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Bottle of GlucosamineHigh CholesterolTerry Graedon - January 17, 2022
fish oil capsulesAtrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - January 10, 2022
hand holds high dose vitamin D capsule between thumb and forefingerDrug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 17, 2022 - 4 comments

Will a Big Dose of Vitamin D Give You Leg Cramps?

Will taking a big dose of vitamin D alleviate nighttime leg cramps or trigger them? The answer may vary from one individual to another.

Terry Graedon - January 3, 2022

St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, But May Damage Eyes

Terry Graedon - December 30, 2021

Do Gut Microbes Contribute to Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance?

Terry Graedon - December 27, 2021

Do Turmeric Supplements Have a Downside?

Terry Graedon - December 27, 2021

Will Elderberry Extract Help You Recover from Flu?

Terry Graedon - December 23, 2021

Vitamin B12 Helps Ease Nerve Pain of Diabetes

saffron threads
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - December 13, 2021

Will Precious Saffron Save Your Eyesight?

Some scientific studies back up a reader's claim that saffron supplements can help keep macular degeneration from running rampant.

Girl with stomach ache sitting on bed suffers with irritable bowel syndrome
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 24, 2021

Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are a number of natural ways to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as bloating, stomachache, diarrhea or constipation.

Pile of pills and multivitamins
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - November 11, 2021

Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Many medications can interfere with good nutrition. If you are taking pills for certain conditions, perhaps you should be taking vitamin supplements.

supplements spilling from bottle, zinc for the common cold
ColdsTerry Graedon - November 4, 2021

Zinc for the Common Cold

Scientific studies show the benefits of zinc for the common cold are modest but real. They don't yet show the best dose.

a large pile of vitamin pills, calcium supplements
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - November 1, 2021

What Is the Story on Calcium Supplements?

Studies suggest that calcium supplements don't prevent osteoporosis and broken bones, and may even have troubling side effects.

Dried licorice root fragments may ease IBS symptoms
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - November 1, 2021

Can Treated Licorice (DGL) Ease IBS Symptoms?

Irritable bowel syndrome may be explained by an imbalance in gut microbes. One reader reports DGL helped ease IBS symptoms.

Red iron supplement pills spilling from a pill bottle
AnemiaTerry Graedon - October 18, 2021

Will You Breathe Easier If You Take Less Iron?

A reader having trouble breathing found a simple solution: take less iron. The supplement had built up to excessive levels.

bottle of magnesium pills
Back PainJoe Graedon - October 18, 2021

Is Magnesium a Miracle Mineral?

Although magnesium gets little attention in office visits, it is critical for good health. Many people find this miracle mineral very useful.

woman has hands on her abdomen for symptoms of IBS
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - October 11, 2021

What Supplements Could Help Ease IBS Symptoms?

Readers looking for supplements to ease IBS symptoms have found probiotics and enteric-coated peppermint oil can help.

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesTerry Graedon - September 27, 2021

Can You Take Quercetin for Your Allergies?

Plants make some compounds to defend themselves that can be helpful for people, too. Should you be taking the flavonol quercetin for your allergies?

An electrocardiogram with evidence of atrial fibrillation, irregular heart rhythm
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - September 20, 2021

Magnesium Supplement for Irregular Heart Rhythm

A young man with an irregular heart rhythm reversed it with magnesium taurate supplements. What a relief he felt!

college students in class to improve cognitive performance
Cognitive DysfunctionTerry Graedon - September 16, 2021

Do Omega-3 Supplements Improve Cognitive Performance?

Young adults were able to improve cognitive performance on a range of tests when they took EPA-rich fish oil for six months.

an Aedes aegypti mosquito biting and feeding
Home RemediesJoe Graedon - September 6, 2021

Will Vitamin B1 Keep Mosquitoes from Biting You?

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

a plate of sardines rich in vitamin D help prevent cancer
CancerTerry Graedon - August 19, 2021

Does Vitamin D Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

Data from two different studies show that vitamin D may help prevent colorectal cancer, especially among younger individuals.

a bottle of vitamin c
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - August 19, 2021

How Much Vitamin C Do You Need?

Experts disagree about exactly how much vitamin C each individual needs. People who don't eat fruits and vegetables should take a supplement.

Field of dandelions in bloom
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - August 16, 2021

Can You Really Control Blood Pressure With Dandelion Extract?

