Do Echinacea Supplements Have Benefits? The Research Explained

Introduction ‘Show me the money’ is the infamous line from the hit movie Gerry Maguire. Well, that’s pretty easy when it comes to echinacea. Echinacea ranks as one of the top selling herbs worldwide and grossed a staggering $15.1 million in 2008 alone. To put this in perspective, $15.1 million exceeds the national health budget… Continue reading

Do Selenium Supplements Have Benefits? 19 Research Papers Examined

Introduction Twenty years ago, there was a widespread belief in the medical and scientific community that optimizing selenium status would surely translate into better health for us all. At a minimum, improved selenium levels was touted as one of the solutions for better immune function, fertility, fighting infectious diseases, promoting heart health and as a… 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 Phosphatidylserine Have Health Benefits? The Evidence Reviewed

Introduction If you’re anything like me, you’re likely boggled by the number of supplements lining the shelves in most grocery stores. Considering that by 2013, the supplement industry was already raking in close to $40 billion a year, it’s not surprising that these companies are eager to continue to offer as many products as they… 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

Do Tribulus Supplements Have Benefits? 363 Studies Reviewed

Introduction Tribulus is a plant that is used to increase not only male stamina, libido, and sexual function, but also female pleasure and sensitivity. Does this herbal supplement live up to its reputation? Is this really an x-rated plant? What Is Tribulus? Tribulus terrestris L. is a flowering plant of the zygophyllaceae family. It is… Continue reading

Do L-Arginine Supplements Have Benefits? 2,763 Clinical Studies Reviewed

Introduction L-arginine is described as an “ergogenic” or all-around “mojo booster” in plain English. It is marketed as an anti-ageing agent, sexual booster, and sports endurance agent. Fact or fiction? Let’s look at the evidence. What Is L-Arginine? Arginine was discovered back in 1886 by a Swiss chemist (Ernst Schulze), who isolated it from a lupine… Continue reading

Does Slippery Elm Have Health Benefits? The Evidence Reviewed

Introduction Slippery elm is a species of the elm tree family. It is commonly used for respiratory conditions (bronchitis, sore throat, cough, fever, and inflammation), gastrointestinal disease (peptic ulcers and diarrhea), dermatological conditions (skin abscesses and skin ulcers), and even cancer treatment. Unlike many other herbal folk remedies, slippery elm has the unique distinction of… Continue reading

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 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 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 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