By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 3 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

    Vitamin D, sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin, is renowned for its contribution to bone strength. It may also help ward off lung infections, particularly among people who are especially susceptib…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Fish Oil Supplements Ease Your Anxiety?

    Fish oil has gotten a lot of bad press lately. After a decade or two of enthusiasm for its benefits in preventing heart disease, arthritis and dry eyes, scientists concluded that there is little or no…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2018 6 Comments
    Are Your Dietary Supplements Contaminated with D…

    The Food and Drug Administration has been testing dietary supplements for years. “From 2007 through 2016, 776 adulterated dietary supplements were identified by the FDA and 146 different dietary sup…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2018 13 Comments
    Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements for Strong…

    Vitamin D is essential for strong bones. When young children don’t get enough vitamin D, they can develop a bone deformity called rickets. This nutrient acts as a hormone in the body. It is vital fo…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 4 Comments
    Could a Supplement Help You Lose Belly Fat?

    Belly fat (aka abdominal adiposity) is not just a matter of looking unattractive. A disproportionately large waistline can indicate excess visceral fat that increases the risk of  type 2 diabetes, he…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 7 Comments
    Is Melatonin Safe for Night Shift Nurse?

    People who do shift work put their bodies through a lot of stress. Most of us adapt to getting up in the morning and going to bed at night. If we are reasonably regular about the times, our body clock…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2018 33 Comments
    Do Turmeric Supplements Have a Downside?

    The yellow spice turmeric is extremely popular both as a food ingredient and as a supplement. When it is used to flavor food like yellow mustard or curry, turmeric is considered safe. A case report de…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2018 7 Comments
    Can You Cool Your Hot Flashes with Maca?

    Just because menopause is a natural part of life doesn't mean it is easy. Some women have intense hot flashes for only a few years, but others may suffer for a decade or more. Estrogen is the gold sta…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2018 23 Comments
    Can Quercetin Control Your Allergy Symptoms?

    Hay fever season is looming, and many allergy sufferers may be wishing they had a way to prevent the misery of sneezing and sniffling. One reader made a serendipitous discovery: quercetin taken for gl…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 5 Comments
    How Are Vitamin D and Rheumatoid Arthritis Linke…

    Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) is essential for good health. Human beings can make this hormone when skin is exposed to sunlight. In addition, vitamin D is found in a few foods: oily fish (and espec…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 23 Comments
    Should You Take Probiotics with Antibiotics? New…

    Health professionals in the U.S. have been slow to embrace probiotics. European doctors have been recommending probiotics with antibiotics for a long time. For reasons that puzzle us, American physici…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2018 9 Comments
    Do Vitamin D Pills Lower Your Chance of Cancer?

    Epidemiological studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to various cancers. What can you do to reverse your risk? The answer is not clear.  We do not know if …

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 8 Comments
    Multivitamins No Help Against Heart Disease

    Are multivitamins no help against heart disease? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, perhaps as many as 40 percent of older adults. A new study suggests that mixed vitamin and mineral formulatio…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2018 16 Comments
    Will Benfotiamine Ease Your Foot Pain?

    Have you ever dropped a heavy can of food on your toe? The nail turns purplish-black and the foot hurts like crazy. After a few days, though, the pain calms down and only hurts when you wiggle or stub…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2018 25 Comments
    Can Cod Liver Oil Relieve Your Knee Pain?

    Knee osteoarthritis can really interfere with mobility. Doctors prescribe pain relievers such as diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren) or meloxicam (Mobic), but patients should not take such NSAID medicatio…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2018 3 Comments
    Can Women Lower Breast Cancer Risk with Vitamin …

    Vitamin D levels may be important as a way for women to lower breast cancer risk. That is the conclusion from an epidemiological study (PLOS One, June 15, 2018). Which Women Had a Lower Breast Cancer …

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2018 14 Comments
    Why Won’t the Vitamin Wars Ever End?

    Experts still cannot agree about vitamin and mineral supplements. Many health professionals maintain that they are a total waste of money and could be dangerous. Others say that vitamin insurance is e…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 25 Comments
    Natural Ways to Get Your Cholesterol Down

    Cholesterol is only one of numerous risk factors for heart disease. However, physicians can't do much about some of your other risk factors, such as your family history. They can prescribe medications…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 24 Comments
    Show 1124: Should You Be Taking Vitamin Suppleme…

    What is the value of vitamin supplements? There is no consensus on whether most people would benefit. Much of the research on multivitamins does not show a strong effect in preventing cardiovascular d…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 13 Comments
    Will Vitamin Supplements Prevent Heart Problems?

