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 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

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 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