Perhaps more than any other herb, this one sure seems like it’s got something for everyone. Just take a look at the claims: more energy, improved memory, lower blood sugar and cholesterol – even better sex and protection against the common cold. I’m talking about ginseng. And with two varieties of this herb – American and Asian – you should get double the benefits, right? Well, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. While both types of ginseng do show some promise for some of these concerns, […]Continue reading Ginseng: Fight the Common Cold with This (But Look Out for Side Effects)
By now, the story sounds familiar… An exotic fruit, found mainly in Asia, used for centuries as a folk medicine is said to cure many modern ailments, and Westerners now have the opportunity to benefit from this so-called super fruit’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which purportedly do everything from reducing cancer risk and warding off cardiovascular disease, to easing arthritis and preventing acne. But – of course –this magical fruit is usually only sold in the form of juice, supplements, and other products pushed by multilevel marketers and other companies who may be more interested in making a quick […]Continue reading Mangosteen: The Asian Superfruit that Snuffs Out Inflammation?
Most everyone has experienced inflammation, whether because of an injury, surgery, or a chronic problem like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. And most of us reach for an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory – or a more potent prescription pain reliever – to treat it. The problem? Well, taking high amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium can have a number of side effects. They may temporarily ease your pain, but they can also cause ulcers and other gastrointestinal woes. So, what if I told you that there’s a powerful alternative to such drugs? And it doesn’t come […]Continue reading Bromelain: A Natural Alternative to Aspirin and NSAIDs
Imagine a plant-based product that can absorb more than 200 times its weight in water, forming a thick, glob of gel. Sound like something out of a science fiction film? Maybe. But this goo could have very real benefits for human health. Just think: That gel-like substance might very well help lower cholesterol and blood sugar, keep your digestive system running smoothly – and may even help you lose weight. No, this is no futuristic fiction. In fact, this fantastic remedy is as close as your local supermarket.Continue reading Glucomannan: Can Nature’s “Skinny Sponge” Soak up the Fat?
To shed pounds, you need to eat less, right? Well, yes. But what if I told you that a possible solution to weight loss is actually found in a common food? In fact, you can find it in any supermarket. It seems totally counterintuitive. Yet if preliminary research is to be believed, this food-based supplement could help you slim down by decreasing the amount of carbohydrates your body absorbs. But is this product really effective – and safe?Continue reading White Kidney Bean Extract: Spilling the Beans on this Weight-Loss Supplement
At first glance, this ornamental plant seems more suited to your garden than your medicine cabinet. It’s pretty pink and purple petals do make it a popular choice for home gardeners and landscapers alike. It’s probably the last thing you’d think of when trying to quell a cough, sneeze, or sore throat. This flower isn’t just for show, however. In fact, some studies suggest that it may be a real contender in our fight against the common cold. But is it really as effective as proponents would have you believe? And are the products on the market even reliable?Continue reading Echinacea: Crush the Common Cold with THIS
If any food lives up to the nickname “wonder tree”, it’s this plant. Its leaves look like spinach, its pods look like green beans, but its nutritional profile makes it more powerful than both of those vegetables put together. Need to bone up on calcium? This plant has four times more than milk. It’s higher in vitamin C than oranges, higher in vitamin A than carrots, and higher in potassium than banana. It’s even a great plant-based source of protein, and appears to contain compounds that might lower cholesterol, kill germs, and fight cancer. If this food is great, supplements […]Continue reading Moringa Oleifera: A Superfood with 30+ Anti-Inflammatory Compounds
It’s known for its painful, spiky leaves. In ancient Ireland, it was referred to as “The Devil’s Apron”. Its very name suggests its needle-like appearance. Sounds pretty dangerous, right? So why on earth would you want to add this prickly plant to your supplement regimen? Well, what if I told you that people have been relying on this herb since ancient times for its healing properties? It doesn’t sound quite so menacing anymore. In fact, this supplement sounds like it could be downright beneficial. But what does the science say?Continue reading Stinging Nettle: An Ancient Remedy for Prostate and Arthritis Pain
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
This essential nutrient is typically found in certain foods like meat, fish, oils, eggs, and more… But these days, you’re more likely to find it as a supplement in the medicine cabinets of athletes, weightlifters, and wannabe jocks. Proponents swear that the compound can help melt away pounds, pack on muscle, and improve athletic performance. But before you rush out to add this supplement to your weight loss regimen, consider this: There’s not a lot of heft to claims that it will help you bulk up or slim down. However, there IS good clinical evidence for its use is as […]Continue reading Chromium Picolinate: An 18th Century Blood Sugar Fix?