“Step right up ladies and gentlemen and try the world’s most amazing elixir. It gives you energy, melts wrinkles away, and even makes your children do their homework!” Sounds like the barking pitch of yesterday’s medicine man, doesn’t it? Or does it? Today, these sideshow vendors have moved their elixir wagons to the Internet, selling promises of better vision, better hearts, better sex, heck, a better life. Some of the pitches are obvious fabrications (“Lose 20 pounds in 20 minutes!”) while others make you stop and pause. Like resveratrol. Is It Real or Is It Snake Oil… There’s no question [...]Continue reading Resveratrol: Is Wine Really Good for Your Heart and Health?
Ask someone what disease they fear the most and many will answer type 2 diabetes…and for good reason. One out of every 10 Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and millions more are walking around undiagnosed every day. And if the disease isn’t bad enough, there are the terrifying complications, including: Blindness Kidney disease Heart attack Stroke Peripheral artery disease Diabetic ulcers Amputation Death The only thing more frightening than what can happen once you get type 2 diabetes is the startling ineffectiveness of the treatments that are most often recommended. While doctors will tell you, often offhandedly, [...]Continue reading Alpha Lipoic Acid: How to Treat the REAL Cause of Type 2 Diabetes
Deep in the forests of Western Africa, a simple evergreen tree may hold promise for a stalled sex life. If you’re a member of a tribe in Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, or other parts of the region, it’s likely that you’ve relied on the bark of an evergreen tree for its purported aphrodisiac properties. Indeed, Pygmies and Bushmen distilled this bark to produce a tea, which they consumed as a tonic to enhance sexual prowess and pleasure. Now, you don’t have to live in Africa to access this substance. Today, it’s available to everyone. Sound like just the thing to help [...]Continue reading Yohimbine: Can this African “Love Tree” Help Heat Up the Bedroom?
Many a gardener has aimed his or her trowel at this humble weed, eager to free an otherwise pristine lawn of its unsightly green leaves and telltale yellow flowers. But there may be more to this pesky plant than meets the eye. Could those leaves be a nutritious addition to your salad? Will teas and tonics made from its roots help boost immunity, support your liver, or even protect against cancer? Might the plant – whose Latin name translates to “Official Remedy of Disorders” – even promote psychic powers? Here’s everything you need to decide whether to cultivate this weed, [...]Continue reading Dandelion: Is This Common Weed Actually A Superfood?
Deep below the ocean, a razor-toothed creature lurks, waiting for the next unlucky swimmer or surfer… in other words, dinner. That’s the premise of many a horror film, from the classic Jaws to more recent B-movies like Sharknado. It certainly doesn’t sound like the basis for a healing remedy, does it? Yet these aquatic beasts – known not just for their killer appetite but also their speed and intelligence – have become the source of a supplement that can supposedly benefit health. At least, that’s the claim of marketers, who swear that this product can prevent and even cure a [...]Continue reading Shark Cartilage: A Fish Supplement That 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?
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?
Looking for a little boost in the bedroom? Hoping to do it naturally? Perhaps you’ve considered taking a supplement to improve a flagging libido. There’s certainly no shortage of products to choose from. And, according to proponents, this particular pill – made from a potent plant native to South America – just might fit the bill. Manufacturers claim that the supplement can balance hormones, act as an aphrodisiac, and enhance sexual performance. What’s not to like? Well, a dearth of good clinical studies, for starters. See, when it comes to fulfilling the lofty promises made for this product, the evidence [...]Continue reading Maca: A Natural “Stiffener” for the Bedroom?