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 Clary Sage Oil Have Health Benefits? A Scientist Explains

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea L. Lamiaceae) is an aromatic plant which is cultivated in Europe and North America (1). The list of anecdotal benefits of clary sage is extremely long. It is used as an antidepressant, anticonvulsive, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, antibacterial, uterine tonic nervine, and for a sore throat, muscular pain, low estrogen, PMS, menstrual cramps,… Continue reading

Does Ginseng Have Any Health Benefits? Science Answers

Ginseng is a herbaceous plant that belongs to genus Panax, of the family Araliaceae; “panax” means “all-healing” or “panacea” (1). The name ginseng comes from the Chinese words “Jen Sheng,” meaning “man-herb,” due to the humanoid shape of the rhizome (root) of the plant (2). The root is the most important medicinal part of the plant… 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 Spikenard Have Health Benefits? We Ask A Scientist

What Is Spikenard? Spikenard, also known as nard, nardin and muskroot, is an essential oil derived from the rhizome (root) of Nardostachys jatamansi (N. jatamansi). N. jatamansi is a plant of the Valerian family and grows from the northern alpine to the sub alpine area of the Himalayan region, at high altitudes of 3,000 to… Continue reading

Does Pine Bark Extract Have Health Benefits? A Look At The Research

Pine bark extract must be the secret ingredient in the mythical elixir of life considering the fact that it is touted as an anti-infective, anti-cancer, anti-ageing, anti-hypertensive, anticoagulant, anti-diabetes, anti-erectile dysfunction, anti-allergy, anti-PMT, anti-endometriosis, anti-diabetic foot ulcer, pro-circulation, pro-analgesic, pro-stamina, and AHDH remedy (to name just a few). It supposedly brings us all the benefits… Continue reading

Hyperlipidemia: The Best Treatments According To Research

What is Hyperlipidemia? Hyperlipidemia is a key preventable risk factor for the number one cause of death and disability in the developed world – heart disease. Hyperlipidemia refers to high levels of lipids in the blood. Hyperlipidemia (also called dyslipidemia) can be asymptomatic (until you get really sick or it kills you) but can be diagnosed… 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

Does Kombu Seaweed Have Health Benefits? Current Research Examined

There is great interest in the health benefits of kombu which is an edible form of Japanese brown seaweed kelp (Laminaria japonica). The long list of proported health benefits of kombu includes improved digestion, cancer prevention, improved thyroid function, higher iron stores and hemoglobin levels. And the list goes on. This all sounds very good… 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

Do Natural Laxatives Compare To Regular Ones? The Evidence Reviewed

Living in today’s fast-paced society can mean our bowel motions slow down to a halt. Literally. We all know the effects of travel, stress and poor eating habits…. Constipation! Constipation, infrequent bowel movements or difficulty in passing stools, is a common and uncomfortable complaint. It is suspected to affect upwards of 15% of all Americans… Continue reading

Honeywell AirGenius 5 (HDF320) Review: Ultimate Allergen Remover?

The catalogue of air purifiers in the Honeywell universe is pretty vast and at times, confusing. There are different ranges with different features, suitable for different people. Are you wondering whether or not the Honeywell AirGenius 5 HDF320 is the one for you? Great, I’ve burrowed into all the pros, cons, secrets and abilities you… Continue reading