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Pile of pills and multivitaminsAcid RefluxTerry Graedon - June 23, 2022 - 26 comments

Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Many medications can interfere with good nutrition. If you are taking pills for certain conditions, perhaps you should be taking vitamin supplements.

Joe Graedon - May 16, 2022

Is Magnesium a Miracle Mineral?

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Heart AttackJoe Graedon - May 12, 2022

Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

Millions of women routinely pop calcium pills to build strong bones. Instead, they may be creating calcified coronary arteries. What to do?

chicken livers belong in a diet rich in ALA
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - May 9, 2022

Can You Help Nerve Pain with a Diet Rich in ALA?

Might you control neuropathy by consuming a diet rich in ALA (alpha lipoic acid)? One reader reports better success with diet than supplements.

turmeric (curcumin) capsules in plastic cup
Back PainTerry Graedon - May 9, 2022

Should You Take Turmeric to Ease Pain?

Readers report great results using turmeric to ease pain. Before you start swallowing pills, though, be aware of possible side effects.

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Hair Loss (alopecia)Terry Graedon - April 25, 2022

Could Too Much Vitamin D Lead to Hair Loss?

A reader taking high-dose vitamin D wonders if that could lead to hair loss. Shedding has been linked to excess vitamin A.

Cinnamon sticks; cinnamon may reverse prediabetes
DiabetesTerry Graedon - April 25, 2022

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.

vitamin D capsules
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - April 18, 2022

Can You Overdose on Vitamin D?

Can you overdose on vitamin D by spending time in the sun and taking supplements? Excessive doses of supplements can indeed lead to toxicity.

An illustration of the brain made up of rusty gears representing Alzheimer disease
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - March 7, 2022

Can You Prevent Alzheimer Disease with L-Lysine?

Data linking herpes virus infections (HSV-1) with a higher risk of dementia offer hope that taking L-lysine might prevent Alzheimer disease.

vitamin D3 pills to correct low vitamin D levels
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - February 24, 2022

Why Vitamin D for COVID-19 Saves Lives

When is the last time you had your vitamin D levels monitored? How much is necessary to create adequate levels of Vitamin D for COVID-19?

Irregular ventricular heart rhythm on ECG
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - February 21, 2022

Too Much Potassium Poses Danger

When blood tests show too much potassium, you are at risk for heart rhythm changes. Figuring the cause may require some detective work.

fish oil capsules
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - February 14, 2022

Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

How risky is fish oil or purified EPA in Vascepa when it comes to heart rhythm changes called atrial fibrillation? Learn about absolute risk!

bottle of magnesium pills
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 3, 2022

How Much Magnesium Is Enough?

Getting the optimal magnesium dose every day can be tricky since too little is very dangerous but too much can cause unpleasant GI symptoms.

turmeric (curcumin) capsules in plastic cup
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - January 31, 2022

Do Turmeric Supplements Have a Downside?

Many people take turmeric supplements for their anti-inflammatory benefits, but a recent case shows that such pills can also trigger autoimmune hepatitis.

red capsules of CoQ10 spill out of bottle
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 31, 2022

Do Statins Lower CoQ10 Levels? Can Supplements Correct That?

Cholesterol-controlling statins lower CoQ10 levels, but supplements do not reliably reverse muscle side effects.

Male doctor holding a card that says vitamin C
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - January 24, 2022

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!

hand holds high dose vitamin D capsule between thumb and forefinger
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 17, 2022

Will a Big Dose of Vitamin D Give You Leg Cramps?

Will taking a big dose of vitamin D alleviate nighttime leg cramps or trigger them? The answer may vary from one individual to another.

Bottle of Glucosamine
High CholesterolTerry Graedon - January 17, 2022

Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin Increase Your Cholesterol?

Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements taken to alleviate joint pain may increase your cholesterol. What else can you use for pain relief?

St. John's Wort (Hypericum)
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 3, 2022

St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, But May Damage Eyes

One side effect of St. John's wort, photosensitivity, can be harmful to vision. People may wish to consider other ways to manage depression.

Variety of dairy products including cheese and milk can't be enjoyed by people with lactose intolerance
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - December 30, 2021

Do Gut Microbes Contribute to Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance?

People with lactose intolerance may suffer significant digestive distress when they consume dairy products. Gut microbes contribute.

Elderberry berries Sambucus nigra
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - December 27, 2021

Will Elderberry Extract Help You Recover from Flu?

Elderberry extract has antiviral activity in laboratory tests, but there are too few good clinical trials to show if it works for the flu.

grabbing the sole of the foot in neuropathic pain
DiabetesTerry Graedon - December 23, 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.

saffron threads
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - December 13, 2021

Will Precious Saffron Save Your Eyesight?

Some scientific studies back up a reader's claim that saffron supplements can help keep macular degeneration from running rampant.

Girl with stomach ache sitting on bed suffers with irritable bowel syndrome
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - November 24, 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.

supplements spilling from bottle, zinc for the common cold
ColdsTerry Graedon - November 4, 2021

Zinc for the Common Cold

Scientific studies show the benefits of zinc for the common cold are modest but real. They don't yet show the best dose.

a large pile of vitamin pills, calcium supplements
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - November 1, 2021

What Is the Story on Calcium Supplements?

Studies suggest that calcium supplements don't prevent osteoporosis and broken bones, and may even have troubling side effects.

Dried licorice root fragments may ease IBS symptoms
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - November 1, 2021

Can Treated Licorice (DGL) Ease IBS Symptoms?

Irritable bowel syndrome may be explained by an imbalance in gut microbes. One reader reports DGL helped ease IBS symptoms.

Red iron supplement pills spilling from a pill bottle
AnemiaTerry Graedon - October 18, 2021

Will You Breathe Easier If You Take Less Iron?

A reader having trouble breathing found a simple solution: take less iron. The supplement had built up to excessive levels.

woman has hands on her abdomen for symptoms of IBS
Home 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.

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesTerry Graedon - September 27, 2021

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?

An electrocardiogram with evidence of atrial fibrillation, irregular heart rhythm
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - September 20, 2021

Magnesium Supplement for Irregular Heart Rhythm

A young man with an irregular heart rhythm reversed it with magnesium taurate supplements. What a relief he felt!

college students in class to improve cognitive performance
Cognitive DysfunctionTerry Graedon - September 16, 2021

Do Omega-3 Supplements Improve Cognitive Performance?

Young adults were able to improve cognitive performance on a range of tests when they took EPA-rich fish oil for six months.

an Aedes aegypti mosquito biting and feeding causes the itch of mosquito bites
Home RemediesJoe Graedon - September 6, 2021

Will Vitamin B1 Keep Mosquitoes from Biting You?

Studies have not shown that taking vitamin B1 pills keep mosquitoes from biting, but new research suggests that a topical form is effective.

a plate of sardines rich in vitamin D help prevent cancer
CancerTerry Graedon - August 19, 2021

Does Vitamin D Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

Data from two different studies show that vitamin D may help prevent colorectal cancer, especially among younger individuals.