5 Quick Facts About Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common. About 7% of the total population is deficient in vitamin B12. Vegans and vegetarians need to be especially careful because the foods that naturally contain B12 are animal-based, including dairy products, eggs, fish, meat, and poultry. Thirty percent of older adults have atrophic gastritis, which means that they don’t…

Will Elderberry Prevent Illness?

Background Elderberry (Sambucas nigra) contains flavonoids, including quercetin and anthocyanidins. It is most often used for influenza, the common cold, and general immune stimulation. It is noted for its cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory, and immune-stimulatory properties. Buyer Beware Elderberry tablets, capsules, syrups, and gummies are considered an herbal supplement and are therefore not FDA-approved. The potency and…

Gut Check: Symptom Relief for Common Gastrointestinal Problems

In recent years, the public’s awareness of gastrointestinal problems and the microbiome has skyrocketed. An increasing understanding of the link between the gut and overall wellness has been a boon to the food and supplement industry, some of which have been based on evidence, while others are a bit more questionable.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS…

Do You Need An Enzyme Supplement?

A friend recently messaged me about a supplement that she’s taking. The advertisements say that it makes your stomach flatter and improves your digestion – both great things! It consists of enzymes that break down protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and lactose. The supplement would cost you $300 a year if you took it every day,…

Spotlight on Chromium

Over the years, many studies have suggested that chromium might be useful for controlling blood glucose in people with diabetes. Some research has shown that chromium may also help women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This condition is linked to insulin resistance and drastically increases the risk of developing diabetes. It is possible that…

Five More “Joint Health” Supplements

Bromelain Bromelain is naturally found in the pineapple plant and, when taken on an empty stomach, acts as an anti-inflammatory. Phlogenzym, a combination of compounds from buckwheat combined with bromelain, has proven to reduce pain and to improve knee function in people with arthritis. According to a 2016 review of studies, bromelain can reduce levels…

Can a Supplement Help Your Arthritic Knees?

By the year 2040, it’s been estimated that more than 78 million people will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Right now, 38% of Americans take a specialty supplement, 29% use herbal/botanical supplements, and 22% use nutrition supplements.  These figures will likely increase over time. Obviously, there are a lot of people who are betting on the fact…

Pumped Up on Amino Acids or Just Hot Air?

Essential Amino Acids You’ve probably heard people talk about taking amino acid supplements, but what are they, and are they good for anything? Essential amino acids can only be acquired by eating protein; these include: histidine lycine methionine phenylalanine threonine tryptophan isoleucine leucine valine A few amino acids are “conditionally essential,” meaning that they are…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging because it often travels with friends – other conditions, including kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common…