Do Echinacea Supplements Have Benefits? The Research Explained

Introduction ‘Show me the money’ is the infamous line from the hit movie Gerry Maguire. Well, that’s pretty easy when it comes to echinacea. Echinacea ranks as one of the top selling herbs worldwide and grossed a staggering $15.1 million in 2008 alone. To put this in perspective, $15.1 million exceeds the national health budget… Continue reading

Does Quinoa Have Health Benefits? Here’s What Science Says

Introduction Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a grain-like food that originated in the Andes Mountain countries of South America, where indigenous groups have used it for more than 7,000 years.  Quinoa has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the past few decades, when its exceptional nutritional profile became more widely recognized around the world. There is… Continue reading

Do Selenium Supplements Have Benefits? 19 Research Papers Examined

Introduction Twenty years ago, there was a widespread belief in the medical and scientific community that optimizing selenium status would surely translate into better health for us all. At a minimum, improved selenium levels was touted as one of the solutions for better immune function, fertility, fighting infectious diseases, promoting heart health and as a… Continue reading

Do Saw Palmetto Supplements Do Anything? We Review the Research.

Introduction Saw Palmetto is a plant native to the American Southeast. It has been used traditionally as a treatment for respiratory complaints and conditions of the genitourinary tract. Since the 20th centuries, an extract of the plant has been touted as a treatment for urinary and prostate problems in men. In 2016, Saw Palmetto was… Continue reading

Do Horehound Supplements Do Anything? We Review the Research

Introduction While I was researching this article, I was surprised to discover that horehound was the top-selling herbal supplement in mainstream retail outlets in the United States. Sales of horehound supplements, which include cough drops and lozenges with horehound as the primary ingredient, totaled $125,468,033 in 2016!  Horehound has lead the list for the last… Continue reading

Does Phosphatidylserine Have Health Benefits? The Evidence Reviewed

Introduction If you’re anything like me, you’re likely boggled by the number of supplements lining the shelves in most grocery stores. Considering that by 2013, the supplement industry was already raking in close to $40 billion a year, it’s not surprising that these companies are eager to continue to offer as many products as they… Continue reading

Does Ginkgo Biloba Have Health Benefits? The Evidence Reviewed

Introduction The Chinese have revered Ginkgo biloba as a sacred tree for thousands of years and extracts from its leaves, seeds, and roots are an essential part of classical Chinese medical practice (1). The Chinese name for Ginkgo biloba is “Silver Almond tree” (Yin-xing) and the Japanese call it the “White Nut tree.” The Japanese word… Continue reading

Do Tribulus Supplements Have Benefits? 363 Studies Reviewed

Introduction Tribulus is a plant that is used to increase not only male stamina, libido, and sexual function, but also female pleasure and sensitivity. Does this herbal supplement live up to its reputation? Is this really an x-rated plant? What Is Tribulus? Tribulus terrestris L. is a flowering plant of the zygophyllaceae family. It is… Continue reading

Do L-Arginine Supplements Have Benefits? 2,763 Clinical Studies Reviewed

Introduction L-arginine is described as an “ergogenic” or all-around “mojo booster” in plain English. It is marketed as an anti-ageing agent, sexual booster, and sports endurance agent. Fact or fiction? Let’s look at the evidence. What Is L-Arginine? Arginine was discovered back in 1886 by a Swiss chemist (Ernst Schulze), who isolated it from a lupine… Continue reading

Does Slippery Elm Have Health Benefits? The Evidence Reviewed

Introduction Slippery elm is a species of the elm tree family. It is commonly used for respiratory conditions (bronchitis, sore throat, cough, fever, and inflammation), gastrointestinal disease (peptic ulcers and diarrhea), dermatological conditions (skin abscesses and skin ulcers), and even cancer treatment. Unlike many other herbal folk remedies, slippery elm has the unique distinction of… Continue reading

Does Whole-Body Cryotherapy Have Health Benefits? The Research Reviewed

What Is Cryotherapy? The term “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek terms “cryo,” meaning cold, and “therapy,” meaning cure. Cryotherapy is defined as cooling the body for therapeutic purposes, primarily to reduce pain and inflammation. Cryotherapy can be applied using various methods, including the use of ice packs, ice towels, ice massages, frozen peas, gel packs,… Continue reading

Do Chaga Mushrooms Have Health Benefits? Current Studies Reviewed

Introduction The Chaga mushroom is called the “king of mushrooms,” while the better-known reishi mushroom gets the title of “queen of mushrooms.” Chaga mushrooms are marketed as having a wide range of medicinal benefits, including anti-inflammatory, cancer-treating and -preventive, hepatoprotective, and immuno-modulation effects. Given the fact that Chaga mushroom extract sells for as much as $130/oz, this mushroom… Continue reading

Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Have Health Benefits? Here’s the Research

Introduction Lion’s Mane is a culinary and medicinal mushroom that is growing in popularity as a functional food. It is claimed to have anticancer, immuno-modulating, hypolipidemic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, and wound healing properties. However, its real claim to fame is as a neuroprotective agent. I have plenty of patients (and friends) who are not just… Continue reading