Articles by John Phillip

Contributing Writer - John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and diet, health and nutrition researcher and author with a passion for understanding weight loss challenges and encouraging health modification through natural diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation. John’s passion is to research and write about the cutting edge alternative health technologies that affect our lives. Discover the latest alternative health news concerning diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and weight loss at My Optimal Health Resource.

Getting Extra Vitamin C May Ward Off a Stroke

Researchers from the Pontchaillou University Hospital in France have found that eating foods containing vitamin C, such as oranges, peppers, strawberries, papaya and broccoli, may reduce one's risk for hemorrhagic stroke.

Melatonin Benefits: Can it Also Help Protect the Brain?

It's been well established that melatonin benefits sleep patterns and is an excellent antioxidant. But have we been underestimating the perks of this bedtime nutrient?

Throw Back Thursday: Compound in Coffee May Protect Memory

Here's a "Throw Back Thursday" every coffee lover will appreciate: A groundbreaking 2011 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease revealed that when a natural compound in coffee is combined with caffeine, the the duo work together to create a protective shield against the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. 

This Nutrient Protects the Heart from the Dangers of Sugar

Our arteries are lined with a delicate, single-cell layer of tissue called the endothelium, which is essential to maintaining proper blood pressure and volume, but it also acts as a barrier to protect against metabolic byproducts floating in circulation.

Your Genetics Play a Role When it Comes to Processed Meat and Cancer Risk

The World Health Organization recently made a bold -- and for many, a disappointing -- announcement regarding consumption of processed meats and cancer risk.

Here’s The Easiest Way to Lower Heart Disease Risk by 25%

A research team from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has published impressive results from a 16-year study in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation.

Meet the Fatty Acid That Lowers Risk of Death by 85%

Many people make the potentially fatal presumption that aging, chronic diseases and premature aging are natural events that come with advancing years. A plethora of current research studies confirm that nothing could be farther from the truth.

This Cooking Method Could Increase Risk for Prostate Cancer by 40%!

Prior research studies have implicated overcooking meats, especially red meat, due to the formation of carbon-based amines that greatly increase the risk of digestive cancers over many years of consumption.

More Evidence that Resveratrol Helps Lower the Risk of Heart Disease

A volume of studies abound that show how the disease can be halted and even reversed by following a Mediterranean-style diet and increasing consumption of natural compounds that provide polyphenols to squelch vascular inflammation and prevent disease conditions ranging from cancer and dementia to stroke and heart disease. But one compound in particular seems to always stand out.

Study Confirms That Eating More Tree Nuts Just Might Save Your Life

A group of researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health have published the results of a study in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine that explains how people who ate a daily handful of nuts were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period than were those who didn't consume nuts.