    Does it make sense to take vitamin pills? A new systematic review looked at 179 recent studies of commonly used supplements to see whether any of these pills helped ward off heart problems (Jenkins et…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2018 18 Comments
    Is Fish Oil Really Useless for Dry Eyes?

    Fish oil has a reputation for helping ease the symptoms of dry eye, but a recent study found it was no more helpful than the olive oil placebo the scientists used. (Both groups–those taking fish oil…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Zinc Help Woman with Unwanted Facial Hair?

    What can you do about unwanted facial hair? Many women struggle with this problem. One reader did some online research, but the results were confusing. Could a supplement help solve this problem? Zinc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 7, 2018 3 Comments
    Should Reader Worry About His Anticancer Supplem…

    Once cancer patients finish treatment, do they put that entire episode behind them and just move on? Some do, but most find that periodic checkups to make sure the cancer has not returned remind them …

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 19 Comments
    Will Curcumin Pills Ease Your Knee Pain?

    Who would guess that the yellow spice in curry would become controversial? For centuries, people have been using turmeric to add color and flavor to their food, and in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, …

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 49 Comments
    Are You Wasting Your Money on Curcumin?

    If you have ever shopped for supplements online, you may have wondered if you are wasting your money. Ever since 1994, when Congress passed the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA), FDA…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 5 Comments
    Agonizing Constipation from Calcium Pills for Bo…

    Some medications cause constipation as a side effect. Occasionally, people report that simple supplements can trigger agonizing constipation. As a result, one reader faced a dilemma: Trying to Take Ca…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2018 12 Comments
    Do You Need to Take Calcium Supplements?

    For decades, women and older adults were advised to take calcium supplements to help maintain bone strength. More recently, however, concerns have been raised about the possibility that calcium supple…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2018 17 Comments
    How to Treat Seasonal Allergies: Drugs or Natura…

    Allergy season is here. Even if you did not realize that, the warring drug commercials on television should have alerted you. On the same program you can see ads for Xyzal, Allegra and Nasacort. There…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Bromelain from Pineapple Ease Aching Joints…

    What can you do for the aching joints of arthritis or the sore muscles and soft tissue of fibromyalgia? Many sufferers are caught in a difficult dilemma: without relief for the pain, they have trouble…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2018 9 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Help Prevent Cancer?

    Is there a connection between vitamin D levels and cancer risk? Previous studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D appear more susceptible to cancers of the pancreas, colon, breast a…

    By: Terry Graedon March 5, 2018 30 Comments
    Will Excess Vitamin B6 Damage Nerves?

    Whether you utilize pharmaceutical medicines or look to natural remedies such as vitamins and minerals, you must make sure the treatment is not worse than the ailment. That is a significant danger of …

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2018 21 Comments
    Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin Increase Your Cho…

    What happens if you take something for a presumed benefit only to discover that it has a downside? This happens pretty frequently with pharmaceuticals; everyone is familiar with the idea of side effec…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2018 25 Comments
    Should You Worry About Serious Melatonin Side Ef…

    More than three million Americans take melatonin to get to sleep. That's twice the number that used this supplement in 2007 (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health). This makes melat…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 36 Comments
    Fish Oil Flops When It Comes to Heart Protection

    For years, Americans have been taking fish oil and other types of omega-3 supplements. Their goal was heart protection, but it seems that expectation is unrealistic. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Heart Prot…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2018 8 Comments
    How Much Vitamin C Do You Need?

    Vitamin C, isolated and named more than 100 years ago, is crucial for good health. Even before it was discovered, vitamin C entered history. A lack of fresh fruits and vegetables on long sea voyages m…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Women Run Faster After Swallowing Supplemen…

    A new supplement under development may help women run faster. In a pilot study, women taking the dietary supplement, which contains three minerals, carnitine and phosphatidylserine, cut nearly a minut…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Valerian Help You Sleep Better?

    Who has not had the experience of tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep? Anxiety about a new job or an upcoming trip often keeps people awake for a few days. Others find that ruminating about rel…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Aged Garlic Fight Heart Disease?

    Obesity is associated with inflammation that can exacerbate pain and contribute to chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Now researchers have found that a dietary supplement containing…