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December
Ashwagandha for Knee Osteoarthritis -- A new study in which people with mild knee osteoarthritis were given ashwagandha supplements daily showed significant improvements in pain and inflammation. For more details about this and other studies with ashwagandha, as well as our reviews of products, see the "What It Does" section of the Ashwagandha Supplements Review >>
Vitamin D and Autism Risk -- Children whose mothers are vitamin D deficient during pregnancy are much more likely to have autistic traits by age six than those whose mothers have sufficient levels during pregnancy, according to a new study. Get the details, as well as our reviews of vitamin D supplements, in the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review »
Cocoa for High Blood Pressure? -- A new study in which people with mild hypertension were given a cocoa beverage and dark chocolate daily for eight weeks found that it only helped lower blood pressure when people were taking certain blood pressure-lowering medications. For more details about this and other studies with cocoa and dark chocolate, as well as our tests and comparisons of products, see the "What It Does" section of the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs & Supplements Review >>
Vitamin D for Autism -- A recent study among young children with autism found that high-dose vitamin D reduced autism symptoms from moderate to mild. This is a preliminary study and more research is required. For details about this study and other uses of vitamin D, as well as our tests and comparisons of products, see the "What It Does" section Vitamin D Supplements Review »
Vitamin D Keeping You Up? -- A study of women given daily doses of vitamin D found that those who achieved the highest blood levels of vitamin D experienced a deterioration in the quality of their sleep. This is consistent with an earlier study showing decreased production of melatonin with high-dose vitamin D. For details, see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

November
Fish Oil for Psychosis? -- no added benefit from giving fish oil in conjunction with other psychiatric therapy. For details, including dosage, see the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review >>
Probiotic for Bloating and Abdominal Discomfort? -- Probiotics can help with a range of gastrointestinal issues, but a recently published, large clinical trial found that a popular probiotic was only slightly helpful to people with a history of abdominal discomfort and bloating. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Probiotic Supplements Review >>
Fish Oil for Strength? -- A daily dose of fish oil increased strength in women who did resistance exercise, but not in men, according to a new study. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review >>
Many Americans Not Getting Enough Potassium -- Americans may not be getting enough potassium according to a new study. Get the details, plus information about how to increase your intake of potassium in the "What To Consider When Using" section of the Potassium Supplements Review >>
Understanding How Much Vitamin D You Need -- Misunderstanding the daily requirement for vitamin D is common and can have adverse implications. To address this issue, leading experts recently published an article re-explaining the requirements. We've summarized this in the "How Much Do You Need and How Much Is Too Much?" section in the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
Vitamin D & Breast Cancer Survival -- A new study making headlines this week found that women with "the highest" levels of vitamin D had better survival rates from breast cancer than women with the "lowest rates." What was left out of news stories — and may surprise you — is what these levels are. Find out in the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
Taking Curcumin With an NSAID? -- Studies have shown that curcumin (an extract of turmeric) can improve symptoms of knee arthritis as well as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. But is there benefit in taking them together? A new study provides an answer, as discussed in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements Review >>
Melatonin for Migraine -- Melatonin was shown to reduce migraine headaches as well as a prescription migraine drug but with fewer side-effects in a recent study. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review >>
Cinnamon to Lower Blood Sugar? -- A study in people with elevated blood sugar levels found that a particular cinnamon extract (which CL has tested) modestly lowered blood sugar levels. The way the data was analyzed, however, appears flawed in our opinion. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of Cinnamon Supplements and Spices Review >>
Curcumin for Allergy -- A recent pilot study suggests that curcumin can significantly reduce symptoms of seasonal allergy. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements Review >>

