Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 21, 2007

Came across an interesting article the other day called “Dietary Supplements That Don’t Work”. I can certainly agree with the comments for magnesium oxide and garlic supplements.

Dietary Supplements That Don’t Work

1. Magnesium oxide – This widely sold, economical form of magnesium is preferred by dietary supplement manufacturers because it is 70% elemental magnesium and only 30% carrier (oxide). But only 4% of magnesium oxide is absorbed.

2. Calcium supplements – Calcium is an essential, but over-promoted, mineral.

3. High-lignan flaxseed oil – So now, if you are convinced calcium supplements are not the sole answer to the problem of age-related bone loss, then what about plant estrogens?

4. Vitamin C – What, vitamin C pills don’t work? Calm down, that false notion was contrived from flawed science conducted by National Institutes of Health researchers who refuse to recant.

5. Garlic supplements – You may have your favorite garlic pill. Larry King, CNN TV commentator, has his. But the problem with garlic pills is that most of the studies involving garlic and its health benefits involve its primary active ingredient, allicin, which most of the garlic pills provide little or none.

6. Ginseng – the list of health benefits associated with this herb are growing, and include blood sugar control, blood pressure normalization and even help for male impotency. But ginseng often fails to meet its promise because dietary supplements often fail to provide ginseng’s primary active ingredient, called ginsenosides.

7. Resveratrol – undoubtedly this herbal extract from grapes or other botanical sources will continue to be widely acclaimed. Its potential health benefits are endless.

8. Red yeast rice – so you’re searching for a more natural alternative to statin drugs to lower your cholesterol. You don’t want to experience the liver-toxic effects of statin molecules. So you begin your search at the local health food store.

Dietary supplements have great promise, serve as economical and safe alternatives to problematic prescription drugs, but often disappoint because they are not properly made or labeled.

March 21, 2007 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

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