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golden milk contains turmeric and aniseArthritisTerry Graedon - November 14, 2022 - 26 comments

Spicy Supplement Solves Pain Problem

As people age and develop aches and pains, they look for relief. The spicy supplement turmeric (curcumin) helps some.

Terry Graedon - October 31, 2022

Can N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) Help Cancer Patient?

Terry Graedon - October 31, 2022

Supplements to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

Terry Graedon - October 6, 2022

Could Fat from Fish Be Good for Your Brain?

Terry Graedon - September 26, 2022

Natural Ways to Get Your Cholesterol Down

a man with arthritic knees, holding his knee in pain
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 22, 2022

How to Ease Arthritic Knees with Natural Remedies

NSAIDs can relieve the pain of arthritic knees in the short term, but long-term side effects are discouraging. What about natural approaches?

bare feet of a woman in bed with rumpled covers suffering from restless leg syndrome (needs RLS relief)
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Can Magnesium Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome?

Doctors can prescribe pills for RLS, but many people would prefer nondrug approaches. How about supplements for your restless legs syndrome?

Doctors with patient suffering from COVID surge
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Does Vitamin D3 Improve Survival of COVID-19 Patients?

Several studies have produced conflicting results on the potential value of vitamin D3 for survival of COVID-19 patients. Which is right?

Bottle of Glucosamine
ArthritisJoe Graedon - September 19, 2022

Is There Any Science to Support Glucosamine for Arthritis?

Glucosamine for arthritis is a controversial dietary supplement. Some people say it works. Others say it's worthless. What do studies show?

Older man playing chess. Mental activity can help keep your brain healthy so you stay sharp
AgingTerry Graedon - September 15, 2022

Could a Daily Multivitamin Help You Stay Sharp?

The COSMOS-MInd study show that seniors taking a daily multivitamin are more likely to stay sharp. A high-veggie diet might also help.

Horse-chestnuts on conker tree branch - Aesculus hippocastanum fruits.
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - August 27, 2022

Will Horse Chestnut Extract Ease Tired Legs?

If varicose veins are giving you tired legs, you might consider compression hose and horse chestnut extract to improve the health of your veins.

bottle of magnesium pills
HeadacheTerry Graedon - August 27, 2022

Can Magnesium Pills Counteract Recurrent Headaches?

Many people don't get enough magnesium in their daily diets. Correcting that deficiency can help reduce recurrent headaches.

Bottles of Red Yeast Rice on a store shelf
High CholesterolJoe Graedon - August 8, 2022

Is It Safe to Take Red Yeast Rice for High Cholesterol?

Most people taking red yeast rice to lower cholesterol do well with it. But a few experience side effects. What is the best RYR on the market?

Kale salad with dried cranberry, almonds and apple
AllergiesTerry Graedon - August 8, 2022

Can Quercetin Control Your Allergy Symptoms?

The plant compound quercetin may be as effective as NasalCrom at preventing allergy symptoms. Some readers like it even better.

shoot of green peppermint, plant
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - August 1, 2022

Peppermint and Probiotics for IBS

Symptoms of IBS include pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating & gas. Enteric-coated peppermint oil helps reduce such symptoms.

red capsules of CoQ10 spill out of bottle
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 28, 2022

Are Your Dietary Supplements Contaminated with Drugs?

Does the FDA do its job? A new study asks: are dietary supplements contaminated? Some companies get warning letters but their products remain

Andrographis paniculata proposed as a way to treat COVID-19 with herbs
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - July 4, 2022

Introducing Gaia Herbs

Gaia Herbs has taken a huge step in transparency. The Meet Your Herbs platform offers test results to ensure purity, potency and integrity.

vitamin D capsules
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - July 3, 2022

Can You Overdose on Vitamin D?

Can you overdose on vitamin D by spending time in the sun and taking supplements? Excessive doses of supplements can indeed lead to toxicity.

Dr. JoAnn Manson led the COSMOS trial to study cocoa compounds
PodcastsTerry Graedon - June 30, 2022

Show 1307: Cocoa Compounds and the COSMOS Trial

A rigorously conducted, multi-year experiment with cocoa compounds vs placebo showed that they may reduce cardiovascular mortality.

