Vitamins & Supplements

CoQ10 Delays Progression of Parkinson's Disease

By Pat Hemminger | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 1. January, 2003

Coenzyme Q10, widely known for its cardiovascular benefits, can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, according to a recent clinical trial. While there are no data showing that CoQ10 can prevent Parkinson's, it does improve an affected individual's ability to carry on daily activities and maintain independence.

Omega-3s Shine at International Fatty Acid Conference

By Joyce A. Nettleton, DSc, RD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

The International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids is the main event in the lipid chemistry world. Our intrepid reporter, Joyce Nettleton, netted a fat catch of good news about the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Demise of PC-SPES Angers Prostate Cancer Patients

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

PC-SPES, a supplement advertised as a botanical medicine for prostate problems, was wildly popular among men with prostate cancer, largely because it seemed to work when pharmaceutical options did not. PC-SPES turned out to contain DES and warfarin, and was pulled from the market by California authorities, triggering outrage in the prostate cancer community.

Extended-Release Niacin Boosts Lipid-Lowering Power of Statin

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

Niacin is every effective in reducing LDL and elevating HDL or "good" cholesterol. But it is under-used in part because many people taking standard forms of niacin experience intense flushing. Extended release forms of niacin are now available that eliminate this problem. A statin-niacin combination called Advicor is "the ideal drug combination" for reducing heart disease risk, says cardiologist William Insull, MD.

CV Risk Reduction Requires Much More than Statins

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

Statins are effective in reducing LDL and total cholesterol, but this is only one aspect of reducing heart disease risk, said Robert Superko, MD, a prominent cardiologist. He recommended nutritional therapies, including niacin which is highly effective, inexpensive, and surprisingly, under-used in the US.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Kids with Speech Apraxia

By Joyce A. Nettleton, DSc, RD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

Daily supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids can improve verbal expression, motor coordination, language mastery, and other communication skills in children with speech apraxia, a neurological problem characterized by an inability to organize and produce meaningful speech.

Plant Sterols Join "S" Strategies to Improve Lipid Profiles

By Joyce A. Nettleton, DSc, RD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

Add sterols, compounds from soy and other vegetables that block cholesterol absorption, to the list of "S" strategies (Statins, Sequestrants, and Saturated Fat Reduction) for preventing heart disease. The National Cholesterol Education Program's most recent guidelines recommend consumption of sterol supplements to lower cholesterol levels.

Cruciferous Indole at the Crossroad of Estrogen Metabolism

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2002

Estrogen metabolism is a forking path, creating two kinds of metabolites: the 16-hydroxyestrogens, which are highly inflammatory and promote cell growth and division; and the 2-hydroxyestrogens, which are anti-inflammatory and inhibit cell division. Over production of the 16-hydroxyestrogens is associated with increased risk of cancer and inflammatory diseases. Di-indolyl methane, a compound found naturally in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables helps shift the balance in a healthier direction.

Dietary Supplements in Children: Children with Rare Disorders Benefit from Supplements, Suffer from Under-Regulation

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

A number of rare childhood metabolic disorders, such as Wilson's disease, sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and short bowel syndrome, can be ameliorated with judicious use of various dietary supplements. But variations in quality of existing supplement products has made it difficult for many parents to provide these benefits to their children.

Dietary Supplements in Children: The Who's, What's and Why's of Childhood Supplement Use

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

Market research from the Hartman Group, Bellevue, WA, indicates that 60% of parents surveyed indicated that doctors were the most important sources of information on dietary supplements for their children.