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 disease or who suffer from malabsorption diseases. Us humans can (and… Continue reading

Does L-Methionine Have Health Benefits? A Scientist Explains

L-Methionine (L-Met), a.k.a 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 those that I’ve come across, and will be tackling: assists with drug withdrawal symptoms, lessons tremors… 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. So why the huge interest in… 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

Are There Benefits to Carnosine? The Research Reviewed

Carnosine is a small dipeptide molecule that occurs naturally in the bodies of a wide variety of animals, plays important roles in energy metabolism, anti-oxidation, gene expression, protein integrity and phosphorylation, among others, but scientific research, up to this day, hasn’t come up with an explanation about what, exactly is its biological function. (8) Let’s… 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

Can Melatonin Really Lower Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer?

Claim Melatonin Can Lower Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer. Verdict Research does not support the claim that melatonin helps lower the risk of prostate cancer. Origin Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in a circadian rhythm. Melatonin exhibits some anticancer properties in animal models. Night shift work which disturbs circadian rhythm and… Continue reading

Do Inflammatory Bowel Disease Drugs Increase Leukemia Risk By 700%?

Claim Inflammatory Bowel Disease drugs can increase leukemia risk by 700%. Verdict Claims that the inflammatory bowel disease drug Azathioprine increases the risk of leukemia seven fold is an oversimplification and misinterpretation of the results of a research study. Origin Pinterest discusses the ‘sevenfold increase of leukemia from inflammatory bowel treatments’. The pin is based… Continue reading

Are Antidepressants Proven To Increase Risk Of Suicide In Teens?

Claim Antidepressant drugs increase risk of suicide in teens. Verdict Only one clinical study has shown a statistically significant increase in suicide risk in teenagers on antidepressants. All other studies show a non- statistically significant doubling of suicide risk in this patient population. Origin In 2006, the US FDA published the results of a meta-analysis… Continue reading

Does Daily Aspirin Increase The Risk Of Heart Attacks By 190%?

Claim Daily aspirin found to increase the risk of heart attacks by 190%. Verdict There is no scientific evidence to prove that daily aspirin increases the risk of heart attacks or myocardial infarction. Origin A number of websites have published claims that the risk of heart attacks is almost doubled in patients taking aspirin. These… Continue reading

Do Birth Control Pills Increase The Risk Of Depression In Women?

Claim Birth control pills increase the risk of depression in women. Verdict The science does not support the claim that oral contraceptive birth control pills increase the risk of depression in women. Origin Websites such as shape.com claim that oral contraceptive pills can ‘wreak havoc with women’s mood’. A new study published earlier this year… Continue reading

Does Statin Drug Use “Nearly Double Your Risk Of Diabetes”?

Claim Statin drug use nearly doubles your risk of diabetes, study claims. Verdict There is a single clinical trial demonstrating that diabetes risk is adversely affected by statin use. Origin Time Health published an article entitled ‘statins may seriously increase diabetes risk’ based on their interpretation of a Finnish research study. The study was published… Continue reading

Does Strontium Really Reduce Risk of Vertebral Fractures?

Claim Strontium Reduces Risk of Vertebral Fractures. Verdict Studies show that strontium ranelate leads to early and sustained reductions in the risk of vertebral fractures in post-menopausal women but may be associated with neurological or vascular side effects. Origin Websites such as world health.net recommend strontium as ‘a breakthrough for osteoporosis’ and reassure women that… Continue reading

Do Multivitamins Really Increase The Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Claim Multivitamins increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Verdict There is no definitive proof that multivitamins increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Origin Online interest in the relationship between multivitamins and Alzheimer’s Disease was sparked by a paper published in 2009 by Dr George Brewer from University of Chicago (1). Dr Brewer believes that copper… 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

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

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

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