March 2012 Vol. 4 Issue 3

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Siberian Ginseng: A Review of the Literature

by Natural Standard Siberian ginseng is a small, woody shrub native to southeastern Russia, northern China, Korea, and Japan. Although Eleutherococcus senticosus is not related to true ginseng (Panax ginseng), the name Siberian ginseng became popular because the two plants shared some similar properties.

Red Yeast Rice for Cardioprotection

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO  With the growing popularity of red yeast rice (RYR) as a lipid-lowering agent, it is important to ensure that this dietary supplement is safe and effective. The objective of this review was to provide current evidence-based guidance on the use of RYR. PubMed was searched for RYR studies published 2009–2011. The review confirmed that RYR is safe and efficacious for dyslipidemia and has other potential cardioprotective applications.

Abstracts & Commentary

Lactobacilli and Cyclists

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  This study adds additional support to the idea that supplementation with Lactobacilli bacteria can improve immune function and protect individuals against respiratory and intestinal infection.

Homocysteine, CoQ10, and Parkinson's Disease

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  As a clinician, one cannot help but wonder: If high homocysteine is corrected early in life, can we stall or even prevent the onset of PD altogether in susceptible patients? One would hope that such an extrapolation would hold true. Indeed, such presumptions are made routinely throughout preventative medicine. It is one of the privileges of practicing within a framework of nontoxic interventions.

The Role of Food Aesthetics in Child and Adult Diets

by Matthew Baral, ND  To ascertain that children actually prefer a more diverse and colorful diet, compared to adults, could help to facilitate the adoption of more nutritionally diverse eating habits in children.