Category Archives: Nutrition

A New Fountain of Youth Found in a Pill?

I saw this article in the Daily Mail and at first I thought it was a sponsored add- Stunning anti-ageing breakthrough could see humans live to 150 and regenerate organs by 2020 ‘for the price of a coffee a day’   See what I mean? But it’s for real. The highlights: “could see the aging process in humans reduced by 50 years”; “mice given the pill lived 10% longer”; “could be available to the public in five years following human testing”- which is supposed to start within […]

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Chlorella May Help Preserve Immune Function During High Intensity Athletic Training

Sedentary women who start walking briskly on a treadmill for 45 minutes a day for a few months may cut their risk of upper respiratory tract infections in half. How exactly does exercise improve our immune system? Approximately 95 percent of all infections are initiated at the mucosal surfaces—the moist surfaces, like our eyes, nose, and mouth. These are protected by antibodies like IgA, which provide “an immunological barrier by neutralizing and preventing viral pathogens from penetrating the body through the mucosal surfaces.” The IgA in our […]

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Is Kombucha Actually Good For You?

A registered dietitian weighs in and ranks the options. How Healthy Is Kombucha? Kombucha is a great way to get an additional boost of probiotics, or the good gut microbes in your body.  However, it really depends on the brand you choose for the best benefits. Some commercially available kombuchas are loaded with sugar. This is tricky because sugar is an important part of making kombucha. The bacteria feed off sugar and convert it into vinegar which supports the health of probiotics in the gut and can help slow […]

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Is Aloe Effective for Blood Pressure, Inflammatory Bowel, Wound Healing and Burns?

The risks and benefits of aloe vera. Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free nutrition newsletter at https://www.nutritionfacts.org/subscribe and get a free recipe from his new HOW NOT TO DIE COOKBOOK. (All proceeds Dr. Greger receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking directly support NutritionFacts.org). This is the first of a whole bunch of aloe videos, but they’re going to be spread out over the next few months—keep an eye out by subscribing (https://nutritionfacts.org/subscribe) to NutritionFacts.org (for free of course like everyone on the site). Got a bunch of […]

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If Calcium Supplements Aren’t Safe, What About Calcium in Food?

In 12 short years, government panels have gone from suggesting widespread calcium supplementation may be necessary to protect our bones to “do not supplement.” What happened? I explore this in my Are Calcium Supplements Safe? video. It all started with a 2008 study in New Zealand. Short-term studies have shown that calcium supplementation may drop blood pressures by about a point. Though the effect appears to be transient, disappearing after a few months, it’s better than nothing. Further, excess calcium in the gut can cause fat malabsorption […]

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Does Cocoa Powder Cause Acne?

Is the link between chocolate and acne from the sugar, the milk, or the cocoa? Researchers put white chocolate, dark chocolate, baking chocolate, and cocoa powder to the test to find out. Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free nutrition newsletter at https://www.nutritionfacts.org/subscribe and get a free recipe from his new HOW NOT TO DIE COOKBOOK. (All proceeds Dr. Greger receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking directly support NutritionFacts.org). What about the effects of dairy products alone on acne risk? I cover that in my last video, Does […]

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Does Chocolate Cause Acne?

What are the effects of dairy products, sugar, and chocolate on pimple formation? Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free nutrition newsletter at https://www.nutritionfacts.org/subscribe and get a free recipe from his new HOW NOT TO DIE COOKBOOK. (All proceeds Dr. Greger receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking directly support NutritionFacts.org). Even if chocolate was a problem is it just the sugar or milk in chocolate? What about dark chocolate? What about cocoa? Stay tuned for my next video Does Cocoa Powder Cause Acne? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Does-Cocoa-Powder-Cause-Acne). In the meanwhile feel […]

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All About Buying Fish and Seafood at ALDI

New to buying fish at ALDI? Here’s what they have to offer–plus some good news about their commitment to sustainability. Thanks to ALDI for sponsoring this post! I fancy myself something of an ALDI guru, so imagine my shock when a friend reached out recently via email with a pretty simple question: “What can you tell me about the fresh salmon at ALDI?” Um, excuse me…what fresh salmon at ALDI?! For as much of a regular I am at my local ALDI store, I somehow missed this […]

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How to Prevent Gut Inflammation

When you count all the little folds, the total surface area of our gut is about 3,000 square feet. That’s larger than a tennis court. Yet, only a single layer of cells separates our inner core from the outer chaos. The primary fuel that keeps this critical cell layer alive is a short-chain fatty acid called butyrate, which our good bacteria make from the fiber we eat. We feed the good bacteria in our gut, and they feed us right back. As shown in my video, Prebiotics: […]

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Why a Healthy Diet May Not Be Enough to Cure Constipation In Kids

Constipation in kids is a major problem, but all the kale in the world may not be enough to fix it. Here’s why–and what to do! Constipation is a big problem among children and can lead to bedwetting, daytime accidents, and urinary tract infections. I’m happy to have another guest post by Steve Hodges, M.D., a pediatric urologist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the coauthor of STOP Bedwetting Forever With M.O.P. (get more info at the bottom of the post plus a discount code). Here, Dr. […]

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