Getting the “Just Right” Amount of Folic Acid

Making sure pregnant women get the appropriate amount of folic acid or folates is an easy way to protect their unborn child’s health. Men and older women also benefit from folic acid. Most people consume too little folic acid rather than too much, but getting too much can also be harmful. Continue reading

6 Things You Need to Know About Juicing Your Veggies

There is no question that eating your vegetables is good for your health, but what about drinking them? Juicing vegetables is one of the latest health trends, so here’s what you need to know about adding fresh juices to your diet. Continue reading

Which medications, tests, and treatments should you really get? Recommendations for “Choosing Wisely”

When it comes to our health we often want to know as much as possible. But sometimes there is just too much information on what to do to stay healthy. Continue reading

Can Taking Fish Oil Supplements Help Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy?

Fish oil is a well-known supplement that is said to have many benefits. Research shows that taking fish oil may help lung cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy respond better to treatment and reduce side effects of chemotherapy. Continue reading

Preventing Hip Fracture: Do Supplements Help?

In 2012, calcium and vitamin D made headlines in the health world when many new studies on the effectiveness and safety of supplements were released. Read more about these nutrients and why you should or should not take supplements. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Performance-Enhancing Supplements

Everyday new products are advertised, making promises that are often too good to be true. Consumers who desperately want to look and feel better are the unsuspecting guinea pigs for these untested products. Before you decide to buy nutritional supplements, it is important to gather objective information (not from the manufacturers), and to consult with your doctor or another health professional. Continue reading

Glucosamine Supplements: Good for joints but possibly risky for diabetes

Glucosamine is a popular dietary supplement used by many who suffer from joint pain. Most dietary supplements make claims that aren’t backed by scientific research, but NIH reports that daily doses of glucosamine can lower pain. As a result, the supplements are recommended by many physicians. But may these pills actually be dangerous? Continue reading

Examining the Safety of Natural Supplements

In their quest for health and beauty, half of all American adults take natural supplements to solve all sorts of problems. But do these products really work, and how much do Americans know about their safety? Not as well as one may think, and not nearly enough.
Ultimately, it is unwise to trust the claims that manufacturers of dietary supplements make about either the effectiveness or safety of their products. Let the buyer beware. Continue reading

Cold and Flu: Do Natural Health Products Work?

Cold and flu are two of the most common illnesses and there is no “cure” for either. Because antibiotics do not treat symptoms or cure either cold or flu, many people turn to natural products in an effort to prevent and treat cold and flu symptoms. But, do these products work, and are they safe? Here, a range of these products are compared, examining their safety and effectiveness. Continue reading

The Facts About Medication for Colds and the Flu

Cold and flu are two of the most common illnesses and there is no “cure” for either. Because antibiotics do not treat symptoms or cure either cold or flu, many people turn to over-the-counter medications in an effort to prevent and treat cold and flu symptoms. But, do these products work, and are they safe? Are they safe for children as well? Can the risks outweigh the benefits? Continue reading

Ginkgo Biloba May Help Memory, but May Have Serious Health Risks

Ginkgo biloba has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and today it is one of the most popular herbal supplements, widely advertised as a beneficial antioxidant that helps prevent memory loss and dementia. Like most herbal products, however, there have been few clinical studies to see if these claims are accurate. Though both possible risks and benefits have been found in research, whether or not ginkgo biloba is good or bad for you is not yet known, and should be discussed with your physician. Continue reading