Dr. Sears' Blog

The Importance of Polyphenols in Athletic Performance

By Dr. Barry Sears Within every cell in our body are ancient bacterial fragments called mitochondria. Essentially, the role of mitochondria is to take the food we eat and turn it into energy (a.k.a ATP). For an athlete, without adequate levels of ATP, muscles can’t contract, nor can they repair the damage done by exercise. … Read more »

Healthy Aging with The Zone Diet

By Dr. Barry Sears Within every cell lie the remnants of that ancient bacterial invasion the made multi-cellular life possible more than one billion years ago. These bacterial remnants are called mitochondria and they are the primary generators of ATP, the energy molecule needed to maintain metabolism. Cells that require a lot of energy (like… Read more »

Maximize the Benefits From Your Fruits and Veggies

The research is very clear, the more fruits and vegetables you eat, the healthier and longer you live. But why? One clue is because they have color, and that color comes from polyphenols. Polyphenols are the key defense system for plants to fight off microbial invaders. Since we have 10 times more microbes in our… Read more »

What You Were Never Told About Milk

It’s no wonder that milk is our sole source of nutrition during the first 4 to 6 months of life when you look at what a nutritional powerhouse it is, specifically human breast milk. This may just be Nature’s most perfect food because it’s rich in high-quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and unique prebiotics (i.e…. Read more »

What Is the Ketogenic Diet and How Does It Compare to the Zone Diet?

Over the past few months we’ve received a number of inquiries regarding Dr. Sears’ stance on the Ketogenic Diet and how it relates to the Zone in terms of health and weight loss. Is this just the next diet craze or is it as good for weight loss and health as it’s touted to be?… Read more »

Understanding Zone Nutrition

The Zone is not some mystical place, but a real physiological state defined by very specific blood tests. Inside the Zone, you have maximum control of diet-induced inflammation and every stage of your life becomes easier to manage. How Do You Get to the Zone? The answer is the Zone Nutrition Program. This is a… Read more »

A Clear Fear of Aging: Loss of Sight

Americans are aging. So what is their greatest concern? Surprisingly, it is not loss of memory, cancer, heart disease, amputation, loss of speech or hearing. According to a study from Johns Hopkins,1 it is the loss of vision. The reason being that losing sight has the greatest negative impact on daily lives leading to loss… Read more »

Autism Research Shows Benefit of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Autism can be one of the most challenging conditions that occurs in a family. Autism is a mental condition that begins in early childhood and is characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people. But what if autism is an omega-3 deficiency condition? While improved diagnosis and awareness of autism may partly… Read more »

Live Your Life to Its Fullest in the Zone

Wellness is a lifelong commitment.  It begins in the womb and goes through the continuum of life. The most important factor you have to maintain your wellness is your diet. Your success is indicated by your blood tests that tell whether or not you are in the Zone. The longer you wait to get into… Read more »

Fish Oil is More Precious than Caviar

I was recently asked by a Russian colleague what I thought about red caviar (from salmon) and black caviar (from sturgeon), and whether it is a good source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. My colleague grew up in an environment where her family and friends believed that caviar had a lot of… Read more »