Pile of pills and multivitamins
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - June 23, 2022

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.

bergamot citrus fruits, cut and whole, strong distinctive smell
High CholesterolTerry Graedon - June 20, 2022

Can You Lower Your Cholesterol with Bergamot?

Some research suggests that an extract of the citrus fruit bergamot can lower cholesterol much as red yeast rice does. Is it right for you?

Foods that provide AREDS vitamins
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - June 9, 2022

Can You Save Your Sight With AREDS Vitamins?

Taking AREDS vitamins and eating foods full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals can help keep macular degeneration from deterioriating.

Two hands holding a variety of pill supplements
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - May 30, 2022

Should You Really Stop Taking Your Supplements?

Before you stop taking your supplements, check that your medications are not interfering with nutrient absorption and that the dose is right.

calcium dietary supplements in the palm of a woman's hand
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - May 26, 2022

Does the FDA Know What Is in Your Dietary Supplements?

Manufacturers are supposed to inform the FDA of all ingredients in your dietary supplements. Many have not done so.

an Aedes aegypti mosquito biting and feeding causes the itch of mosquito bites
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - May 16, 2022

How to Prevent and Stop the Itch of Mosquito Bites FAST!

How do you prevent mosquito bites? DEET, picaridin, vitamin B1? If that fails, how do you stop the itch of mosquito bites? How about HEAT?

bottle of magnesium pills
Back PainJoe Graedon - May 16, 2022

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.

a large pile of calcium pills 3D illustration
Heart AttackJoe Graedon - May 12, 2022

Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

Millions of women routinely pop calcium pills to build strong bones. Instead, they may be creating calcified coronary arteries. What to do?

chicken livers belong in a diet rich in ALA
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - May 9, 2022

Can You Help Nerve Pain with a Diet Rich in ALA?

Might you control neuropathy by consuming a diet rich in ALA (alpha lipoic acid)? One reader reports better success with diet than supplements.

turmeric (curcumin) capsules in plastic cup
Back PainTerry Graedon - May 9, 2022

Should You Take Turmeric to Ease Pain?

Readers report great results using turmeric to ease pain. Before you start swallowing pills, though, be aware of possible side effects.

older woman with hair loss
Hair Loss (alopecia)Terry Graedon - April 25, 2022

Could Too Much Vitamin D Lead to Hair Loss?

A reader taking high-dose vitamin D wonders if that could lead to hair loss. Shedding has been linked to excess vitamin A.

Cinnamon sticks; cinnamon may reverse prediabetes
DiabetesTerry Graedon - April 25, 2022

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.

An illustration of the brain made up of rusty gears representing Alzheimer disease
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - March 7, 2022

Can You Prevent Alzheimer Disease with L-Lysine?

Data linking herpes virus infections (HSV-1) with a higher risk of dementia offer hope that taking L-lysine might prevent Alzheimer disease.

vitamin D3 pills to correct low vitamin D levels
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - February 24, 2022

Why Vitamin D for COVID-19 Saves Lives

When is the last time you had your vitamin D levels monitored? How much is necessary to create adequate levels of Vitamin D for COVID-19?

Irregular ventricular heart rhythm on ECG
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - February 21, 2022

Too Much Potassium Poses Danger

When blood tests show too much potassium, you are at risk for heart rhythm changes. Figuring the cause may require some detective work.

fish oil capsules
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - February 14, 2022

Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

How risky is fish oil or purified EPA in Vascepa when it comes to heart rhythm changes called atrial fibrillation? Learn about absolute risk!

bottle of magnesium pills
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 3, 2022

How Much Magnesium Is Enough?

Getting the optimal magnesium dose every day can be tricky since too little is very dangerous but too much can cause unpleasant GI symptoms.

turmeric (curcumin) capsules in plastic cup
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - January 31, 2022

Do Turmeric Supplements Have a Downside?

Many people take turmeric supplements for their anti-inflammatory benefits, but a recent case shows that such pills can also trigger autoimmune hepatitis.