Vitamins & Supplements

American Botanical Council Leads Initiative to End Adulteration of Herbs

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Call it the Eleventh Commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adulteration!”

Though it may not quite be a divine decree, the elimination of contaminants and adulterants is an imperative that conscientious herbal supplement companies are taking very seriously these days, as the American Botanical Council spearheads a major drive to tackle the problem.

Agmatine Attenuates Sciatica & Other Neuropathies

By Gad M. Gilad, PhD, Contributing Writer

Agmatine, a ubiquitous naturally occurring metabolite of arginine, was discovered in 1910. Yet, it took more than a century before researchers showed that this unique compound has clinically significant cytoprotective and neuroprotective properties. Recent work indicates that it can reduce pain associated with sciatica and other common forms of neuropathy.

How Do Physicians Define Dietary Supplement Quality?

By Erik Goldman

The rising use of dietary supplements and botanical medicines in clinics throughout the nation begs some important questions: How do medical practitioners define quality? HPC Caught up with three leading functional medicine practitioners to find out.

SAMe Equals Rx Drugs in Treatment of Depression

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

A recent literature review of S-Adenosyl-methionine (SAMe) is shedding new light on this unique compound in the treatment of depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders. In some studies, SAMe was equivalent in efficacy to Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs) and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.