Herbs & Supplements

The variety of vitamins and natural supplements available today can be confusing and overwhelming. The NorthStar blog on herbs and supplements provides the latest updates on what's out there, what works, what doesn't and why.

  1. [Shocker] The only thing ‘complicated’ about your diabetes is your MEDS!

    There’s a health crisis hiding in plain sight.

    Nearly EVERY doctor has SEEN it… yet almost NONE have been able to RECOGNIZE it.

    And even those who know something’s wrong can’t explain it.

    But I can…

    Millions of Americans with diabetes are quietly suffering from a debilitating nutritional deficiency.

    Docs CAN easily test for it, but almost none DO.

    It’s time to change that, because getting enough of this nutrient could REVERSE nerve damage… END chronic pain… and CURE dementia!

    The vitamin you don’t know you’re missing

    I was flat-out called a QUACK for something I did in my own practice decades ago…

    Giving out B12 shots.

    Way back when, everybody said that B12 deficiency was SUPPOSED to be rare.

    But I KNEW that something was wrong with my patients… and B12 often fixed it.

    In fact, B12 shots often became my go-to treatment for problems with energy and fatigue.

    Well, now, lookee here… because new research finally backs me up!

    The mainstream has copped to the fact that 1 in 10 diabetics who take the drug metformin are deficient in B12.

    Mind you, nearly EVERYONE with this disease takes metformin -- especially older patients.

    Here’s how high the stakes are if you’ve got diabetes…

    Low B12 can lead to nerve damage (a.k.a. peripheral neuropathy), a common complication of diabetes.

    Maybe it’s not a “complication” of the disease in some cases… but a side effect of the treatment!

    Low B12 can also lead to memory loss. Chronically low B12 can lead to SEVERE memory loss -- a.k.a. dementia or something that looks very much LIKE dementia to a doctor.

    Who’s most prone to dementia? People with diabetes. Some experts even call Alzheimer’s disease “type 3 diabetes.”

    But what if these folks aren’t suffering from dementia at all… but just from low B12?

    It’s CRIMINAL that this is not under urgent investigation.

    If you have diabetes now… and especially if you’re on metformin… you don’t exactly have time for them to figure all of this out.

    B12 is cheap and nontoxic. At the very worst, it won’t HARM you.

    I’ve got my money on the best-case scenario.

    B12 can replenish lost energyprotect nerves and reverse painful neuropathy… and maybe even help you reclaim your precious memories.

    I find oral supplements don’t work, as they often can’t be efficiently absorbed by the stomach.

    A shot of methyl-B12 is best, with sublingual tabs that dissolve under the tongue the next-best option.

    But don’t stop there.

    Over the long-term, work to get off your metformin… and all of the other meds they shove at diabetic patients.

    You can reverse this disease with a strict diet low in sugar… and a mix of nutrients in the care of a naturopathic medical doctor.

  2. The flu med your doc is pushing on you could make you SICKER

    So many people suffer needlessly every winter…

    And here’s why.

    The TOP reason so many people suffer with the agonizing symptoms for days on end… is that we don’t recognize those first warning signs.

    Sure, it FEELS like something’s wrong…

    But early on, the flu can masquerade as something more minor.

    By the time we realize we’ve been bitten by the flu bug… we’re usually so miserable that it’s tough to even leave bed… much less head out of the house to get help.

    And even if you make it to your doc’s office, he’ll give you some of the worst advice around.

    But there’s a way to WIPE IT ALL OUT.

    You don’t have to take a single drug.

    BEAT the flu… and get back on your feet faster than ever… with my personal flu-fighting protocol.

    My PERSONAL recipe for CURING the flu

    Once you know for sure that you’ve got the flu, the signs are unmistakable.

    The painful body aches… the fever and teeth-chattering chills… the sniffles and sneezes… the body-shaking coughs that make it impossible to get any rest.

    You’ve got them all.

    Get lucky, and your doc will tell you to go home, rest up, and drink plenty of OJ.

    Roll snake eyes, and he’ll give you one of the new “flu drugs” out there… including the latest med to hit the market, baloxavir.

