Supplements

Zinc Really Does Help With The Common Cold!

Zinc Really Does Help With The Common Cold!

I’ve often complained, along with the rest of the world, that there is no magic pill yet designed to cure the world’s most common illness — the common cold. But now, there is some hope! There’s an excellent meta-analysis by [...]

Are You Ready For Winter?

Are You Ready For Winter?

Winter’s chill is upon us already, and the months ahead can feel very long — but you can fight off the winter blues with a few health tips. One major problem with Beijing’s winters is the dry air. Beijing’s extremely [...]

Vitamin D3 May Prevent the Flu

During our horribly long winter, I posted many articles on vitamin D and its growing evidence of multiple health effects. Here’s another well designed study (Vitamin D3 Supplements in Winter May Help Protect Against Influenza A) which had two groups [...]

Is Milk Thistle Good For Your Liver?

Is Milk Thistle Good For Your Liver?

Milk thistle is a common plant that has long been regarded useful for protecting the liver; many take it to fight chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis.  A lot of people also take milk thistle simply to “de-toxify” and keep their liver healthy. [...]

Vitamin D: Miracle or Hype?

Vitamin D: Miracle or Hype?

Just a couple weeks ago I posted an article discussing the trendiness of vitamin D. Since then, there is even more press about this; last week I reported how sales of vitamin D are jumping. Now, the New York Times [...]

The Top Supplements of 2009

The Top Supplements of 2009

One of my favorite consumer websites is from ConsumerLab.com; they perform independent testing of the common supplements, herbs and vitamins that most of us use. Consider it the Consumer Reports of supplements. They charge to use the site but they have [...]

Are We Wasting Money on Multivitamins?

Are We Wasting Money on Multivitamins?

A lot of money is spent every year on multivitamins, but how much evidence is there for them? In other words, do they really improve your overall health and cut down on diseases? The best studies show that, unfortunately, no, [...]