The Truth About Turmeric (Curcumin) & It’s ‘Benefits’

There is no doubt about it. Turmeric (Cucurma longa, Family Zingiberaceae) is flavor of the month these days. The easily recognizable bright yellow rhizome is native to southern Asia. The primary phytochemical of Turmeric is curcumin and Ayurvedic medicine considers it to be the ultimate superfood… Just FYI. Full disclaimer here. I love Turmeric and… Continue reading

10 Benefits Of Lemon Water That Someone Just Made Up

Now what could possibly be better than starting the day with a tall glass of cool refreshing lemon water or cradling a cup of lemon infused warm water? According to a number of bloggers this morning ritual brings a myriad of health benefits including immune boosting, liver cleansing, treatment of flus and colds, protection against kidney stones and the list goes on. None… Continue reading

Huperzine A: 3 Common Claims Unsupported By Science

15 SECOND SUMMARY: Huperzine A (HupA) is a compound extracted from Chinese club moss. It inhibits an enzyme that degrades the learning neurotransmitter acetylcholine – meaning that HupA may increase memory and cognitive function. Huperzine A has been trialled as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and results suggest an improvement of cognitive function, daily living activity,… Continue reading

Bee Venom Therapy Is Not A Safe Alternative Health Treatment

15 Second Summary While it may seem a natural and safe alternative, there is limited quality research on the effectiveness of apitherapy treatments, and there is the potential for associated adverse events. The scientific community is divided on the effectiveness of apitherapy, and although there is enthusiasm surrounding its potential medicinal uses, until there is… Continue reading

Will A “Squatty Potty” Help You Poop Better? The Evidence Reviewed

15 Second Summary The Squatty Potty is a simple device that claims to help people defecate more easily and more fully. It’s creators also allude to health benefits from it’s use, such as a “healthier colon”. Unfortunately, in reviewing scientific research done on body position during defecation we found only poor quality, highly limited studies,… Continue reading

The Truth About Activated Charcoal: 159 Studies Reviewed

15 Second Summary Activated Charcoal has been used in hospitals for decades as the ‘universal antidote’ for drug overdoses and acute poisonings, however, over the years there have been many claims that it also has other health benefits, such as; removing every day “toxins” from the body (like alcohol), relieving of gas and bloating, improving… Continue reading