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Archive for the ‘ Supplements ’ Category

17 Mar

Dear Mark: Mulling Multivitamins

Dear Mark, I’m new to your blog and am interested in taking better care of my health. I’m changing my diet and want to start a multivitamin. I go to the store though and end up bewildered enough that I don’t end up buying anything. What am I supposed to be looking for? Not surprisingly, […]

3 Mar

Dear Mark: Vegetarian Protein Possibilities

In response to last week’s “Encore on Omegas” post, reader dunim asked this question about alternative protein sources: Mark, how can an active person who doesn’t eat meat or fish and wants to eat minimum soy get good quality protein? Would you suggest whey supplements in case the protein requirements are not met? How much […]

25 Feb

Dear Mark: Encore on Omegas

The posts involving omega-3s have spurred a lot of discussion and a good number of excellent questions. Thanks to Ed Parsons and company I thought I’d give more time to the topic and see if I can complete the picture a little more. Thank you for your comments and questions. Dear Mark, Can you give […]

19 Feb

More on Omega

Last week’s Definitive Guide to Fats gave us a chance to unpack the essential fatty acids. But we thought they deserved a closer look still. Just to review, omega-3 and omega-6 are known as “essential” fatty acids because the body can’t produce them itself. So, it’s up to us to incorporate them into our diet. […]

24 Jan

The Hype Over Human Growth Hormone

A lot of questions hit the MDA doorstep about HGH, Human Growth Hormone, and with good reason. It’s been touted in some circles as a bottled fountain of youth among other grandiose claims. Countless companies have jumped on that bandwagon, peddling worthless products with HGH labels. We love to take on the propagandists and snake […]

15 Jan

Drink up: Red Wine Ingredient Reduces Signs of Aging

Finally, the excuse you were looking for to hit the bottle: Researchers from Sirtris Pharmaceuticals this week announced that a derivative of an ingredient in red wine may help reverse the signs of aging! The ingredient in question is resveratol, a naturally occurring substance in wine, that stimulates a gene known as SIRT1. In previous […]

15 Jan

Why Lean Meat?

There’s been a lively discussion going on in the comment board of yesterday’s “Dear Mark: Pondering Protein” post. I want to make myself clear about what I mean when I say “lean meats”. Here is a markus’s great comment and my reply: can’t see why you seem to think that Paleolithic man ate lean meats […]

7 Jan

Dear Mark: Pregnancy Diet Tips for Inquiring Minds

It’s been a good long while since I opened up the proverbial mail bag. Maybe it’s resolutions for the New Year or the extra time off everyone’s had the last week or so, but my inbox has been working overtime with your questions and comments. They’ve run the gamut—questions about everything from herbal supplements to […]

4 Jan

Measuring Up: How to Calculate the Quality and Quantity of Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Alright students, you’ve made it through biology 101, mastered the life and times of antioxidants and free radicals (and perhaps learned a little about the latest hip hop rivalry), but now its time to talk math, or specifically, how to measure the value of antioxidant-rich foods. One method of measuring antioxidant capacity is the Oxygen […]

4 Jan

Antioxidants: Fighting the Good Fight

While the body’s internal battle between antioxidants and free radicals certainly gets less press coverage than the Kanye vs 50 Cent feud, the war is vital for healthy living (although admittedly, it’s not yet clear how it influences the sale of Cristal!) In the red corner are free radicals, or molecules with unpaired electrons. Like […]

26 Oct

Glyconutrients: a Sweet Scam

There are essential fatty acids. There are essential amino acids. There are not essential sugars. We’ve received so many questions about glyconutrients, I feel it’s necessary to respond here at the blog. For the record, “glyconutrients” are worse than bogus – they are a scam. This term was invented by a multi-level marketing company called […]

16 Aug

It’s Shiny, But It’s Still a Scam

I got a question last week from reader Barbara about colloidal silver supplements. For the record, this alternative health remedy is both ineffective and unsafe. It’s the latter that concerns me most, of course. A lot of the things we do for health are ineffective (homeopathy for starters; glandulars are another). Others are actually dangerous […]

2 Aug

K2: So Much More Than Sports Equipment

We’re not talking about snowboards and ski gear. Though it’s not the “first” vitamin K, vitamin K2 is hardly the first loser. Do you know about this essential ingredient for good health? Read on! Vitamin K, in all its forms, is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps to protect your cardiovascular system (among several heart-related benefits, […]

27 Jun

This Comeback Kid Is Much Prettier than Travolta

And it fits in a vase! (Sorry, John.) Echinacea, or purple coneflower, was widely panned after a rock-solid controlled study proved its inefficacy in 2005. You can put away your Puffs: echinacea is the toast of the sniffle set again. In a meta-analysis of fourteen studies and a whole bunch of people (okay, 1,630 for […]

25 Jun

It’s All About the Synergy, Baby

Here’s a compelling op-ed from a chemistry PhD about the problem with randomized clinical trials. RCTs are the gold standard for testing effectiveness and safety. The problem, however, is that a randomized clinical trial puts the substance in question in a bubble. Remove the substance from its context, this writer argues, and you aren’t going […]

31 May

Aspirin, Fish, & Debunking Debunkers

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Aspirin and fish are two health topics that get plenty of coverage. Just when you read the latest studies that command you to shun all things pill and pisces, another round tells you to take the opposite tack. We’re dishing all the latest research. And for simultaneous comic relief and health […]

14 May

The Daily Linky Link

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: What’s shakin’, Apples? I’m here to highlight the best links to get your week off to an informed and healthy start: Big Pharma Misleads Consumers Do you trust Big Pharma? You shouldn’t. (I know we said we’d lay off those guys for a while, but this is pretty important news. Official […]

4 May

Quack Attack

I’ve gotten so many great health questions from you all this week, I’m still working through several of the emails. (Sorry for the delay – I haven’t forgotten you! I encourage you to post your questions in the Forum, so that along with my tips, you’ll get the whole gang to help you out.) There […]

25 Apr

Of Migraines and Magnesium

The Buckler Brief Bringing you the latest in supplement analysis! Supplement: butterbur Use: natural migraine relief The verdict: worth a try I don’t normally recommend a lot of herbs, especially the trendier ones, unless they have some serious scientific backing. Butterbur passes my test. Depending on which recent study you check out, Butterbur (taken twice […]

19 Apr

El Buzz

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Catch the clickativity! Grease the Brain Another study confirms it: “good fats” (also known as essential fatty acids and Omega-3’s) help stave off Alzheimer’s disease. We recommend eating a “good fat” at every meal. Some favorites: – wild fish – olive oil (or another unsaturated vegetable oil such as walnut, avocado […]

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