Why is cilantro so good for the brain? Science explains

A study published in the FASEB Journal found that cilantro activates certain potassium channels in the brain which helps prevent seizures. Also known as coriander, cilantro is an herb that is commonly used in traditional medicine. It has anticonvulsant, anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it suitable for treating a host of medical conditions, including epileptic seizures. But while its health benefits have been extensively studied, … Continue reading Why is cilantro so good for the brain? Science explains

Off to do your daily workout? Here are a few things you can munch on before you hit the gym

The body consumes high amounts of energy when you work out, depleting your energy stores. One way to keep your body up and running during particularly intense exercises is to eat before working out. Some people fast before working out and still perform well. Others, particularly beginners and those who do highly demanding workout routines, need to … Continue reading Off to do your daily workout? Here are a few things you can munch on before you hit the gym

12 Antioxidant-rich foods you should add to your diet today

Foods don’t gain “superfood” status for no reason. This status is only conferred to foods — often plant-based ones — that contain incredible amounts of natural compounds, such as antioxidants. Claudia Fajardo-Lira, a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and a professor of food science and nutrition at California State University, Northridge, explains that antioxidants are integral … Continue reading 12 Antioxidant-rich foods you should add to your diet today

Essential oils of Etlingera plants are rich in antimicrobial compounds

Plants in the genus Etlingera belong to the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family and are native to the Indo-Pacific region. They have long been used as traditional medicines by indigenous communities and are also known for their culinary applications. Studies suggest that Etlingera plants are rich in biologically active volatile components that contribute to their medicinal properties. Despite increasing scientific interest, data … Continue reading Essential oils of Etlingera plants are rich in antimicrobial compounds

Quench your thirst in the healthiest way possible by juicing these 9 vegetables

Juicing is a popular health trend among circles of fitness enthusiasts and health-conscious consumers – and for good reason. In a recent article published online, Essex-based nutritionist Kerri Jennings shares that drinking pure juice made from fresh vegetables confers higher doses of macro- and micronutrients than just eating the vegetable alone. This is because it takes larger quantities … Continue reading Quench your thirst in the healthiest way possible by juicing these 9 vegetables

The winged-stem passionflower can selectively kill cancer cells, says study

Studies have described several plants that belong to the Passiflora (passionflower) genus as cytotoxic to cancer cells. These plants have also demonstrated impressive anti-tumor or chemopreventive properties. Notable examples include P. edulis (passion fruit), P. ligularis (sweet granadilla), P. incarnata (maypop) and P. tetrandra (New Zealand passionfruit). Because of the rising cancer mortality rate and the increasing number of reports about the anticancer potential of Passiflora plants, Brazilian … Continue reading The winged-stem passionflower can selectively kill cancer cells, says study

New study reveals regular garlic intake may lower mortality risk

A recent study published in the journal Nutrients found that regularly consuming garlic can lower all-cause mortality risk among older people. Previous research associated garlic consumption with lower mortality risk in younger healthy subjects. But no such evidence had been documented for older adults. The present study, on the other hand, shows the protective effects of garlic among people aged 80 … Continue reading New study reveals regular garlic intake may lower mortality risk

How can a plant-based diet help diabetics? Study explains

A study published in the journal Nutrients found that a plant-based diet can restore the function of beta cells, which are important for insulin production and healthy blood glucose levels. According to the researchers, modern medicine only slightly slows down the decline of beta-cell function in people with Type 2 diabetes. The study, on the other hand, showed that a plant-based … Continue reading How can a plant-based diet help diabetics? Study explains

Diabetes prevention: What to eat and what to avoid

Diabetes can be a lifelong, debilitating illness if left untreated. From poor blood circulation to impaired healing, diabetes can cause a host of problems that can make life difficult for sufferers. There are also no accepted mainstream cures for diabetes, but this does not mean that the disease is a death sentence. Scientists agree that proper diet … Continue reading Diabetes prevention: What to eat and what to avoid

Want healthier, shinier hair? Use olive oil as a natural conditioner

Olive oil is not only one of the healthiest oils available, but it is also among the most versatile. In fact, experts in hair care recommend using olive oil for different kinds of hair treatments, from moisturizing to deep conditioning. The benefits of olive oil for hair Gabrielle Corney, a licensed cosmetologist based in New York, explains that olive oil … Continue reading Want healthier, shinier hair? Use olive oil as a natural conditioner