Are Your Genes Making You Fat?

How many times have you heard someone complain that she’s overweight because she has “bad genes”? Or that heart disease “runs in his family”? The truth is that genes account for a lot less of what happens in our life than most people believe. And the good news is that...

The Mighty Pumpkin

This is the perfect time of year to talk about pumpkin, ‘cause we pretty much ignore it every month but October, November and December. So while it’s fresh in our minds, how about a little reappraisal of this underappreciated gem of a vegetable? Let’s start with...

Hold back the clock with these seven tips!

What do heart disease, prostate cancer, dementia, weight gain, sagging muscles and erectile dysfunction have in common? The obvious answer is that none of them are found at the top of your “must-have” list, but the less obvious answer is that they share one major risk...

Yes, Tonight Dear! Libido Naturally

You can never be too rich or too thin, they say. Nor, apparently, too hot. The quest for potions, foods, herbs or supplements to increase a sagging libido is never ending. Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects 30 million men in the US and half the male population between...

What it feels like to be 70

[vc_row][vc_column el_class="j-like-to"][vc_column_text]I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be 70 years old. But first, a quick story. My brother is a therapist, and he once told me of a client who said to him, “Mr. Bowden. I’m a single mother of two, I’m...

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)

Probably the single most important thing to know about folic acid is that it can prevent birth defects like spina bifida, the most common permanently disabling neural tube defect in the US. It’s also one of a trio of B-vitamins—the others being B-12 and B-6—that can...

Brewer’s Yeast

Recently, I’ve been thinking about how nutritional supplements go in and out of favor almost as quickly as costume changes at a Britney Spears concert. Sometimes a supplement gets a lot of attention only to quickly fade into yesterday’s news (Red Rice Yeast, anyone?)....

Biotin (Vitamin B7)

Biotin is a member of the B-vitamin family. It plays a key role in the health of the skin, cells, and the digestive tract. Most people don’t need biotin supplements because we get enough from our food. Not only that but biotin is actually recyclable by the human body....

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 was a topic that used to get Robert Atkins, MD—of Atkins Diet fame—piping mad. He felt it was an outstanding example of how divorced the dietary policy makers at the FDA were from what the latest research was saying. Half tongue-in-cheek, he called Vitamin...

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

You probably wouldn’t hear much about vitamin B5 except for the fact that it’s gotten a reputation as the “stress vitamin”, or, more accurately, the “anti-stress” vitamin. That’s because vitamin B5 is vitally important to your adrenals, which produce important...

Ghee vs. Butter: Is it Really a Slam Dunk?

If you’re trying to figure out whether to use ghee or butter, and you go online looking for information, you’ll easily find a million posts arguing that ghee is superior. Fair enough—I’m a big fan of ghee. But I’m also a big fan of butter. And I don’t think you should...

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Vitamin B3 is one of a select group of vitamins—along with C, D, B12 and thiamine-- that actually has a deficiency disease associated with it. In the case of niacin, the disease is pellagra, a disease whose symptoms are often called the “Four D’s”: dementia, diarrhea,...

annmarie Skin Care

Hi everyone, As a lot of you know, I’m out on the tennis court a couple hours a day, and in Southern California, that requires sunscreen. So recently I began to look into the sunscreens I’ve been using, and realized that most of them are loaded with really toxic...

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Unlike superstar vitamins like vitamin D-- which consistently garners attention in the nutrition press—you don’t hear much about vitamin B2. That’s because it’s best known as a supporting player. But don’t make the mistake of underestimating its importance. Vitamin B2...

Who really won the second presidential debate?

I’ve never written a column about politics and I’m not going to start now—at least not in the way you might expect from the title of this column. So let me be clear—I’m not going to discuss Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I am going to discuss the winner of the...

Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

Vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine) is one of the eight B vitamins sometimes collectively known as B-complex. All B vitamins help you turn your food into energy, but they each have specific (if overlapping) functions. Many people may remember beriberi from high school...

Vitamin A

The first installment in my new series- Vitamin and Mineral Mondays- is here! Join me each week for a look at a new vitamin or mineral and its benefits. Vitamin A is one of a select group of vitamins and minerals that are known to be powerful antioxidants (this group...

Seven Part Lifestyle Plan- STEP ONE: Eat Real Food

Whenever someone tells me how confused they are about diet—which is pretty much every day of my life—this is what I tell them to do. It’s the simplest, easiest “intervention” you can do. It doesn’t require counting grams, calories, ounces. It doesn’t require that you...

Watermelon: Truth and Mythconception

Watermelon owes its claim to fame as one of the world’s healthiest foods to three facts: One, its high water content (about which, more in a moment); two, its high content of lycopene; and three, its high levels of vitamin A and carotenoids, including the important...

Grass-fed meat: Hype or Hope?

This is a fact: Cows weren’t meant to eat grain. Seriously. It’s just not their natural diet. You can make them eat it, just like you can make lions in the zoo eat Cheerios, but it’s not what they normally eat, and they won’t do well on it. And you won’t do well if...

The Bulletproof Coffee Phenomena

This last weekend I attended a seminar in San Diego, and one of the sponsors was Bulletproof Coffee. What is bulletproof coffee, you ask? The short answer is that it’s coffee with butter in it (more on that in a moment). The long answer is that it’s the brainchild of...

Sweeteners: The good, the bad, the ugly

When it comes to natural sweeteners—at least the ones that have calories--- there’s really only two choices: Raw, unfiltered honey, and blackstrap molasses. Both are real foods with actual nutritious compounds in them, like enzymes and minerals. Yet they’re still...

Can Whey Protein Help You Lose Weight?

Whey protein may be a great weapon in the fight against type 2 diabetes. And it may also help you lose weight. We’ve actually known this for a while-- just last year, in the world Journal of Diabetes, researchers published a paper entitled Whey Protein: The “whey”...

My Homeopathy Dilemma

I’ve always been skeptical about homeopathy. Sorry. I know it’s not politically correct to say that, but it’s the truth. I can kind of see it on some energetic or metaphorical level—especially when I get all What The Bleep Do We Know about it, thinking about water...

New Website Giveaway!

Join us in celebrating the exciting relaunch of the all new JonnyBowden.com. We are so excited about the new look of my website that we have put together this SUPER GRAND PRIZE package of some of my favorite products-- valued at OVER $500. I hope you  enjoy the new...

What We Can Learn About Diabetes From Fish

Diabetes, inflammation and Jonny’s fish tank I’ve been making the case for a long time that inflammation is probably the most important contributing factor to degenerative disease. There’s an inflammatory component to cancer, to obesity, to diabetes, to heart disease...