Nursing: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Melatonin, Coenzyme Q10, and Cranberry Supplementation

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About Course #N1841

Release Date: November 15, 2017

Expiration Date: November 30, 2020

The four supplements highlighted in the course are among the most popular in the United States, according to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin was the second-most popular dietary supplement choice for consumers. Coenzyme Q10 was number four in 2012, an increase from 2007 when it was not on the top 10 supplements list. Cranberry was the seventh-most popular supplement in 2012, maintaining its place among the top 10 supplements. Melatonin moved into the top 10 dietary supplements in 2012. It was ranked at number four behind fish oil, glucosamine/chondroitin, and probiotics. Each of these supplements is discussed individually.

About the Authors

Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh, received her bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University (ONU) and a PhD in Pharmacology from The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy. She is a professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP). Dr. Piascik speaks at continuing education conferences on the topics of new drugs, dietary supplements, and personalized medicine. Dr. Piascik is also a Distinguished Alumnus of ONU and the recipient of the Jack L. Beal Postbaccalaureate Alumni Award from OSU.

Martha M. Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC, received her bachelor of science degree in Education from New York University, her bachelor of science degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles, her master of science degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and her doctorate in Humanities - Health Care History from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England. Dr. Libster is an award-winning historian of seven books, including two histories about American 19th century healthcare reform, religion, and nursing.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • Martha Libster was paid for editing this course book but has no conflicts of interest related to the publication of this course book.
  • Gary Kracoff has disclosed that he is on the advisory committee for Boiron USA and is Medical Director at the Academy of Integrative Medicine. He has agreed to present content that is current, evidence based, and unbiased.

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