Herbs and Supplements

  • Bottle of Youth

    Mom and Dad told you to take your vitamins. Hopefully, you listened because new research shows that popping multivitamins may actually make your cells younger. In an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study involving 586 women, the cells of those who took multivitamins had a younger biological age than those of nonusers.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Think Outside the Bag

    Talk about a serendipitous event: Legend has it that chance brewed the first tea when Camellia sinensis leaves blew into a pot of boiling water. It was 2737 BC, and the accidental teameister who boiled that water, Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, concluded the new brew gave “vigor of body, contentment of mind, and determination of purpose.”

    Get all the benefits of tea without curing up with a cup.
    By Bryce Edmonds
  • Bedtime Relax Tea

    2 cups water
    1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh chamomile
    1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
    1/2 teaspoon dried mint
    1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
    1/2 teaspoon dried lemon balm

    1. In a pot, bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat.
    2. Add the chamomile, lavender, mint, fennel, and lemon balm. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
    3. Strain and drink before going to bed.

    nutrition info per serving: 2 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g protein; 0 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 2 mg sodium

  • Holy Basil, Batman.

    Long-heralded by ayurvedic medicine for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, holy basil has recently passed scientific scrutiny. Indian researchers have now confirmed that the herb (also called tulsi) works as an adaptogen, sticking to and neutralizing free radicals that wear down the body.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Supplement Watch: Thiamine

    Vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine) may reverse kidney damage, says a new study in the journal Diabetologia. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and prevent your kidneys from functioning properly—a problem many diabetics face.

  • Primer on Probiotics

    Probiotic, prebiotic; good bugs, bad bugs. Every time we turn around, another study champions the benefits of these gut-friendly supplements. But what are they? What do they do? Why should we take them? We asked Angelica S. Vrablic, PhD, a leading expert in nutrition research and a probiotic guru, to give us the lowdown. Here’s what we learned:

    By Nora Simmons
  • Supplement Watch: Acetyl-L-carnitine

    Walk out of the grocery store and can’t find your car? Left your keys in the front door—again? Age-related forgetfulness can be maddening, so you’ll want to write this one down: acetyl-L-carnitine. Research shows this amino acid can boost brainpower and memory.

    By Wendy McMillan
  • 65 Percent: Osteoarthritis

    The amount of obese Americans who will develop osteoarthritis of the knee. This painful condition occurs when two bones rub against each other in the joint once the cushiony cartilage between them wears down, causing inflammation; being overweight can speed this process. Think you’re safe if you’re fit and trim? Not so fast—35 percent of you will develop achy knees too.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Toxic Herbs?

    A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found heavy metals, including mercury, arsenic, and lead, in some ayurvedic herbs. The study tested two types of ayurvedic medicines—herbal only and rasa shastra. “Rasa shastra is an ancient science that uses metals and minerals in combination with herbs.

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Seeds of Health

    Seeds contain nearly everything they need to start a new life: the embryo of a plant, the nutrients to sustain it, and a coat of armor to protect it. Small wonder then that they can add significant nutritional bang for the bite.

    These pods of new life can restore vitality to yours.
    By Lindsey Galloway