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2019

April
Fish Oil During Pregnancy -- (4/23/2019) Does taking fish oil during pregnancy yield children with higher IQs? Find out what studies are showing in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil supplements and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Curcumin for Asthma? -- (4/20/2019) Find out if curcumin (from turmeric powder) decreased asthma symptoms in a recent study, as described in the What It Does section of the Curcumin and Turmeric Supplements & Spices Review. Also see our Top Picks for curcumin and turmeric supplements.
CBD for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? -- (4/19/2019) Can moderate doses of CBD help people with post-traumatic stress disorder? See the latest clinical findings in the What It Does section of the CBD Oil and Hemp Extract Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for formulations of CBD.
Creatine for Older People -- (4/16/2019) Creatine may boost the benefits of resistance exercise for older people, according to recent studies. For details, including dosage, see the What It Does section of the Creatine Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for creatine.
Problems With Green Coffee Bean -- (4/16/2019) A recently published analysis found that many green coffee bean extract supplements provided much lower amounts of key compounds than listed — a finding consistent with ConsumerLab's own Review. For details, see the ConsumerTips section of the Green Coffee Bean Extract Supplements Review.
Ginseng Interaction? -- (4/16/2019) Liver injury was recently reported in a man who began taking a Siberian ginseng supplement in addition to his prescription statin medication. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Ginseng Supplements Review.
Maca for Improved Functioning? -- (4/13/2019) Do maca supplements improve functioning and lessen fatigue? A recent study found different results for men and women. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Maca Supplements Review. Also see our top choices among maca products.
Does Vitamin D Improve Cancer Survival? -- (4/13/2019) Does giving high-dose vitamin D to people with cancer of the colon or other parts of the digestive tract improve survival rates? Find out what recent studies are showing in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D supplements.
Food vs. Supplements for Getting Vitamins & Minerals -- (4/12/2019) We've added new information to our answer to the question Is it better to get vitamins from foods or supplements, and are natural vitamins better than synthetic vitamins? The new information is based on an investigation of the association between nutrient intakes and the risk of dying from cancer and/or other causes.
Powerful Combination for Alzheimer's -- (4/9/2019) Fish oil can help people with Alzheimer's disease but, as a new study suggests, only when they are getting enough of another nutrient. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among products.
Vitamin D & Kidney Failure -- (4/9/2019) Although rare, excess intake of vitamin D can lead to kidney failure. This recently happened to a man taking a higher dose of vitamin D than he thought. Learn more in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D supplements.
Lunasin to Lower Cholesterol? -- (4/9/2019) Can taking lunasin, a protein isolated from soy, help to lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels? See what a new study found in our updated answer to the question: What is lunasin and does it really reduce cholesterol?
Vitamin D for Depression? -- (4/6/2019) Can supplementation with vitamin D help people diagnosed with depression? Learn what the latest studies are showing in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D supplements.
Green Tea and Breast Cancer -- (4/2/2019) Drinking green tea has been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence. But what effect does high-dose green tea extract have? See what a major study found in the What It Does section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks among green tea products.

