Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)

Probably the single most important thing to know about folic acid is that it can prevent birth defects like spina bifida, the most common permanently disabling neural tube defect in the US. It’s also one of a trio of B-vitamins—the others being B-12 and B-6—that can...

Biotin (Vitamin B7)

Biotin is a member of the B-vitamin family. It plays a key role in the health of the skin, cells, and the digestive tract. Most people don’t need biotin supplements because we get enough from our food. Not only that but biotin is actually recyclable by the human body....

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 was a topic that used to get Robert Atkins, MD—of Atkins Diet fame—piping mad. He felt it was an outstanding example of how divorced the dietary policy makers at the FDA were from what the latest research was saying. Half tongue-in-cheek, he called Vitamin...

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Unlike superstar vitamins like vitamin D-- which consistently garners attention in the nutrition press—you don’t hear much about vitamin B2. That’s because it’s best known as a supporting player. But don’t make the mistake of underestimating its importance. Vitamin B2...

Vitamin A

The first installment in my new series- Vitamin and Mineral Mondays- is here! Join me each week for a look at a new vitamin or mineral and its benefits. Vitamin A is one of a select group of vitamins and minerals that are known to be powerful antioxidants (this group...

My Homeopathy Dilemma

I’ve always been skeptical about homeopathy. Sorry. I know it’s not politically correct to say that, but it’s the truth. I can kind of see it on some energetic or metaphorical level—especially when I get all What The Bleep Do We Know about it, thinking about water...

Turnips

Whenever I think of turnips, I can’t help recalling that line in Tennessee Williams’s famous play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, where Big Daddy calls the little kids “no-neck monsters”! That’s because turnips have no necks and the fact that they grow just about anywhere---...