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Archive for the 'Iron' Category

Effect of prenatal iron on pregnancy outcomes

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

nude-pregnancyIron deficiency is the most widespread nutritional deficiency in the world.

Researchers form Boston and London reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Review: CAM for ADHD

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are frequently given to children and adolescents for reputed benefits for hyperkinetic and concentration disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Researchers in Arizona and Australia assessed the evidence based on the results of studies providing an acceptable standard of evidence. (more…)

Use of herbal supplements by pregnant women

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Researchers at the University of Oslo, in Norway, studied the use of herbal supplements by pregnant Norwegian women. (more…)

Increasing popularity of dietary supplements

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Dietary supplement use has steadily increased since the 1970s.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health estimated dietary supplement use based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003–2006, a nationally representative survey. (more…)

Dietary supplements and the risk of death in older women

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Dietary supplements are commonly taken to prevent chronic disease.

Researchers in Finland, Norway, and the Republic of Korea studied the long-term health consequences. (more…)

Treating ADHD with supplements

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Researchers from the University of Canterbury, at Christchurch, New Zealand reviewed the evidence supporting the use of nutritional and herbal supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (more…)

Review of herbal medicines in gynecology

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Dr. Cathi Dennehy from the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco has reviewed the evidence.

I was surprised by her assessment of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms.

Here’s a summary of her findings.


Judging organic food based on miles to grocery store

Monday, May 12th, 2008

A study from the University of Alberta concluded that the environmental impact of food-miles racked up by organic produce when making the trip from farm to grocery store cancels out the benefits of growing it according to organic principals. (more…)

Milk thistle, iron, and hepatitis C

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Milk thistle is used as an alternative therapy for liver disease.

Researchers in Seattle, Washington examined the effect of silybin on iron status in patients with hepatitis C. (more…)

ConsumerLab tests iron supplements

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

You’ll have to join to get more details, but here are the top line findings. (more…)

Can homeopathy bring additional benefits to thalassemic patients?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

The researchers say yes, particularly in the developing world where blood transfusions suffer from inadequate screening and fall short of the stringent safety standards followed in the developed countries. (more…)

Increased protein and mineral content from genetically engineered wheat

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Researchers have cloned a gene from wild wheat that increases its protein, zinc, and iron content. The impact of this research could improve nutrition, worldwide.


Recognize the difference between elemental and total calcium in supplements

Monday, January 15th, 2007

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension has an excellent review of calcium supplements. It is well written, thorough, and concise — just 4 pages long. The part I like best is the discussion of the difference between elemental and total calcium.


Adding micronutrients to milk reduces diarrhea and respiratory illness in children

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

A study in northern India shows that milk fortified with specific micronutrients lowers the risk of diarrhea and acute lower respiratory illness in children.

Here’s a list of what was added to the milk.


Unintended consequences: treating iron deficiency leads to feminism

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Here, from California Medicine Man via Instapundit, is one of the most important advances in medicine. (more…)