Doctor's Note

Be sure to check out all my other videos on antioxidants and don’t miss my other videos on bowel movements.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Stool Size and Breast Cancer RiskKiwi Fruit for Irritable Bowel SyndromeAntioxidants in a Pinch: Dried Herbs and SpicesBest Treatment for Constipation; and Raspberries Reverse Precancerous Lesions.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the other videos on antioxidants and don’t miss the other videos on bowel movements. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

    • A A

      Could it be that women who aren’t getting enough anti oxidants (and fiber because the bacteria have a field day with fiber) in their body are at high risk for getting BV? Not enough good bacteria in the gut leads to not enough good bacteria in other parts of the body?

      However, I know of women who eat yogurt which cures their BV ( and subsequently keeps them regular) but it only masks the problem at hand.

  • jaxon

    If stool bulk is dependent on fiber and fiber is constant in both control diets, is it logical to assume the increased stool bulk is the result of more rapid transit times? If so, then the lower anti-oxidant diet can really back you up.

    Am I missing something here?

  • This is very interesting and helpful. I am wondering if you are familiar with Super Red Drink Powder available at Trader Joes. It has 52 anti-oxidant berries, fruits etc. One scoop has 8,000 ORAC units and all from whole natural foods. Harry Gilbow

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      If you can find me a list of ingredients I’d be happy to look them over!

      • GilbowH

        Here is the profile for the Green Drink, the Red Drink is based on berries, nuts, seeds etc. but I could not locate a list. I would appreciate your professional view. H.G.

        Prop. Antioxidant blend – 2010mg
        organic barley grass juice, chlorella, spirulina, alfalfa concentrate, ioinic trace minerals

        Prop Antiox blend 2000mg

        Organic carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, parsley powdered juices

        Prop AntiOx Blend – 1740mg

        Organic concord Grape powder, chery powder, milk thistle extract (80% sylmarin), redbeet root, aloe vera, pomegranate, tumeric (85% curcuminoids), kelp powder, green tea decaf (60% ployphenols), quercitin (98% dihydride), trans-resveratrol 50%, red wine extract, grape seed extract, blueberry leaf extract licorice, vegetable extract, fruit extract, cinnamon and strawberry powder

        fiber blend – 3850

        organic SDG flax lignans concentrate, Oat betaglucan, apple fiber pectin, sprouted barley malt, lecithin

        enzyme blend – 200mg

        bromelaine (600gdu/gm), papain, protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase, lactase

        • Ann

          The question is….are there any studies that prove it does anything.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please also check out my associated blog post, Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk!

  • Rosemary Guy

    love the blue toilet great pic but wondering what chemical nasties might have been involved

  • Henry Oxnard

    Are baby varieties as nutritious as full grown?

  • Han

    What I’m missing in this study is the dry weight of the stool.

    • A A

      It may be true that the people with lower antioxidants have smaller but drier stools however, one would never want to pass a firm stool because one is at risk for blowing a gasket down there