Tag Archives: consumerlab

New review of melatonin sleep supplements

Melatonin supplements may help some people get to sleep sooner, particularly those with chronic sleeping problems, but don’t just buy ANY supplement. A new review says they vary significantly in strength, dosage, and cost.

Posted in Alternative Medicine | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on New review of melatonin sleep supplements

30% of SAMe supplements fail to pass testing

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Joint Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on 30% of SAMe supplements fail to pass testing

ConsumerLab.com puts multivitamins to the test

Long-time readers know of my fondness for and (unpaid) endorsement of ConsumerLab.com, one of the two best companies that test natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) for safety and quality. Now ConsumerLab has test results of 60 multivitamins and have shown … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , | Comments Off on ConsumerLab.com puts multivitamins to the test

Problems discovered with vitamin D supplements

Many consumers do not realize that natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are essentially unregulated in the U.S. Without the wonderful work of several independent quality testing labs, professionals and consumers would be up the proverbial creek without a paddle. … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

CoQ10 test results show high quality, but wide differences in dosages, formulations, and cost

CoQ10 is among the most popular supplements in the U.S. and is used for cardiovascular disease and a range of other conditions. However, it is easy, however, for a consumer to be confused about CoQ10 due to mixed clinical findings, … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, General Health, Heart Health | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on CoQ10 test results show high quality, but wide differences in dosages, formulations, and cost

Isoflavones reduce postmenopausal insomnia, hot flashes

In a past blog, Natural Medications (Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements) for Menopausal Symptoms, I discussed the data supporting a trial of isoflavones in women with menopausal symptoms. However, there was not a lot of data. Now, Medscape is reporting, “Isoflavones may … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Isoflavones reduce postmenopausal insomnia, hot flashes

DHEA Supplements, Touted For Anti-Aging And Strength, Reviewed By Consumerlab.Com

Recent tests of DHEA supplements by ConsumerLab.com showed that most products contained their claimed amounts of the controversial ingredient, but one provided only 14.7% of its listed amount. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a steroid hormone now banned from use by certain athletic … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Lower-Priced Resveratrol Supplements Pass Quality Tests While Some Higher-Priced Brands Flunk

Nature’s Code ResveratrexConsumerLab.com has reported that tests of supplements containing resveratrol — a compound promoted as “life-extending” — revealed that two products provided only 43.4% and 86.7%, respectively, of their listed amounts of resveratrol. These two products were among the … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Medical Economics, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Lower-Priced Resveratrol Supplements Pass Quality Tests While Some Higher-Priced Brands Flunk

Probiotics have health benefits in some children

The AP reports, “For years, companies have been making claims that their probiotic pills, yogurts, milks and juices help digestive health and the immune system. Some experts are still not so sure, however. In recent blogs about probiotics and kids, I’ve told … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Probiotics have health benefits in some children

Probiotics may ease kids’ belly aches (especially IBS)

In a past blog about probiotics, I told you, “Friendly Bacteria (Probiotics) Help Calm Colicky Babies and May Help Constipated Babies.” Now, an Italian study is suggesting that a daily dose of “friendly bacteria” (probiotics) could provide relief for kids suffering … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Health, Parenting | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Probiotics may ease kids’ belly aches (especially IBS)

Less Than 25% of Valerian Herbal Sleep Supplements Pass Tests For Quality

Long-time readers of this blog know of my admiration for ConsumerLab.com, a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of natural medications (herbs, vitamins and supplements). In fact, I use their findings almost daily in my practice to recommend … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Less Than 25% of Valerian Herbal Sleep Supplements Pass Tests For Quality

ConsumerLab.com Finds Quality Problems with Nearly 30% of Fish Oil Supplements Reviewed; “Fishy” Claims Identified

Fish, krill, and algal oil supplements now account for approximately $1 billion in sales in the U.S. To help consumers choose among products, ConsumerLab.com selected 24 of the best-selling oil supplements and tested them for EPA and DHA, contamination, freshness, … Continue reading

Posted in Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on ConsumerLab.com Finds Quality Problems with Nearly 30% of Fish Oil Supplements Reviewed; “Fishy” Claims Identified

U.S. Dietary Supplements Often Contaminated: Consumer Reports

Many popular dietary supplements contain ingredients that may cause cancer, heart problems, liver or kidney damage, but U.S. stores sell them anyway and Americans spend millions on them, according to a report from the trusted Consumer Reports. Here are the … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on U.S. Dietary Supplements Often Contaminated: Consumer Reports

My Recommendations for Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and SAMe for Osteoarthritis

Several readers have requested that I post the advice that I both use in practice and teach other healthcare professionals when it comes to a topic on which I frequently teach, Natural Medications for Osteoarthritis: An evidence-based evaluation. This year … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

GAO study reveals contaminants in herbal supplements

Today I’m in Orlando, Florida, where I’ll be speaking to the Florida Academy of Family Physicians on this exact issue. And, I find that most of my patients and most physicians are simply unaware of the danger. The New York … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on GAO study reveals contaminants in herbal supplements

Tests of Protein Powders and Drinks Show Some Lead Contamination

New tests by one of my favorite natural medicine web sites, ConsumerLab.com, found most protein powders, shakes and drinks to meet their nutrient claims, but two products were contaminated with lead (6 to 18 mcg per day) and a third … Continue reading

Posted in Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Tests of Protein Powders and Drinks Show Some Lead Contamination

Newly released test show most Milk Thistle supplements are substandard

White Plains, New York — December 2, 2009 — A recent review by ConsumerLab.com of ten milk thistle supplements showed that only one met ConsumerLab.com’s quality standards.  Two products failed to properly list the part of the milk thistle plant … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Trustworthy consumer websites for NATURAL MEDICATION info (herbs, vitamins, and supplements)

How can you make informed choices about natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements)? For one thing, don’t get your information from ads or labels! There is almost no regulation in the U.S. on these products. So, where can you turn? … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Health, General Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Trustworthy consumer websites for NATURAL MEDICATION info (herbs, vitamins, and supplements)

The Top 10 Natural Products of the Year

As you’ve read in my recent health headline postings, alternative medicines are used by 38 percent of American adults and nearly 12 percent of children, according to a large national survey done in 2007 that was released last week by … Continue reading

Posted in Bioethics, General Health, Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Study Links Herbal Medicines to Lead Poisoning. How can you find safe herbs?

Fox News is commenting on a study published in the August 27 issue of JAMA in which medical researchers say that one-fifth of Ayurvedic herbal medicines sold on the Internet contain dangerously high levels of lead, arsenic and mercury. How’s … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Study Links Herbal Medicines to Lead Poisoning. How can you find safe herbs?

Red yeast rice, fish oil fight high cholesterol

Reuters Health is reporting new research showing that a regimen of supplements and lifestyle coaching is just as effective as a statin medication for reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “lethal” cholesterol. Not only that, the combination was shown … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Red yeast rice, fish oil fight high cholesterol

Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – June 6, 2008

Here are my takes on some of today’s health headlines, including one that is, in my opinion, being blown way out of perspective: Mercury teeth fillings may harm some: FDA Silver-colored metal dental fillings contain mercury that may cause health … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – June 6, 2008