    Approved this season, this one promises to end the flu a day or two sooner.

    Congratulations! Your flu is CURED!

    But oh, by the way, you now have bronchitis.

    Yep. That’s an actual side effect… along with diarrhea.

    Getting the runs isn’t just nasty. For older folks battling flu, that could lead to dangerous dehydration.

    I’ve got a better plan:

    • At the FIRST SIGN of illness – even a little tickle in the back of your throat – boost your vitamin C I personally start out with several thousand milligrams at once and then 1,000 every hour as a “booster.” Often that blocks any infection – whether it’s the common cold or a nasty flu – right at the root.
    • If your symptoms don’t improve, take 500-1,000 mg of olive leaf extract every few hours.
    • Throw in some grapefruit seed extract. It’s a powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic natural therapy. Use either a diluted formula or capsules to avoid the bitter taste.
    • Take some probiotics. Some acidophilus with your meals can help keep the populations of your good bacteria healthy as you fight off the infection.

    No drugs. And certainly no flu shot (I never get it myself).

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. New research finds omega 3s and vitamin D are vital for lupus patients

    Dear Reader, The Lupus Foundation of America calls the disease a "cruel mystery." But what's really mysterious here is how in the world two natural, safe, and effective treatments for this autoimmune disease keep being left in the dust... while risky meds continue to sell like hotcakes. One thing is very clear: If you or someone you love is suffering...
  4. The Dangers of Natural Supplements

    supplements naturalHave you seen the recent sensational headlines about natural supplements sending people to emergency rooms in staggering numbers?

    They certainly caught our attention. So we read more.

    Sure enough more than 23,000 emergency room visits are caused by supplements every single year.

    The headlines definitely had our attention. So we read more.

    They certainly got us to read their articles, I’ll concede that point and give them credit for it.

    But I’m also glad that I took the time to read the information presented and didn’t just take the headline at face value. Continue reading

  5. Does Homeopathic Pain Relief Work? The Truth Exposed…

    homeopathic pain reliefAt first glance, homeopathic pain relief looks like a great idea. After all, homeopathic pain relief means all-natural ingredients that can soothe, relieve, and ease your pain in an organic way without chemicals or scary drugs.

    What’s not to love?

    Except…does homeopathic pain relief actually work? Can you really take on your toughest, most persistent pain with herbs and supplements? What’s the truth behind the hype? Continue reading

  6. Is There A Natural Arthritis Cure? 6 Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain

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    Natural Cures for ArthritisIf you are one of the 52.5 million people in the United States with arthritis, you’re probably always on the lookout for a natural arthritis cure. And while currently there is no cure for arthritis, there are supplements that can help ease arthritis pain naturally. Continue reading

  7. What to Watch for When Buying Supplements

    Buying SupplementsSupplement Interactions: What to Watch for When Buying Supplements

    When most people decide on which supplement to take, they focus on how it can improve their health. And that’s fair.

    You’re taking supplements to make you healthier, after all. But supplement interactions with other drugs is important to consider as well.

    The last thing you need is for one of the supplements you’re taking to exacerbate another – often entirely unrelated – condition.

    In this article, I’m going to talk about some of the most common supplements people take – and the supplement interactions you could be facing.

    Astaxanthin – If anyone ever truly finds a fountain of youth, I’d be willing to bet it includes astaxanthin. That’s how amazing this anti-aging supplement is. You’re still going to want to be on the lookout for these supplement interactions, though. If you’re taking blood thinners, blood pressure, or blood sugar medications, talk to your doctor about taking astaxanthin. Because it can lower all of those on its own, it may cause unhealthy drops when combined with medications. It also has the potential to lower serum calcium levels, so use caution taking astaxanthin if you have osteoporosis, or other calcium-related conditions. Continue reading

  8. A consumer’s guide to buying supplements

    Buying health supplementsIt seems like every time you turn around someone is touting a new breakthrough…or pitching a new product…or telling you to take this pill, or drink this powder.

