Vitamins & Supplements

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.

How High Is Too High? Elevated Homocysteine Raises Stroke Specter

By Peggy Peck | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

Epidemiologically, elevated homocysteine levels are correlated with increased risk of stroke. But on an individual basis, it is difficult to know when someone's homocysteine measurement is signaling an increased likelihood of stroke.


Dietary Supplements in Children: Parents Rush in Where Researchers Fear to Tread

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

Don't expect too much help from federal authorities when trying to figure out what supplements your child might need. Though there are mountains of scientific studies on childhood nutrition, there is little consensus on how to apply that data in a practical way for optimal childhood nutrition. Parents, undaunted by the lack f "official" guidance, are figuring it all out for themselves.

CoQ10 and CHF: Start Early to Optimize Myocardial Function

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Coenzyme Q10 supplementation can improve heart function and long term survival in patients with congestive heart failure. The key, says Stephen Sinatra, MD, is to begin CoQ10 as soon as the diagnosis is made. The earlier one starts, the more likely the coenzyme will help.

Antioxidants During Chemotherapy Spur Controversy

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. December, 2000

Do antioxidant vitamins help or hinder conventional cancer treatments? The science on this topic is incomplete and there are strong opinions on both sides. The reality is there may not be a clear-cut single answer. Antioxidants may be extremely helpful in some types of cancer, in combination with some forms of chemo or radiotherapy, but detrimental in others.

Dr. Gonzalez Moves Closer to Vindication

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

For years, Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, has been treating patients with advanced cancers using intensive nutritional interventions. Mainstream oncologists have ostracized him for his unorthodox approach, and he's weathered a few nasty lawsuits. However, a study sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) shows that his regimen can markedly increase survival time in patients with pancreatic cancer.

DHA, not EPA, Is Big Fish of Omega-3s

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

Many commonly used pharmaceuticals deplete key nutrients, leading to a progressive decline in nutrition and health status. This chart, the first of a series, identifies nutritional depletions associated with diuretics, cholesterol lowering drugs and other cardiovascular medicines, and outlines simple nutritional interventions to correct the problems.