Vitamins & Supplements

There's a NAC to Treating COPD

By August West, Contributing Writer

Twice daily supplementation with N-Acetylcysteine improves respiratory function and markedly reduces morbidity in elderly people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to data from a large, year-long, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Vitamin D Deficiency Raises Obesity Risk

By August West | Contributing Writer

Researchers in Spain have shown a definitive link between low serum vitamin D and the prevalence of obesity. Rather than being a consequence of obesity, the vitamin deficiency may play a causative role.

Oral Vitamin C No Remedy for Gout

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer
High doses of vitamin C taken orally will increase the excretion of uric acid, but not enough to significantly reduce the symptoms of gout, according to a recent study from New Zealand.

Low Vitamin D Raises Obesity Risk

By Erik Goldman
Researchers in Spain have shown a definitive link between low serum vitamin D and the prevalence of obesity. Rather than being a consequence, the vitamin deficiency may play a causative role.

Bifido Probiotic Quells Pollen Allergies

By Erik Goldman

Oral supplementation with a specific strain of Bifidobacterium lactis (NCC2818) markedly reduced clinical symptoms as well as inflammatory cytokine concentrations and basophil activation in people with seasonal allergic rhinitis and grass pollen allergies.

Perinatal Choline May Reduce Risk of Schizophrenia

By Gabrielle Zastrocky, Contributing Writer - Vol. 14, No. 1. Spring, 2013

While it is too soon to make clinical recommendations, new research shows that choline supplementation during pregnancy and after may help attenuate one of the key brain changes characteristic of schizophrenia,

What Every Doctor Should Know About Glutathione

By Tim Guilford, MD, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. Fall, 2012

Glutathione, a powerful endogenous antioxidant, has been the subject of growing scientific interest. Deficiency is increasingly recognized as a risk factor in heart disease, asthma, neurodegenerative disorders and various types of cancer. Supplementation can greatly improve management of many of these conditions.

Magnesium Significantly Reduces Blood Pressure

By Erik Goldman

Magnesium supplementation, particularly at doses over 370 mg per day, can significantly reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive and pre-hypertensive people, according to a new metanalysis of 22 trials.


Depression? Think Zinc!

By Ciel Patenaude, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. Spring, 2013
Zinc deficiency is a surprisingly common but often overlooked factor contributing to depression. When corrected through supplementation, it can have profound positive effects. In some cases, zinc repletion may obviate the need for drug therapy. Ciel Patenaude finds out how zinc influences mood and behavior from integrative psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD.