Miracle Food?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

On October 7, 2016, I visited Fresh Living on Salt Lake City’s KUTV (CBS channel 2) to talk about, “What foods help you lose weight and reduce your risk for heart disease, depression, and erectile dysfunction.”

Sounds like a miracle food, right? Maybe even too good to be true?

There have been several very interesting new research studies published this year, including a couple published just last month, that show how eating more fruits and vegetables that are high in FLAVONOIDS can help you lose weight and also reduce your risk of many diseases – including heart disease, depression, and erectile dysfunction.

What are flavonoids? (brightly colored natural compounds that make blueberries blue). They’re also antioxidants (directly and indirectly, activating cellular protection pathways such as Nrf2), and they help improve blood flow, strengthen blood vessels, protect brain neurons, help balance neurotransmitters in the brain, help balance blood sugar levels, help protect skin…the list goes on and on…

Researchers from Harvard have published several research studies with hundreds of thousands of people, showing how…

More flavonoids = fewer heart attacks and strokes (~15-20%) – Sept 2016
More flavonoids = less depression (~10%) – Sept 2016
More flavonoids = less Erectile Dysfunction (~10-15%) – Feb 2016
More flavonoids = less weight gain  – Jan 2016

OK, so what does “more” mean when it comes to actually eating “enough” flavonoids to get these benefits? About a half cup of blueberries/day = enough flavonoids to improve blood flow, brain function, and cardiovascular health – and enough to “counteract” the 1-2 pounds of excess body weight that most people gain each year…

Top Foods:
Grapes (wine, grape juice)
Oranges / OJ
Tea (coffee / cocoa / dark chocolate)
New Zealand pine bark extract (anthocyanins)

Most American eat less than one cup of fruit and less than 2 cups of veggies every day…(and most of the fruits are bananas/apples and most veggies are potatoes as french fries and tomatoes as pizza).

We’re supposed to be eating 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of veggies every day – so get to it!

Thanks for reading…


Shawn M Talbott, PhD, CNS, LDN, FACSM, FAIS, FACN
Nutritional Biochemist and Author


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The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy
Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic
The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House)
The Cortisol Connection Diet – The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House)
Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House)
Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books)
The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012)
A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press)






About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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