Vitamins & Supplements

Don't Worry, B Happy: Therapeutic Uses of the B Vitamins

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

When it comes to managing a broad range of common chronic conditions and quickly improving patients' overall sense of wellbeing, few things pack as much therapeutic punch as the B vitamins. A look at this family of friendly vitamins and how best to use them.

The GAIT Trial: Glucosamine-Chondroitin Hit Their Stride for Severe Osteoarthritis

By Jason Theodosakis, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 1. Spring, 2006

Data from the long awaited Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT), one of the largest nutritional supplement studies ever undertaken, shows that while this combination of natural products did not offer too much help for patients with mild arthritis, it outperformed celecoxib (Celebrex) in people with the most severe disease.

Botanical Medicine's "Shiny Horse" Rides to the Rescue of Damaged Mucous Membranes

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 3. Fall, 2006

Named for Pegasus, the flying horse of Greek myth, Sea Buckthorn plant (Hippophae rhamnoides) has been mainstay of traditional medicine in Eastern Europe and Asia for centuries. Its orange berries are very rich in Omega 7 fatty acids as well as vitamin E and other compounds speed the healing and support the integrity of the skin and other mucous membranes. It may have an important role in treating irritable bowel syndrome and other gut problems.

Iodine Therapy Gains Favor for Thyroid Problems, Chronic Fatigue

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

Iodine, once a mainstay medical therapy that was largely abandoned after WWII, is experiencing something of a resurgence for treatment of thyroid problems, chronic fatigue, women's health problems, and even diabetes.

EpiCor: A New Ally for Enhancing the Immune System

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 7, No. 3. Fall, 2006

Originally developed as a fortifier for animal feeds, a yeast-fermentation product called EpiCor is proving highly effective in strengthening the human immune system against a whole range of common infectious pathogens. EpiCor is also very high in B vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

Women's Health Update: News from NAMS

By Tori Hudson, ND - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

Despite its conservative orientation toward natural medicine, the North American Menopause Society annual meeting is a great place to catch up on the latest menopause-related research. Dr. Tori Hudson offers her gleanings from this year's meeting.

Is Homocysteine Dead?

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

There are some major design flaws in the NORVIT trial, which suggested that there's little cardiovascular benefit to lowering homocysteine with folic acid therapy. Don't throw out your folic acid yet!

New Data Challenge Homocysteine-CVD Connection

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

The large scale NORVIT trial surprised the medical world by showed no meaningful cardiovascular benefit from lowering homocysteine with folic acid and B vitamins. Though the lead investigator confidently pronounced that the homocysteine hypothesis is dead, others are not so sure.

Basic Supplements for Reversing Metabolic Syndrome

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

Lipoic Acid, Green Tea Extract, and Fish Oils are among the cornerstone supplements for helping people improve their glucose metabolism and preventing diabetes.

Triple Antioxidant Combo Improves Outcomes in Patients Who Have Hepatitis C

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 3. Fall, 2005

A combination of alpha lipoic acid, selenium and silymarin (Milk Thistle) can greatly improve liver function and overall health in people with Hepatitis C, thus averting the need for conventional drug therapy or liver transplant.