Does Chocolate Really Reduce Stroke Risk In Women?

Claim Chocolate Reduces Stroke Risk In Women. Verdict There are no clinical trial data in women showing that chocolate affects stroke risk. Origin Dark chocolate is of great interest as a potentially healthy food choice that also tastes great. Dark chocolate contains flavanoids and is thought to impact positively on overall vascular health (3). The… Continue reading

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 health.net 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 newsman.com claim that  pycnogenol is a ‘giant… Continue reading

Does Ginko Really Help Reduce Brain Damage From Stroke?

Claim Ginko Reduces Brain Damage From Stroke Verdict A Comprehensive Cochrane meta-analysis failed to show any quality evidence to support a role for Ginkgo bilboa in the management of acute ischemic stroke. Origin Ginkgo bilboa is believed to have a neuroprotective effect and is widely used in the management of acute ischemic stroke in China…. 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 Dry Needling Work? The Current Research Reviewed

An increasing number of physical therapists (PTs), in the United States and throughout the world, are incorporating the dry needling (DN) technique to treat mainly musculoskeletal pain (MSP). So much so, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), in their most recent DN resource paper (1), dated July 2013 (pp2), state that “The volume… 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

Artichoke (& Artichoke Extract): Is It Really Good For The Liver?

Claim Artichoke (& Artichoke Extract) is good for the liver. Verdict There are studies to support the claim that artichoke (& artichoke extract) is good for the liver but more robust research is needed to corroborate these findings. Origin A post on liversupport.com stated that artichoke can help protect the liver from damage caused by… 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 TruthAboutCancer.com and DrJockers.com 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

Do Papaya Seeds Really Detoxify The liver And Kidneys?

Claim Papaya seeds detoxify the liver and kidneys. Verdict There is no scientific or medical literature to support the claim that papaya seeds detoxify the liver and/or kidneys. Origin A post on healthyfoodteam.com recommends eating crushed papaya seeds to help detoxify the kidneys or liver. The post specifies that the seeds (and not the leaves,… 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