Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)
Research has confirmed that quality fish oil supplements can benefit cardiovascular health, mitigate autoimmune disease and possibly ease dry eyes.
Many people take supplements. A major review last summer concluded, though, that they are a waste of time for heart disease. Is that really true?
Could selenium supplements cause horrible muscle cramps? Animal research suggests that an excess of the mineral can affect muscles and nerves.
Travelers' diarrhea can be a problem, but there are solutions. One reader recommends raspberry powder. Pepto-Bismol and coconut may also help.
Studies of supplements rich in omega 3 fats have reached conflicting conclusions. The latest analysis concludes that they reduce the risk of heart disease.
Some readers report that taking the dietary supplement MSM can improve hair growth and make it fuller and thicker.
Drug Side Effects
When blood tests point to liver failure, you need to figure out quickly whether drugs or supplements you are taking could be responsible.
People respond differently to vitamin D pills, so finding the exact right dose of vitamin D supplements may require some trial and error with monitoring.
Coronary Artery Disease
Scientists are studying what vitamin K2 can do. It may help build bone and reduce calcification of major arteries, but research is ongoing.
Might you control neuropathy by consuming a diet rich in ALA (alpha lipoic acid)? One reader reports better success with diet than supplements.
Readers report that they can prevent most muscle cramps at night by taking magnesium supplements. Few scientists have studied this treatment.
Instead of helping fight osteoporosis, high dose vitamin D supplements resulted in lower bone mineral density in leg and arm bones.
Some supplements, including turmeric, can help alleviate aches and pains associated with arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis.
If you want to take melatonin for better sleep, the timing is best if you take it half an hour to an hour before turning out the lights.
Although doctors can prescribe drugs for RLS, many people would prefer nonpharmacologic approaches. Do you take magnesium for your restless legs syndrome?
An analysis of more than 200 trials concluded that diets and supplements won't protect you from heart attacks. But this conclusion might not apply to you.
Most people who take red yeast rice to lower their cholesterol do well with it. But a few experience side effects such as muscle or nerve problems.
How do you prevent mosquito bites? Deet, picaridin, vitamin B1, Listerine? If your tricks fail, how do you stop the itch of mosquito bites? How about HEAT?
Taking vitamin D3 supplements daily did not reduce volunteers' diabetes risk over two and a half years. Perhaps diet and exercise work better.