If you chug a glass of orange juice every time you start sniffling, you may be onto something. Though studies show that consuming vitamin C can’t actually prevent colds, loading up on the nutrient may help slightly shorten the length of time you’re sick and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Archive for October, 2013
In our modern world, adrenal fatigue is extremely common and estimated by some experts to affect approximately 80 percent of the population to some degree. Adrenal fatigue is caused by all types of stress – physical and emotional – and if left unchecked, it can lead to other illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, thyroid disease and heart attack.
Clinical tests provide strong evidence that spirulina, siberian ginseng and skullcap relieve allergic rhinitisPosted October 31, 2013
Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal airways due to an allergic immune system response. The sinuses become inflamed because of increased histamine production, as the sensitive immune system responds to a foreign allergen such as pollen, dust or animal dander. The response to the allergens triggers the production of antibodies called immunoglobulin E. These antibodies bind to mast cells and basophils, both of which contain histamine. Histamine is the inflammatory substance that causes the inflammation in the sinus cavities, the increased mucus production, the sneezing and the itchy, watery eyes.
It is becoming common knowledge that the human intestinal system is dependent upon a diverse and populous mix of beneficial bacteria in order to maintain strong immunity and to function as designed. But new research out of Georgia has shown, perhaps for the first time, that natural gut bacteria is also necessary to repair and maintain a healthy intestinal cellular system and that gut microbes are fully capable of regrowing damaged or compromised tissue.
In a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized studies examining the effects of probiotics in infants 3 months or younger, with excessive crying (colic), of the 12 studies selected for analysis (of the 1180 initially identified), which included a total of 1825 infants, results found that infant crying was reduced with probiotic administration in 6 of the 12 studies.
Extracts from Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) may be an effective anti-inflammatory agent and anticoagulant, according to a new study from Japan.
The co-use of conventional drugs and herbs among patients in Norwegian general practice: a cross-sectional studyPosted October 31, 2013
Different patient groups are known to use herbal remedies and conventional drugs concomitantly (co-use). This poses a potential risk of herb-drug interaction through altering the drug’s pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics. Little is known about co-use among patients in general practice. The primary aim of this study was to compare patients in general practice that co-use herbal remedies and conventional drugs with those who do not. The secondary aim was to register the herb-drug combinations with potential clinical relevant interactions among the co-users.
Evaluation of antihyperglycemic and antinociceptive activity of Xanthium indicum stem extract in Swiss albino micePosted October 31, 2013
Xanthium indicum stem is used in folk medicine of Bangladesh to control sugar in diabetic patients and to alleviate pain. The objective of the study was to evaluate antihyperglycemic and antinociceptive activity of methanolic extract of Xanthium indicum stems (XISE) in mice.
Expanding waistlines and rising obesity rates have led to numerous ideas for policies, such as taxes on junk food or vouchers for fruits and vegetables, aimed at getting people to eat a more healthful diet. To better understand what influences food choices, a group of Iowa State University researchers looked at how prices, parents and peers affect fruit and vegetable consumption among African-American youths.
Honey may be detrimental for patients with type 2 diabetes because of the great quantities of sugars it contains. Honey has complex B vitamins that favor the nervous system, energy production and nails, hair and skin vitally; but just as many types of fruit, honey is rich in simple sugars, therefore is not advisable to those who live with diabetes, since it could be detrimental for their health.