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Coronavirus

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.

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Coronavirus

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!

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Home Remedies

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?

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Coronavirus

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.

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Home Remedies

Will Biotin Help Soothe Split Fingertips?

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

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Drug Side Effects

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.

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Coronavirus

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.

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Home Remedies

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.

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Home Remedies

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?

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Home Remedies

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.

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Drug Side Effects

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).

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Anosmia (loss of smell)

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.

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Diabetes

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.

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Podcasts

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.

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Home Remedies

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.

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Hangover

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.

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Coronavirus

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.

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Alternative Health

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.

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Cancer

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.

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Allergies

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.