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Drug Side Effects

Will You Lower Your Cholesterol With Milk Thistle?

MIlk thistle extract can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It blocks the same enzyme as statins.

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Coronavirus

Does Low Vitamin D Make People Vulnerable to COVID-19?

New research from Chicago indicates that people with very low vitamin D levels are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.

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Home Remedies

What Is the Difference Between Cod Liver and Fish Oils?

Cod liver oil and fish oils are both rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, cod liver oil offers vitamins A, D and E.

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Home Remedies

Does Vitamin E Contribute to Easy Bruising?

Vitamin E supplements help keep blood platelets from clumping, so they can lead to easy bruising. Can you get this vitamin from food instead?

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Home Remedies

Can a Supplement Relieve Neuropathy Pain?

Supplements such as benfotiamine (a special form of the B-vitamin thiamine), alpha lipoic acid and DHA may ease neuropathy pain.

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Drug Side Effects

Low Selenium Makes Liver Vulnerable to Pain Reliever

Both high and low selenium levels can make the liver more vulnerable to damage from excessive acetaminophen (paracetamol).

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Anosmia (loss of smell)

Did MSM Help Reader Regain the Sense of Smell?

One reader has not been able to detect smells, even of citrus, for many years. Taking MSM for another purpose helped her regain the sense of smell.

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Diabetes

Cinnamon May Offer a Surprising Way to Reverse Prediabetes

A small placebo-controlled trial found that some people taking cinnamon capsules were able to reverse prediabetes and prevent progression to diabetes.

Dr. Low Dog, expert on essential oils, herbs and supplements
Podcasts

Show 1217: Natural Ways to Keep Your Immune System Strong

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog offers advice on vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements you can use to help keep your immune system strong and healthy.

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Home Remedies

Will Vitamin B1 Keep Mosquitoes from Biting You?

Studies have not shown that taking vitamin B1 pills can keep mosquitoes from biting, but new research suggests that a topical form is effective.

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Hangover

Have You Found a Hangover Remedy That Works?

A double-blind placebo-controlled trial found that a solution containing vitamins, minerals and five plant extracts is a hangover remedy that works.

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Coronavirus

Will Vitamin D Help You Avoid Infection?

Several research papers link low vitamin D levels to a higher risk of COVID-19. We need clinical trials to see if supplements help you avoid infection.

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Alternative Health

Can Plants Really Protect You from a Hangover?

A special supplement containing extracts from five plants (acerola, ginger, ginkgo, prickly pear and willow) reduced hangover symptoms significantly.

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Cancer

Reducing Cancer Risk With Vitamin D and Magnesium

A new study finds that the combination of adequate vitamin D and magnesium helps patients with colorectal cancer avoid an early death.

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Allergies

Quercetin Is a Natural Way to Relieve Spring Allergies

The flavonoids quercetin and luteolin can dampen mast cell response to allergic triggers and ease symptoms from spring allergies.

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Home Remedies

Peppermint Oil Can Help With IBS Symptoms

People looking for a natural way to manage IBS symptoms might want to try enteric-coated peppermint oil. Exercise could also help.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Can Your Gut Microbiome Affect Your Memory?

When their gut microbiome has more Lactobacillus in it, mice perform better on memory tests. Will you?

vitamin D3 pills
Coronavirus

Can You Boost Your Resistance to COVID-19?

Adequate sleep and taking several specific supplements could help you boost your resistance to infection. Don't overlook the probiotics.

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Home Remedies

Should You Take Calcium Supplements for Leg Cramps?

A reader reports that taking calcium supplements for leg cramps at night has worked for three decades. Others prefer magnesium or other minerals.

Alan Greene, MD, expert at keeping kids healthy
Allergies

Show 1208: Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Coronavirus

How are parents and grandparents keeping kids healthy when they can't go to school or the playground? Dr. Alan Greene has suggestions for families, 4/18/20.