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HIV Treatment Via Geranium Extracts: Natural Way To Fight Infection, Inhibit Replication

Posted January 31, 2014

German researchers have found that geranium extracts can inhibit HIV type 1 by preventing the virus from invading human cells, raising the possibility that the next big thing in AIDS prevention may be found in your own backyard.

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How a Flower May Stop Melanoma

Posted April 13, 2013

Melanoma may be the least common form of skin cancer, but it also is the most deadly. Now scientists have discovered how a trumpet-like flower may hold the secret to stopping the disease. Could a flower help fight skin cancer? At Texas Biomedical Research Institute, a team of researchers has announced they have discovered how a substance called gossypin, which has been isolated from the hibiscus plant (H. vitifolius), may fight a deadly form of skin cancer.

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Flower power may be answer to itchy problem

Posted June 25, 2012

Sunflowers may hold the solution to a problem which gets under the skin of millions of Australians every year. Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rosacea and the lesser-known Netherton Syndrome pose an itchy problem for many sufferers world-wide, but a group of researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are looking at ways to soothe the problem – with tiny proteins called peptides, found in sunflowers.

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Edible Flowers

Posted May 28, 2012

The benefits of integrating flowering plants into a vegetable garden are numerous: they attract bees and other insects to pollinate and predate on common pests, fragrant flowers and flowering herbs help confuse and repel some harmful insect pests, and an exceptionally diverse range of flowers that can be harvested for pot-pourri, herb teas, aromatherapy, cut flowers and also for food.

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9 Sun Protective Foods

Posted April 30, 2012

You may be surprised to learn that many common foods offer some protection to your skin from the potentially damaging rays of the sun, from the inside out. This SPF or sun protective factor aspect of foods has to do with the presence of certain antioxidant compounds. Plants produce antioxidants within their own tissues to protect their own cells from premature destruction, due to exposure to heat, light, air, moisture and time.

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Hungry brains: The best brain-boosting foods

Posted April 30, 2012

Its 11:11 a.m. You didnt have time to eat breakfast before spending all morning in class. You shift positions on your unyielding plastic chair and attempt to focus as your professor introduces the chemistry of carbon compounds, but his words are drowned out by your stomachs unending growl and your incessant thoughts of whats for lunch. Your mind becomes consumed with anxiety, your limbs grow shaky, and your concentration fades.

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Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Posted April 30, 2012

No question, Thanksgiving is a day we often overeat. But, Thanksgiving is also a day when we eat foods that can pack a powerful nutrition punch. Lets take a look at some traditional holiday favorites.

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Exercise, magnesium supplements boost male sex hormone testosterone

Posted April 30, 2012

Testosterone levels decline as men age, which explains why elderly men are not as sexually active as younger ones. A study published in late 2011 in Biological Trace Element Research suggests that both exercise and magnesium supplements may increase the free and total plasma testosterone in men.

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Dietary Dos and Donts of Ayurveda

Posted April 30, 2012

Certain dietary dos and donts serve to maintain balance of specific doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) and promote sound health. An appropriate diet can not only enhance wellness but can also be used to neutralize toxins in the body. According to the science of Ayurveda, the root cause of any disease or malfunction is the accumulation of toxic substances (Ama, i.e. the improperly digested food particles) in the body. The toxic accumulation depletes the cells of its oxygen and energy and promotes ill heath.

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Vitamin C From Food Tied to Lower Cataract Risk

Posted April 30, 2012

Older adults who get very little vitamin C in their diets may have an increased risk of developing cataracts, a study in India finds. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens that commonly cause vision problems in older people. Some studies, but not all, have found that people with higher intakes of antioxidants, including vitamin C, may have a lower risk of developing the condition.

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