Healthy Foods Natural Remedies 

Can This Common Herb Reverse Brain Damage?

A recent study from Germany demonstrates regeneration in the brain cells of live rats using treatments with turmeric. Turmeric is a close relative of ginger and is one of the most commonly used medicinal herbs. Many past studies have focused on the curcumin, the phytocompound that gives turmeric its bright color, but the new study reports that the compound, aromatic-turmerone, or “ar-turmerone,” appears to induce regeneration in brain cells, both in vitro, in neural stem cells (NSC), and in live rats. Researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, grew…

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Health Studies Wellness 

Your Desk Job May Be Worse for You than You Know

You may have heard that “sitting is the new smoking.” “The enzymes in blood vessels of muscles responsible for ‘fat burning’ are shut off within hours of not standing…. Standing and moving lightly will re-engage the enzymes, but since people are awake 16 hours a day, it stands to reason that when people sit much of that time, they are losing the opportunity for optimal metabolism throughout the day.” An NIH analysis of past studies confirms that sitting too much increases the risk of “hospitalizations, all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, diabetes,…

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Cinnamon: Safe to Use for Blood Pressure?

Cinnamon lowers blood pressure, so says the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. There are a number of types of cinnamon. The botanical names differ and one of them translates to “true cinnamon,” but this does not mean that other types are “fake” cinnamon. Alll cinnamons are effective and helpful. The active ingredients in cinnamon are cinnamaldehyde, flavonoids, and coumarin. Cinnamaldehyde is the substance that gives cinnamon its flavor and wonderful smell, flavonoids are good antioxidants, and coumarin is an anticoagulant. Cinnamon also seems to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and…

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Health Studies Natural Remedies 

New Research Confirms Safe, Effective, Natural Alternative to Anti-depressants

According to the most recent depression statistics from the CDC, 1 in 20 Americans age 12 and older report current depression. The pharmaceutical industry claims that more than 20 percent of Americans take some sort of prescribed mood or mind-altering medication. Two new studies have revealed very good evidence that the spice, saffron, may offer an effective alternative to anti-depressants. A report published this year analyzed data from six different studies that all tested saffron for use with depression. This “meta-analysis” reported promising results: “In the placebo-comparison trials, saffron had…

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Diet Healthy Foods 

Making Sense of Advice about Tea and Diabetes

Should you drink tea if you have diabetes? What if you don’t have diabetes, but you’re concerned that you may be at-risk? The advice can be confusing. European studies that compared tea consumption with the incidence of Type 2 diabetes found that populations that drink 4 cups of tea a day are up to 20% less likely to have Type 2 diabetes. But what kind of tea is best? One report on the site, Europe PubMed Central, called “Having a Promising Efficacy on Type II Diabetes, It’s Definitely a Green…

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How to Make Sure Your Echinacea Really Works

If you use herbal cures, echinacea is probably one of your go-to items. A National Center for Health Statistics survey found that echinacea was the most popular natural product on the market. If you’ve heard that echinacea doesn’t work, it may be because it wasn’t being used for the right thing. For example, an often touted study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, said that Echinacea didn’t work any better than a placebo, but the study looked at how well echinacea could prevent a person from contracting a…

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Diet Wellness 

New Evidence that Fasting has Unexpected Benefits

According to Science Daily, the University of Southern California has published a new research report that contains the first evidence that fasting may trigger “stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system.” According to the report, fasting for two to four days at a time over the course of six months lowered white blood cell counts in both mice and humans. Researchers are still seeking more evidence for benefits in humans, but, for the mice, it also appeared that the mice “flipped a regenerative switch.” Fasting mice showed evidence of…

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Wellness 

Read This Before You Do a Detox

Recently, the Guardian reported that the hugely profitable detox industry that claims to clean out unnamed “toxins,” is at best, ineffective, and, at worst, a scam. The Guardian quotes emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, Edzard Ernst: “Let’s be clear, there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.” Ernst confirms that medical treatment, commonly referred to as “detoxing” that begins the treatment of life-threatening drug addictions is valid and necessary, but he has strong opinions against the more popular use of “detoxing.” “The…

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No Time for Exercise? How About a Full-Body Workout in 30 Seconds?

If you haven’t tried planking, you may be missing out on the most efficient exercise you could do. We’re not talking about the fad of hanging out in odd places imitating an ironing board. “Planking,” as an exercise, is not even in the same position as the fad. Planking is raising yourself from a prone position to hold your weight on your elbows and the balls of your feet. Research shows it is an extremely effective core exercise. Pennsylvania State University published a study that showed forearm plank exercises result…

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New Study – Natural Cure Helps Smokers Quit

You may be familiar with the many benefits of fish oil. Eating fatty fishes like Wild Alaskan Salmon, Arctic Char, Atlantic Mackerel, Sardines, Black Cod, Anchovies, Farmed Rainbow Trout, Albacore Tuna, Pacific Halibut, as well as oysters and mussels may help with many common health issues: May help lower cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDLs and blood pressure, while increasing HDL. May help to break up clots before they damage to the heart or brain. May help prevent breast, colon, and prostate cancers. May help regulate inflammation. May improve memory, reasoning, and the…

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