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Best Way to Cook With Olive Oil -- (1/25/2020) Cooking can reduce levels of heart-healthy polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), but a new study showed how to minimize this loss. Get the details in the ConsumerTips section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review. Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils.
Stevia vs. Sugar for Hunger Suppression -- (1/25/2020) How does the non-caloric sweetener stevia compare to sugar in suppressing hunger before a meal? Find out in our updated answer to the question: What are the health benefits of stevia? Is it safe?
Coconut Oil Impact on Cholesterol -- (1/21/2020) Coconut oil can significantly affect cholesterol levels according to a new report. Get the details in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Coconut & MCT Oils Review. Also see our Top Picks for coconut and MCT oils.
Fish Oil & Fertility -- (1/21/2020) Is there a relationship between taking fish oil and sperm count? See what a recent study in men found in the What It Does section of the Fish Oil Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil.
Fish Oils Not Equal on Cardio Benefit -- (1/18/2020) High-dose, highly-concentrated fish oil is known to lower triglycerides in people with elevated levels. One prescription product was even shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular events in such people. However, a clinical trial of another fish oil was recently stopped due to its low likelihood of providing this benefit. Learn how these products differ and how fish oil supplements compare to them in the Prescription Fish Oil vs. Supplements section of the Fish Oil Review. Also see our Top Picks for fish oil and other marine omega-3 supplements.
PQQ for Athletic Endurance? -- (1/18/2020) We've added information from a recent study of PQQ for athletic endurance to our answer to the question: What is PQQ? Does it help with aging and memory? Is it similar to CoQ10?
Vitamin D & Bone Density -- (1/14/2020) Does taking vitamin D improve bone mineral density in older men and women who are not deficient in vitamin D? See what a major study found in the Bones and fractures section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.
Tea & Heart Disease -- (1/14/2020) Another study shows that people who drink tea are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. Find out how much and what type of tea was associated with benefits in the Cardiovascular disease section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks for green tea.
Magnesium for Leg Cramps? -- (1/14/2020) Magnesium if often touted for treating leg cramps. Does it really work? See what studies have shown, including a recent study among pregnant women, in the What It Does section of the Magnesium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for magnesium.
Collagen vs. Whey for Muscle -- (1/12/2020) Does taking collagen protein increase muscle as well as whey protein? Find out what a recent study showed in the "Building Muscle" sections of both the Protein Powders Review and the Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for protein powders and Top Picks for collagen.
Concern With Ashwagandha -- (1/12/2020) Ashwagandha can increase thyroid hormone levels, resulting in thyroid toxicity, even in people without a history of thyroid disease. Read about a recent case and learn symptoms to look for in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Ashwagandha Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick among ashwagandha supplements.
Risk With Supplements During Chemotherapy -- (1/11/2020) The risk of cancer recurrence and risk of death were shown to be higher when certain supplements were used by women being treated for breast cancer, according to a recent study. We've add details about this to our answer to the question: Do any supplements reduce side of effects of chemotherapy?
When to Eat Protein -- (1/7/2020) The timing of protein intake during the day was associated with greater reductions in abdominal fat and BMI (body mass index) among people engaged in exercise programs in a recent study. The timing of protein intake can also improve the likelihood of muscular benefits. For details, see the When to Take section of the Protein Powders and Drinks Review. Also see our Top Picks among protein products.
Eggshell Membrane for Hair, Skin, Nails? -- (1/7/2020) Does supplementing with eggshell membrane (which contains collagen and elastin) improve hair, skin, or nails? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Collagen Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among collagen supplements.
Tart Cherry for Gout? -- (1/7/2020) A clinical trial checked whether or not tart cherry would reduce the number of flare-ups in people with gout. Find out if it helped in our answer to the question: What are the health benefits of tart cherry juice?
Zinc and Folate for Infertility? -- (1/7/2020) Did supplementing with zinc and folate improve semen quality and fertility for men in a recent study? Find out in the What It Does section of the Zinc Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among zinc supplements.
Curcumin for Blood Sugar Control? -- (1/4/2020) Preliminary research suggests that curcumin (from turmeric) taken with meals can reduce the increases in blood sugar and insulin levels that occur after eating. But does curcumin help people with pre-existing type 2 diabetes? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices Review. Also see our Top Picks among turmeric and curcumin products.
Foods That May Help Sleep -- (1/4/2020) In addition to supplements like melatonin that can aid sleep, certain foods are associated with reduced risk of insomnia. We've added information about this to our answer to the question: Which supplements can help me sleep?
CBD Cream for Pain? -- (1/3/2020) People suffering peripheral neuropathy in their legs and feet applied CBD cream or placebo for one month. Did it help? Find out in the Topical CBD section of our CBD Review. Also see our Top Picks among creams, oils, and other CBD products.


 

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