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Are the Benefits of Organic Food Underrated or Overrated?

Michael Greger MD | April 27, 2017 | Health

Read More: cadmium, cancer, carcinogens, carrots, cookies, dioxin, DNA damage, exercise, fruit, heavy metals, industrial pollutants, jelly beans, junk food, organic foods, pesticides, potato chips, smoking, tobacco, vegetables

Pesticides have been classified as probable carcinogens for 25 years. Different pesticides have been associated with different cancers through a variety of mechanisms, including genetic damage--direct hits to our DNA or chromosomes--and epigenetic modification, changes in the way our......

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Organic versus Conventional: Which has More Nutrients?

Michael Greger MD | April 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, barbecuing, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, colon cancer, cost savings, DNA damage, esophageal cancer, fruit, frying, heterocyclic amines, meat, organic foods, pesticides, phenolics, phytonutrients, polycyclic hydrocarbons, smoked foods, strawberries, sulforaphane, vegetables

Are organic foods safer and healthier than conventional alternatives? Those are two separate questions. Some consumers are interested in getting more nutrients; others are more concerned about getting fewer pesticides. Let's do nutrition first. As seen in my video,......

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The Two Most Active Ingredients of the Mediterranean Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, almonds, Ancel Keys, animal fats, antioxidants, butter, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cookies, dairy, DNA damage, eggs, fat, fish, Harvard, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, hazelnuts, heart disease, heart health, lard, lifespan, longevity, meat, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nuts, olive oil, olives, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, PREDIMED, soda, stroke, vegetables, walnuts, wine, World Health Organization

Olives and nuts are plant foods, and as such, are packed with antioxidants, raising the antioxidant level of our bloodstream resulting in lower fat oxidation and free radical DNA damage, but what's happening inside people's arteries? Researchers measured the......

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How to Prevent Ulcerative Colitis with Diet

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal protein, butyrate, colon health, Crohn's disease, DNA damage, fecal bacteria, fiber, flatulence, gut flora, hydrogen sulfide, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal health, Japan, meat, plant protein, plant-based diets, steak, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetarians

What has driven the dramatic increase in prevalence of the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn's disease in societies that rapidly westernized--a disease practically unknown just a century ago? What has changed in our internal and external environment that has led......

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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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Hummus for a Healthy Heart

Michael Greger MD | March 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, antioxidants, beans, bone health, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chickpeas, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, DNA damage, heart disease, heart health, legumes, lentils, liver disease, liver health, longevity, obesity, osteoporosis, phytates, phytonutrients, prediabetes, saturated fat, split peas, statins, weight loss

I've talked previously about the anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects of various phytonutrients in beans, but beans have protective effects on the cardiovascular system as well. As one academic review suggested, plant-specific compounds can have a remarkable impact on the......

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Making Your Own Mouthwash

Michael Greger MD | January 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: amla, antibiotics, antioxidants, antiseptic, beans, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chlorhexidine, dental health, diabetes, diarrhea, DNA damage, drug residues, forgive to win, grains, green tea, heart disease, heart health, lentils, mouthwash, oral health, oxidative stress, peas, periodontal disease, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, potatoes, prediabetes, side effects, smoking, spices, standard American diet, sugar, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, vomiting

The effects of a vegetarian diet on systemic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases have been studied and have revealed predominantly less systemic diseases in those eating plant-based diets. However, there have only been a few studies on......

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Bile Acids and Breast Cancer

Michael Greger MD | January 14, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal studies, bowel movements, breast cancer, breast health, cancer, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, colon health, constipation, DNA damage, estrogen, fiber, heart disease, heart health, industrial toxins, lead, mercury, plant-based diets, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Why do constipated women appear to be at higher risk for breast cancer? The results of a 1989 study out of the American Journal of Public Health suggested a slight increased risk of breast cancer for both decreased frequency......

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Coffee for Hepatitis C

Michael Greger MD | December 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: addiction, alcohol, caffeine, coffee, DNA damage, Europe, fatigue, fatty liver disease, headaches, hepatitis, liver cancer, liver disease, liver health, liver inflammation, mood, mortality, Norway, obesity

Decades ago, researchers in Norway came upon an unexpected finding. Alcohol consumption was associated with liver inflammation (no surprise), but a protective association was found for coffee consumption. These findings were replicated in the U.S. and around the world.......

