Statins – those ubiquitous drugs used to lower cholesterol levels – are big business! Over 20 million Americans are currently being treated with statin drugs at a cost that runs into billions of dollars every year. Some of my cardiologist friends are so convinced that statin drugs prevent death from heart attacks that they have said, only half-joking, that...

If you have been looking for natural approaches for lowering your cholesterol, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about plant stanols and sterols lately. Just what are plant stanols and sterols and why does the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend them as a natural approach for lowering cholesterol? Stanols and sterols are natural substances found in plants...

Choosing a good multivitamin isn’t easy. Everyone claims that theirs is the best. Many of them have exotic juices and exotic claims to go along with them. And nobody is minding the store. The food supplement industry is essentially unregulated. Unless the product kills people the FDA can’t take it off the market. So what should the conscientious consumer do?...

by Dr. Steve Chaney, PhD I’ve already told you that there are no “magic” foods or “magic” supplements that are simply going to make the fat melt away. However, there are some nutrients such as leucine that are important for long term weight control and whose role in weight control is based on solid science. But, let’s start with...

Are You Spending Your Money Wisely on Your Vitamins? Everyone is having to make tough choices about how they spend their money. So, it’s just natural to ask whether you should continue to spend money on food supplements. And if maybe the question should be: What vitamins should I be spending my money on? Spending just pennies a day on health care can reduce our expenditures...