Can zinc supplements shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration? “Yes, but not all supplements provide a dosage that has been proven effective.” says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com. Continue reading
A combination of melatonin, zinc, and magnesium has been shown to be safe and effective in treating insomnia in older men and women, but the results are preliminary. Continue reading
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.”
After pooling “the results from 34 randomized controlled trials that included a total of 2,876 couples with male factor subfertility or unexplained subfertility who were undergoing assisted reproductive technology using their own sperm and eggs,” researchers found that “men taking antioxidants were over fourfold more likely than controls to get their partner pregnant and see a successful live birth.”
So, if you and your spouse are wrestling with infertility, talking to your doctor about the husband taking antioxidants may be worthwhile.
Long-time readers of this blog know how much I trust, how often I recommend, and how often I use in my practice the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. This trustworthy and evidence-based website (requires subscription) rates natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) for a wide variety of indications. Continue reading
The Los Angeles Times reports that although “tinnitus can sometimes be treated with electronic masking devices” or “cognitive behavioral therapy,” a number of sufferers “end up looking for tinnitus relief in a pill.”
One such “homeopathic supplement” is called Quietus, which is said to contain a “powerful lineup of ingredients.”
Tinnitus Relief Formula, which is a capsule that “contains 120 milligrams of ginkgo biloba along with zinc and garlic extract,” is another option.
One audiologist pointed out, however, that “there’s no solid evidence that the supplements are of use.”
Jeff Carroll, director of the Tinnitus Treatment Center at UC Irvine, added, “We don’t recommend them.”
In fact, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates no natural medication (herb, vitamin, or supplement) as “effective,” “probably effective,” or even “possibly effective” for tinnitus.
And, the NMCD rates gingko biloba and zinc as “possibly ineffective” for tinnitus.
Hopefully, one day we’ll have an effective and safe treatment for this malady, but right now, to search for one in the herbal or supplement world is a waste of time and money.
Many people, when they are feeling miserable from a cold or the flu, get the urge to gorge on food. But picking the right foods may benefit and even speed healing.
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