Don't take high-dose vitamin D once you are ill. Instead, get your blood levels up before you encounter infection.
For decades, doctors dismissed vitamin C as worthless against the common cold. But could vitamin C help combat COVID-19? Trials are underway!
There are many sources of vitamin C in food other than citrus fruits. Are you getting enough to keep your immune system strong?
Hospitalized patients who got high dose vitamin D fared no better than those who took a placebo pill in a scientific study.
One reader reports that taking biotin supplements to strengthen fingernails helped soothe split fingertips too.
Drug Side Effects
MIlk thistle extract can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It blocks the same enzyme as statins.
New research from Spain and Chicago indicates that people with very low vitamin D levels are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.
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.
Vitamin E supplements help keep blood platelets from clumping, so they can lead to easy bruising. Can you get this vitamin from food instead?
Supplements such as benfotiamine (a special form of the B-vitamin thiamine), alpha lipoic acid and DHA may ease neuropathy pain.
Drug Side Effects
Both high and low selenium levels can make the liver more vulnerable to damage from excessive acetaminophen (paracetamol).
Anosmia (loss 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.
A small placebo-controlled trial found that some people taking cinnamon capsules were able to reverse prediabetes and prevent progression to diabetes.
Dr. Tieraona Low Dog offers advice on vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements you can use to help keep your immune system strong and healthy.
Studies have not shown that taking vitamin B1 pills can keep mosquitoes from biting, but new research suggests that a topical form is effective.
A double-blind placebo-controlled trial found that a solution containing vitamins, minerals and five plant extracts is a hangover remedy that works.
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.
A special supplement containing extracts from five plants (acerola, ginger, ginkgo, prickly pear and willow) reduced hangover symptoms significantly.
A new study finds that the combination of adequate vitamin D and magnesium helps patients with colorectal cancer avoid an early death.
The flavonoids quercetin and luteolin can dampen mast cell response to allergic triggers and ease symptoms from spring allergies.
People looking for a natural way to manage IBS symptoms might want to try enteric-coated peppermint oil. Exercise could also help.
When their gut microbiome has more Lactobacillus in it, mice perform better on memory tests. Will you?
Adequate sleep and taking several specific supplements could help you boost your resistance to infection. Don't overlook the probiotics.
A reader reports that taking calcium supplements for leg cramps at night has worked for three decades. Others prefer magnesium or other minerals.
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 extract has antiviral activity in laboratory tests, but there are not enough good clinical trials to show whether it works against influenza.
Plants make some compounds to defend themselves that can be helpful for people, too. Should you be taking the flavonol quercetin for your allergies?
Staying active, even while staying at home, should help control arthritis pain. We also offer other possible treatments that may help.
Maintaining physical activity and consuming blueberries, turmeric and rosemary may help you stay sharp as you age. Which will you try?
The research is inconclusive, but a reader reports that New Zealand green-lipped mussels ease arthritis pain for the whole family, including the dog.
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 reader reports that boswellia boosted pain relief of fibromyalgia and plantar fasciitis when it was added to glucosamine and chondroitin.