How Much Vitamin C Should You Get Every Day?

“For many years, the RDA [recommended daily allowance] for all vitamins were based on preventing deficiency, with a margin of safety,” but the miniscule amount of vitamin C needed to avoid scurvy, for example, is not necessarily the ideal intake for optimal health. What might the optimal intake of vitamin C be?

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Why You Should Care About Nutrition

Most deaths in the United States are preventable and related to nutrition. Read Dr. Greger’s Best Selling book: How Not To Die. Click the book for purchase information. In addition to showing what to eat to help prevent the top 15 causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen—a checklist

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Why a Resource Like NutritionFacts.org is So Necessary

In a study of the dietary advice given by newspapers in the United Kingdom, “no credible scientific basis” was found for most claims. Indeed, “[m]isreporting of dietary advice…is widespread and may contribute to public misconceptions about food and health”—and potentially not only the public. Scientists like to think they are not influenced

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The Best Dried Fruit for Osteoporosis

   Image Credit: David Pacey / Flickr. This image has been modified. “We are in an epidemic of osteoporosis. There can be no doubt about that.” Ten million Americans have it, and one in three older women will get it. “We urgently need public health strategies to maintain bone health throughout the

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The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100

What would happen if you centered your diet around vegetables, the most nutrient-dense food group? Read Dr. Greger’s Best Selling book: How Not To Die. Click the book for purchase information. In addition to showing what to eat to help prevent the top 15 causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger’s

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Longer Life Within Walking Distance

Researchers find exercise often works just as well as drugs for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, and the prevention of diabetes. Exercise is medicine.  This is why I recommend 90 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 40 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise. You can find examples in my free Daily Dozen

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How Much Should You Exercise?

Physical fitness authorities seem to have fallen into the same trap as the nutrition authorities, recommending what they think may be achievable, rather than simply informing us what the science says and letting us make up our own mind. In health,Michael Greger, M.D. Read Dr. Greger’s Best Selling book: How Not

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The Best Diet for the Inflammation of Aging

One of the most recognized consequences of aging is a decline in immune function, illustrated by vulnerability to dying from the flu and poor response to vaccinations. But, about 20 years ago, a paper was published showing that the immune cells of 80-year-olds produced significantly more pro-inflammatory signals. As I discuss in

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The Foods to Avoid to Lower Stroke Risk

“Stroke remains one of the most devastating of all neurological diseases,” killing about 5 million people a year worldwide, and is “the leading cause of permanent disability in the USA.” But the good news is that about 80 percent of stroke risk may be due to basic lifestyle factors: primarily, improving our diet, stopping smoking, and

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