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Vitamin C and Zinc - Orange flavored effervescent tablets to be dissolved in waterHome RemediesTerry Graedon - March 25, 2021 - 10 comments

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?

Terry Graedon - February 22, 2021

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

Terry Graedon - February 22, 2021

What Are the Pros and Cons of Resveratrol?

Terry Graedon - February 18, 2021

Does Vitamin D3 Improve Survival of COVID-19 Patients?

Terry Graedon - February 1, 2021

Taking Vitamins to Ease Symptoms of COVID-19 Long Hauler

Terry Graedon - January 28, 2021

Vitamin B12 Helps Ease 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
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.

an Aedes aegypti mosquito biting and feeding
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - June 15, 2020

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.

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.

Older woman with a cough suffering from cough syrup withdrawal
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - May 14, 2020

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.

Dog with an icepack on his head
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 7, 2020

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.

vitamin D and magnesium supplement bottles
CancerTerry Graedon - May 7, 2020

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.

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesTerry Graedon - May 4, 2020

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.

woman has hands on her abdomen for symptoms of IBS
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - May 4, 2020

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.

A bottle of kefir and a bowl of kefir grains
Cognitive DysfunctionJoe Graedon - April 30, 2020

Can Your Gut Microbiome Affect Your Memory?

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

Man has vitamins in hand next to coffee cup
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - April 23, 2020

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.

calcium dietary supplements in the palm of a woman's hand
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - April 20, 2020

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
PodcastsTerry Graedon - April 16, 2020

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.

Elderberry berries Sambucus nigra
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - April 13, 2020

Will Elderberry Extract Help You Recover from Flu?

Elderberry extract has antiviral activity in laboratory tests, but there are not enough good clinical trials to show whether it works against influenza.

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesTerry Graedon - April 6, 2020

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?

Older woman practicing tai chi to improve her balance
ArthritisTerry Graedon - April 6, 2020

What Can You Do to Control Arthritis Pain?

Staying active, even while staying at home, should help control arthritis pain. We also offer other possible treatments that may help.

Senior couple growing stressed plants in their organic garden
AgingTerry Graedon - March 30, 2020

What Can Help You Stay Sharp as You Age?

Maintaining physical activity and consuming blueberries, turmeric and rosemary may help you stay sharp as you age. Which will you try?

green-lipped mussels ease arthritis pain
ArthritisTerry Graedon - March 16, 2020

Do Green-Lipped Mussels Ease Arthritis Pain?

The research is inconclusive, but a reader reports that New Zealand green-lipped mussels ease arthritis pain for the whole family, including the dog.

Man has vitamins in hand next to coffee cup
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - March 9, 2020

Should You Avoid Coffee When You Take Your Vitamins?

Don't worry about drinking coffee when you take your vitamins. It can interfere with the absorption of Synthroid, though, while tea blocks iron absorption.

A bowl of Boswellia resin, also known as frankincense
ArthritisTerry Graedon - March 9, 2020

Boswellia Boosted Pain Relief from Glucosamine

A reader reports that boswellia boosted pain relief of fibromyalgia and plantar fasciitis when it was added to glucosamine and chondroitin.