“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?
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?
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?
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
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…
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?
Avocados are an amazing food. But until recently, you’d never know it. Avocados were almost a casualty of the fat-phobia that swept the nation back in the 80’s. That fat-phobia has not yet died its much-deserved death, but there are promising signs that it’s sputtering out. Which is good news for those of us trying to redeem the reputation of this (and other) glorious high-fat foods that are really, really good for your health. Here’s why avocados deserve to reclaim their place at the top of the pantheon of superfoods… High in Good Fat… Yes, avocados are high in fat. [...]Continue reading Avocados: The Perfect Fuel for your Fat-Burning Metabolism