    There are more bottles than you can count on your shelves, or in your medicine cabinet.

    Heck, entire stores are devoted just to selling supplements.

    It can be overwhelming.

    That’s why we've created the NorthStar Nutritionals’ Guide to Buying Supplements – to help you figure out what you need, what you don’t, and how to navigate all the options to find the best choices for you and your health.

    This Guide to Buying Supplements has 2 major sections, to better fit your needs.

    If you've never bought a supplement before, but want to, start with Section 1. In this section, you’ll learn the basics of buying a supplement from identifying what supplement you should be taking, to learning how to test if you’re actually getting anything from your morning pill.

    If you are only looking for specific ingredients for some of the most popular conditions, you might want to consider jumping to Section 2. We discuss 5 of the top reasons people take supplements, and what ingredients you should be looking for in order to address them. Continue reading

  9. The Top 11 Natural Male Libido Boosters

    Top Natural Male Libido BoostersIf you think it’s too late for you to have strong, frequent erections, the desire for mind-blowing sex, and a healthy physical response that allows you to be ready to go whenever she is, then you absolutely must read this article.

    In it, I reveal to you the top 11 natural male libido boosters that can help you get back the sexual prowess you've been missing for years. Whether you just started suffering from some “performance anxiety” last night, or it’s been years since you felt just right in the bedroom, we've got you covered. Continue reading

  10. RegeneCell Ingredients: Feel Better & Look Younger within Days

    Benefits of AntioxidantsPeople, especially health professionals, talk a lot about how important the benefits of antioxidants are. You hear things like “take this supplement because it’s packed with antioxidants” and “get your fruits and veggies” and even “eat every color in the rainbow.” It’s great advice. Too often, though, doctors and nutritionists stop at the advice, without ever explaining themselves. But since we don’t expect you to follow blindly, we wanted to make sure you know why antioxidants are so important… Continue reading

  11. RegeneCell Ingredients: Feel Better & Look Younger within Days

    RegeneCell IngredientsAging isn't just about getting older. There’s very little we can do about getting older, and truthfully, getting older can be a good thing. But we can fight aging – the tell-tale wrinkles, the more regular doctors’ visits, the ever lengthening list of specialists, even the physical changes. You don’t have to give into them without a fight. That’s why Dr. Mitchell Ghen developed RegeneCell – the single most comprehensive anti-aging supplement on the market.

    Dr. Ghen has brought together more than 70 of the most effective, most reputable anti-aging fighters to create the formula that will help you rejuvenate every system and every cell in your body! How did he do this? By identifying the 10 signs of aging – and then researching the RegeneCell ingredients you need to address every single one of them and more. Continue reading

  12. The Best Sexual Health Supplements for Men

    You’re ready to last as long as necessary, and perform as well as possible, to give her the pleasure she craves – but sometimes…the body doesn't quite respond the way you both wish it would. Still, you've never run from a challenge in your life, so instead of just giving up, you’re looking to take your sex life to the next level. Even if you haven’t even thought about sex for years, a sexual health supplement can help you get back that feeling you had in your 20s.

    So here are the top 5 best sexual supplements for men: Continue reading

  13. What are the Side Effects of Arthritis Relief Cream?

    Here’s the truth: nothing is 100% side effect-free, all the time, for every person… not even Arthritis Relief Cream.

    And although the researchers here at NorthStar Nutritionals have formulated Arthritis Relief Cream to minimize side effects as much as possible, we wanted to share them with you for a couple of reasons:

     1. You’re smart enough to know that nothing is completely side effect-free

     2. Your trust is important to us, so we strive for transparency

    With that in mind, here are 5 potential side effects of Arthritis Relief CreamContinue reading

  14. Panax Ginseng Benefits – What You’ve Been Waiting For

    Argi-Vive with panax ginsengYou know what we’re excited to tell you about?

    The panax ginseng benefits in Argi-Vive III.

    And if that doesn’t sound like something to be excited about, then you really need to read this!

    Because the panax ginseng benefits are what give Argi-Vive III its extra boost – which gives you an extra boost, too.

