A Sting on Nettle Supplements

Stinging nettle is available as a dietary supplement in capsules and extracts, and is touted for everything from strengthening your adrenal glands to keeping your blood vessels...

St. John’s Wort and Medications

Avoid the herbal antidepressant St. John’s wort if you’re on certain medications. It has long been known that the supplement can interfere with many drugs and/or cause other...

Fenugreek: Little Seeds, Big Claims

The seeds of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), a member of the legume family, are ground up and used to flavor curries, among other dishes. But you can also...

Sage Advice About Rosemary

Rosemary is probably a staple in your spice cabinet, up there with parsley, sage, and thyme. But did you know that this aromatic herb in the mint...

Saw Palmetto and Urinary Problems

Don’t take saw palmetto to relieve urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. Derived from berries of the saw palm tree, saw palmetto has been the object...

Bold Claims about Sea Buckthorn

Every year another exotic “superfruit” comes along. The latest is sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.), an orange berry that grows widely across Asia and Europe. It has...

A Reality Check on Ginseng

Ginseng has been used as a cure-all since ancient times (the botanical name, Panax, means “all healing” in Greek). It contains many active ingredients, including more than...

i-flex for Arthritis?

Q: Does i-flex really help relieve arthritis pain? A: Maybe. Several small studies suggest that i-flex, a standardized extract made from rose hips and seeds, may provide some...

Cold-fX

Q: Since your last article on Cold-fX a few years ago, has there been any more evidence that it helps prevent colds? A: Not anything to hang your...

Be Wary of Liver Supplements

Your liver works hard. It helps digest food, regulates cholesterol and fat metabolism, and cleans the blood of impurities, among other essential functions. It’s no wonder then that...
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