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2018

July
Fish Oil for Heart Health? -- (7/21/2018) Are fish oil supplements good for the heart? See what a review of over 70 clinical trials concluded in the Heart Attack and Stroke section of the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Supplements Review.

Also, learn what fish oil can or cannot do for other health conditions, such as arthritis, in the What It Does section of the review. (See our Top Picks among fish and marine oils.)
Cancer & High-Dose Vitamin D -- (7/21/2018) Does taking high-dose vitamin D reduce the risk of cancer? Find out what a major new study found in the Cancer section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.)
Green Tea as a Prebiotic -- (7/20/2018) Green tea may have a prebiotic effect — stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Find out what clinical trials are showing in the What It Does section of the Green Tea Review. (Also see our Top Picks among green tea products).
Lower Cancer Risk With High Vitamin D? -- (7/17/2018) A recent analysis suggests that breast cancer risk is lowest with vitamin D blood levels at or above 60 ng/mL -- an unusually high level. Before you try this at home, be sure to read our commentary in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.)
Too Much Coconut Water? -- (7/17/2018) Drinking too much coconut water can be dangerous, particularly for certain people. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Coconut Waters Review. (Also see our tests and comparisons of popular coconut waters.)
Ashwagandha for Schizophrenia -- (7/17/2018) Can ashwagandha reduce symptoms of schizophrenia? Find out what a new study suggests in the What It Does section of the Ashwagandha Review. (Also see our Top Pick among ashwagandha supplements.)
Fruit for the Eyes -- (7/13/2018) Can consuming certain foods or beverages reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) — a common eye disease? Yes, according to a recent study. Get the details in the food section of the Vision Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Rated vision supplements.)
Melatonin and Restless Legs Syndrome -- (7/13/2018) Taking a melatonin supplement can help some people fall asleep, but a study suggests that it may be a problem for people with restless legs syndrome. Get the details, and learn about potential side effects of melatonin in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Melatonin Supplements Review.
Fish Oil for Depression? -- (7/13/2018) Several studies have evaluated omega-3 fatty acids to decrease the severity of depression. Find out if it works in the Depression section of the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements.)
Fish Oil for Depression? -- (7/13/2018) Several studies have evaluated omega-3 fatty acids to decrease the severity of depression. Find out if it works in the Depression section of the Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements.)
Multivitamins & Cardiovascular Disease -- (7/10/2018) Does taking a multivitamin reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke? See what a recent analysis concluded in the Background section of the Multivitamin Review. (Also see our Top Picks among multivitamins.)
CoQ10 for Migraine -- (7/10/2018) CoQ10 and its active form, ubiquinol, have been studied in several clinical trials to treat migraine headache. Find out what the research is showing in the Migraine section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements.)
Niagen for Blood Sugar Control? -- (7/10/2018) Niagen, a brand of nicotinamide riboside (a form of niacin), was recently tested in a clinical trial to control blood sugar levels. Get the results in the Niacin section of the B Vitamins Review. (Also see our Top Picks among niacin supplements.)
Vitamin D & Headache -- (7/7/2018) Recent studies suggest a connection between vitamin D blood levels and the frequency of headaches, including migraine. Get the details in the Headache section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among vitamin D supplements.)
Cooking With Turmeric -- (7/4/2018) Is cooking with turmeric a good way to get curcumin? How does it compare with taking a supplement? Find out what studies are showing in the ConsumerTips section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices Review. (Also see our Top Picks for turmeric spices and turmeric/curcumin supplements.)
Astaxanthin for Sun Protection? -- (7/1/2018) Can taking an astaxanthin supplement improve the appearance of the skin or protect it from UV damage? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the Astaxanthin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among astaxanthin supplements.)

