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 recommend strontium as ‘a breakthrough for osteoporosis’ and reassure women that… Continue reading

Can Pycnogenol Really Reduce Heart Disease Risk in Diabetics?

Claim Pycnogenol Reduces Heart Disease Risk in Diabetics Verdict There is no direct clinical evidence to support the claim that pycnogenol reduces heart disease risk in diabetes. Origin Pycnogenol comes from the French Maritime Pine Tree (Pinus maritima) and is a rich source of proanthocyanidins. Websites such as claim that  pycnogenol is a ‘giant… Continue reading

Can Ginger Really Reduce Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy?

Claim Ginger Reduces Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy. Verdict A comprehensive Cochrane overview of 16 clinical studies looked at the impact of ginger on pregnancy related nausea and vomiting and concluded that data on the subject was limited and inconsistent. Origin Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is commonly recommended as a folk remedy for pregnancy related nausea… Continue reading

Does Bergamot Really Lower Cholesterol?

Claim Bergamot lowers cholesterol. Verdict Origin There are 11 pre-clinical and 4 clinical studies supporting the claim that bergamot lowers cholesterol. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia Risso) grows well in the Calabria region of Southern Italy. It has a unique profile of flavonoids and glycosides including neroeriocitrin, naringin, rutin, neodesmin and rhoifolin. It is often used as… 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

Can Broccoli Sprouts Actually Help Fight Cancer?

Claim Broccoli Sprouts Help Fight Cancer Verdict There are no conclusive clinical trials evaluating the effects of broccoli sprouts on cancer. Origin Reports on The and advocate growing broccoli sprouts in order to prevent or treat cancer. Cruciferous vegetables (Brassicaceae) such as broccoli sprouts are enriched with several chemical components, such as sulforaphane… Continue reading

Does Rosemary Really Increase Memory If You Sniff It?

Claim It has been said that sniffing rosemary increases memory. Verdict Sniffing rosemary actually slowed speed of memory in a randomised controlled trial in Britain. Origin The British Daily Mail featured a post on the ‘memory enhancing effects of rosemary’. This was followed by a piece on Robert Tisserand’s website (a leading manufacturer and promoter… Continue reading