Does Green Tea (Or It’s Extract) Have Health Benefits? The Research Reviewed

Introduction Three billion kilograms of tea are produced each year worldwide making tea the second most commonly consumed beverage (after water). Tea consumption is currently growing at a rate of 2.1% per year. The high and growing rates of tea consumption globally makes tea hugely important from a public health perspective as even small health… Continue reading

Do Vitamin B12 Supplements Do Anything? Current Research Examined

Introduction Vitamin B12 is pretty much a standard ingredient in multi-vitamins and many fortified foods. According to health food bloggers, vitamin B12 offers a wide range of health benefits including brain functioning, cancer, digestion, cardiac health, diabetes and mood. Are these claims evidence based and if so, do we need to increase our vitamin B12… Continue reading

Does Alpha Lipoic Acid Have Benefits? 257 Human Clinical Studies Reviewed

Introduction Alpha lipoic acid has been described as the ‘universal anti-oxidant’ because it not only has anti-oxidant powers itself but also has the unique ability to regenerate other anti-oxidants such as glutathione, vitamin C and vitamin E. As worldwide sales in alpha lipoic acid rise, the term ‘universal’ is also beginning to take on a… Continue reading

Do Cranberries (or their Supplements) Have Health Benefits? We Review the Research

Introduction I love cranberries. I mean “looking at Thanksgiving turkey as a mere platform for cranberry sauce“ love cranberries. And don’t get me started on cranberry muffins and bread…. So, when I started to read that cranberries are a superfood that can prevent urinary tract infections, that they improve the immune system, reduce the risk… Continue reading

Does Milk Thistle Have Benefits? Top 14 Studies Reviewed

Introduction The herbal industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Milk thistle extract consistently ranks as one of the most widely used herbal remedies. Milk thistle is probably best known for its alleged role in liver health, but is also promoted for diabetes, hyperlipidemia and even cancer. Fact or fiction? What Is Milk Thistle? Milk thistle is… Continue reading

Do Elderberry Supplements Have Benefits? Here’s What Research Concludes

Introduction I recently travelled around Dublin looking for organic, non-alcoholic wine. Reason being that I wanted the health benefits of red wine without the alcohol. At the get-go, I suspected that Dublin may not be the best place to look for non-alcoholic wine. I was right. Having announced my intent, shop assistants looked at me… Continue reading

Does St. John’s Wort Do Anything? Full Review Of Research

Introduction St John’s wort is probably the best known of all of the herbal remedies used today. Dubbed as ‘Nature’s Prozac’, it is probably best known for its role in depression. It is also now purported to have benefits in ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorders, social phobias, seasonal affective disorders and generalised anxiety disorders. It is… Continue reading

Is Dynamic Stretching Better Than Static Stretching? The Research Reviewed

Introduction You have probably heard many opinions on stretching. The type, timing, and goals of stretching are debated by healthcare professionals, often leaving the average person in the dark. What kind of stretching should you do? When are you supposed to do it? Do you actually even need to stretch at all? People stretch to… Continue reading

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