March
Green Tea for Lowering Blood Pressure -- (3/30/2019) Drinking green tea can help lower high blood pressure — and even reverse ventricular hypertrophy, according to a new study. For details, including the amount and brand of tea used, see the What It Does section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks for green tea.
Apple Cider Vinegar & Diabetes -- (3/30/2019) Can apple cider vinegar help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Apple Cider Vinegar Review. Also see our Top Picks for apple cider vinegar.
Curcumin Interactions -- (3/30/2019) Curcumin (from turmeric) can interact with a variety of medications, requiring discontinuation of curcumin or adjustment in medication dosage. The most recently reported interaction is with tamoxifen. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Review. Also see our Top Picks among products.
Curcumin Caution: May Lower Iron -- (3/27/2019) If you're low in iron, be careful with high doses of curcumin (turmeric extract). See the Concerns and Cautions section of the Curcumin and Turmeric Review. Also see our Top Picks among products.
Red Yeast Rice & Liver Injury -- (3/26/2019) Hepatitis was recently reported in a woman in the U.S. who was taking a red yeast rice supplement. Other cases have been reported. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick among products.
Vitamin C Blunts Exercise Benefits -- (3/26/2019) If you are trying to build muscle with resistance exercise, go easy on vitamins C and E, according to a recent study. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Vitamin C Supplements Review.
Calcium Supplements and Macular Degeneration -- (3/23/2019) Two large studies have sought to determine if there is an association between calcium supplementation and the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). See what they found in the What It Does section of the Calcium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among calcium supplements.
New Potassium Recommendations -- (3/22/2019) The amount of potassium needed to achieve nutritional adequacy was officially reduced this month for all ages. Find out why and get the new recommendations in the What to Consider When Using section of the Potassium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for potassium supplements.
Hot Tea & Cancer -- (3/20/2019) Drinking very hot tea increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. How long should you wait after brewing to drink tea? Find out what recent studies are showing in the What It Does section of the Green Tea Review. Also see other tips for the best way to prepare brewable green tea, and our Top Picks among green tea products.
Melatonin for Troubled Sleep? -- (3/19/2019) Does melatonin supplementation help people with a condition involving intense dreams as well as laughing, yelling, kicking or punching during sleep? Learn what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Melatonin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for melatonin.
Prescription Fish Oil Lowers Heart Attack Risk -- (3/19/2019) A prescription fish oil was found to lower the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke by 30% in people at high risk. For details, see the Prescription Fish Oil vs. Supplements section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil supplements.
Vitamin D for Overactive Bladder? -- (3/16/2019) Vitamin D supplementation may help vitamin D-deficient people who suffer from urinary urgency or frequency. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D supplements.
Colloidal Silver Concern -- (3/16/2019) Long-term use of colloidal silver may have contributed to the development of bone marrow cancer, according to a new report. We've added details about this to our answer to the question: Is ingesting colloidal silver helpful for any condition and is it safe to use?
Ashwagandha for Vitality? -- (3/12/2019) Did giving ashwagandha to middle-aged, overweight men improve their vitality, vigor, or levels of testosterone? Find out in the What It Does section of the Ashwagandha Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for ashwagandha.
Bioengineered Salmon Approved -- (3/12/2019) As of this month, genetically engineered salmon can be legally sold in the U.S. Learn how it compares to other salmon in terms of EPA and DHA in the Farmed vs. Wild Salmon section of our Fish Oil Review. (Also see the results of our tests of canned fish in the separate Canned Tuna and Canned Salmon Review.)
Boswellia for Osteoarthritis -- (3/9/2019) Boswellia extract may reduce the pain and stiffness of knee osteoarthritis. See results of a recent study in the What It Does section of the Joint Health Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for Boswellia and other joint health supplements.
CBD & Cancer -- (3/8/2019) Preliminary evidence suggests that CBD (cannabidiol) may have anti-cancer properties, and a dramatic reduction in tumor size was recently reported in a person taking low-dose CBD. For details, see the What It Does section of the CBD Oils and Hemp Extracts Review.
Soy Isoflavones & Breast Cancer Risk -- (3/6/2019) Soy isoflavones, which have estrogen-like effects, are used by women hoping to reduce menopausal symptoms. A new study suggests this use may raise the risk of breast cancer in some women but lower it in others. For details, see the What It Does section of the Soy Isoflavone Supplements Review.

February
Many Men and Women Not Getting Enough Protein -- (2/27/2019) A national study found that many older men and women don't get enough protein in their diets, including those in their 50s. For details, see the What It Does section of the Protein Powders and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein supplements.
Does CBD Cream Help? -- (2/26/2019) Does CBD cream decrease muscle soreness following exercise? Does CBD gel help with knee pain from osteoarthritis? Learn what recent studies have found in the Concerns and Cautions section of the CBD and Hemp Extract Review. Also see our Top Picks for CBD oils and topical products.
Allergic Reactions to Protein Powder -- (2/23/2019) Be aware that allergic reactions to protein powders have recently been reported in people not normally allergic the protein sources of their supplements. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein supplements.
Right Amount of D for Cognition -- (2/19/2019) Three different doses of vitamin D were given to older women in a one-year study of cognition. Find out which dose resulted in the best performance on cognitive tests in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.
Kidney Stones Due to Supplement? -- (2/19/2019) An unusual type of kidney stone has been reported in several people who regularly consumed large amounts of a vitamin and amino acid supplement containing a particular form of choline and vitamin C. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Choline Supplements Review.
Energy Drinks & Aggression -- (2/16/2019) Are people who frequently consume energy drinks (like 5-hour Energy) more likely to be aggressive or have mental health problems? Learn what a new study found, and learn more about the pros and cons of energy drinks in the Energy Drinks section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.
Vitamin C for Blood Sugar Control -- (2/12/2019) High-dose vitamin C was found to help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes in a recent study. For details, see the What It Does section of the Vitamin C Supplements Review. Also see our latest Top Picks for vitamin C.
Plastic Bottles Okay for Olive Oil? -- (2/12/2019) A recent study compared the effects of storing extra virgin olive oil in plastic versus glass bottles, as well as the effects of light. Find out which bottle and setting fared best in the ConsumerTips section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oils Review. Also see our latest Top Picks for extra virgin olive oil.
Caution with Ginger -- (2/6/2019) Some evidence suggests that ginger may help alleviate nausea during chemotherapy, but it was recently shown that it can interact with some chemotherapeutic drugs, which can be dangerous. See the Concerns and Cautions section of the Ginger Supplements & Ales Review.
Theanine for Anxiety? -- (2/5/2019) Theanine is promoted as an anxiety-reducing supplement, but does it really work? See results of a recent study in the What It Does section of the L-theanine Supplements Review. Also see our top choices for L-theanine supplements.
Does Vitamin D Reduce Risk of Falls? -- (2/2/2019) Vitamin D can reduce the risk of falls when given to people deficient in vitamin D. But what happens when you give high-dose vitamin D to people who are not deficient? Find out in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D supplements.
Whey Protein When Bedridden? -- (2/2/2019) Does substituting whey protein for other sources of protein help bedridden people retain muscle mass and strength? Find out what a new study showed in the What It Does section of the Protein Powders & Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein powders.
A Probiotic for Migraine -- (2/2/2019) Use of a particular probiotic for several weeks was found to modestly reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Probiotic Supplements Review.