October
Vitamin D Spray -- A study found that vitamin D oral spray was no better than capsules in raising vitamin D levels in healthy men and women. However, a similar study in people with intestinal conditions that can affect absorption suggests a spray may be better. For details (as well as our ratings of products), see the ConsumerTips section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
Cocoa Lowers Blood Sugar -- In addition to potential cardiovascular, memory, and other benefits, a new analysis shows that cocoa flavanols may reduce fasting glucose and improve insulin resistance. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review >>
Too Much Folate & Nerve Damage -- One quarter of American men and women have a gene variation which puts them at higher risk of nerve damage if consuming too much of folate (vitamin B-9) daily, according to a new study. Considering that most older Americans consume more than this amount (largely due to excessive supplement use) this should be a warning to many. For more details, see the "Folate" section of the B Vitamins Review >>
Vitamin D Sweet Spot -- Having the right blood levels of vitamin D has many proven benefits, but too little and too much vitamin D can be problematic. A new study shows this also to be true in people with diabetes with regard to a type of nerve damage that can affect blood pressure and heart rate. For details see the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
How Much Do Oats Lower Cholesterol? -- A new report shows that you can lower bad cholesterol by nearly 5% when eating certain amounts of whole oats or oat bran. For details, as well as our tests of products, see the Oat Cereals Review >>
Heart Concern With Calcium Supplements -- A study of American men and women found an increased risk of coronary artery calcification (atherosclerosis) among those who used calcium supplements compared to those who did not, despite the fact that higher total daily calcium intake was associated with a decreased risk of calcification. Other studies point in a similar direction, as described in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Calcium Supplements Review >>
Niagen Form of Niacin May Cause Flushing -- Niacin is known to cause flushing (redness) and skin tingling at moderate doses. Other forms of niacin are said cause less flushing. One of these is Niagen. However, results of a recently published study suggest that it can cause flushing and "hotness" after just a single dose. More details are in the "Niacin" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review >>
Omega-3s Drop in Farmed Salmon -- Farmed salmon has historically provided more omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) than wild salmon. But new research shows this is changing, as discussed in the "Farmed vs. Wild Salmon" section of the Fish Oil Review >>
Curcumin for Depression & Anxiety -- Curcumin reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety in people with major depression, at a lower dose than previously used, according to a new study. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review >>

September
Probiotic Speeds Recovery From Fracture -- A probiotic increased the speed of recovery from bone fracture in older men and women. For details, including dosage, see the "What It Does" section of the Probiotics Supplements Review >>
Curcumin for Arthritis -- An analysis of several clinical studies showed compelling evidence that curcumin (extracted from turmeric) can be effective in treating symptoms of osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis. For details, including dosage, see the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review >>
Omega-3 and -6 Improves Reading Skills in Children -- A combination of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA plus an omega-6 fatty acid improved reading skills and comprehension in school-age children. For details, including dose, see the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil and Omega-3 and -7 Supplements Review >>
Mania From Garcinia -- There are recent reports of people experiencing mania when taking Garcinia cambogia (HCA). For details see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Garcinia Cambogia Supplements Review >>
Getting Too Much Folic Acid -- Researchers recently warned that many people who use supplements may be over-consuming synthetic forms of folate, which carries risks. Current labels are misleading. Get the details in the Folate section of the B Vitamins Review >>
Raising Vitamin D Levels May Reduce Risk Factor For Breast Cancer -- A study among postmenopausal women showed that raising vitamin D blood levels helps reduces blood estrogens, which are a known risk factor for breast cancer. And there's something that reduces estrogen levels even more! For more details, see the "What It Does - Cancer" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
CoQ10 for Wrinkles -- Taking a daily dose of CoQ10 may help to reduce facial wrinkles in older women, according to a preliminary study. Get the details and learn more about CoQ10 supplements in the "What It Does" section of the CoQ10 Supplements Review >>
Vitamin D & Asthma -- A daily, moderate dose of vitamin D reduces hospitalizations and use of steroid medication in people with mild to moderate asthma, according to a new study. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

