Do Supplements to Prevent Coronavirus Work?

Debate rages over whether supplements can prevent infection from the novel coronavirus—or minimize the severity of infection when it comes. On the one hand, skeptics warn about the dangers of credulous patients latching onto unproven remedies. Writing for Science Based Medicine, Steven Novella warns against “quack remedies” like “colloidal silver.” On the other hand, researchers have found some potentially promising leads for therapies. Cardiovascular research scientist, James DiNicolantonio, published an intriguing article in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, which explores using nutraceuticals as tools to fight the novel coronavirus. These include: lipoic acid, spirulina, selenium, glucosamine, zinc, yeast beta-glucan, and elderberry. …

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Athletes Should Be Cautious of What’s In Their Workout Supplements

Workout supplements are touted to give athletes an edge in their training and exercise, allowing them to bulk up faster or have more energy when exercising. The popularity and use of workout supplements has grown in the past decade. For many they are vital to keeping in top shape. However, exercise supplements are not required to be tested or approved by the FDA and could not only impede your exercise routine, but could pose serious risks to your health. Supplements: Good or Bad? Unsafe and illegal supplements, such as anabolic steroids, can cause severe health problems including elevated blood pressure,…

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Nootropics: How Safe Are They, Exactly?

In a competitive workforce and academic sphere, employees and students are more desperate than ever to gain an edge on the competition. Several believe that nootropics — drugs specifically designed to enhance cognitive function — represent that edge. Proponents claim that nootropics are highly beneficial and 100 percent safe, but a growing body of research suggests otherwise. Read on to learn more about these drugs — and why experts are sounding the alarm. Defining Nootropics Much of the danger surrounding nootropics lies in the struggle to define and classify these substances. Depending on whom you ask, nootropics could include dietary…

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