Is Evening Primrose Oil Worth Taking?

Reviews of the evidence have shown that there is little meaningful evidence to support the use of evening primrose oil (EPO) for breast tenderness or dermatitis.1, 2 But one review has suggested a benefit (versus drugs used for treatment) for breast pain. It should be noted that the studies cited within these reviews still offer many conflicts.2 There is only limited data on the use of primrose oil for schizophrenia but a Cochrane review of this application found no clear effect of EPO supplementation on schizophrenia.3 Primrose oil is probably not worth taking References 1.         Stonemetz D. A Review of the Clinical Efficacy of Evening Primrose. Holistic Nursing Practice. 2008;22(3):171-4. 2.         Sarayloo K, Najmabadi KM, Ghazanfarpour M. EFFECTS OF THE EVENING PRIMROSE OIL ON WOMEN’S MASTALGIA: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS. The Malaysian Journal of Nursing. 2017;9(2):28-35. 3.         Joy CB, Mumby-Croft R, Joy LA. Polyunsaturated fatty acid (fish or evening primrose oil) for schizophrenia. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2000(2):Cd001257.

Why I Love Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been used in traditional medicine systems for thousands of years but it seems like ever since best-selling author and renowned ‘lifehacker’ Tim Ferriss posted about Lion’s Mane Coffee— “I was on FIRE for the entire day… I got more done that day than three or four days prior to that”—there has been a surge in interest in these exotic mushrooms, and how they can help to improve health and performance. Lion’s Mane Mushroom has received a lot of interest, in no small part due to this ‘Tim Ferriss Effect’, and the buzz is not without good reason. Lion’s Mane (Hericium Erinaceus) is a mushroom native to North America, Europe, and Asia. As well as looking freaky-cool, it also being studied extensively and shows a range of health and performance benefits.   Brain Health and Cognition Most interestingly, Lion’s Mane has been shown to increase ‘Nerve Growth Factor’ (NGF)1 which literally helps nerves and brain cells to grow and repair,2-7 an effect not seen from other medicinal ‘shrooms like Eringi, Maitake, and Himematsutake.8 This is important because neurons (brain and nervous system cells) typically don’t repair very well at all…and so, if you’ve lost a few cells, or damaged a few, through playing footy, bumping your head surfing, or falling off your bike… or from a few too many late nights out…you might be able to recover some of that previously lost brain tissue. Because of this brain-repair effect, Lion’s Mane is being considered as one of the most…