    We understand that, even though you still love and desire your wife, time may be taking a toll you don’t particularly want to talk about, or even think about.

    But it really is okay.

    You’re not alone. Continue reading

  15. The Inside Scoop: Do Topical Pain Relievers Work?

    Soothanol X2 topical pain reliever There are so many different pain relief options out there, all making different claims; it’s easy to get lost in the noise.

    But sometimes a topical pain reliever can be your best option.

    Topical pain relievers are fast, targeted, and you don’t have to worry about interactions with other oral medications you may be taking.

    But not all topical pain relievers are created equal.

    So you want to know – which topical pain relievers really work?

    And how?

    What’s the truth? Continue reading

  16. Lumivella Ingredients – Powerful Nutrients, Powerful Age Fighters

    Lumivella natural skincare When you’re looking for anti-aging supplements, you’re looking for the Lumivella ingredient formula – a formula specially designed to help slow down the clock and help keep you looking younger and more vibrant than you have in years.

    Lumivella can help you…

    • Receive so many compliments you’ll be blushing like a teenager...
    • Find friends snooping around your makeup mirror looking for your new “secret”...
    • Catch yourself staring and smiling in every mirror you pass...
    • Even be begged for your skin care secrets... by your own daughters!

    Just what are these Lumivella ingredients that will help rejuvenate your skin and make you feel more confident every day?

    Let’s take a closer look… Continue reading

  17. Command Performance: A secret so valuable it’s kept under lock and key

    I must admit, when I first heard about it, I thought it might be nothing more than an “urban legend.” A mushroom so rare, and so valuable, that armed mercenaries are employed to protect it… and a bag of it will set you back $18,000 bucks?

    How could that be?

    But it’s what they say the mushrooms do for you that really made me wonder if it was the real thing. Cordyceps sinensis—or “summer grass” as the locals call it—is said to have anti-aging and revitalizing effects so powerful that it becomes like rocket fuel when it comes to energy and desire for your bedroom romps.

    But when I dug into the research I was astounded to learn that the mushroom is not only real, it really IS the stuff of legend… just not the urban variety.

    You see, “summer grass” comes from a place that’s just about as far removed from civilization as you possibly can get—the Himalayan Mountains. And the mushroom isn't a tall tale at all, but rather, the likely secret behind some legendary lovers.

    I’ll have more on that research in just a moment. Continue reading

  18. Schisandra Berry Benefits – Get Charged Up Like Never Before

    Peak Adrenal X6 with schisandra berryLegend tells of Russian hunters who would go out at night and could hunt without stopping to drink…

    …or eat…

    ...or rest

    ... all because they chewed on something called a schisandra berry.

    Surely the schisandra berry benefits weren’t that great though. Stories about night hunters being able to go for hours without food or drink, immune to hunger pains or thirst were just stories. And the rumors of boundless energy that gave them the spark to track their prey through the Russian forests had to be exaggerated.

    These were just legends, after all.

    Or were they… Continue reading

  19. Siberian Ginseng – The Russian Secret for All-Day Energy

    Siberian ginseng in Peak Adrenal X6Have you heard about the Siberian secret that is Siberian ginseng?

    If you’re already taking Peak Adrenal X6, then you probably do. But if you’re like the rest of us, you may have only heard bits and pieces here and there.

    We’re about to change all that, because Siberian ginseng shouldn't be anybody’s secret any longer!

    If you know you have adrenal fatigue or if you’re just struggling with feeling tired and moody more often than you like (and this article might help you answer the question Why Am I Tired All the Time?), you need to know about Siberian ginseng. Continue reading

  20. The sunshine vitamin may help reduce blood sugar and weight

    We already knew vitamin D was a superstar, but June sure was a banner month for the sunshine vitamin. Besides being linked to better blood pressure control and dropping your risk of an early death, new research finds that D could turn out to be the key to lowering your blood sugar AND your weight.

    It turns out that the sunshine vitamin treatments act on the brain to improve both weight and blood glucose control in the overweight, according to an animal study presented at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago. Continue reading

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