1. Vitamins are absorbed better with fat

    Get the most from your meals with this quick tip

    Here's an easy "hack" to make sure you get all of the vitamins in your food: Don't pass on the fats!

    I know that's the opposite of the low-fat mantra you'll hear from the mainstream.

    But fats are important -- and not just because they add a little flavor to your meals.

    They also play an absolutely essential role in how you absorb some of the most important nutrients in your food.

    Without a little fat, you might not get those nutrients at all!

    New research shows how adding some fatty oils to your food -- especially your salad -- will enhance your body's ability to soak up fat-soluble nutrients.

    As the name implies, they need fats to get absorbed, so the study isn't too much of a surprise.

    But given how much fat is already in the diet, many nutritionists assume that most people already have what they need to process the vitamins in their food.

    The new study shows again what happens when you assume!

    Just a sprinkle of extra fat on your veggies will allow you to better absorb at least seven different nutrients (and quite likely many more).

    Specifically, you can get higher levels of vitamins A, E, and K, as well as the critical micronutrients alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. The more fat you have with your food, the more of those essentials you'll be able to absorb.

    There is, however, a flaw with the new study.

    It was funded by a company that makes salad dressing, so you can guess where the "fats" in the study came from.

    Specifically, it used a dressing based on soybean oil.

    In general, soybean oil is not a high-quality fat, and most of what's sold in the United States is genetically modified to boot.

    That's not the only flaw.

    Salad dressings, even the ones that make "healthy" claims on the label, are often loaded with sugar, coloring agents, chemical preservatives, and a whole lot more.


    If you want your fats from oil, go right for the good stuff: A little olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar can bring out the flavor and the nutrients from your fresh veggies.

    Want an even better trick?

    Slice up some avocado!

    It's a terrific source of healthy fats... works great in just about any salad... and is proven to enhance your body's ability to absorb key nutrients including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lutein.

    That's not all avocado can do. It can also protect you from vision loss. I'll have more on that later this week, so keep an "eye" on your email!

  2. Battle MERS virus naturally

    Arm yourself against MERS virus 

    It's one of the biggest health scares to make headlines in years -- one my own patients have been asking me about despite the fact that there hasn't been a single case here in California.

    It's Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS virus, a highly contagious and devastating viral infection.

    While there have been only three confirmed cases in the United States, there's always a chance it can spread and spread fast (we've already had our first transmission here within the States) -- so today, I'm going to tell you how to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

    But first, let me tell you a little about MERS virus itself.

    It originated in camels, but at some point made the jump to humans, with devastating consequences. So far, nearly a third of the victims have died.

    Because it's a virus, you have to come into contact with someone carrying it in order to get infected, and this is where it gets scary: It takes about five days to show symptoms, which means seemingly healthy people could carry and spread MERS virus without knowing it.

    Once the symptoms appear, they come on strong and include high fever, intense cough and shortness of breath.

    Since it's a virus, the best approach is to give your own immune system the power to fight it off before it has a chance to make you sick.

    The foundation of a good immune system is a quality multivitamin. Make sure it contains both vitamins A and C, which stimulate the production of the antibodies needed to resist viral infections. Also make sure it includes the minerals selenium and zinc, which support the white blood cells that form your first line of defense against infection.

    Certain herbal remedies, including Echinacea and astragalus, will also enhance your immune function so you're better able to fight of viruses.

    Other natural immune-boosters include elderberry, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and lomatium dissectum, an herbal remedy so effective at stopping the reproduction of viruses that Native Americans used it against Spanish flu.

    All of these are good preventive options -- but the best preventive step of all is a little common sense. Be careful when traveling and when around people who've traveled recently, always wash your hands and don't rub your eyes.

    People think viruses enter through the mouth or nose, and they often do, but the eyes are another often overlooked major point of entry.

    For people with severe infections I utilize high doses of intravenous natural compounds such as vitamin C, hydrogen peroxide, and colloidal silver to blast these viruses.

  3. Supplement users make better decisions

    People who take vitamins make better decisions about their health and are healthier overall than people who don't, a new study finds.
  4. B vitamins can help protect against memory problems

    A new study confirms that ordinary B vitamins can fight dementia slowing down the physical deterioration in the brain that goes with it.
  5. How supplements can save you from cancer

    I was just about to celebrate the American Cancer Society's new common sense guidelines for disease survivors on the role of exercise and nutrition in preventing a recurrence -- until they started taking potshots at supplements.
  6. Easy and inexpensive ways to boost your brainpower

    Want to be smart? Follow your mother's advice and don't forget to take your vitamins -- because even the basics can deliver noticeable and almost immediate benefits.
  7. Get a whiff of concentration

    I always get a kick out of the fridge in my local 7-11. It's loaded with drinks that make all kinds of promises. It's a laugh, because no matter what promise they make, most of these drinks have the same basic ingredients: sugar, water, and artificial flavors combined with small amounts of vitamins or large amounts of caffeine.
  8. The key vitamins that will protect your brain

    Some brains, however, shrink faster than others -- and since this rapid loss of gray matter is often a warning sign of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, you want to limit your own shrinkage as much as possible. And the best way to do that is with the vitamins you should be getting anyway.
  9. Shooting holes in vitamin E study

    I couldn't believe what I saw on the news the other night: Diane Sawyer -- in her most solemn Evening Anchor Voice -- announced that vitamin E could increase the risk of prostate cancer by 17 percent.

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