There are more microorganisms living on and in you than the total number of cells in your body. And a growing body of evidence suggests they are not just along for the ride. More and more studies are revealing the importance of the symbiotic relationship between your gut bacteria and you. Poor microbiome is increasingly associated with health problems such as diabetes, cancer and even depression. Probiotic supplements contain live bacteria that survive digestion to take up residence in the gut. So does this mean they can be used to improve your microbiome?
Glucosamine and chondroitin are by far the most widely used supplements for joint problems such as osteoarthritis. And while there are many studies that demonstrate their efficacy, there are lesser-known supplements that are possibly more effective. In this post we look at two such supplements: MSM and boswellia. How do they stack up against established joint supplements?
Heart disease is a serious and growing problem. In the US, it’s responsible for more premature deaths than all cancers combined. The good news is that the vast majority heart disease cases are preventable. And CoQ10 is a dietary supplement that may go some way toward preventing this disease and improving heart health. In this post we take a look at the impact of CoQ10 on heart health as well as its role in the treatment of heart disease and heart failure.
Biotin is a popular ingredient in beauty products. It’s also an essential vitamin for the digestion of fat and carbohydrates. Studies also suggest biotin may also be able to increase insulin sensitivity and control blood sugar levels. This potentially makes it an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes. In this post we take a look at the effects of biotin on blood sugar and ask whether it can be used to treat this metabolic disorder.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the body’s cells become less sensitive to insulin. This causes sustained high blood sugar levels and is associated with a host of serious health issues including cardiovascular disease and stroke. Individuals with type 2 diabetes are also more likely to be deficient in chromium – an essential mineral for the digestion of carbohydrates. What’s more, chromium supplementation has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and improve blood sugar control. So is chromium an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes?
Valerian – the perennial plant with pink and white flowers – is a popular treatment for reducing anxiety. And many placebo-controlled trials have confirmed these anxiolytic effects. Valerian is so effective, in fact, that its impact has been compared to that of prescription drug diazepam, commonly known as Valium. In this article we take a look at the research surrounding valerian to understand how it works and how effective it really is for controlling anxiety.
ADHD is a condition often characterized by over-excitability. This can make it difficult to concentrate and pay attention – particularly for school-age children. GABA is a neurotransmitter responsible for reducing excitability throughout the nervous system. What’s more, numerous studies have shown that children with ADHD have lower levels of GABA. This raises the possibility of using supplemental GABA for ADHD – but can it really improve concentration levels?
Type 2 diabetes has been steadily on the increase since the 1960s and is associated with a host of serious health problems including heart disease and stroke. Unlike type 1, however, it is possible to reverse type 2 diabetes with proper diet, exercise and supplementation. In this post we look at why manganese is an effective supplement for controlling blood sugar levels and fighting type 2 diabetes mellitus.
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid closely related to serotonin and melatonin – two chemicals that regulate sleep. This raises the possibility of using 5-HTP to treat sleep disorders such as insomnia. In this post we take a look at the effects of 5-HTP as well as related supplements that help give a better night’s sleep.
The liver is a vital organ responsible for many important functions within the body. But sometimes lifestyle factors can take their toll and negatively impact liver health. The ideal intervention is to minimise these damaging habits but there are many natural supplements that can help the liver recover and maintain optimal function. In this post, we take a look at the science behind the best supplements for liver health.