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How Humans Benefit From Stressed Plants

Michael Greger MD | September 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, antioxidants, aspirin, complementary medicine, DNA damage, evolution, fruit, grapes, hormones, lettuce, medications, nitric oxide, oxidative stress, penicillin, phytonutrients, protein, strawberries, stress, sunlight, vegetables, water, wound healing

Plants live the ultimate sedentary lifestyle--most of us usually think of plants more as objects than as organisms. Because plants can't move, they've had to evolve a whole other way to escape threats to their well-being. Plants can "sense......

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Colon Cancer Prevention: Is it the Fiber or the Phytates?

Michael Greger MD | May 21, 2015 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, animal products, antinutrients, antioxidants, beans, cancer, chicken, chickpeas, colon cancer, colon health, DNA damage, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, fish, grains, iron, lentils, meat, nuts, oxidative stress, phytates, phytic acid, plant-based diets, poultry, processed foods, red meat, split peas, standard American diet, turkey, Uganda, vegans, vegetarians, white meat

Dietary factors are considered the most important environmental risk factors for cancer. Within recent years, a large number of naturally occurring health-enhancing substances of plant origin known as phytonutrients have been recognized to have beneficial effects on certain cancers.......

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Testing Turmeric on Smokers

Michael Greger MD | May 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, cancer, carcinogens, chemotherapy, curcumin, curry powder, DNA damage, India, metastases, National Cancer Institute, oxidative stress, smoking, spices, tobacco, turmeric

Researchers are becoming increasingly aware of "plant-derived substances that act as chemopreventive agents." Chemopreventatives are substances that help prevent cancer, as opposed to chemotherapy agents aimed at treating cancer. These plant-derived substances are not only inexpensive, they are also......

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Red Dye No. 3 and Thyroid Cancer

Michael Greger MD | April 30, 2015 | Health

Read More: ADHD, artificial colors, cancer, chemotherapy, children, DNA damage, FDA, food additives, food dyes, industry influence, liver cancer, liver disease, liver health, maraschino cherry, mortality, processed foods, red dye #3, thyroid cancer, thyroid disease, thyroid health

Fifteen million pounds of food dyes are sold every year in the U.S. Why? Foods "are artificially colored to make unattractive mixtures of basic ingredients and food additives acceptable to consumers." Food colorings are added to countless processed food......

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Is Liquid Smoke Safe?

Michael Greger MD | April 14, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal products, artificial flavors, black tea, body fat, broccoli, cancer, carcinogens, chemotherapy, chicken, coffee, cooking methods, cooking temperature, cruciferous vegetables, DNA damage, exercise, fat, fish, fish sauce, green tea, ham, herbal tea, herring, hormesis, liquid smoke, liver disease, liver health, lox, mesquite, mutation, oxidative stress, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, poultry, safety limits, salmon, smoked foods, smoking, stress, tobacco, tumor suppressor genes, turkey, vegetables

We know smoke inhalation isn't good for us, but what about smoke ingestion? Decades ago, smoke flavorings were tested to see if they caused DNA mutations in bacteria--the tests came up negative. Even as more and more smoke flavoring......

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Does Antioxidant Intake Matter for Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | April 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, berries, blueberries, cancer, cancer survival, chemotherapy, chronic diseases, DNA damage, fruit, greens, industry influence, lifespan, lymphoma, mortality, multivitamins, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, nutrient synergy, oxidative stress, ranking foods, stomach cancer, stomach health, supplements, USDA, vegetables

The USDA removed their online antioxidant database of foods, "concerned that ORAC values were routinely misused by food and dietary supplement manufacturing companies to promote their products." Indeed, supplement manufacturers got into my-ORAC-is-bigger-than-your-ORAC contests, comparing their pills to the......

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Who Should be Careful About Curcumin?

Michael Greger MD | February 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, bladder cancer, bladder disease, bladder health, calcium, cancer, complementary medicine, curcumin, DNA damage, flax seeds, gallbladder disease, gallbladder health, gallstones, gout, heavy metals, India, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, kidney stones, lead, liver disease, liver health, medications, mercury, oxalates, plutonium, pregnancy, safety limits, side effects, spices, supplements, turmeric

Following flax and wheatgrass, turmeric is the third best-selling botanical dietary supplement, racking up $12 million in sales. Currently, sales are increasing at a rate of 20%. "Curcumin is a natural plant product extracted from the turmeric root and......