June
CBD Approved as Drug -- (6/26/2018) The first drug containing CBD was approved this week by the FDA. The dosage, however, is quite different from that being used by many as a supplement. Get the details in the CBD and Hemp Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among CBD products.)
Ubiquinol for Blood Sugar Control? -- (6/26/2018) Does giving ubiquinol (the active form of CoQ10) to people with type 2 diabetes help with blood sugar control? Find out in the What It Does section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements.)
Probiotics for Bones -- (6/23/2018) Can taking a daily probiotic help reduce bone loss? Find out what a year-long study showed in the Bone density and fractures section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among probiotic supplements.)
Vitamin D for Strength? -- (6/23/2018) Muscles contain vitamin D receptors, but does giving high-dose vitamin D to women deficient in vitamin D improve their muscle strength? Get the answer in the recent update to the Muscle, balance and falls section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review.
Melatonin for Poor Sleepers -- (6/20/2018) For people who cannot fall asleep until early morning, a recent study showed some benefit with a low-dose form of melatonin. For details, see the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among melatonin supplements.)
Intestinal Benefit of Cocoa? -- (6/20/2018) Cocoa flavanols may support intestinal health, according to an animal study with a cocoa powder that acted like a prebiotic. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review. (Also see our Top Picks among cocoa and dark chocolate products.)
Cannabidiol (CBD) Side Effects -- (6/19/2018) A CL Member recently reported developing "dry mouth" after using CBD oil. Dry mouth is among the potential side effects of CBD. Learn more about this and other CBD side effects in the Concerns and Cautions section of the CBD & Hemp Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among CBD products.)
Better Bone Broth -- (6/15/2018) How a bone broth is prepared can significantly affect its content of amino acids — building blocks for muscle and collagen, according to a recent study. Learn how to find or make better bone broth in the ConsumerTips section of the Bone Broth Review. (Also see our Top Picks among bone broths.)
Vitamin D & Colorectal Cancer Risk -- (6/15/2018) What level of vitamin D is associated with the lowest risk of colorectal cancer according to a recent study? Find out in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among vitamin D supplements.)
Mediterranean Diet Study Retracted -- (6/15/2018) A landmark study about the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet was retracted and republished this week. Does this change what we know about the benefits of extra virgin olive oil? Find out in the Cardiovascular Disease section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review. (Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils.)
Methylfolate vs. Folic Acid -- (6/12/2018) Methylfolate (L-5-methylfolate, sold as Metafolin and Quatrefolic) is a form of folate promoted for use by people with common genetic mutations that affect the MTHFR enzyme. But is it really better than folic acid? A study recently tested them head-to-head. Get the results in the Folate section of the B Vitamins Review. Also see our Top Picks among methylfolate and folic acid products.
Probiotic for IBS? -- (6/12/2018) Studies have shown that certain probiotics help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), although this can depend on the type of IBS. The most recent study focused on people with diarrhea-predominant IBS. Get the results in the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among probiotics.
Curcumin for Polyps? -- (6/9/2018) Two studies tested whether or not curcumin can reduce polyps in the colons of people predisposed to getting them. See the results in the What It Does section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among curcumin supplements.
Magnesium & Metabolic Syndrome -- (6/9/2018) A study shows that magnesium can significantly help some people suffering from metabolic syndrome (i.e., high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and related symptoms). Get the details in the What It Does section of the Magnesium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among magnesium supplements.
Resveratrol for Memory? -- (6/9/2018) Does taking resveratrol improve memory in older men and women? See the results of the most recent study in the What It Does section of the Resveratrol Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among resveratrol supplements.
Danger With Fake CBD Oil -- (6/9/2018) A synthetic form of cannabidiol appears to be responsible for dozens of reports of adverse effects occurring shortly after taking certain CBD oil products. For details, see the Quality Concerns section of our Review. Also see our Top Picks among CBD and hemp extract products.
Getting Choline -- (6/6/2018) Is it better to get choline naturally from foods or from supplements? A recent study addressed this question. Find out the answer in the ConsumerTips section of the Choline Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among products in this category.
Krill Oil for Strength? -- (6/5/2018) Evidence from several studies suggests that fish oil can help modestly improve muscular strength and/or endurance and enhance the effects of training. A recent study investigated whether krill oil can do the same. See the results in the What It Does section of the Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review (Fish, Krill, and Algal Oils). Also see our Top Picks among products in this category.
Berberine Side Effect -- (6/5/2018) Supplements that contain berberine (a compound extracted from goldenseal) can cause a range of side effects, in addition to drug interactions. It was recently reported that berberine can cause a rare, but severe, skin reaction. Learn more in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Berberine and Goldenseal Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick among products in this category.
Melatonin and Balance -- (6/2/2018) If you take melatonin, be aware that it can potentially affect balance for a period of time, as demonstrated in a recent study. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.
Magnesium for Depression? -- (6/2/2018) Magnesium may help some people with depression according to a recent placebo-controlled study. Learn more in the What It Does section of the Magnesium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for magnesium.

