Supplement with vitamin E, essential fatty acids reduces PMS symptoms

Mental Health, Woman's Health
Treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is never easy. And, the reason is that few substances have been shown to be effective. Nevertheless, there are some natural medications that may help women suffering with PMS. WebMD reported, "A supplement containing vitamin E and essential fatty acids may help reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)," according to a study published in the journal Reproductive Health. "Of 120 women with PMS or the more severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), those who took one- or two-gram capsules of vitamin E and a combination of gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and other polyunsaturated acids daily showed marked improvements in their PMS symptoms at six months, compared to women who received dummy pills." Notably, "women who received the higher two-gram dose of the new supplement showed…
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Antioxidant supplements boost male fertility

Alternative Medicine, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
In my book, Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, in my chapter on antioxidants, I conclude, "The best advice is to meet most of your antioxidant needs through a healthy diet supplemented by a single multivitamin." However, there are some cases where taking antioxidant supplements may be helpful. For example, a new report has found that men who take antioxidants while trying to get their partner pregnant are four times more likely to succeed than men who do not. And, the type doesn't matter -- vitamin E, zinc, magnesium all work. The researchers say they "just don't understand why." MedPage Today reported that "antioxidant supplements may boost fertility for men," according to the study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. After pooling "the results from…
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Vitamin E consumption for stroke prevention may be harmful

Men's Health, Woman's Health
In a past blog I told you, "... a spate of high-profile studies published in the last few years shows that a variety of popular supplements — including calcium, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E — don’t do anything to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, or a variety of cancers.” Also, I said, “In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.” Now there's some evidence of harm, at least with vitamin E. Bloomberg News reports, "Taking vitamin E supplements doesn't reduce the risk of stroke, and may even be harmful, an analysis of previous research found." Vitamin E "raised the risk of a severe type of stroke by 22…
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What to do for nighttime leg cramps?

Men's Health, Woman's Health
Patients and doctors are still looking for something that works and is safe for nocturnal leg cramps. Almost half of elderly patients have frequent leg cramps with no obvious cause. The problem is there are no proven treatments. So, the experts at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) advise healthcare professionals and patients: First look for possible causes such as diuretics or beta-agonists. Also check the blood for abnormalities in the serum potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Advise patients to try simple measures ... calf stretches, hot or cold packs, hydration with electrolytes (Gatorade, etc). Recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief ... but explain they won't prevent cramps. Some experts suggest B-complex vitamins and magnesium supplements ... or low-dose prescription diltiazem ... but there's only weak evidence of a possible benefit.…
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What are the facts about cow’s, goat’s, soy, almond, rice, and hemp milk?

Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Poring over facts about milk: cow's, goat's, soy, almond, rice and hemp http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-milk19-2009oct19,0,486524,full.story Full-fat, low-fat or skim? Used to be, there weren't many choices to make over what to pour on your cereal. But the number of alternatives to cow's milk -- soy, goat's, hemp milk, more -- has steadily grown. Each has its fans: those who swear by goat's milk's creamy texture or who love almond milk's subtle, nutty flavor. But when it comes to nutrition, there's no clear winner. Cow's milk is a good source of protein but can be high in saturated fats. Hemp milk offers little protein but is rich in certain essential fatty acids. For some, an allergy is the main concern when choosing milk. For others, digestibility drives the decision. "There are dozens of…
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Are multivitamins helpful or harmful when it comes to preventing chronic diseases?

Alternative Medicine, Cancer, Children's Health, General Health, Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
According to the LA Times, “a spate of high-profile studies published in the last few years shows that a variety of popular supplements -- including calcium, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E -- don't do anything to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, or a variety of cancers.” And, the New York Times is reporting, “In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.” But what about multivitamins? Are they helpful or harmful More Information: (more…)
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