Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at http://www.DrMurray.com.
Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that inhabit the human intestinal tract. According to studies, probiotic supplements can help weight loss. However, it is important to note that just because one strain of bacteria in a given species has a proven action does not mean that another strain will as well, even if they are closely related. So, choose wisely.
Data from the University of Milan indicates that low levels of vitamin D can be a significant factor in leading to erectile dysfunction (ED). Vitamin D deﬁciency has been linked to a long-list of health conditions including atherosclerosis. Vitamin D is critical to the proper functioning of the endothelial cells that line blood vessels. Without sufficient levels of vitamin D, these endothelial cells become more susceptible to damage and dysfunction that ultimately can lead to the development of atherosclerosis as well as arterial calcification.