Better take basil: Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation naturally with this amazing superfood

Basil is an indispensable herb in kitchens around the world. From thick sauces to herbaceous salads, basil is an important ingredient in a number of recipes from various cuisines. But studies show that this popular herb not only belongs in the kitchen, but also in a medicine cabinet. In a recent study published in the Journal of Food Science and … Continue reading Better take basil: Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation naturally with this amazing superfood

Survival medicine 101: Three natural remedies for pain relief, infections and for improving heart health

Herbs and plants make for potent medicines and holistic treatments for a range of ailments, from muscle pain to bacterial infections. These natural remedies also do not cause harmful side effects like drugs and are cost-efficient to boot. In one of his recent articles published online, prepper and natural medicine proponent Claude Davis shared three of … Continue reading Survival medicine 101: Three natural remedies for pain relief, infections and for improving heart health

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

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

Curb inflammation with these 8 natural supplements

Inflammation is a natural immune response. It can cause swelling, redness and pain whenever the body deals with irritation, infection or injury. But when inflammation becomes chronic, it can result in conditions that affect a person’s quality of life, such as arthritis. You can keep inflammation in check by taking natural supplements. Here are eight natural compounds and … Continue reading Curb inflammation with these 8 natural supplements

Reasons to eat cilantro, a superfood rich in immune-boosting antioxidants

You’ve probably seen cilantro used as a garnish for various dishes. This often divisive herb, which some say tastes either refreshing and citrusy or like soap, offers many health benefits such as detoxifying your body. Cilantro, an amazing superfood Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) belongs to the mint family. An annual plant, cilantro was originally found in Southern Europe, … Continue reading Reasons to eat cilantro, a superfood rich in immune-boosting antioxidants

Holy basil: This Ayurvedic medicine for skin diseases is also a potent anti-cancer agent

Ocimum sanctum, also known as holy basil or tulsi, is an aromatic medicinal herb native to Southeast Asia. Widely used in traditional medicine, holy basil is considered a great tonic for the body, mind and spirit. In fact, it is also called the “queen of the herbs” because of its many therapeutic properties. In Ayurveda — an ancient … Continue reading Holy basil: This Ayurvedic medicine for skin diseases is also a potent anti-cancer agent

Active compound of “Dragon’s Blood” resin found to suppress yeast infections

Candida albicans is a yeast that’s part of the human body’s natural microflora. It can be found in the gastrointestinal tract, the mouth and the vagina. Under normal conditions, C. albicans doesn’t cause any problems or health issues; however, if the environment it lives in changes in a way that’s conducive to fungal growth, C. albicans can start multiplying uncontrollably and cause … Continue reading Active compound of “Dragon’s Blood” resin found to suppress yeast infections

The in vitro anti-cancer activities of Ocimum sanctum leaf extracts (holy basil)

In this study, a researcher at Government Degree College, Khairatabad in India investigated the anti-cancer activity of plant suspension cultures of Ocimum sanctum (holy basil) against lung cancer. Key findings were published in the International Journal of Green Pharmacy. Ethanol, acetone and aqueous leaf extracts of O. sanctum were used to treat human lung cancer (A549) cells. Their in vitro anti-cancer activity was evaluated … Continue reading The in vitro anti-cancer activities of Ocimum sanctum leaf extracts (holy basil)