A Better Breakfast

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“A Better Breakfast” According to this study, by far the most
comprehensive of its kind in history, there are only three whole foods on
the planet that have more antioxidant power than cloves. One of them is amla —
dried Indian gooseberries. Now, not only is it more powerful,
but also more palatable. You could add a whole teaspoon of
amla to a smoothie, and probably wouldn’t even taste it. Try doing that with a teaspoon
of powdered cloves. One sip; you’d be on the floor! Let’s look at the antioxidant
content of some typical American breakfast foods: bacon
[7] and eggs [+8], for example. A bowl of corn flakes [25]
with milk [+9]. Egg McMuffin [16]. Pancakes [16] with maple syrup [+9]. Bagel [24] with cream cheese [+2]. Compare those to the smoothie
I had this morning. A cup of unsweetened soymilk [16], a half
a cup of frozen blueberries [+535]. Whoa! Alright? Already, I’ve got to shrink
the scale way down. The pulp of a nice ripe
Mexican mango [+124]. Note the mango alone has more
antioxidants than the other breakfasts. A tablespoon of ground flax seeds,
and my previous secret ingredient, a palmful of bulk white tea
leaves [+101] — just throw them in there and blend them in. Now, that used to be my breakfast
smoothie, but now, a teaspoon of that gooseberry powder [+782],
and we’re off the charts again. Look at it. That’s about four cents’ worth of amla
— four pennies — and look what it does to my smoothie. 1,500 units of antioxidant power,
and I haven’t even fully woken up yet! Way more than the five
other meals combined. In fact, more than the average
person gets in an entire week. I could drink my smoothie and
eat nothing but donuts the rest of the week, and most people
still wouldn’t catch up. Notice, though, that even though I packed
the blender with amazing stuff — blueberries, tea leaves — fully half
of the antioxidant power came from that single teaspoon, that four cents’
worth of powdered gooseberries.


  1. You talk about indian gooseberries here, we don't have that in Eastern Europe but we have https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooseberry it is native to Europe. To these have the same benefits as the Indian version ? they are not really bitter, except if harvested too early of course.

  2. I looked into it and it seems Amla powder is only produced in India and because of that it probably contains lead and other heavy metals. Any way to get it from a country with strong regulations?

  3. so is that all that we need for good breakfast? just the amount of antioxidants? what about calories,organic or not, protein,carbs,fat, sugar levels,

  4. i would like to see some study showing exact amount of antioxidants people need. I think over boosting your antioxidant level will simply make you poop your antioxidants out.

  5. I'm going to ditch the amla powder and the white tea leaves and just go with the berries. If you increase the quantity of the berries, then amount of antioxidants will also increase. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries tend to be very expensive at my location. $2.50 for a container of conventionally grown strawberries/blueberries/blackberries/raspberries.

    For some reason, where I live, vegetables are cheaper than fruits. The fresh berries are usually highly priced year-round at $2.50/container. Pay more for organic berries. Worse, these may be foreign imported berries or bred for higher acidity, so they will taste more sour and less sweet. Either way, eating berries sucks. I'm going to go with vegetables. Vegetables are much cheaper than fruits here, and they are packed with nutrients.

  6. Curious, does your body need that many antioxidants? I am thinking that your body rids itself of excess vitamins. Would it do the same for antioxidants as well or can your body use as many as you give it? Smoothies are delicious but i like to chew food as well to feel satiated.

  7. So the answer is, blueberry pancakes! Incorporate a handful of blueberries into your pancakes, and heat up a half cup of berries in a small pot with a tiny bit of butter and maple syrup for just a couple of minutes, makes a great blueberry topping. Works with other berries too.

    I haven't tried pancakes with healthier flours (oatmeal, chia, flaxseed etc) but I imagine if you did those types of pancakes and incorporated berries, you'd end up with a pretty healthy and delish breakfast treat.

  8. And yet you look pasty, gaunt and sick in every one of your videos – guess you need to do more research to figure out why that is. Before you dole out health advice, you must first exemplify the health you speak of —- you clearly don't.

