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 Krill Oil Have Health Benefits? A Scientist Explains
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction Krill oil is marketed as an alternative source of healthy fatty acids for people who (for whatever reasons) do not want to include oily fish or traditional fish oil supplements in their diet. Extractable krill oil is not just promoted as an alternative to...

Do Yohimbe Supplements Do Anything? We Review The Research
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction Technically, it is true to say that yohimbe comes from the African savannah and has been used for a very long time as a herbal aphrodisiac and aid for erectile dysfunction (which all sounds very exotic and earthy). However, that would only be part of the...

Do DHEA Supplements Do Anything? We Review The Research
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction DHEA is touted as a 'wellness hormone' and the 'fountain of youth hormone' owing to its alleged benefits related to ageing. It is used to try to reverse the effects of ageing including the metabolic syndrome, impaired memory, vaginal dryness,...

Are “Adaptogens” A Real Thing? The Science Explained
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction Somehow I got through medical school, a PhD in pharmacology and 25 years as a practising doctor and never heard of 'adaptogens' until last year. Essentially adaptogens are compounds that help us deal with or 'adapt to' the stresses and strains of life....

Does Milk Thistle Have Benefits? Top 14 Studies Reviewed
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction The herbal industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Milk thistle extract consistently ranks as one of the most widely used herbal remedies. Milk thistle is probably best known for its alleged role in liver health, but is also promoted for diabetes,...