By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2022 0 Comments
    Will a Big Dose of Vitamin D Give You Leg Cramps…

    What have you heard about vitamin D? Maybe you recognize this compound by its popular nickname, the "sunshine vitamin." It is called that because human skin makes this hormone when it is exposed to su…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2022 24 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: Terry Graedon January 10, 2022 25 Comments
    Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

    Could a supplement that people take for heart health actually lead to heart rhythm changes? Most people take fish oil with the expectation that it will lower their likelihood of a heart attack or stro…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2022 18 Comments
    St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, But May Dam…

    About twenty years ago, people who were reluctant to take prescription antidepressants were excited to learn that the herbal medicine St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) could help alleviate mild t…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2021 12 Comments
    Do Gut Microbes Contribute to Symptoms of Lactos…

    Lactose intolerance is a common complaint. Sufferers describe bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, flatulence and loose stools or outright diarrhea upon consuming dairy products. Presumably, the sugar …

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2021 38 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. Some case report…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2021 9 Comments
    Will Elderberry Extract Help You Recover from Fl…

    Natural approaches to healing are getting extra attention right now, as people try hard to stay out of doctors' offices if they can. After all, if you don't have COVID-19, you don't want to go anywher…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2021 5 Comments
    Vitamin B12 Helps Ease Nerve Pain of Diabetes

    People with type 2 diabetes often develop a painful nerve disorder called diabetic neuropathy. People with this condition may experience numbness, tingling, burning or pain in their hands or feet. The…

    By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2021 34 Comments
    Will Precious Saffron Save Your Eyesight?

    A diagnosis of a chronic condition that could lead to a severely diminished quality of life is terrifying. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can result in a significant loss of vision. Consequent…

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2021 15 Comments
    Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common and challenging to treat. People who have IBS may feel incredibly frustrated because often doctors tell them there is no observable problem. All the same, they…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2021 22 Comments
    Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

    Vitamins were among the most exciting discoveries of the early 20th century. Since then, however, doctors have been expressing a lot of skepticism about the value of vitamin supplements. New research …

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2021 14 Comments
    Zinc for the Common Cold

    People have been searching for a cure for the common cold for centuries. To date, there is nothing that actually overcomes cold viruses the way antibiotics conquer bacteria. However, for years scienti…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2021 23 Comments
    What Is the Story on Calcium Supplements?

    When the medical experts change their minds, it can be confusing for the rest of us. One such flip-flop that has puzzled a lot of people concerns calcium supplements. For years, doctors urged their ol…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2021 0 Comments
    Can Treated Licorice (DGL) Ease IBS Symptoms?

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has long been a mystery to doctors. Sufferers experience cramps, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea and other digestive distress. Until recently gastroenterologists…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2021 3 Comments
    Will You Breathe Easier If You Take Less Iron?

    Many people need to take iron supplements because they don't get quite enough of the mineral from their diets. Doctors may recommend supplements for people with restless leg syndrome (RLS) or extreme …

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2021 39 Comments
    Is Magnesium a Miracle Mineral?

    The body needs minerals to function. Without adequate levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium we would perish. Doctors often encourage patients to cut back on sodium and increase calcium. P…

    By: Terry Graedon October 11, 2021 7 Comments
    What Supplements Could Help Ease IBS Symptoms?

    Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a frustrating diagnosis. Doctors describe it as a "functional" GI disorder, meaning that they can't find any physiological reason for the patient's suffering. None…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2021 17 Comments
    Can You Take Quercetin for Your Allergies?

    Quercetin is a flavonol, an antioxidant compound many plants make. Scientists have been studying this compound since 1857. Within the last decade, they have identified a number of health benefits it c…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2021 19 Comments
    Magnesium Supplement for Irregular Heart Rhythm

    Do you have an irregular heart rhythm? Even preventricular contractions (PVCs) that are not believed to be dangerous can be disconcerting. A person is justified in becoming alarmed over more serious r…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 3 Comments
    Do Omega-3 Supplements Improve Cognitive Perform…

    Experts have been debating the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. Marine oils contain both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). A new study in the America…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2021 14 Comments
    Will Vitamin B1 Keep Mosquitoes from Biting You?