Some readers report that dandelion extract lowers blood pressure without strong side effects. Clinical studies are lacking.

capsules of boswellia with turmeric in palm of hand
ArthritisTerry Graedon - July 26, 2021

Will Boswellia with Turmeric Ease Your Joint Pain?

Boswellia with turmeric, both powerful anti-inflammatory plant-based supplements, helped a reader's hip pain. Might it help you too?

a woman sunbathing at the beach
Home RemediesJoe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Preventing Sunburn from the Inside Out

Most people think the only way for preventing sunburn is sunscreen. Sunscreens work! But aspirin and astaxanthin work from the inside.

bare feet of a woman in bed with rumpled covers suffering from restless leg syndrome (needs RLS relief)
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - June 28, 2021

Can Magnesium Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome?

Although doctors can prescribe drugs for RLS, many people would prefer nonpharmacologic approaches. Do you take magnesium for your restless legs syndrome?

hands pouring orange coenzyme Q10 pills from bottle into palm
Cramps (hands, legs)Terry Graedon - June 28, 2021

Can Coenzyme Q10 Control Severe Muscle Cramps?

Coenzyme Q10 supplements appear to prevent painful muscle cramps, including those associated with statin cholesterol drugs.

Levothyroxine bottle 125mcg
Hashimoto’s ThyroiditisTerry Graedon - June 14, 2021

Do Vitamin Pills Block Absorption of Levothyroxine?

Could your vitamin pills block absorption of your thyroid medicine? If they contain minerals like iron or calcium, you should take them at a different time.

Several bottles of supplements with hand touching Saccharomyces boulardii
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)Terry Graedon - May 17, 2021

Probiotic Can Help Prevent C. Diff Due to Antibiotics

A gut-friendly probiotic yeast called S. boulardii can help you avoid diarrhea from C. diff due to antibiotics.

cones hold pine pollen, May cause allergy symptoms
AllergiesTerry Graedon - April 26, 2021

Are There Natural Ways to Reduce Allergy Symptoms?

Air filters and saline nasal washes can help reduce allergy symptoms. So can quercetin, a supplement, and plant-derived cromolyn.

Dr. Low Dog, expert on essential oils, herbs and supplements
PodcastsTerry Graedon - April 22, 2021

Show 1255: Natural Ways to Keep Your Immune Response Optimal

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog describes how to use vitamin D, zinc and botanical medicines to keep your immune response optimal. Also, an herbal first aid kit.

omega 3 fats in capsules, fish oil
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - April 22, 2021

Do Dietary Supplements Help Prevent COVID-19 Infection?

Researchers found a modest but significant benefit for women taking probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, multivitamins or vitamin D.

Vitamin C and Zinc - Orange flavored effervescent tablets to be dissolved in water
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - March 25, 2021

If You Take Zinc, Will Your Feet Not Stink?

Some readers suggest one way to fight foot odor: take zinc supplements for a little while. How well does that work?

Products rich in magnesium on wooden spoons.
Home RemediesJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021

Are You Missing Magnesium Because of Meds?

When is the last time you were tested for magnesium? Doctors don't always check for missing magnesium. This mineral is crucial for good health

dry nostrils
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - February 22, 2021

Can Alpha-Lipoic Acid Restore Post-COVID-19 Smell and Taste?

Many people lose their senses of smell and taste early in a COVID infection. How often do they regain these senses? Does ALA help?

food sources of resveratrol
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - February 22, 2021

What Are the Pros and Cons of Resveratrol?

What do you know about the pros and cons of the popular supplement resveratrol? Scientists are still uncovering its potential benefits and problems.

Doctors with patient suffering from COVID surge
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - February 18, 2021

Does Vitamin D3 Improve Survival of COVID-19 Patients?

Two different studies produced opposing results on the potential value of vitamin D3 for survival of COVID-19 patients. Which is right?

COVID-19 long hauler Woman in bed with fatigue feels bad after COVID-19
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - February 1, 2021

Taking Vitamins to Ease Symptoms of COVID-19 Long Hauler

A COVID-19 long hauler offers a testimonial to the benefits of vitamin D and vitamin C pills as well as zinc picolinate supplements.

vitamin D3 pills
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - December 28, 2020

Will High-Dose Vitamin D Fight COVID-19?

Don't take high-dose vitamin D once you are ill. Instead, get your blood levels up before you encounter infection.