But as an alternative medicine doctor, I’ve never heard of Lipo-Flavonoid Plus. And I know most of my conventional colleagues don’t prescribe anything alternative, so who are these doctors recommending this product?
On their website, the Lipo-Flavonoid folks don’t mention doctors by name, although the creator of their product was a doctor. I always love the idea that an M.D. degree makes one an expert on supplement creation and manufacture. It must have been the course on supplement manufacturing and analysis of product purity they had between pathology and anatomy classes. Oh, they didn’t have any courses on that? Being an expert in the ear doesn’t actually translate into the manufacturing field, but let’s overlook that for now.
The ingredients of Lipo-Flavonoid Plus are mostly vitamins.
- Eriodictyol glycoside (an extract from citrus bioflavonoid)
- Vitamins B6 and B12 (B complex)
- Vitamin C
- Pantothenic acid
So what is the difference between this product and, say, a multivitamin? The marketing website has an answer. “Histamines are believed to create or worsen the symptoms of Meniere’s Syndrome (including tinnitus), but key ingredients, specifically eriodictyol glycoside, in Lipo-Flavonoid Plus are believed to block these histamines.“
If you look at the research, most of it is from the 1960′s, and done by the same doctor the company claims as its creator. Dr. Henry L. Williams was active in the 1960′s and is now manufacturing a supplement? What does this guy put in his coffee, because that is a loooong medical career? A little too long, truth be told. According to an awards booklet from his specialty, Dr. Williams was born in 1898, got his Yale medical degree in 1921, and died in 1974. So he has nothing to do with this product and should be left to rest in peace.
Dr. Williams did do research on citrus bioflavonoids and mentioned it in relation to the ears in 1962. The abstract to that paper is not available online, and no research has been done on the specific Eriodictyol glycoside compound or citrus bioflavonoids and ears since.
Verdict? I’ll leave it up to you. But no doctor is behind this supplement, and no research has been published showing this product is effective. Poor Dr. Williams should not be cited as the creator of this supplement.
Update: So what would work for tinnitus? Go to post here.
- Debbie Gibson’s interview on US Weekly.com (lcoonline.wordpress.com)
- American Spending Goes Into Overdrive As Savings Plunge To 2008 Levels (zerohedge.com)