    Mosquitoes are persistent insects. They are everywhere, from Maine to Alaska. In fact, Alaska Tour & Travel states: "Half-jokingly known as the Alaska state bird, mosquitos are a fact of summertim…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2021 1 Comments
    Does Vitamin D Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

    Colorectal cancer rates have been declining since the mid 1980s. That may be due in part because of regular screening through colonoscopy. However, scientists have previously found evidence that vitam…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2021 15 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 August 16, 2021 0 Comments
    Can You Really Control Blood Pressure With Dande…

    High blood pressure is a very common condition that is usually treated with one or more medications. For the most part, people don't have a lot of trouble with diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2021 9 Comments
    Will Boswellia with Turmeric Ease Your Joint Pai…

    Millions of us suffer with joint pain, and the older we get, the more likely we are to have achy knees or sore hips. It is little wonder, then, that there are many home remedies or dietary supplements…

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2021 14 Comments
    Preventing Sunburn from the Inside Out

    Fifty years ago, it was hard to avoid sunburn. Sunscreens were crude. The most effective, zinc oxide cream, went on ghostly white. It looked funny, though it did keep lifeguards from burning their nos…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2021 24 Comments
    Can Magnesium Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome?

    "Restless legs" hardly sounds like medical terminology, but it describes a neurological condition first described in the late 17th century. People with the condition describe sensations similar to som…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2021 6 Comments
    Can Coenzyme Q10 Control Severe Muscle Cramps?

    We are always delighted when we learn about a new way to treat a common problem. If it doesn't require a prescription, so much the better! That's why we were excited to hear from a reader who found th…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2021 12 Comments
    Do Vitamin Pills Block Absorption of Levothyroxi…

    If you take medicine every day, have you checked to see whether you are taking it in the optimal way? Some pills interact with foods, beverages or even supplements. We recently received a question fro…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2021 5 Comments
    Probiotic Can Help Prevent C. Diff Due to Antibi…

    Have you ever experienced a bad bout of diarrhea after finishing a course of antibiotics? This reaction is not uncommon. Now, researchers are beginning to recognize that sometimes this problem is caus…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2021 11 Comments
    Are There Natural Ways to Reduce Allergy Symptom…

    While some people revel in the glory of spring flowers and new green leaves, others suffer. Allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, nasal. congestion and fatigue or fuzzy brain can be troublesome. Are th…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2021 2 Comments
    Show 1255: Natural Ways to Keep Your Immune Resp…

    In the middle of a pandemic, it’s important to know how to stay healthy. Sleep, stress management, handwashing, exercise and a healthful diet (cutting back on refined flour and sugar) are all crucia…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2021 4 Comments
    Do Dietary Supplements Help Prevent COVID-19 Inf…

    Could dietary supplements affect susceptibility to COVID infection? That was the question investigators attempted to answer in an article published this week in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health.…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2021 10 Comments
    If You Take Zinc, Will Your Feet Not Stink?

    Do your feet smell bad? Many of the remedies for unpleasant foot odor are topical: soak the feet in a solution of baking soda, vinegar, Epsom salts or very strong tea. Any of those approaches may be q…

    By: Joe Graedon March 1, 2021 23 Comments
    Are You Missing Magnesium Because of Meds?

    When you go to see a doctor for a routine physical, you can expect basic tests. You will be weighed and have your blood pressure measured. The doctor or nurse practitioner will listen to your heart an…

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2021 4 Comments
    Can Alpha-Lipoic Acid Restore Post-COVID-19 Smel…

    One of the early symptoms of a COVID-19 infection is losing the senses of smell and taste. This problem is not unique to COVID-19; other viral infections have also caused a disruption of these senses.…

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2021 5 Comments
    What Are the Pros and Cons of Resveratrol?

    Over the last decade, a polyphenol compound with the tongue-twisting name resveratrol has garnered a great deal of attention. Organisms such as yeast, worms, fruit flies and fish live longer when they…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2021 6 Comments
    Does Vitamin D3 Improve Survival of COVID-19 Pat…

    Ever since the start of the pandemic, doctors have been looking for ways to improve survival of COVID-19 patients. They have explored several different treatments with varying results. Now two studies…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2021 3 Comments
    Taking Vitamins to Ease Symptoms of COVID-19 Lon…

    COVID-19 has had devastating effects, not just in the US but around the world. Not only have more than two million people perished globally, but a significant proportion of survivors have long-lasting…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2020 3 Comments
    Will High-Dose Vitamin D Fight COVID-19?

    Vitamin D has a reputation as a compound that can help bones stay strong. However, research has shown that immune system cells such as macrophages or monocytes rely on vitamin D as well (Reviews in Me…