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The Top Three DNA Protecting Spices

Michael Greger MD | January 22, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, cinnamon, cooking methods, cooking temperature, curry powder, dairy, DNA damage, ginger, herbs, inflammation, milk, osteoarthritis, plant protein, protein, pumpkin, recipes, rosemary, soy, soy milk, spices, turmeric

In my video Which Spices Fight Inflammation? I profile a landmark study that compared the ability of different spices to suppress inflammation. The study also compared the spices' ability to protect DNA. Cloves, ginger, rosemary, and turmeric were able......

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The Top Four Anti-Inflammatory Spices

Michael Greger MD | January 20, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, ankylosing spondylitis, antioxidants, autoimmune diseases, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Cayenne pepper, chicken, cholesterol, cinnamon, cloves, complementary medicine, cost savings, cumin, curcumin, DNA damage, ginger, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, herbs, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, medications, oregano, osteoarthritis, oxidative stress, pepper, poultry, psoriasis, rosemary, side effects, spices, Tumor necrosis factor, turmeric

Once in a while I come across a study that's so juicy I have to do a whole video about it (Which Spices Fight Inflammation?). A group of researchers at the University of Florida, Gainesville and Pennsylvania State set......

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Can Eating Soy Prevent Breast Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | September 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, Angelina Jolie, beans, blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat, BRCA genes, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast disease, breast health, cancer, cancer survival, chickpeas, cholesterol, DNA damage, epigenetic changes, fat, hypertension, kidney function, LDL cholesterol, legumes, lentils, lifespan, metastases, mortality, phytonutrients, plant protein, protein, soy, soy milk, soybeans, split peas, tofu, triglycerides, vegetable protein, weight loss, women's health

In my video, Increased Lifespan From Beans, I discuss how beans may be the single most important dietary predictor of a long lifespan. But why do people who eat legumes such as beans, chickpeas, split peas, and lentils live......

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How to Boost the Benefits of Exercise

Michael Greger MD | August 28, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, beans, berries, beverages, cherries, chocolate, currants, DNA damage, exercise, flavonoids, fruit, fruit juice, greens, herbal tea, hormesis, inflammation, juice, lemon verbena, muscle health, muscle inflammation, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, supplements, tea, tomato juice, tomatoes, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C, vitamin E

We all know exercise is beneficial to our health. Then why is it that ultramarathon runners may generate so many free radicals during a race that they can damage the DNA of a significant percentage of their cells? Researchers......

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How Plant-Based Diets May Extend Our Lives

Michael Greger MD | July 10, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, animal products, animal protein, beans, caloric restriction, calories, cancer, cancer survival, DNA damage, flexitarians, legumes, lifespan, longevity, Mediterranean diet, methionine, mortality, oxidative stress, plant protein, plant-based diets, protein, protein powder, soy, soybeans, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

A recent review suggested that plant-based diets may prove to be a useful nutritional strategy for lifespan extension in part because they tend to be naturally low in the amino acid methionine (see my video Starving Cancer with Methionine......

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Preloading with Watercress Before Exercise

Michael Greger MD | May 13, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, antioxidants, athletes, beef, broccoli, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, DNA damage, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, inflammation, lifespan, meat, medications, milk, muscle health, muscle inflammation, muscle strength, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, protein, red meat, saturated fat, seafood, supplements, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C, watercress, yogurt

                Could exercise be creating harmful free radicals? Oxidizing glucose to produce energy for our bodies is messy, creating free radicals the way cars burning their fuel produce combustion by-products out the exhaust.......

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Ginger & Lemon Balm for Radiation Exposure

Michael Greger MD | February 25, 2014 | Health

Read More: children, DNA damage, free radicals, garlic, ginger, goji berries, lemon balm, lemon balm tea, mint leaves, Nuremburg, oxidative stress, Pentagon, phytonutrients, radiation, radioactive isotopes, The Cold War, The German Medical Association, The Holocaust, turmeric, X-rays, zingerone

                The German Medical Association has finally apologized for the profession’s role in the Nazi atrocities, 65 years after 20 physicians stood trial in Nuremberg. During the trial, the Nazi doctors argued that......

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Dealing With Air Travel Radiation Exposure

Michael Greger MD | February 20, 2014 | Health

Read More: air travel, antioxidants, B carotene, cancer, Chernobyl, cosmic rays, cryptoxanthin, dentists, DNA damage, doctors, eggs, fish, fruits, full-body scanners, iatrogenic harm, lutein, nuts, phytonutrients, radiation, seeds, synergistic effects, vegetables, vitamin C, X-rays, zeaxanthin

                Doctors appear to be causing tens of thousands of cancers with CT scans and dentists may be causing a few brain tumors with dental X-rays (see my two videos Cancer Risk from......

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