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Time magazine info on herbals/vitamins

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  • Shshonee (Alley)
    I just finished reading stuff about supplements in TIME magazine. I ll type some of the pertinent info in for yall. I m quoting, but the typos are all mine and
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 20, 2004
      I just finished reading stuff about supplements in TIME magazine. I'll type some of the pertinent info in for yall. I'm quoting, but the typos are all mine and I'm only putting in minimal info. Refer to the mag for complete info.

      In TIME magazine Dec 6 article "Year In Medicine" it says:

      FISH OIL: ... .... there are limits to how much fish oil you should eat. The FDA recommends no more than 3 g of the fatty acids a day, and only 2 g should come from supplements. The problem is that the same contaminatnts that pollute fish - PCBs, dioxin and mercury, among them - can show up in fish oils too. One study of British cod-liver-oil capsules found that they contained flame retardant.

      HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS: Most consumers asume that dietary supplements marketed as "all natural" are safe. How far that is from being true was underscored this year by the Consumers Union, publisher of "Consumer Reports", which issued a "dirty dozen" list of supplements that have been linked to CANCER, KIDNEY or LIVER damage and HEART problems and some of which have been banned in Europe and Asia. What to avoid: aristolochic acid, comfrey, stenedione, chaparral, germander, kava, bitter orange, organ or gland extracts, lobelia, pennyroyal oil, scullcap and yohimbe. In addition, the FDA says, consumers should steer clear of supplements called Actra-Rx and Ylishen, which contain prescription-strength levels of sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. It can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

      VITAMIN E: ... a review of 19 clinical trials involving more than 135,000 participants concluded that taking high doses of the vitamin (400 IU or more) may actually increase overall mortality and should be avoided.

      ZINC: Johns Hopkins scientists working with colleagues in Bangladesh found that adding zinc to traditional antibiotic treatment helped children ages 2 to 23 months recover more quickly (by a day or so) from severe pneumonia. In Iran, doctors added zinc to the widely prescribed methylphenidate (Ritalin) therapy for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and foudn that after six weeks, the kids on zinc experienced fewer distractions and had less difficulty concentrating. In that instance, the zinc supplements may be regulating the brain chemical dopamine, which controls feelings of pleasure and reward.

      ECHINACEA: In a 14-day study, the popular herb echinacea had no effect on cold symptoms

      CAFFEINE: Two separate reports showed a link between coffee consumption and a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes. ..... caffeine is known to influence the way the body processes sugar.

      ANTIOXIDANTS: .... benefits of antioxidants - compounds that can soak up free radicals in the body that promote aging, damage tissues and trigger cancerous growths. Blueberries, cranberries and raspberries are among the best known sources ... but the list got a lot longer this year when the (USDA) released its most comprehensive study yet of teh antioxidant content of commond foods. Among the new entrants: red beans, kidney beans, pecans, walnuts, ground cloves and cinnamon.

      BLUEBERRIES: Pterostilbene ... this compound, found in abundance in blueberries, could be the foundation of a natural remedy to reduce cholesterol. ... targets a specific lipid-triggering receptor ...


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