Does L-Cysteine Have Health Benefits? The Studies Reviewed

Introduction Cysteine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is made by our bodies and used as a building block for proteins. Although classified as a non-essential amino acid, in rare cases, cysteine may be essential for infants, the elderly, and individuals with certain metabolic diseases or who suffer from malabsorption diseases. Us humans can (and… Continue reading

Does Ginseng Have Any Health Benefits? Science Answers

Ginseng is a herbaceous plant that belongs to genus Panax, of the family Araliaceae; “panax” means “all-healing” or “panacea” (1). The name ginseng comes from the Chinese words “Jen Sheng,” meaning “man-herb,” due to the humanoid shape of the rhizome (root) of the plant (2). The root is the most important medicinal part of the plant… Continue reading

Does Glucosamine Have Health Benefits? A Scientific Review of the Evidence

Introduction to Glucosamine Glucosamine is a supplement that most of us have heard of. A recent report from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics found that Americans spend around $13 billion per year on natural product supplements (1). Of these, glucosamine is one of the most popular dietary supplements. Why the Huge Interest in Glucosamine?… Continue reading

Does Spikenard Have Health Benefits? We Ask A Scientist

What Is Spikenard? Spikenard, also known as nard, nardin and muskroot, is an essential oil derived from the rhizome (root) of Nardostachys jatamansi (N. jatamansi). N. jatamansi is a plant of the Valerian family and grows from the northern alpine to the sub alpine area of the Himalayan region, at high altitudes of 3,000 to… Continue reading

Do Natural Laxatives Compare To Regular Ones? The Evidence Reviewed

Living in today’s fast-paced society can mean our bowel motions slow down to a halt. Literally. We all know the effects of travel, stress and poor eating habits…. Constipation! Constipation, infrequent bowel movements or difficulty in passing stools, is a common and uncomfortable complaint. It is suspected to affect upwards of 15% of all Americans… Continue reading

Does Ligandrol (LGD 4033) Work? Full Review Of The Evidence

After finishing reviewing Beta Alanine, D Aspartic Acid, and Cissus, I decided to turn my attention to something a little more controversial. Ligandrol was a natural choice. Ligandrol or LGD-4033, is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) discovered by Ligand Pharmaceuticals and currently under development by Viking Therapeutics [1], [2]. That sounds very technical and it… Continue reading

Does Cissus Quadrangularis Do Anything? Full Review of The Research

Cissus quadrangularis is a plant widely used in traditional Ayurvedic and African medicine across India, Asia and Africa. It was next on our hit list of popular supplements in the fitness and bodybuilding communities, after Beta Alanine, and D Aspartic Acid. (FYI: We since published a lengthy review on Ligandrol for the same series) It was… Continue reading

Does D Aspartic Acid Do Anything? The Research Reviewed

Aspartic acid, also known as aspartate, is an endogenous, or non-essential amino acid. Non-essential amino acids are amino acids (the building blocks that make up proteins) that can be made by the body, so they don’t have to be provided by food. Us humans can (and do) also acquire aspartic acid through the consumption of… Continue reading

Are There Benefits To Beta Alanine? Here’s What Research Says

There are lots of claims made by the fitness industry to convince consumers to part with their hard earned cash. Right now, beta alanine is being widely promoted as the hottest supplement around for bodybuilding and other athletic performance. (Not to mention Cissus Quadrangularis, D Aspartic Acid, and Ligandrol that we’ve also covered.) There are many… Continue reading