May
Probiotic Effective for People With Mania -- (5/30/2018) A daily probiotic was shown to greatly reduce the risk of rehospitalization for acute mania among people recently hospitalized for this condition. The probiotic contained strains common in products that ConsumerLab has tested and reviewed. For details, see the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.
Do We Really Need More Lithium? -- (5/26/2018) Studies have shown higher rates of mental illness and dementia in areas with the lowest levels of lithium in the water, suggesting that people supplement with lithium. However, a new study raises doubts about this. For details, see the What It Does section of the Low-Dose Lithium Supplements Review.
Eat Fish for Heart Health -- (5/22/2018) The American Heart Association recently affirmed that eating fish may help to reduce the risk of cardiac death, coronary heart disease, and ischemic stroke. However, the same cannot be said for fish oil supplements. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also, stay tuned: ConsumerLab is currently testing popular brands of canned tuna and salmon to assess their purity and levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Collagen for Ankle Pain and Sprains? -- (5/22/2018) A new study investigated the effects of collagen supplementation on ankle stability, pain and sprains in athletes. Find out if it helped in the What It Does section of the Bone Broth Review (which includes information about collagen). (Also see how much collagen we found in popular bone broths, and our Top Picks among products).
Hair & Nail Supplements Can Skew Lab Tests -- (5/22/2018) There are reports of high-dose biotin (common in "hair and nail" supplements) causing false readings on blood tests. Be sure to tell your doctor if you're taking high-dose biotin. Get the details in the Biotin section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.
Protein for Exercisers -- (5/20/2018) What happens when you give extra protein to women who regularly perform resistance exercise? Extra good things, according to a recent study. See the details (including dosage) in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein products).
Too Much Vitamin B6 -- (5/15/2018) Be aware that you can get too much vitamin B6 from supplements and energy drinks. This can result in nerve damage and other adverse effects, as has been recently reported. For details, see the B6 section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.
Fish Oil for Joints -- (5/15/2018) See what happened when high-dose fish oil was given for a year to older men and women in the Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Diseases section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among fish oils and other omega-3 supplements.
Casein at Night? -- (5/15/2018) It has been suggested that casein protein be taken at bedtime because it is absorbed relatively slowly, providing a more continuous supply of amino acids throughout the night to maintain muscle. A study recently put this theory to the test. See the results in the Casein section of the Protein Powders Review. Also see our Top Picks among products.
Cinnamon for Arthritis -- (5/5/2018) Taking cinnamon as a supplement was found to decrease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in a recent study. Get the details and learn what else cinnamon can do (particularly regarding blood sugar) in the What It Does section of the Cinnamon Supplements & Spices Review. (Also see our test results for popular cinnamon supplements).
Delaying Menopause -- (5/5/2018) A new study found that diet may influence the age at which menopause occurs in women. This is important because later menopause has been associated with lower risk of many health conditions. Find out which foods are associated with later or earlier menopause in the Background section of the Menopause Supplements Review. (Also see what we found in supplements intended to treat menopause symptoms.)
Choosing Olive Oil for Cholesterol Benefit -- (5/2/2018) Certain types of olive oil may be more effective at improving cholesterol levels according to a recent analysis. Find out more in the What It Does section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review. (Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils).
Can L-Arginine Cause Pancreatitis? -- (5/1/2018) Although uncommon, there have been reports of acute pancreatitis occurring in conjunction with L-arginine use. Get the details and learn about other possible side effects of arginine in the Concerns and Cautions section of the L-arginine Supplements Review.

