Researchers find strong evidence linking artificial sweeteners to asthma

Even moderate consumption of fructose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from soda, fruit drinks and apple juice corresponds to a higher risk of asthma in adults. This is the finding of a recent study by independent researcher Luanne DeChristopher and Katherine Tucker from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Their study found that … Continue reading Researchers find strong evidence linking artificial sweeteners to asthma

Silymarin from milk thistle can prevent hand-foot syndrome, a common side effect of chemotherapy, reports study

Silymarin, the active ingredient in milk thistle (Silybum marianum), is a flavonoid commonly used to treat liver disorders. But a recent study suggests that silymarin can also be used to reduce the harmful side effects of chemotherapy. In a recent study, researchers from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS) in Iran found that topical application of silymarin can reduce the … Continue reading Silymarin from milk thistle can prevent hand-foot syndrome, a common side effect of chemotherapy, reports study

Medicinal plants: The survival uses of eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a fast-growing tree that’s native to Australia. It has a distinct chemical makeup that lends itself to several medicinal and household uses. Its antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects stem mostly from the compound eucalyptol, a common ingredient in mouthwash and cough suppressant. There are more than 400 hundred different species of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus globulus, or blue gum, is … Continue reading Medicinal plants: The survival uses of eucalyptus

Loquat, native to many regions in Asia, exhibits anti-diabetes properties

Eriobotrya japonica, commonly known as loquat, is an evergreen shrub that belongs to the rose (Rosaceae) family. It is widely cultivated in China and Japan for its edible fruit and seeds, as well as for the medicinal uses of its various parts. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), loquat, or pi pa, is used to clear stomach … Continue reading Loquat, native to many regions in Asia, exhibits anti-diabetes properties

Black ginseng found to protect against lung injury caused by particulate matter

Ginseng is a popular herb used to improve immune function and address sexual dysfunction. It refers to the root of any species belonging to the genus Panax that is used in traditional medicine. P. ginseng, also known as Asian ginseng or Korean ginseng, is one of the most commonly used ginseng varieties. Depending on how they are processed, the roots … Continue reading Black ginseng found to protect against lung injury caused by particulate matter

Investigating the anti-diabetic properties of Eriobotrya japonica (loquat)

In this study, researchers from India analyzed the physical and chemical properties of Eriobotrya japonica (loquat) leaves and evaluated their antioxidant and antidiabetic potential. They reported their findings in an article published in the International Journal of Green Pharmacy. E. japonica is a plant used in traditional medicine in East Asian countries, such as Japan, China, Korea, India, … Continue reading Investigating the anti-diabetic properties of Eriobotrya japonica (loquat)

Study: Lithium treatments found to stabilize the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers from Brazil are suggesting that lithium could potentially halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In a study published in the journal Current Alzheimer Research, they wrote that the memory of Alzheimer’s patients stabilized after taking small doses of lithium. The team also reported that lithium was able to slow down the aging of brain cells. While research is still ongoing, they … Continue reading Study: Lithium treatments found to stabilize the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease

Study: Supplementing with fish oil daily linked to a reduced risk of CVD-related death

Daily fish oil supplementation can help reduce the risk of a heart attack, as well as the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD), new research suggests. As detailed in a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital conducted a meta-analysis of 13 randomized trials involving … Continue reading Study: Supplementing with fish oil daily linked to a reduced risk of CVD-related death

Analysis of broccoli florets reveals what phytochemicals are present in young and mature broccoli

Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) is a cruciferous vegetable closely related to Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. A rich source of essential vitamins and minerals, broccoli is also known for its abundance of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and prevent chronic disease. But the most notable compounds present in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are the sulfur-containing … Continue reading Analysis of broccoli florets reveals what phytochemicals are present in young and mature broccoli

The therapeutic effects of ginseng against Alzheimer’s disease

Panax ginseng, commonly known as Asian ginseng or Korean ginseng, is one of the most widely used and extensively studied species of ginseng. Sometimes referred to as the “true ginseng,” Asian ginseng has been a staple herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is still used today to boost immunity, increase strength and blood volume, lower blood … Continue reading The therapeutic effects of ginseng against Alzheimer’s disease