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Is the Paleo Diet Safe?

Thinking of going “caveman”? Here’s a doctor’s take on the latest diet fad.

By HealthAfter50

What Can Jeopardize Cancer Therapy

“Natural” products can make chemotherapy less effective or even toxic, but many patients aren’t telling their doctors, a new study says.

By HealthAfter50

What are Evening Primrose Oil and Borage Oil

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), a yellow wildflower, yields an oil that is a popular supplement, usually sold as capsules.

By Berkeley Wellness

What Is Coenzyme Q10?

Coenzyme Q10, a vitamin-like compound discovered in 1957, plays a crucial role in the cells’ energy-producing mitochondria. It also acts as a powerful antioxidant, meaning that it helps neutralize cell-damaging free radicals.

By Berkeley Wellness

What Is Yohimbe?

Made from the bark of a West African tree, yohimbe has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. In pre-Viagra (sildenafil) days, it was sometimes prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction.

By Berkeley Wellness

What Is St. John's Wort?

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a yellow flowering weed that has been used to treat various “nervous disorders” for centuries. It is sold in Germany, usually by prescription, as an antidepressant and in the United States as a dietary supple...

By Berkeley Wellness

What Is Ginkgo Biloba?

A centuries-old Chinese herbal medicine, ginkgo comes from the dried leaves of the maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba). It contains a complex mix of compounds, but researchers have primarily focused on two particular chemical groups—flavonoids and terpen...

By Berkeley Wellness

What Is Black Cohosh?

Cimicifuga racemosa, often called black cohosh, black snake root, or rattleweed, is a native American plant long used to treat “female complaints.”

By Berkeley Wellness

The Facts About Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are nothing short of essential. They help produce energy, fight disease and repair injured tissue.

By HealthAfter50

What Is Fenugreek?

The seeds of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) are ground up and used to flavor curries and other dishes. Rich in fiber, flavonoids, and other potentially beneficial compounds, fenugreek is also sold as a dietary supplement.

By HealthAfter50