April
Dark vs. Milk Chocolate for Vision? -- (4/29/2018) A recent study compared the effects on visual acuity of eating a bar of dark chocolate versus milk chocolate. Find out which was better in the Vision section of the Dark Chocolates, Cocoa Powders, and Cacao Nibs Review. (Also see our product tests, comparisons, and Top Picks.)
When to Take Protein -- (4/29/2018) When is the best time of day to take a protein supplement if you want to gain muscle but lose fat? An analysis of over 30 clinical studies involving protein supplementation and resistance exercise recently addressed this question. Get the answer and details in the ConsumerTips section of the Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein products).
Avoiding Green Tea Toxicity -- (4/24/2018) The European counterpart to the FDA recently issued its conclusions regarding toxicity from green tea catechins. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Green Tea Review.
Fish Oil for Cognition? -- (4/21/2018) Does giving older people a high dose of fish oil help them with memory and thinking? A recent study helped answer this question. Get the answer and details in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review.
MitoQ Trial -- (4/21/2018) A recent study assessed the effect of MitoQ, a compound related to CoQ10, on the functioning of arteries in older adults. Get the results and learn more about MitoQ in the ConsumerTips section of the CoQ10 Supplements Review.
Fish Oil for Dry Eye? -- (4/14/2018) A major study evaluated the effects of supplementing with the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in people with dry eye. Get the results and details in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among fish oil supplements).
CBD for Schizophrenia? -- (4/10/2018) People with schizophrenia were given CBD (cannabidiol) twice daily in the hope that it would improve symptoms and cognitive performance. Find out if it helped in the What It Does section of the CBD Supplements Review. (Also see our test results for CBD products.)
Curcumin for Cognition? -- (4/6/2018) Did high-dose curcumin (derived from turmeric) improve cognition or reduce fatigue in healthy middle-aged and older people in a recent study? Find out what curcumin can and can't do in the What It Does section of the Turmeric & Curcumin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among curcumin and turmeric products.)
What Niagen Does -- (4/3/2018) Niagen (nicotinamide riboside) has been promoted as an anti-aging supplement. Find out what's been shown in clinical studies, including one published recently, in the Niacin section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.
Type 2 Diabetes and Vitamin D -- (4/1/2018) Maintaining an adequate level of vitamin D is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. But does giving vitamin D to people with existing type 2 diabetes help them with glucose control? Find out what research is showing in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among vitamin D supplements.)

March
Green Tea and Ovarian Cancer -- (3/27/2018) Drinking green tea was associated with a reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer in a recent analysis. Get the details about this and green tea's relationship to other types of cancer in the What It Does section of the Green Tea Review. (Also see our test results for various types of green tea, including matcha, bagged tea, loose tea, and supplements.)
Does Extra Protein Help? -- (3/20/2018) What effect does giving older men a daily protein supplement and/or a weekly testosterone shot have? Find out in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review. The section also provides information about the effects of extra protein in other populations. (Also see our Top Picks among protein supplements.)
Saw Palmetto for Prostate? -- (3/20/2018) Saw palmetto extract was once popular for reducing symptoms of prostate enlargement, but studies subsequently failed to find a benefit. A recent study assessed whether it could boost the effectiveness of conventional medical treatment. Get the results in the What It Does section of the Saw Palmetto Supplements Review.
High-Dose Vitamin D & Cholesterol -- (3/17/2018) Giving high-dose vitamin D to people who are not deficient in it may backfire and increase cholesterol levels, as seen in a recent study. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products).
L-Arginine for Workouts? -- (3/17/2018) A recent study assessed whether taking L-Arginine before a high-intensity workout decreased muscle soreness after the workout. Get the results and more details in the Exercise Endurance and Recovery section of the L-Arginine Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products).
Apple Cider Vinegar for Decreasing Appetite & Weight -- (3/13/2018) Apple cider vinegar is often promoted for decreasing appetite and weight, but there have been few studies to show whether it works. Find out what a new study found in the Apple Cider Vinegar Review >> (Also see our Top Picks among products).
B12 Dosage -- (3/7/2018) A study compared the effects of a high weekly dose of vitamin B12 versus a much lower dose given daily. Both worked equally well. Find out why and get more details about B12 dosing in the B-12 section of B Vitamin Supplements Review.
Statins and Green Tea -- (3/7/2018) If you take a statin drug to lower your cholesterol, be aware that green tea can moderately affect blood levels of certain statins, as noted in a recent report. This effect also depends on the amount of green tea consumed and individual variability. For details see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Green Tea Review.
Do Probiotics Affect Weight? -- (3/6/2018) Studies have shown some probiotics to help somewhat with weight loss and/or slimming, while others have shown no effect. However, a recent study with a popular probiotic found that it increased weight. Get the details in the Weight and fat loss section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.
Calcium and Colon Polyp Risk -- (3/2/2018) A large study evaluated the effects of taking calcium and/or vitamin D on the risk of developing precancerous colorectal polyps in people with previous polyps. While there was no effect during the study, a follow up study is now showing much higher rates of polyps among those who had taken certain supplements. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Calcium Supplements Review.

