Colloidal Silver

Q: Is it beneficial—and safe—to take colloidal silver? A: No on both counts. Colloidal silver is a suspension of fine silver particles, usually marketed as a liquid or...

Hyaluronic Acid and Joint Pain

Q: Are hyaluronic acid supplements effective against joint pain? A: Hyaluronic acid (HA), also called hyaluronan, is produced in the body, particularly in the skin, eyes and joints....

Some Krill Oil Claims are Fishy

Since fish oil capsules are so commonplace now, manufacturers keep trying to come up with products that stand out from the crowd in order to justify a...

Do “Calming” Drinks Work?

After more than a decade of guzzling Red Bull, Monster and other supercharged beverages, are Americans ready to slow down? Many marketers are betting they are, and are...

Red Flags for Red Yeast Rice

Many people with high cholesterol take red yeast rice supple­ments as a “natural” alternative to statin drugs. The main com­pound in red yeast rice, monacolin K, lowers...

“Scent” Your Way Thin?

If you want to lose weight without counting calories or giving up your favorite foods, here’s a diet aid that takes the cake: Sensa “tastants,” sold on...

Kombucha

Q: What do you think of the drink kombucha? A:Not much. The fermented tea made headlines in the 1990s, when proponents claimed it detoxified the body, increased energy...

Patent Nonsense

If you see the word “patented” on a dietary supplement or gadget, do you assume that means the product does what it claims to do? You shouldn’t....

Melatonin: Beyond Jet Lag?

A popular dietary supplement, melatonin used to be promoted simply as a way to treat insomnia and prevent jet lag. No more. Now it’s touted to treat or...

Much Ado About Muscle Milk

Protein supplements are big business. One brand that has gotten a lot of attention lately is Muscle Milk, which is touted by some professional athletes. It’s available...
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