Some scientific studies back up a reader's claim that saffron supplements can help keep macular degeneration from running rampant.
There are a number of natural ways to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as bloating, stomachache, diarrhea or constipation.
Many medications can interfere with good nutrition. If you are taking pills for certain conditions, perhaps you should be taking vitamin supplements.
Scientific studies show the benefits of zinc for the common cold are modest but real. They don't yet show the best dose.
Studies suggest that calcium supplements don't prevent osteoporosis and broken bones, and may even have troubling side effects.
Irritable bowel syndrome may be explained by an imbalance in gut microbes. One reader reports DGL helped ease IBS symptoms.
A reader having trouble breathing found a simple solution: take less iron. The supplement had built up to excessive levels.
Although magnesium gets little attention in office visits, it is critical for good health. Many people find this miracle mineral very useful.
Readers looking for supplements to ease IBS symptoms have found probiotics and enteric-coated peppermint oil can help.
Plants make some compounds to defend themselves that can be helpful for people, too. Should you be taking the flavonol quercetin for your allergies?
Young adults were able to improve cognitive performance on a range of tests when they took EPA-rich fish oil for six months.
Studies have not shown that taking vitamin B1 pills keep mosquitoes from biting, but new research suggests that a topical form is effective.
Data from two different studies show that vitamin D may help prevent colorectal cancer, especially among younger individuals.
Experts disagree about exactly how much vitamin C each individual needs. People who don't eat fruits and vegetables should take a supplement.
Drug Side Effects
Some readers report that dandelion extract lowers blood pressure without strong side effects. Clinical studies are lacking.
Boswellia with turmeric, both powerful anti-inflammatory plant-based supplements, helped a reader's hip pain. Might it help you too?
Most people think the only way for preventing sunburn is sunscreen. Sunscreens work! But aspirin and astaxanthin work from the inside.
Although doctors can prescribe drugs for RLS, many people would prefer nonpharmacologic approaches. Do you take magnesium for your restless legs syndrome?
Cramps (hands, legs)
Coenzyme Q10 supplements appear to prevent painful muscle cramps, including those associated with statin cholesterol drugs.
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.
Air filters and saline nasal washes can help reduce allergy symptoms. So can quercetin, a supplement, and plant-derived cromolyn.
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.
Researchers found a modest but significant benefit for women taking probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, multivitamins or vitamin D.
Some readers suggest one way to fight foot odor: take zinc supplements for a little while. How well does that work?
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
Many people lose their senses of smell and taste early in a COVID infection. How often do they regain these senses? Does ALA help?
What do you know about the pros and cons of the popular supplement resveratrol? Scientists are still uncovering its potential benefits and problems.
Two different studies produced opposing results on the potential value of vitamin D3 for survival of COVID-19 patients. Which is right?
A COVID-19 long hauler offers a testimonial to the benefits of vitamin D and vitamin C pills as well as zinc picolinate supplements.
Don't take high-dose vitamin D once you are ill. Instead, get your blood levels up before you encounter infection.