February
Matcha Green Tea for Memory & Cognition? -- (2/27/2018) Can drinking matcha green tea enhance memory or have other cognitive benefits? Find out what a recent study showed in the Memory and Cognition section of the Green Tea Review.
Ginseng Role in Diabetes -- (2/27/2018) Results of a recent study suggest that a form of ginseng can help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Ginseng Supplements Review.
Cannabidiol (CBD) for Epilepsy Treatment -- (2/27/2018) Commercially available CBD (cannabidiol) preparations were found to be as effective as a prescription anticonvulsant as an add-on therapy for children with epilepsy in a recent study. CBD was less likely to cause side effects than the drug. Get the details, including dosage, in the What It Does section of the CBD & Hemp Supplements Review (which includes our Top Picks).
Folic Acid, Multis & Autism Risk -- (2/25/2018) The use of a folic acid or multivitamin supplement during pregnancy was associated a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder in children according to a recently published study. Be aware, however, that high-dose folic acid during pregnancy may have negative effects. For details, see the Folic Acid section of the B Vitamins Review.
Risk With Too Much Selenium -- (2/21/2018) Taking too much selenium was found to increase the risk of death in a newly published study. How much is too much? Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Selenium Supplements Review.
CoQ10 for Nerve Pain -- (2/17/2018) Taking CoQ10 along with standard medication may decrease trigeminal (facial) nerve pain more than medication alone, according to a new study. For details, including dosage, see the What It Does section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products).
Fish Oil for Ulcerative Colitis -- (2/13/2018) A special formulation of high-dose fish oil was found to help people with ulcerative colitis remain in remission in a placebo-controlled study. It also reduced levels of a key marker of inflammation. For details, see the Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Diseases section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review.
Protein Enhances Muscle Gain in Young and Old -- (2/10/2018) Consuming extra protein, up to a point, was found to help both younger and older people increase muscle strength and size as part of resistance exercise training. For details see the What It Does section of the Protein Powders Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein powders).
Does Protein Hurt Bones? -- (2/7/2018) It has been speculated that high-protein diets can result in calcium loss from bone. A recent study tested this. Get the results in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Protein Powders Review -- which also discusses a concern with dehydration. (If you use protein powders, see our Top Picks).
Disheartening Fish Oil News -- (2/3/2018) Another report was published this week showing no cardiovascular benefit from fish oil supplementation. You can get the details in the Heart Attack and Stroke section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Fish oil may provide cardiovascular benefit in limited situations, as explained in the Review.
Lead in Maca Powder -- (2/3/2018) A woman in California who was taking maca powder daily to treat fatigue found it was also increasing the concentration of lead in her blood. More concerning is that the amount of lead in her maca was only 1/3 the lead level in one of the popular maca powders tested by ConsumerLab.com. Get the details, and find out which maca supplements passed or failed ConsumerLab.com's tests in the Maca Supplements Review.

 

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