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Plant Compounds Ease Asthma, Allergies

Posted March 4, 2014

Anti-inflammatory plant estrogen compounds found in soy and flaxseed were associated with less asthma and allergic disease, a national observational study showed. People with the highest urinary levels of phytoestrogens from flax and soy had the lowest risk, Jessica Savage, MD, MHS, of Brigham and Women’s and Harvard in Boston, reported here at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology meeting.

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The anti-adhesive mode of action of a purified mushroom (Lentinus edodes) extract with anticaries and antigingivitis properties in two oral bacterial phatogens

Posted February 26, 2014

The aim of this study was to characterise the bacterial receptors for the purified mushroom sub-fraction #5 in order to better elucidate the mode of action of this compound when interfering with bacterial adhesion to host surfaces or with bacteria-bacteria interactions in the biofilm state.

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Zyflamend, a polyherbal mixture, down regulates class I and class II histone deacetylases and increases p21 levels in castrate-resistant prostate cancer cells

Posted February 21, 2014

Zyflamend, a mixture containing extracts of ten herbs, has shown promise in a variety of preclinical cancer models, including prostate cancer. The current experiments were designed to investigate the effects of Zyflamend on the expression of class I and II histone deacetylases, a family of enzymes known to be over expressed in a variety of cancers.

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Natural compound attacks HER2 positive breast cancer cells

Posted February 18, 2014

A common compound known to fight lymphoma and skin conditions actually has a second method of action that makes it particularly deadly against certain aggressive breast tumors, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

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Oregano Compound May Help Fight Norovirus

Posted February 16, 2014

Norovirus is a very contagious virus and the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Researchers have found one compound that may actually breakdown norovirus, and it comes from a very common herb – oregano.

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Cannabis compound relieves pain from osteoarthritis

Posted February 14, 2014

Pain from osteoarthritis leaves many debilitated due to stiff and swollen joints. While prescriptions are readily available for osteoarthritis sufferers, they often leave patients with the choice of living between two worlds: If they take prescription pills, they may live with less physical pain yet suffer from the wide array of side effects that pharmaceuticals are equipped with. If they choose not to take prescriptions due to side effects, they will live in the chronic physical pain caused by osteoarthritis. Basically, they are forced to choose between one form of pain or another. However, this may not be the case for much longer.

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Better broccoli: Researchers identify method to increase shelf life and beneficial compounds

Posted February 13, 2014

The combined application of two natural compounds to broccoli could help to increase levels of its suggested anti-cancer compounds while also increasing shelf life, say researchers.

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Hempseed oil may be ‘packed’ with health-promoting compounds, finds new analysis

Posted February 9, 2014

Hempseed oil from legal low-THC versions of hemp may be full of potentially beneficial compounds including plant sterols and omega-3 fatty acids, according to new research.

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Antioxidant activities of ethanol extracts and fractions of Crescentia cujete leaves and stem bark and the involvement of phenolic compounds

Posted February 5, 2014

Antioxidant compounds like phenols and flavonoids scavenge free radicals and thus inhibit the oxidative mechanisms that lead to control degenerative and other diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the antioxidant activity in vitro, total phenolic and flavonoid contents in ethanol extracts and fractions of Crescentia cujete leaves and stem bark.

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Natural flavonol compound in fruits and vegetables prevents Alzheimer’s disease

Posted February 4, 2014

Riddled with deposits of a peptide called beta-amyloid, the brain can become consumed with plaque, which builds up in the spaces between nerve cells. When nerve cells begin to die off, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease set in.

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