Selenium Very small quantities of the trace mineral selenium are essential to human health. Selenium is required for the synthesis of the protective enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which protects cell membranes against damage by oxidants, including those in cigarette smoke.
Vitamin C should be used with caution by persons with gout or kidney failure since it may cause uric acid stones in the former and calcium oxalate stones in the later. Clients over age 45 should be advised to stop taking vitamin C for at least 3 days if they are to undergo screening for…
There is a good deal of evidence to suggest that vitamin A may, in fact, protect against some of the ravages of smoking. But smokers should not interpret this to mean that if they take vitamin A, they can go on smoking without risk. Such protection would, at best, be only partial.
Managing Your Diet and Weight The question of whether to take vitamin supplements is a sticky one indeed. Some researchers pooh-pooh the need for vitamin supplements and insist that it is possible to obtain all our nutritional needs by eating healthy foods.
Since warts are the result of a virus, Dr. Daniel DeLapp, an associate professor at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore., says that boosting the immune system can be an effective way to fight warts.
ST. JOHN’S WORT AS MEDICINE In Germany, St. John’s Wort is the most frequently prescribed anti-depression medication. However, in Germany the herb is considered a drug; doctors prescribe it and insurance plans cover it. Manufacturers must be government-registered and adhere to strict quality standards.
St. John’s Wort: Pros and Cons of Its Use As an Antidepressant St. John’s Wort continues to gain acceptance as a treatment against mild to moderate depression. Preliminary evidence from a University of North Carolina study shows its possible efficacy in treating alcoholism. Finally, American and Israeli research points to its possible efficacy in treating…