August
Resveratrol for Blood Sugar? -- Despite preliminary studies which found resveratrol to help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, a larger long-term study found no benefit. Find out more in the "What It Does" section of the Resveratrol Supplements Review >>
Omega-3s and Diabetic Eye Disease -- Getting the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from eating fish is associated with a much lower risk of developing sight-threatening retinopathy in diabetics, according to a recently published study. The same benefit has been shown in non-diabetics. But do omega-3 supplements help? Find out in the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review >>
Biotin Caution -- Very high-doses of biotin (vitamin B-7) can cause misleading laboratory results and lead to unnecessary antithyroid treatment, according to a new report. For details, see the Biotin section of the B Vitamins Supplements Review >>
Calcium Supplements & Risk of Dementia -- Taking calcium supplements is associated with an increased risk of dementia in certain elderly women, according to a new study. Get the details in the "Cautions and Concerns" section of the Calcium Supplements Review >>
Vitamin D, Blood Sugar & Insulin Resistance -- Vitamin D, Blood Sugar & Insulin Resistance --A moderate, daily dose of vitamin D had positive effects on blood glucose and insulin sensitivity in healthy men and women who largely were deficient in vitamin D, according to a new study. Get the details in the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
Ginkgo for Memory and Cognition? -- A branded ginkgo biloba extract improved a measure of cognition in men and women with self-reported memory impairment -- but did not improve memory. Get the details, plus more about the evidence for ginkgo and our tests of products, in the Ginkgo Biloba Supplements Review >>
Inulin for Constipation -- A small study among men and women with constipation found that inulin, a type of prebiotic, was able to modestly increase the frequency of bowel movements in men and women with constipation. For details, evidence for other uses of prebiotics and our tests of products, see the Probiotics Supplements Review >>
Spirulina Lowers Cholesterol -- Spirulina, a common ingredient in greens and whole foods supplements, was found to lower total and "bad" LDL cholesterol, but only in certain people. Get the details, plus our tests of products containing spirulina, in the Greens and Whole Foods Powders, Drinks and Pills Review >>
Is Ester-C Better? -- One of the forms of vitamin C in supplements is Ester-C. In addition to being non-acidic, a recent study suggests another possible benefit over regular vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Get more information about this and other forms of vitamin C in the "ConsumerTips" section of the Vitamin C Supplements Review >>
Vitamin D for Asthma -- Short term supplementation with vitamin D improved symptoms of asthma in children, according to a new study. Get the details in the "What It Does" section in our Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
Fish Oil Helps After Heart Attack -- High-dose fish oil supplementation improved the heart's ability to pump blood in people recovering from a heart attack, a recent study found. Get the details in the "What It Does" section in our Fish Oil Supplements Review >>

July
Vitamin C and Breast Cancer -- Higher intakes of vitamin C from foods are linked to lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer in women, but getting vitamin C from supplements on top of that may increase the risk, says a new study. Get the details in the Vitamin C Supplements Review >>
Magnesium and Heart Disease -- People with lower blood levels of magnesium were 36% more likely to die from heart disease than those with moderate levels according to a new, long-term study. For more details, see the "What It Does" section of the Magnesium Supplements Review >>
Fish Intake During Pregnancy Increases Child's IQ -- Consuming fish during pregnancy is associated with increased IQ in children, according to a recent study. Get the details in the Fish Oil and Omega-Fatty Acid Supplements Review >>
Magnesium Lowers Blood Pressure -- Magnesium supplementation may help to lower blood pressure, but only in those who are deficient in the mineral, according to a new analysis. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Magnesium Supplements Review >>
Vitamin D & Fatty Liver -- Vitamin D supplementation may decrease fat accumulation in the liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease who are vitamin D deficient. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>
Lower Risk of Death With Green Tea -- A long-term study of men in China found that those who regularly drank green tea — particularly larger amounts — were less likely to die during the study and had lower risks of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer, compared to non-green tea drinkers. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Green Tea Review >>
Folic Acid Supplementation Mitigates Alzheimer's -- A recent study in people with Alzheimer's disease found that folic acid supplementation decreased inflammation and slightly improved mental functioning. However, participants began the study unusually low in folic acid relative to normal U.S. levels. For more details see the B Vitamin Supplements Review >> Also see results of a folate/B-12 study which showed reduced brain shrinkage in Alzheimer's patients.









 

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