January
Getting the Most from Green Tea -- (1/30/2019) If you drink green tea to get beneficial compounds like EGCG, learn about a recent study that suggests that the type of water you use to brew tea drastically affects the amount of EGCG you get. Get the details in the How to Take section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks for green tea.
Caution With Antioxidants -- (1/27/2019) A new study suggests it might be risky to take antioxidant supplements during cancer treatment. We have added this important information to our answer to the following question: Can supplements with antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamins A and E cause you to die sooner?
Fish Oil for Asthma? -- (1/26/2019) Can high-dose fish oil help people with asthma? See what a study recently found in the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil.
Garlic and Blood Pressure -- (1/23/2019) If you have high blood pressure, a particular garlic supplement may provide some benefit, according to a recent study. For details, see the "What It Does" section of the Garlic Supplements Review. Also see our top choices for garlic supplements.
Is Omega-6 a Problem? -- (1/19/2019) Do omega-6 fatty acids like LA and GLA, found in many seed oils, promote inflammation in the body? No, and yes, according to the latest findings. Get the details in the Is Omega-6 a Problem? section of our Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acid Supplements Review.
Dog Overdoses on Supplement -- (1/19/2019) Be sure to keep your supplements away from pets -- especially if they taste sweet. A dog overdosed on its owner's fast-dissolving tablets, putting it in a coma, according to a recent report. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the L-tryptophan and 5-HTP Supplements Review.
Pea vs. Whey Protein -- (1/15/2019) Which is better for increasing strength and muscle thickness, pea protein or whey protein? See what a recent study showed in the Protein Powders Review. Also see our Top Pick for each type of protein.
Don't Take Minerals With Certain Supplements -- (1/15/2019) Taking minerals like calcium and magnesium can dramatically reduce the absorption of carotenoids like lycopene, beta carotene, and astaxanthin. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Lycopene Supplements Review.
Anxiety Treatment -- Low-Dose CBD? -- (1/15/2019) Does low-dose CBD (cannabidiol) help with anxiety and sleep disorders? See the results of a recently published case series in the What It Does section of the CBD & Hemp Extract Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for CBD.
B12 Tablet vs. Injection -- (1/15/2019) Is a vitamin B12 tablet just as good as an injection for raising blood levels of B12? Find out in the Cobalamin (B12) section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for vitamin B12.
Maintaining Muscle With Fish Oil? -- (1/12/2019) Can taking fish oil prevent muscle loss when a limb is immobilized, such as in a brace? Find out what a recent study showed in the "Strength and Muscle" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for fish oil.)
Fiber Benefits -- (1/12/2019) Higher fiber intake was associated with a lower risk of many major diseases in a recent study. However, the average American consumes far below the recommended daily intake of fiber. As oats are a good source of fiber, we've added details from the new study in the "Benefits" section of the Oat Cereals Review. (Also see our Top Picks oat cereals.)
Is Taking Vinegar Helpful? -- (1/8/2019) Two studies compared the effectiveness of vinegar pills to liquid vinegar in controlling blood sugar after a meal. See the results in the "Blood sugar control" section of the Apple Cider Vinegar Review. (Also see our Top Picks for apple cider vinegar.)
B Vitamins & Breast Cancer -- (1/8/2019) A reduced risk of breast cancer was associated with supplementing with certain amounts of folic acid and vitamin B12 for women predisposed to breast cancer in a new study. See the details in the "Breast cancer" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.
Is Protein Best Before or After a Meal? -- (1/5/2019) A new study showed that the timing of protein supplementation around a meal can determine the effect on blood sugar in people with insulin resistance. Find out the best timing in the update to the Protein Powders, Drinks, and Shakes Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products.)


 

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