Does Phytoplankton Have Health Benefits? Analyzing the Research

Intro Foods and ingredients originating from the ocean have continued to gain momentum in health-promoting circles.  Whereas fatty fish used to get all the attention, the spotlight then turned to seaweeds, and is now highlighting the little guys:  spirulina and chlorella, for example, are well represented on supplement shelves, and now phytoplankton is joining the… Continue reading

Does Eating Grapeseed Oil Have Health Benefits? The Research Reviewed

Intro You’ve heard the reports that wine – especially red wine – has health properties when used in moderate amounts.  And the amazing nutrition available from many edible seeds is also common knowledge.  It might stand to reason, then, that grape seeds would also harbor beneficial compounds.  (Spoiler alert:  they do, though you’ll have to… Continue reading

Does Emotional Freedom Technique Do Anything? A Review Of The Research

Introduction Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a counseling procedure created in the 90s by Gary Craig, an engineer and self-proclaimed “Personal Performance Coach.” Craig reports that early in his life, he came to the realization that the quality of a person’s life and their physical and mental health is directly related to emotional health, and… Continue reading

Does Eating Fermented Foods Have Health Benefits? 21 Research Papers Examined

Introduction Fermentation has been described as ‘a better invention than fire’. Hmmm, I wonder if this just relates to fermented drinks (wines and beers)? Would the same accolade be awarded to fermented foods without the drinks? Fermented foods are beloved of preppers who store away non-perishable nutrient dense foods, just in case. Fermented foods are… Continue reading

Do Black Cohosh Supplements Do Anything? We Review The Research

Introduction Black cohosh is probably best known as the herbal remedy for all things to do with women’s health. It has been used throughout the various stages of womanhood from painful periods to childbirth to the menopause. Native to the Appalachian mountain region of North America, there are significant concerns about conservation of this plant… Continue reading

Does Wave Vibration Therapy Do Anything? Here’s What The Science Says

Introduction Wave vibration therapy (also known as whole body vibration) refers to a type of physical therapy which is believed to exercise muscles via stimulating neuromuscular reflexes. Confusing? Put another way, a machine or platform shakes the body which in turn activates a cascade of events – muscles contract and nerves fire. This in turn… Continue reading

Does Colloidal Silver Have Health Benefits? Complete Review Of Research

Introduction Everyday at work, I don and doff personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, visors, long sleeved gowns, plastic aprons) to prevent the transmission of resistant bacteria from patient to patient. Such is the life of a hospital based infectious diseases physician. The story does not end there Another great reason for dressing up in that awful,… Continue reading

Do Iron Supplements Work? Conclusions From 24 Research Papers

Introduction The question of iron supplementation is so important that I am going to answer the question here in the introduction and then justify/elaborate on the answer in the rest of the article. Iron supplementation is not an amateur sport. Unlike other supplements or vitamins, the body does not regulate iron homeostasis well. This means that the… Continue reading

Do Chromium Supplements Do Anything? We Review The Research

Introduction Many of my patients are interested in the health benefits of chromium. Chromium is promoted for use in common lifestyle related health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia and cognitive impairment, in addition to the related polycystic ovarian disease. It would be way too easy (and unfair) to write these people off as wannabe… Continue reading

Does Eating Avocado Have Health Benefits? 20 Research Papers Examined

Introduction Smooth creamy guacamole, crescent shaped segments of avocado in a delicious green salad, St Patrick’s day coloured smoothies – what’s not to love about avocado? Some foodies claim that avocados are loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins, fibre and protein which help with diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia and arthritis (and lots more). Does avocado actually… Continue reading

Does Garlic (Or It’s Supplements) Have Health Benefits? We Review The Research

Introduction An FDA household survey in 2002 showed that garlic was the second most commonly used dietary supplement (after echinacaea) . Considering the fact the same survey showed  that 73% of English speaking non-institutionalized adults in the USA used dietary supplements, we can safely conclude that that’s a whole lot of garlic. I am all in favour… Continue reading

Does Eating Spirulina Have Health Benefits? Analyzing the Research

Introduction It’s been touted as a “superfood” that can eliminate world hunger by the United Nations [1], as a potential food source for space travelers by NASA [2], and as a phytonutrient with “amazing” abilities to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, boost energy, improve HIV/AIDS, detoxify heavy metals, and prevent cancer. It’s called spirulina, a… Continue reading

Do DHEA Supplements Do Anything? We Review The Research

Introduction DHEA is touted as a ‘wellness hormone’ and the ‘fountain of youth hormone’ owing to its alleged benefits related to ageing. It is used to try to reverse the effects of ageing including the metabolic syndrome, impaired memory, vaginal dryness, osteoporosis, loss of libido and skin ageing. Sounds great but is DHEA really the… Continue reading

Does Eating Cacao Have Health Benefits? 21 Research Papers Examined

Introduction Chocolate is the most famous derivative product of cacao. What’s your personal take on chocolate? A boatload of calories? A comfort food for those Bridget Jones days? A decadent sensual indulgence? Or just maybe it is ‘natures medicine’ and a justifiable superfood? There is growing interest in the therapeutic benefits of chocolate. Listed among the… Continue reading