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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 was an open-ended observational study conducted by researchers from Northern Arizona University. Principal Investigator Jay Sutliffe, Ph.D., R.D..

With a goal to recruit at least 10,000 women during the study, in the first six months the study was able to enroll more than 2,800 participants. All participants first learned the science and the techniques of the program and then pledged to eat this nutrient-dense, plant-rich protocol, which includes powerful longevity-promoting, anti-cancer foods.  Participants reported periodically to the study team through questionnaires.

Enrollment in this study has concluded.


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.