Does Barberry or Its Extract Have Health Benefits? Science Responds

Introduction We are all familiar with yummy blueberries, blackberries, and boysenberries… but have you heard of barberries? Well, neither had I. Until now. It seems the barberry plant, including its tart red fruit, has traditionally been used in folk medicine for thousands of years, particularly in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. There are a… Continue reading

Does L-Methionine Have Health Benefits? A Scientist Explains

L-methionine (L-Met), aka methionine, is an amino acid needed to form protein in the body. It also has, as I have discovered, many other valuable claims attributed to it. What are some of those claims? These are some of the ones I’ve come across and will be tackling: assists with drug withdrawal symptoms, lessens tremors… Continue reading

Does Butyric Acid Have Health Benefits? The Research Reviewed

It can smell sickly (as in, um, vomit), or sweet, even added to perfumes. It can be found in certain foods, produced by our bodies or taken as a supplement. A quick Google search reveals the main claims of benefit for Butyric Acid (BTA), also known as Butanoic Acid, relate to gut health and improving… Continue reading

Does Emu Oil Have Health Benefits? The Research Reviewed

The flightless emu bird (Dromaius novaehallandiae), native to Australia, is probably best known for being on Australia’s coat-of-arms, opposite the kangaroo. Emu oil is a well-known, commercially available product, notably in countries such as Australia and the United States, and believed to have many therapeutic and medicinal properties. Being from Australia myself, I often come… Continue reading

Does Sarsaparilla Have Health Benefits? The Research Reviewed

Why the interest in Sarsaparilla? Remember Sarsaparilla, the fizzy soft drink in a bottle? It may be what first comes to mind when I mention the word. Although now sometimes made with artificial ingredients, the beverage was originally made with the sarsaparilla (SAR) plant. Nowadays, SAR is becoming more widely available in health food stores,… Continue reading

Does Inositol Have Proven Benefits? 22 Studies Reviewed

Some of the claimed health benefits of Inositol, that are quickly stumbled upon online, include that it fights depressive symptoms, improves fertility, assists with weight loss, lowers cholesterol, promotes sleep, eases constipation and promotes strong, healthy hair. Hey, how come I’ve never heard of this treatment? I noticed that none of these benefits, at least… Continue reading

Does Dry Needling Work? The Current Research Reviewed

An increasing number of physical therapists (PTs), in the United States and throughout the world, are incorporating the dry needling (DN) technique to treat mainly musculoskeletal pain (MSP). So much so, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), in their most recent DN resource paper (1), dated July 2013 (pp2), state that “The volume… Continue reading

Do Foam Rollers Actually Work? A Review of the Evidence

Easy.. unlike some of those ridiculously complicated gym equipment items. Cheap.. compared to expensive ongoing visits with masseuses, physiotherapists, or myotherapists. An at-home, and portable, fitness solution in our increasingly busy lives. What’s not to like about the concept of foam-rollers? It is yet another self-help option readily available to us, in the popular and ever-growing… Continue reading

Are There Health Benefits To Magnesium Supplements? Are You Even Deficient?

Have you noticed the buzz around magnesium deficiency, and supplementation, of late? Do a quick Google search and you’re bound to be overwhelmed by the plethora of information on offer. But, how accurate is it? I think you’d be surprised. Read on. No doubt, it’s a mineral vital to our overall functioning and wellbeing. It… Continue reading