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Cytotoxic and antimicrobial activities of endophytic fungi isolated from Bacopa monnieri (L.) Pennell (Scrophulariaceae)

Posted February 12, 2014

Endophytes, which reside in plant tissues, have the potential to produce novel metabolites with immense benefits for health industry. Cytotoxic and antimicrobial activities of endophytic fungi isolated from Bacopa monnieri (L.) Pennell were investigated.

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Synthetic versus natural curcumin: bioequivalence in an in vitro oral mucositis model

Posted February 12, 2014

Curcumin (CUR) is a dietary spice and food colorant (E100). Its potent anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting the activation of Nuclear Factor-kappaB is well established. The aim of this study was to compare natural purified CUR (nCUR) with synthetically manufactured CUR (sCUR) with respect to their capacity to inhibit detrimental effects in an in vitro model of oral mucositis. The hypothesis was to demonstrate bioequivalence of nCUR and sCUR.

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Excess weight linked to brain changes that may relate to memory, emotions, and appetite

Posted February 12, 2014

Being overweight appears related to reduced levels of a molecule that reflects brain cell health in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, learning, and emotions, and likely also involved in appetite control, according to a new study.

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Tyrosine helps you stop faster

Posted February 12, 2014

A child suddenly runs out into the road. Brake!! A driver who has recently eaten spinach or eggs will stop faster, thanks to the amino acid tyrosine found in these and other food products. Leiden cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato publishes her findings in the journal Neuropsychologia.

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Report: Omega 3 Can Lead to Societal Health Care Savings

Posted February 12, 2014

This February, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month, a new economic report brings awareness to the numerous benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for heart health. While these benefits are well-established for men and women in all stages of life, for U.S. adults over 55 with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), the benefits extend beyond heart health, and into their wallets.

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6 Hidden Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice

Posted February 11, 2014

Scientific research on tart cherries is revealing their once hidden valuable health benefits. In fact, the findings are so encouraging that Dr. Oz has called this fruit the ultimate antioxidant because of its promise in treating several medical conditions. Part of what makes this body of research so interesting is that some of the studies show tart cherry juice is equally as effective as certain medications in treating disorders.

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Mullein oil, a simple remedy for earaches

Posted February 11, 2014

The common mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.), is in the snapdragon family. The plant is rich in calcium phosphate, iron, magnesium, potassium and sulfur. It is a practical and medicinal plant readily found along roadsides, meadows and pastures. This plant has been used to treat pulmonary problems, inflammatory diseases, asthma, spasmodic coughs, diarrhea and migraine headaches. Although it has been used medicinally since ancient times, the popularity of common mullein has been increasing commercially for the past few years.

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The pear truth: 7 reasons to eat more pears

Posted February 11, 2014

When it comes to health foods, you hardly ever hear about pears. More often than not, there is more information about prickly pears (or Opunti; paddle cactus) than there is about the actual pear from the Pyrus genus. While pears are rarely discussed, they do offer a plethora of amazing health benefits like decreasing your chance of heart disease, decreasing your chance of stroke, helping increase your immune system and many more. Here are seven amazing health benefits of the wonderfully delicious pear.

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Fruit juice ‘as bad’ as sugary drinks, say researchers

Posted February 11, 2014

Two medical researchers writing in one of The Lancet journals argue that because of its high sugar content, fruit juice could be just as bad for us as sugar-sweetened beverages like carbonated drinks and sodas.

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Acupuncture Found Superior To Drug for Neck Disc Pain

Posted February 10, 2014

Acupuncture is found more effective than drug therapy for the treatment of neck disc herniations. This disorder is characterized by neck pain, numbness and/or weakness that often radiates towards the hands. Researchers compared electroacupuncture with the medication Meloxicam and discovered that electroacupuncture is more effective in both the short and long-term for the treatment of cervical intervertebral disc herniations.

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