  9. Are smoothies even recommended anymore? There's no chewing, and you're still "drinking your calories" instead of eating them.

  10. Is it dangerous to get too much antioxidant? But do we really need that much antioxidant?
    As long as you're importing your antioxidants. from halfway around the world, you're still contributing to the destruction of the environment, which is contributing to your health risk factors. I say it's best to get your antioxidants from what you can grow. Blueberries can be grown throughout the U.S., but I've managed to kill blueberries in Tampa and Houston, even though I did give them some attention (not exactly green thumb level). In the Appalachian mountains, however, I could have sworn my blueberry plants were dying in the fall when I left, but came back in late spring and they were thriving. Anyway, people do grow lots of blueberries in Tampa and Houston, so you may just need to give them more attention, or else find another antioxidant that you can grow easier.

  11. Do dried powdered goose berries really contain that much antioxidants, most studies are done on fresh berries so how do you know the dried powdered form still has the same antioxidant content?

  12. Powdered gooseberry,…. Is it vegan? Lol… Thanks for doing the research! Looking forward to adding it to my smoothie.

  13. I bought some amla powder for my hair by a company called hesh. Would it be safe to add it to my smoothie?

  14. is there an upper limit to the amount of anti-oxidants you can derive benefit from? I get the impression from these vids that it's really easy to meet your daily needs if you know which spices, fruits and vegetables to ingest.

  15. I watched from a health short-documentary from the bbc that ingesting too much antioxidants (the example that they talk about were these popular antioxidant smoothies) makes your body low its antioxidants leves to compensate, resulting in lower antioxidant levels than the amount recommended in your body. They made the blood test and everything, I got quite convinced at the moment but now I feel all confused. Is the information from the bbc incorrect? Or is it just about something else?

  16. When you say "1500 units of antioxidant power," what does that mean exactly? How are these units measured/counted? Cheers.

  17. Important : Amla is not a gooseberry !! Amla grows on a tree that belongs to the family Phyllanthaceae. Gooseberries grow on a bush of the Ribes family. Amla is called a gooseberry because it looks like one, but it is not. This said, gooseberries are probably also very healthy, but not like amla.

  18. Literally paused this video as I was watching it so I could go to Amazon and order some!  What a quick and easy way to add the good stuff- thanks!

  19. I would like to ask for advice to anyone able to help me. I eat a breakfast after which I feel extremely exhausted and I feel hungry after only about 3 hours, despite it should be a healthy breakfast and it should hold longer. This breakfast meal is: In a bowl I put 5 spoons of oat flakes, 5 spoons of mixed cereals flakes, several raisins( these have fructose syrup unfortunately) , several walnuts, few almonds, several pumpkin seeds, a spoon of carob powder, a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, tip of teaspoon of clove powder. In addition to these, grinded: a spoon of flax seeds, a spoon of chia seeds, a spoon of sesame seeds. On top I usually add a kiwi, an apple or some dates. All these I put in water about 30 minutes or more. So what do I do wrong? All the powders are too much? The fruits are not good in the morning? The fructose syrup from the raisins is so bad? Am I puting too much seeds? The ingredients do not combine properly? Would you like to give me some advice about this? Thanks in advance! 🙂

  20. Make sure the white tea leaves your eating come from a quality source country like Japan, which has some of the lowest levels of heavy metals in their tea.

  21. Dr. Gregor, I advertise you and your channel to my coworkers and social circle whenever we get into health/diet conversations. I love your work and I am deeply grateful for your niche contributions to this planet. Thank you

  22. 2 quick questions: Do the white tea leafs contain caffeine? Are there any reasons to NOT eat 1 tablespoon of amla?

  23. Indians are so silly ,they don't consume ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinammon ,pepper, cloves, Amla(or Aawla as it's called here) other than in their curries.
    We have everything in our arsenal ,yet unknown to it's capacity which is not even some cents of value by currency.

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