There are so many websites claiming to have knowledge about which supplements to take for various diseases, it can be difficult to know if these claims are fact or fiction.
We are also inundated with news reports which tell us everything we previously thought we knew about diet and supplements is wrong.
How can we validate this information or find factual research, which can guide us on the right path to wellness?
Many scientific research papers, that are validated and peer reviewed, are accessible on line at The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest biomedical library. The NLM stores a vast database of published articles available online and in print, supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.
How to conduct a search of the National of Library of Medicine Database
The database is located at:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
In the search bar near the top of the page, you can enter the name of a herb, pharmaceutical, chemical, or other substance, combined with a disease name or other key word you are researching. For example, you can find research on turmeric and cancer here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=turmeric+cancer. This search was created simply by typing "turmeric cancer" into the search bar.
Another good search tool is Google Scholar. Searching on Google can give you a lot of misleading information, written by amateur bloggers and news articles based on weak evidence and fake science. For scholarly articles and research, written by actual scientists, use Google Scholar at: https://scholar.google.com/
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.