“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.Continue reading Resveratrol: Is Wine Really Good for Your Heart and Health?
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: USDA Calls This Plant One of the Top 4 Most Nutritious Greens
Could the cure for many major diseases be found in a tiny bottle of liquid? That’s the bold claim of proponents who believe that ingesting this precious metal or applying it to your skin can eradicate a laundry list of health problems, from allergies to chronic fatigue syndrome to cancer. In fact, they say that this purportedly potent elixir is more powerful than prescription antibiotics at killing bacteria and treating infections. Is there anything this magical metal can’t do? Well, here’s the unfortunate truth: Not only is this product ineffective, but it also has some potentially horrifying side effects. In […]Continue reading Colloidal Silver: A “Metal” That’s Actually Healthy for You?
It’s so crucial for human vitality that our very cells depend on it to thrive. It’s so necessary for cardiovascular health that many experts recommend it as an adjunct to certain heart medications. Yet our levels of this powerful compound naturally decrease after age 20 – and by age 80, we may be totally depleted. And while some animal foods contain a decent amount of this substance, the best way to ensure you’re getting enough may be through supplementation. But here’s the kicker: This critical compound isn’t a vitamin. So what is it – and just how can it help […]Continue reading CoQ10: The #1 Supplement Everyone Over 20 Needs
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?
Deep in the woodlands of the northeastern United States grows a plant that’s lauded by a whole spectrum of people, from those in need of minor first aid, to those hoping to take advantage of its more notorious purported properties. This herb has a reputation as a go-to remedy for everything from cuts and scrapes, to eye infections, to cancer. In fact, proponents view it as a natural alternative to prescription antibiotic drugs. Speaking of drugs, this supplement is also said to mask the presence of marijuana, cocaine, opiates, and other illicit substances. No wonder it’s such a popular purchase […]Continue reading Goldenseal: One of America’s Most Popular Herbal Remedies Debunked
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)
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
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?
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?