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The Nutritarian Women’s Health Study

The Nutritarian Women’s Health Study (NWHS) was launched in October 2016 to document the benefits of a nutrient-dense, plant-rich (NDPR Nutritarian) diet, specifically created to be maximally protective against cancer.  The study’s two-tier approach will examine the effect of a Nutritarian diet on the occurrence, recurrence and progression of chronic diseases, including autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and stroke with a directed focus on the prevention of breast cancer and the reversal of early-stage breast cancer.

The NWHS is an open-ended observational study conducted by researchers from Northern Arizona University. Principal Investigator Jay Sutliffe, Ph.D., R.D., emphasizes the importance of the study: “This research can move us from fear to freedom, from awareness to action, from disease to dynamic living.”

With a goal to recruit at least 10,000 women during the study, in the first six months the study has been able to enroll more than 1,200 participants, with another 600 women currently in the process of enrolling. All participants first learn the science and the techniques of the program and then pledge to eat this nutrient-dense, plant-rich protocol, which includes powerful longevity-promoting, anti-cancer foods.  They will report periodically to the study team through questionnaires.

The Nutritarian Women's Health Study:

A study on the effects of the Nutritarian diet


There are many benefits to enrolling in the study.  Two key benefits are:

  • Participants receive an initial education about the Nutritarian diet, and will have the opportunity to continue to learn from Dr. Fuhrman and the research team on the best ways to promote good health utilizing optimal nutrition throughout the study.  This benefit is critical to the success of the study as we hope to demonstrate dramatic effects of a superior diet to lengthen human lifespan, to prevent the common diseases that afflict women as they age, and to improve the quality and enjoyment of life.
  • This study also offers a unique opportunity to be part of something bigger than ourselves — to help ensure that future generations of women have better information on how to care for their health and the health of their families.  From the mid-20th century into the 21st, healthcare solutions have been based, to an alarming degree, on pharmaceutical remedies. Yet, time and again science has illustrated that those remedies are the least helpful and can often be harmful. The results of this study promises to have an impact on our approach to disease treatment and prevention.


Participants will be asked to fill out periodic surveys and may be asked to submit other medical histories and speak with study team members.  Every two years participants will receive a kit with instructions to have bloodwork completed locally. Those enrolled gain support through a professionally staffed study office, regular blogs featuring study-specific articles, and access to a private Facebook group that offers daily administrative support to answer questions and give direction.

Enrollment in this study has concluded.

Become a study sponsor


How do women learn more about the Nutritarian Diet and the anti-cancer protocol developed by Dr. Fuhrman? 

Women considering participating are given a package of information, including Dr. Fuhrman’s book, ‘Super Immunity,’ reading materials, lectures and other information to review before making a commitment to participate in this study.

Why aren’t men included in the research?

In the long-term, the Foundation certainly plans to do a similar study focused on men’s health and wellness. However, new funding sources need to be established before this can happen.  This is a privately-funded clinical research study with no charge to our participants.

This is a privately-funded clinical research study with no charge to our participants. Study costs are currently $250k-$350k annually. We count on our friends and supporters to help us move this important work forward. To learn how you can help underwrite the Foundation’s annual study costs, contact us at 888.511.4443 or email info@nutritionalresearch.org.

How we fund clinical research:

The Foundation is funded privately through individual, foundation, and corporate donations.  The Nutritional Research Foundation only allows 5% for indirect costs on research projects. To learn more about contributing the Foundation’s important studies click here.

*Joel Fuhrman, M.D., coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe a diet that is nutrient-dense and plant-rich, and includes anti-cancer superfoods, which also facilitate weight loss. These foods supply both the right amount of macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and the vital micronutrients (vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals) that unleash the body’s incredible power to heal itself and slow the aging process, giving the body renewed vitality.