Sherril Sego, FNP-C, DNP, is a staff clinician at the VA Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where she practices adult medicine and women’s health. She also teaches at the nursing schools of the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas.
Medically, licorice traditionally has been used as a general anti-inflammatory, antitussive, GI soothant, and for respiratory support. The potential for antiviral activity and hepatocellular protection in cases of hepatitis C has also been discussed.
Vitamin E supplements are typically found as an oil-filled gel capsule. Dietary experts, however, agree that the only effective way to increase vitamin E levels is by consuming foods high in the molecule, such as nuts and seeds.
Selenium is a stable trace-metal element that is found in such cruciferous foods as broccoli, garlic, and onions, as well as in meats, seafood, and nuts. In the human body, selenium is essential for protein synthesis and multiple enzymatic functions.
Use of magnesium as a supplement is probably most well known in such laxative preparations as milk of magnesia. In more emergent scenarios, IV magnesium is used in cases of pre-eclampsia and preterm labor.