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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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Natural Vitamin E v. Synthetic Vitamin E—Guess Which One Slows Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted January 14, 2014

While drug companies are plowing billions of dollars into researching synthetic drugs that may, at best, have a minimal, palliative effect on Alzheimer’s disease, you might not be surprised to learn that there are a number of lifestyle strategies and natural compounds that have been shown to prevent, and even slow, the course of this devastating illness. One of the more recent natural substances to surface as a potential ally against Alzheimers is all-natural, full-spectrum vitamin E.

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Tai Chi and Heart Health: Reduce Cardiac Risks and Cholesterol

Posted April 30, 2012

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the western world. Exercise has been shown to reduce some risk factors of obesity, blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and even lipid levels. Tai Chi, a form of exercise, is an ancient Chinese mind body fitness practice based on keeping the body in harmony (yin and yang) by a form of low impact rhythmic dance-like movement focusing on breathing and balance. A literature review below discusses the positive impact Tai Chi makes on the heart and circulatory system.

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Tai Chi program helps Parkinson’s disease patients

Posted April 30, 2012

An Oregon Research Institute (ORI) exercise study conducted in four Oregon cities has shown significant benefits for patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease. In an original article published in the February 9, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), ORI scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D. and colleagues report that a tailored program of twice-weekly Tai Chi training resulted in improved postural stability and walking ability, and reduced falls in the participants.

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Tai chi benefits people with chronic health problems like Parkinsons, arthritis and fibromyalgia

Posted April 30, 2012

Recent studies conducted by Fushong Li of the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, Oregon have determined that the ancient Chinese practice of tai chi can a positive impact on those afflicted with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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