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Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Symptoms & Treatment

  Vitamin B12 is not made by plants or animals, but by microbes that blanket the earth. In today’s sanitized, modern world, the water supply is commonly chlorinated to kill off any bacteria. So, while we don’t get much B12 in the...
Speeding Recovery from Surgery with Turmeric

What are the side effects of turmeric?

Turmeric has myriad benefits, but there are some side effects to be aware of. DNA Damage: If you combine high-dose curcumin with black pepper, you get a 2,000 percent bioavailability boost. That kind of intake could elevate peak blood levels to the...
Heart of Gold: Turmeric vs. Exercise

How To Take Turmeric & What Are Its Benefits?

  Many papers suggest turmeric can benefit a multitude of health conditions and has few downsides at culinary doses. I’d suggest trying to find ways to incorporate turmeric into your daily diet.   What Is Turmeric? Turmeric is a spice that’s part...
Benefits of Flax Seeds for Inflammation

Is flaxseed good for weight loss?

Yes. The consumption of flaxseeds has been shown in randomized controlled trials to reduce our body weight, body mass index (BMI), and waistlines. For more information on how flaxseeds aid weight loss, watch this video: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQkg3HoamwU[/embed] Two of my favorite ways to...
Benefits of Flaxseed Meal for Weight Loss

How should flaxseeds be eaten?

It’s best to consume ground flax seeds. They come with nature’s own finest packaging: a hard natural hull that keeps them fresh for up to a year in an airtight container. Unfortunately, nature’s packaging is actually a little too good. If we...

What are the benefits of flaxseeds?

The benefits of flaxseed consumption are many, including: Reducing inflammation Weight loss Reducing hypertension Preventing and improving survival of breast cancer Improving prostate cancer survival Lowering blood sugar Improving ovarian function Looking for ways to incorporate ground flaxseeds into your menu? Check...
Can Flax Seeds Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Can you cook with flaxseed? Does it destroy the nutrients?

No. Ground flaxseed added to baked goods has been shown to keep lignan stability up to 350°F. Flaxseed has such fantastic benefits that it’s in my Daily Dozen, but concerns about the naturally occurring cyanide content have recently surfaced, which is why...
Is It Best to Drink Tap, Filtered, or Bottled Water?

How can I boost my metabolism naturally?

Drinking two cups of water increases the metabolic rate of men and women by 30 percent. The metabolic boost starts within ten minutes of drinking water and reaches a maximum within an hour. In the 90 minutes after drinking a single, tall...
Keto Diet Results for Weight Loss

Why am I not losing weight on a WFPB diet?

  Every month seems to bring a trendy new diet or weight loss fad—and yet obesity rates continue to rise, and with it a growing number of diseases and health problems.   Is A Whole Food Plant-based Diet Good For Weight Loss?...
Benefits of Green Tea for Boosting Antiviral Immune Function

Are there certain foods that are helpful for weight loss?

Yes, indeed, and I cover the best ones in my book, How Not to Diet, including these broadly available and safe to consume foods that have been identified as weight-loss accelerators: Black cumin Cumin Garlic powder Green tea Ground ginger Nutritional yeast...
B12 nutritional yeast

What Vegan Foods Have Vitamin B12 & How Can Vegans Get B12?

  Though deficiency for those starting out with adequate stores may take years to develop, the results of vitamin B12 deficiency can be devastating. Getting enough B12 is absolutely non negotiable for those centering their diets around plant-based foods.   How Can...

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