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woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowersAllergiesTerry Graedon - September 27, 2021
An electrocardiogram with evidence of atrial fibrillation, irregular heart rhythmAtrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - September 20, 2021
woman has hands on her abdomen for symptoms of IBSHome 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.

Terry Graedon - September 16, 2021

Do Omega-3 Supplements Improve Cognitive Performance?

Joe Graedon - September 6, 2021

Will Vitamin B1 Keep Mosquitoes from Biting You?

Terry Graedon - August 19, 2021

Does Vitamin D Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

Terry Graedon - August 19, 2021

How Much Vitamin C Do You Need?

Terry Graedon - August 16, 2021

Can You Really Control Blood Pressure With Dandelion Extract?

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.

Girl with stomach ache sitting on bed suffers with irritable bowel syndrome
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 8, 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.

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.

grabbing the sole of the foot in neuropathic pain
DiabetesTerry Graedon - January 28, 2021

Vitamin B12 Helps Ease Nerve Pain of Diabetes

A year-long study indicates that taking 1 mg methylcobalamin supplements daily can reduce the nerve pain of diabetes.

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.

Male doctor holding a card that says vitamin C
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - December 21, 2020

Can Vitamin C Help Combat COVID-19?

For decades, doctors dismissed vitamin C as worthless against the common cold. But could vitamin C help combat COVID-19? Trials are underway!

tomato, bell pepper, kale greens, broccoli greens on salad. sources of vitamin C in food
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - December 7, 2020

Where Can You Find Vitamin C in Food?

There are many sources of vitamin C in food other than citrus fruits. Are you getting enough to keep your immune system strong?

hand holds high dose vitamin D capsule between thumb and forefinger
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - December 3, 2020

High Dose Vitamin D Fails to Help COVID-19 Patients

Hospitalized patients who got high dose vitamin D fared no better than those who took a placebo pill in a scientific study.

eczema on fingertips, solutions for cracked fingertips
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - November 16, 2020

Will Biotin Help Soothe Split Fingertips?

One reader reports that taking biotin supplements to strengthen fingernails helped soothe split fingertips too.

Purple milk thistles in bloom
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - September 21, 2020

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.

Gloved hand holding test tube of blood marked COVID-19 +
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - September 14, 2020

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

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

quality fish oil capsules
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 7, 2020

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.

bruise on arm of person subject to easy bruising
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - August 31, 2020

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?

grabbing the sole of the foot in neuropathic pain
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - August 10, 2020

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.

selenium supplements and chemical name
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - August 6, 2020

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).

bergamot citrus fruits, cut and whole, strong distinctive smell
Anosmia (loss of smell)Terry Graedon - August 3, 2020

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.

Cinnamon sticks; cinnamon may reverse prediabetes
DiabetesTerry Graedon - July 23, 2020

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
PodcastsTerry Graedon - June 18, 2020

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.

Man eyes empty brown bottle, wishing for hangover remedy that works
HangoverTerry Graedon - May 18, 2020

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.