Are Green Tea Extract Supplements Beneficial for Athletic Performance?

Green tea has been a component of the diet since ancient times. Because of its popularity and nutrient-dense profile, this delicious beverage is also well-researched. From metabolism to mood to longevity, green tea proves to have multiple powerful effects on the body. Lately, green tea extract supplements, a potent form of green tea, have become popular for their beneficial, antioxidant impact on exercise recovery. But does research support using this potent pill for training gains? We take a ...

Supplements to Slow Aging? Here’s What the Science Says

Certain dietary patterns like intermittent fasting, beverages like coffee and green tea, and even playing brain games can all help slow the onset of the aging process (click to read more about those here). But what about the impact of supplements? Almost any vitamin, mineral, or bioactive compound (like phytonutrients) can be isolated into a supplemental form. And it’s enticing to believe that healthy choices can be simplified down to taking a pill, powder, or capsule, especially when many ...

Don't Get April Fooled by These Latest Health Fads

Being in the information era, various "health and wellness" trends have taken off in popularity thanks to the reach of social media. This boom has resulted in widely-held (but scientifically-inaccurate) beliefs on the effects of various foods, compounds, and supplements on health. Though lectins, apple cider vinegar, bone broth, collagen, and biotin have all become web buzzwords, only a few have scientific evidence backing the common claims about them.

Optimize Your Microbiome with the New InsideTracker Gut Health Goal

Research surrounding the gut microbiome and its impact on the body’s systems has taken off in recent years. And all this time, we've been stealthily collecting the evidence and preparing it for InsideTracker's algorithms, waiting for the day that the evidence base got strong enough to meet the high scientific requirement for the InsideTracker system. Finally, the day is here! Gut health research now meets InsideTracker's rigorous scientific criteria, and we can now give action-backed ...

Should I Take a Multivitamin?

Dietary supplements are extremely popular, and multivitamins can seem particularly appealing for their potential to cover multiple possible nutritional issues. But do you really need supplements? Do multivitamins actually help? Should you take a multivitamin every day? Contrary to common marketing practices, we do not believe that multivitamins are a worthwhile expense, as they can be (at best) a waste of money or (at worst) cause dangerous nutrient toxicities.

Is Melatonin Safe? All About the Popular Sleep Supplement

Melatonin is naturally produced in the brain as a part of our sleep/wake cycle. And in recent years, researchers have realized that melatonin in supplement form has similar effects. But are melatonin supplements safe? What is the most effective and safe form to take? In general, melatonin is quite safe, though experts recommend being conservative with the dosage and the number of nights in a row that you use it. Here's a breakdown of common questions about melatonin supplements.

Do Digestive Enzyme Supplements Work for Gas and Bloating?

Digestive enzymes are critical for breaking food down into its nutritional components in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. And if this process is disrupted, common GI symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, and stomach pain can ensue. It's for this reason that digestive enzyme supplements have been getting attention lately—there is speculation that they boost those processes and help relieve symptoms of indigestion. But the clinical evidence shows that digestive enzymes are not effective at ...

Factors that Affect Male Fertility—and that Standard Tests Might Miss

Male fertility is declining worldwide. Over the past 40 years, sperm count among men in the western hemisphere has decreased by 50%—and it continues to fall by an estimated 1.4% each year. [1] Unfortunately, male fertility is often overlooked—some men prefer not to discuss it, and when they do, some standard male fertility tests fail to capture contributing factors (more on this later). Stats show that one-third of all infertility cases are due to male infertility factors.[2] In this article, ...
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