Latest Evidence in Supplements

According to a recent report, the global dietary supplements market is expected to reach USD 278 billion dollars by 2024. Some supplements are claimed to have benefits that haven’t been validated by research. Others are claimed to have benefits that haven’t even been studied. Some really are validated by research as being worthwhile for certain people in certain situations.

The question is: Which are which? This section contains research reviews for popular supplements, and answers to the most common health claims made about them.

Does Chamomile Have Health Benefits? 29 Studies Reviewed
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Described as ‘herbal aspirin’, chamomile is one of the leading herbal remedies worldwide. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding on which foods or supplements to take for the purposes of health. Scientific evidence is an important consideration, along...

Does Rhodiola Have Proven Benefits? 25 Studies Reviewed
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Rhodiola is a traditional medicine and supplement that is used for a wide range of complaints including amenorrhea, depression, insomnia, fatigue, cancer, headaches, schizophrenia, colds and flu, hypertension, and male sexual dysfunction. There is a specific interest...

Will Taking L-Glutamine Help You? 36 Studies Conclude This
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

‘Would you like a shot of L-glutamine in your smoothie?’ asked the sales assistant with a wide smile. Would I indeed? According to the sales assistant, L-glutamine has "soooo many benefits." Perhaps this is the case. But I don’t know for sure. The smoothie was already...

Do MCT Oils Have Proven Benefits? 42 Studies Reviewed
Michele Berman M.D.

My introduction to MCT oil happened many decades ago (I won’t say how many) when I was a pediatrics resident doing my neonatal ICU rotation. MCT oil was used as part of the nutrition for the tiny premature babies who needed to gain weight. Since their digestive system...