reduce our risk of developing Parkinson's disease: increase exercise, and avoid dairy products, pesticides, and head trauma (please wear your seatbelt and bike helmet!). What about avoiding pesticides and other industrial pollutants? A...

Michael Greger MD

NutritionFacts.org Video Hits a Million Views

Michael Greger MD | August 22, 2013 | Health

I'm so excited to share that my newest live presentation, More Than an Apple a Day: Preventing Our Most Common Diseases, has reached over a million views on YouTube, breaking my previous record of 800,000 for last year's Uprooting...

Michael Greger MD

The Science on Acai Berries

Michael Greger MD | August 20, 2013 | Health

Read More: açaí berries, acai berries, acai berry powder, and metabolic parameters, antioxidant content, antioxidants, arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, immune cell function, immune function, immune system, Indian gooseberries, insulin, metabolic parameters, metabolism, Natural Standards Research Collaboration, NSRC, obesity, osteoarthritis, pain, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pomegranate, pomegranate juice, rose hips, superfood, supplements, vegan, vegetarian, World Health Organization

An independent review of the effects of açaí berries was recently published, which included studies on immune function, arthritis, and metabolic parameters. The "Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Acai" was issued by the Natural Standards Research Collaboration (NSRC), an impartial...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Five Reasons to Make Black Pepper a Favorite Spice

Janice Stanger, PhD | August 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, black pepper, cancer, piperine, spice, whole foods plant-based diet

Black Pepper Sprinkles Unexpected Health Benefits and Pungent Taste Sometimes you seek health by expensive, exotic means; you may fail to see the benefits right in front of you in everyday, low cost foods that you take for granted....

Michael Greger MD

Why are Children Starting Puberty Earlier?

Michael Greger MD | August 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, cancer, cheese, chicken, children, dairy, diet, early onset puberty, emphysema, endocrine disrupting chemicals, fish, IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1, kids, meat, menstruation, obesity, plant-based diet, premature puberty, puberty, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

Early onset of puberty is considered a risk factor for a number of diseases in adulthood, including hormone-related cancers, a shorter lifespan, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. The conventional thinking has been that the age of puberty has been...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

The Anatomy of a Bowel Movement (And How To Cure Constipation)

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | August 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: constipation, fiber, plant-based diets, Plant-Based Pharmacist

Many of us take for granted our trip(s) to the porcelain throne each day as we rid ourselves of built up toxins and waste products via nature's evacuation system. Or to put it more candidly, I'm talking about pooping. Everybody...

Michael Greger MD

Should We Avoid Titanium Dioxide?

Michael Greger MD | August 13, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, antibiotics, arachidonic acid, bacteria, beef, carbon monoxide, chewing gums, chicken, Crohn's disease, endotoxin, estrogen, fish, heterocyclic amines, inflammatory bowel disease, intenstinal flora, intestinal inflammation, marshmallows, meat, microparticles, nanoparticles, plant-based diet, powdered sugar, processed meat, titanium dioxide, toxins, ulcerative colitis, vegan, vegetarian

Two potential risk factors that may increases the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) are animal protein and nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide. Of all dietary factors, animal protein from meat and fish...

Vegparadise Blog

Don't Bug My Yogurt; Dannon Is Already Doing It.

Vegparadise Blog | August 12, 2013 | Add category, Food, Health

Read More: carmine, cochineal, crushed insects, Dannon, food coloring, Starbucks, Tropicana, yogurt

Dannon has joined the lineup of companies that find it necessary to crush insects to add color to some of its products. The distinguished list of companies includes Starbucks and Tropicana. Both added cochineal or carmine derived from crushed insects...

J Morris Hicks

Do you breathe air, drink water and have sex?

J Morris Hicks | August 10, 2013 | Health

Even with no randomized studies proving that you should? What should humans be eating? That's the question that I began studying in 2002. Six months later, I concluded---without a doubt---that we should be eating a whole foods, plant-based diet. From...

Michael Greger MD

Which Pets Improve Children's Health?

Michael Greger MD | August 6, 2013 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, cancer, cats, children, children's health, dogs, ear infections, foodborne pathogens, foodborne rabies, gastroenteritis, infectious diseases, lymphoma, pets, rabies, respiratory illnesses, respiratory infections

To my surprise, studies of the effects of pets on human health and well-being have actually produced a mishmash of conflicting results. For example, some studies show pets lower your blood pressure--in some cases more than drugs do--but other...

Michael Greger MD

Vitamin D from Mushrooms, Sun, or Supplements?

Michael Greger MD | August 1, 2013 | Health

Read More: bioavailability, Institute of Medicine, mushrooms, sun, vitamin D, vitamin D2, vitamin D3, vitamin deficiency, vitamin recommendations, vitamin requirements, wool

Years ago, it was shown that vitamin D isn't just the sunshine vitamin for us, but for mushrooms as well. You take some mushrooms, put them under a sun lamp for an hour, and they'll make vitamin D just...

Michael Greger MD

Is Coconut Oil Good For You?

Michael Greger MD | July 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Association, atherosclerosis, bad cholesterol, clinical nutrition, clogged artereris, coconut oil, heart disease, LDL, medical community, medical school, saffron, saturated fat, stearic acid

Some who profit from coconut oil claim it has miraculous powers, curing everything from cancer to jock itch. The boldest claim may be that it is a potential cure for Alzheimer's, based on a series of anecdotes and one...