30% of SAMe supplements fail to pass testing

Alternative Medicine, Joint Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health
Dietary supplements containing SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine) can be effective in treating osteoarthritis as well as depression and mood disorders, but only 7 out of ten SAM-e supplements recently selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com met all quality criteria. Furthermore, the cost of SAMe varied almost 6-fold ... with the most expensive product failing! (more…)
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Probiotics may be an effective remedy for colds

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Infectious Disease
As we head into the cough and cold season, I thought this post might be of interest. Especially since acute upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs or "colds") are the most common reason people  seek medical care in the U.S. It's said there are up to one billion colds reported in the U.S. each  year. Now there's another option for trying to prevent them. (more…)
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FDA increasing scrutiny of sexual enhancement supplements

Alternative Medicine, Men's Health
Walk into almost any convenience store or gas station and you'll find pills that promise better sex. Some of these supplements that promise a libido boost have now been pulled from shelves nationwide after their manufacturers were cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because the pills were laced with ingredients found in prescription drugs or their online ads made false claims. (more…)
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Can cocoa products reduce blood pressure or heart disease?

Alternative Medicine, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health
CocoaVia and Cirku are new supplements used for high blood pressure and cardiovascular health according to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD). These products are flavored powders that can be added to a beverage. Each packet contains a cocoa extract providing 350 mg of cocoa flavanols. Those selling the supplements say they may reduce heart disease, but do they? (more…)
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For frequent UTIs, antibiotics work better than cranberries

Alternative Medicine, Woman's Health
The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported that, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, "women who have recurrent urinary tract infections will find more relief from antibiotics" than from eating cranberries, although women who took antibiotics experienced significantly more antibiotic resistance than those who took cranberry capsules. (more…)
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ConsumerLab.com announces test results of supplements for menopause

Alternative Medicine, Mental Health, Woman's Health
Women looking for relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms often turn to supplements containing estrogen-like isoflavones (from soy or red clover), the herbal remedy black cohosh, or creams containing progesterone. A new report from ConsumerLab.com provides quality ratings for over 20 such products and identifies those providing amounts of compounds shown to be effective in clinical studies.  (more…)
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