- Q What are the benefits of bladderwrack?
Dr. Peter Bongiorno, Naturopathic MedicineBladderwrack, also known as fucus vesiculous, grows in both the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is rich in nutrient and contains a fair amount of magnesium, potassium, and micronutrients. Micronutrients are often not found in many other... Full Answer
- Q What are the health benefits of valerian?
Dr. Maoshing Ni, GerontologyOften called nature's tranquilizer, valerian has been used for centuries to regulate the nervous system and relieve insomnia, tension, irritability, stress, and anxiety. Valerian is also a natural pain reliever that reduces sensitivity of the nerves. Try... Full Answer
- Q Is red yeast rice a good alternative to statins?
Dr. Michael T Murray, Naturopathic MedicineThe red yeast (Monascus purpureus) fermented on rice is the source of monacolins, a group of compounds that are natural statins. In fact, the cholesterol-lowering prescription drug Mevacor (Merck) is the trade name for the compound lovastatin (also known... Full Answer
- Q Can turmeric help relieve joint pain?
Dr. Maoshing Ni, GerontologyThe active component in turmeric is called curcumin. If you are a fan of curry, you will be happy to know that this substance is associated with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been associated with relief for joint pain. In one... Full Answer