Would you eat a dog biscuit just because your pup enjoys Milk Bones? It’s a ridiculous question, to be sure. Yet one supplement combination has become a popular treatment for people in part based on its success in treating canine health. See, these two supplements appear to help ease the pain of arthritis in dogs and other animals. Veterinarians have been recommending them for years. Some studies suggest they may have similar benefits for humans – a fact that’s made this combination one of the top-selling supplements in the United States. But is what’s good for Fido really what’s best [...]Continue reading Glucosamine-Chondroitin: A Powerful One-Two Punch Against Joint Pain
When you think of rotten eggs, the last thing that probably comes to mind is good health. Their distinctive, pungent scent alone – the same odor we associate with natural gas – is enough to turn you off to any potential benefits. But the compound responsible for that stinky smell actually plays an important role in human health. Far more than just another element on the periodic table, it helps drive a wide range of biological actions in the body. In fact, proponents claim that a specific supplement containing this remarkable compound can treat everything from cancer to stretch marks. [...]Continue reading MSM: Banish Stiff, Achy Joints with THIS…
Looking for a boost in the gym – or in the bedroom? Then you’ve probably considered this supplement. It’s just one of hundreds you’ll find lining the shelves of your local health food store. And like those, it promises to help you build muscle, improve your athletic performance, and even jumpstart a flagging sex life. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s still too early to tell. See, this supplement might indeed have some real benefits – and they’re not just limited to superficial concerns. Instead, limited evidence suggests that it holds promise for treating certain cardiovascular issues, as [...]Continue reading Arginine: Lower Your Blood Pressure With This
If you’re over age 30, you may not be thinking about chronic, age-related diseases yet – but you’ve probably already started worrying about the appearance of your skin. It’s difficult not to focus on the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and so-called age spots. In our appearance-obsessed culture, there’s no shortage of magazine articles, advertisements, and TV commercials touting the latest, greatest way to achieve healthy, youthful skin. And those concerns lead many of us straight to the skin-care aisle of our local drugstore or supermarket, determined to uncover the very best products to keep us looking young. But just [...]Continue reading Vitamin C: Erase Wrinkles and Improve Your Skin With This
Mom was right when she urged you to eat your broccoli. Sure, we already knew that this vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse that should have a place on everyone’s plate. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, K, and many B vitamins – just to name a few nutrients. But broccoli also contains another compound that appears to show promise in protecting against certain cancers, specifically those that involve the hormone estrogen. Even more exciting, this substance is also available in supplement form. So, if you’re like former President George Bush – and countless kindergartners – and just can’t stand the [...]Continue reading DIM: Cancer-Fighting Supplement Doesn’t Work (Try These Foods Instead)
For millennia, people have been hunting for the fabled Fountain of Youth, a mythical spring that could supposedly restore youth and fight aging. In the 1500s, the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon crossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of this legendary locale. (He discovered Florida instead.) These days, you’re more likely to find marketers touting the anti-aging properties of the latest, greatest natural product: smoother skin, longer life, and fewer chronic diseases. But is the Fountain of Youth really as close as the supplement aisle of your local health-food store? Or is one of the most popular anti-aging products really [...]Continue reading DHEA: NIH Says This Anti-aging Remedy Doesn’t Work?
The quest for new, natural approaches has taken herbalists to the corners of the earth in search of plant-based treatments for disease. As it turns out, one such remedy may have been under their feet the whole time. Found deep within in the shady forests of the Far East, this plant has been a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. And now, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that it may help improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. So just what is this powerful plant-based product? A Moss for Better Memory… Chinese club moss [...]Continue reading Huperzine A: A Natural Fix for Alzheimer’s?
Here in the West, most of us don’t feel fully awake without a trip to the coffee machine or our local Starbucks. Millions of people rely on a cup – or five – of Joe to feel awake, alert, and stimulated all day long. Others prefer to get their oomph in a can, downing energy drinks such as Red Bull like they’re water. But there may be an even better way to get your buzz. In fact, there’s an intriguing substance found in the leaves of a simple plant – one that promises a gentle energy boost, combined with feeling [...]Continue reading L-theanine: A Better Alternative to Coffee?
A cup of coffee. A brisk walk. A quick nap. These are the classic ways to increase your vigor and fight fatigue. And who doesn’t want more energy? But there’s another kind of energy involved in good health – and it starts at the molecular level. Your cells crave energy. They need it to help maintain healthy tissues, heal injuries, and for your organs to function optimally. It’s not quite as obvious as the jolt you get from a Red Bull or other gimmicky drink – but it’s the type of energy that matters most in your body. And here’s [...]Continue reading D-Ribose: A CARB That Can Reverse Heart Disease?
Forget-me-nots symbolize remembrance in myths and legends. But in the scientific realm, another purple flower seems to best protect the brain. And that’s no fiction. Proponents say this common garden border can enhance memory, increase blood flow, and even protect nerve cells against damaging strokes. Some doctors like it, too. In fact, a synthetic derivative of the plant is prescribed in Europe for these very purposes. But you don’t need to travel overseas to get your hands on the product. It’s sold here in the United States as a dietary supplement. So does it live up to the hype? A [...]Continue reading Vinpocetine: Can This Flower Improve Your Memory?