Supplements In The News

Creatine supplements suggested for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Creatine supplements have become controversial in recent years, thanks to a large group of sports writers who are willing to sensationalize any subject if they think it will appeal to their readers’ biases. Creatine is an amino acid made by the body on a daily basis but in differing amounts in different people. Muscle cells maintain a reservoir of creatine and its derivative, phosphocreatine; the phosphocreatine reservoir can be drawn upon rapidly when muscles contract. The phosphate in phosphocreatine is used to make ATP, the biological world’s main energy transfer molecule.


Resvaratrol and Curcumin reverse some of the lung damage caused by smoking

Substances called benzopyrenes are formed when organic materials are burned. They are highly carcinogenic and are considered major causes of the lung cancers that result from tobacco smoking. They are also suspected causes of other cancers resulting from the consumption of barbecued, roasted, or toasted food.


Vitamin D’s anti-cancer protection found to include lymphomas

Vitamin D was discovered and characterized in the 1920s and 1930s, and its role in bone metabolism was appreciated even then. But its role in preventing cancer and its other benefits were only realized much later.


Navy condemns FDA for obstructing vital medical research

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has many critics, but none are more angry than those who have lost loved ones — or who are about to lose their own lives — because the FDA has blocked their access to life-saving treatments. Now these critics have a new and unexpected ally: the United States Navy.


Evening Primrose Oil: the latest clinical trials for atopic dermatitis, ‘dry eye’, and dyslexia

Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is a mixture of omega-3 and other fatty acids extracted from the seeds of Oenothera biennis and related species. EPO was developed as a supplement in the 1980s and its significance increases with each passing year. A list of recognized medical applications for this supplement includes:


Researchers discover new ways to misinform the public about vitamins

A group of researchers announced in February that multivitamins do not reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. They reached this conclusion after performing statistical manipulations on data collected during the 1990s in a large clinical study called The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).


Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis — the preventive mechanism unveiled

The connection between vitamin D deficiency and the risk of acquiring Multiple Sclerosis was discovered more than 30 years ago. Scientists had noticed that the incidence of MS correlated positively with geographical latitude and negatively with the amount of vitamin D in the diet. The latitude effect was also explainable in terms of vitamin D, since the body synthesizes vitamin D in the skin in response to sunlight, which is more plentiful near the equator than at higher latitudes.


Huperzine-A and Alzheimer’s: reinventing the wheel

Huperzine-A (HupA), a substance found in the club moss Huperzia serrata, has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. In the 1980s Chinese researchers began investigating HupA as a treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, and in 2003 it was approved for this purpose by China’s State Pharmaceutical Administration.


N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is no gamble!

N-acetylcysteine is a derivative of the amino acid L-cysteine and is used as a supplement because L-cysteine itself has too short a shelf-life and is poorly absorbed. The body uses L-cysteine as a component of proteins, and as a raw material for making the antioxidant glutathione.


Rhodiola, the anti-stress supplement

A feature article in a recent issue of Science News1 presents a very readable history and overview of the herbal supplement Rhodiola — an extract of the subarctic plant Rhodiola rosea.

Rhodiola has many reported applications, including:

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