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February
CoQ10 for Nerve Pain -- (2/17/2018) Taking CoQ10 along with standard medication may decrease trigeminal (facial) nerve pain more than medication alone, according to a new study. For details, including dosage, see the What It Does section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products).
Fish Oil for Ulcerative Colitis -- (2/13/2018) A special formulation of high-dose fish oil was found to help people with ulcerative colitis remain in remission in a placebo-controlled study. It also reduced levels of a key marker of inflammation. For details, see the Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Diseases section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review.
Protein Enhances Muscle Gain in Young and Old -- (2/10/2018) Consuming extra protein, up to a point, was found to help both younger and older people increase muscle strength and size as part of resistance exercise training. For details see the What It Does section of the Protein Powders Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein powders).
Does Protein Hurt Bones? -- (2/7/2018) It has been speculated that high-protein diets can result in calcium loss from bone. A recent study tested this. Get the results in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Protein Powders Review -- which also discusses a concern with dehydration. (If you use protein powders, see our Top Picks).
Disheartening Fish Oil News -- (2/3/2018) Another report was published this week showing no cardiovascular benefit from fish oil supplementation. You can get the details in the Heart Attack and Stroke section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Fish oil may provide cardiovascular benefit in limited situations, as explained in the Review.
Lead in Maca Powder -- (2/3/2018) A woman in California who was taking maca powder daily to treat fatigue found it was also increasing the concentration of lead in her blood. More concerning is that the amount of lead in her maca was only 1/3 the lead level in one of the popular maca powders tested by Pinoypharmacy.com. Get the details, and find out which maca supplements passed or failed Pinoypharmacy.com's tests in the Maca Supplements Review.

January
A Case of Too Much Iodine -- (1/28/2018) A woman with hypothyroidism was hospitalized due to a change in mental state and physical symptoms resulting from getting too much iodine from iodine-containing supplements. For details and upper limits for iodine intake, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Kelp Supplements Review.
L-Carnitine Caution -- (1/28/2018) A study in which L-carnitine was given to women during chemotherapy had a surprising result: It worsened side effects. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Acetyl-L-Carnitine Supplements Review.
A Reason to Take Fish Oil With Statins? -- (1/23/2018) It's well known that high-dose fish oil can lower elevated triglycerides. But can it help people already on a statin drug? A recent clinical trial answered this question. Get the details, including the dose of fish oil used, in the "Heart Attack and Stroke section of the Fish Oil Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products.)
FDA Finds High Cadmium in Cocoa Products -- (1/17/2018) Researchers from the U.S. FDA recently reported finding high levels of cadmium in cocoas as well as cocoa nibs and dark chocolates — particularly in cocoas from certain parts of the world. The results are similar to what ConsumerLab has reported. For details, see the Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Nibs, Extracts & Supplements Review >>
Link Between Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis? -- (1/16/2018) Although some studies suggest vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for developing multiple sclerosis, a recent review found vitamin D intake was not associated with a reduced risk. Learn more in the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
Lutein and Zeaxanthin Improve Memory -- (1/16/2018) Lutein and zeaxanthin may help to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration in people with low blood levels of lutein. A new study suggests these compounds may have another benefit -- improving memory in some people. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Vision Supplements Review >> (Also see our top choices among products.)
Curcumin for Depression -- (1/16/2018) Can curcumin reduce symptoms of major depression in people who are already taking an antidepressant? See what a new study found in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric & Curcumin Supplements Review >> (Also see our Top Picks among products.)
B12 for Cognition -- (1/13/2018) Numerous studies show that getting adequate intake of B vitamins, such as B12, and, perhaps, omega-3 fatty acids from fish, may slow age-related declines in memory and cognition. But not everyone should expect a benefit, as shown in a recent study. For details, see the Memory, Cognition, and Alzheimer's Disease section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products.)
Take Choline When Pregnant -- (1/13/2018) It was recommended last year that women take a choline supplement when pregnant. Adding momentum to this recommendation is a recent study showing that giving pregnant women a larger amount of choline than normally considered adequate resulted in improved information processing speeds in their infants. Currently, choline is not found in most prenatal vitamins. For more information, see the During Pregnancy and Lactation section of the Choline Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products.)
Curcumin for Knee Osteoarthritis -- (1/9/2018) A type of curcumin that has been Approved for Quality by Pinoypharmacy.com was found to be modestly effective in treating symptoms of knee osteoarthritis in a recently published study. For details see the Osteoarthritis section of the Turmeric & Curcumin Supplements Review.  

The same study found that combining curcumin with boswellia may be advantageous. Learn more about this and other popular supplements for joint health in the Joint Supplements Review >>
Vitamin D's Cardiovascular Effect -- (1/6/2018) Taking vitamin D can improve aspects of cardiovascular function in certain situations, as shown in a recently published study. Get the details in the "Cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and cholesterol" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among vitamin D supplements.)
Can CoQ10 Lower Cholesterol? -- (1/6/2018) A recent study looked at whether CoQ10 can lower cholesterol in people with elevated levels. Find out what the study found and details about dosage in the "What it Does" section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review >> (Also see our Top Picks among products.)
Does Curcumin Lower Cholesterol? -- (1/2/2018) A recent study evaluated whether curcumin can help lower cholesterol levels, as well as further reduce levels in people using a phytosterol spread. Get the results and details about the type and dose of curcumin used, in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric & Curcumin Supplements Review >> (Also see our Top Picks among products.)  

For more about cholesterol-lowering, also see our Phytosterol Supplements Review >>



 

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