Author Archives: Dr. Kevin Passero

Evening Primrose Oil: An Essential Fatty Acid with Benefits

Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is obtained from the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant (Oenothera biennis) which is cultivated in North America, Europe, and some regions of Asia. Historically, Native Americans used the plant both as a food and as a treatment for indigestion, hemorrhoids, sore throats, tonsillitis, and bruises. Scientists have isolated an essential […]

MaxEPA Omega-3–Twice the Omega-3 of other Fish Oil Supplements (Need Edit)

Fish oils are found in the tissues of fatty fishes. Especially rich sources are cold water species such as mackerel, herring, sardine, pilchard, and salmon. What is special about these oils is that they contain abundant amounts of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids of the omega-3 type, the most important of which are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) […]

Ginger- Natural Help for Motion Sickness and Nausea

Motion sickness is a common ailment associated with travel in cars, trains, planes, and boats. Its basis is largely unknown but is believed to be caused by a combination of inner ear disturbances and over-stimulation of the optic nerve due to either real or apparent movement. Even the increased popularity of computer games has brought […]

Bilberry Extract – An Important Antioxidant for the Eyes

As with most herbal supplements, the popularity of Bilberry goes back many hundreds of years, with recorded usages for medicinal purposes dating from the early 16th century. Traditionally, Bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus) was used as a treatment for diarrhea and dysentery with its astringent qualities being observed to reduce the inflammation associated with these and other […]

Niacin and Cholesterol

Niacin or nicotinic acid is known by the more common name of Vitamin B3, and forms an important member of the water-soluble B-group vitamins. Niacin has been shown to be useful in the treatment of skin and gastrointestinal disorders, circulatory problems, and mental and emotional disorders. In addition, niacin is an essential vitamin involved in […]

Probiotics – The role of friendly bacteria to our health

The term “Probiotic” is generally accepted to mean “good for life.” Probiotics are naturally occurring “good” or “healthy” bacteria that work within the immune system and especially in the digestive system (where 70% of the immune system is located) to keep the body in a balanced state. Probiotics are generally food products containing the healthy […]

Lycopene – A powerful Antioxidant Supplement

Lycopene, a naturally occurring member of the carotenoid family of compounds, is responsible for the red color of tomatoes, guava, rosehip, watermelon, and pink grapefruit. Carotenoids in general are noted for their antioxidative ability, but none are as effective as lycopene. Numerous scientific studies—ranging from large-scale epidemiological surveys to well-controlled human clinical trials—have demonstrated the […]

Ostivone – A powerful tool for maintaining bone health

What is Ostivone? Ostivone is the commercial name of the naturally occurring bioflavonoid ipriflavone. This compound, which is found in low concentrations in leguminous plants such as alfalfa, is manufactured synthetically to be identical to the natural product. The subject of over sixty scientific studies, including sixteen randomized, placebo-controlled human trials, ipriflavone has been proven […]

What Are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are naturally created nutrients that help maintain the health of cells and support the immune system in fighting infection. Antioxidants are commonly found in fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Certain compounds known as carotenoids also contain concentrations of antioxidants. Oxidant Stress During the normal process of cellular […]

Exercise: Benefits for the Body and the Brain

Physical Benefits & Growth Hormone: We have known for years the importance of exercise for keeping our bodies healthy and strong. Aerobic exercise keeps our heart healthy while weight training supports our skeletal system by strengthening muscles, tendons and bones. Both types also serve as important calorie burning activities which help to maintain optimal weight. […]

Natural Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes: Part 2

As I discussed in part 1 of this series the process of type II diabetes is significantly influenced by the amount of body fat a person has, particularly fat around the abdominal area. Lifestyle modification in the way of diet and exercise are crucial factors for addressing type II diabetes. They must be present to […]

Natural Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes: Part 1 – Understanding Your Body

As of 2005 the CDC estimates that 20.8 million Americans suffer from Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes which accounts for 90-95% of all diagnosed cases, is associated with excessive body fat and obesity. Genetics also play an important role in the development of type 2 diabetes, but the most influential and powerful factor is lifestyle. Regular […]

Are Poisons In Your Food Increasing Your Risk of Breast Cancer?

Hormone imbalances are rampant, specifically among women in our society. Not only are many women transitioning into menopause, but many women suffer from symptoms such as painful menses, irregular menses, mood swings, PMS, breast tenderness, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. These are all signs of unbalanced hormones in females, particularly of estrogen and progesterone. Another […]

The 3 most important secrets for losing weight and keeping it off

Three weight loss secrets doctors won’t tell you! Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on weight loss programs. For some, it is in the interest of looking better and for others it is focused on health benefits. Regardless, most people struggle with weight loss and typically either fail, or lose weight only to gain […]