Study explains how a chemical from Japanese cornel may help treat Alzheimer’s disease

Cornus officinalis, also known as Japanese cornel, is a medicinal plant native to China, Japan and South Korea. Well-known in traditional medicine, the fruit of this small tree, in particular, is used for its analgesic, diuretic and anti-diabetic properties. According to studies, the active components of Japanese cornel can inhibit the activity of a-glucosidase, the enzyme that breaks … Continue reading Study explains how a chemical from Japanese cornel may help treat Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers eye N-acetylcysteine as a potential natural treatment for psychiatric conditions like depression and schizophrenia

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a supplement form of the amino acid cysteine. It plays an important role in your body’s detoxification process and helps mitigate the side effects of drugs and environmental toxins. In fact, it is commonly used to treat people who overdose on acetaminophen (Tylenol), which can cause acute liver toxicity when taken in large doses. … Continue reading Researchers eye N-acetylcysteine as a potential natural treatment for psychiatric conditions like depression and schizophrenia

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

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

Forgotten dreams: REM sleep helps prevent information overload, explain scientists

Dreams are quickly forgotten the moment people wake up. This is likely due to a group of neurons that gets activated during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase of mammalian slumber when most dreams are made. A recent study published in the journal Science examined the neurons that produce appetite and sleep hormones in mice. Japanese and American … Continue reading Forgotten dreams: REM sleep helps prevent information overload, explain scientists

High blood pressure and depression are tied to your gut health, research says

A recent study found that gut health is linked to high blood pressure and depression after identifying key differences in gut bacterial patterns among individuals with the conditions and healthy individuals. The preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association‘s Hypertension Scientific Sessions also found that high blood pressure might take different forms – one that is accompanied by depression and one … Continue reading High blood pressure and depression are tied to your gut health, research says

Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

A study published in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition found that a diet rich in vitamin C, anthocyanidin and flavonoid – nutrients plenty in strawberries – can help reduce Alzheimer’s disease among older people. The researchers from the Rush University Medical Center and Rush Insitute for Health Aging said that participants who ate strawberries more than once a week were 32 percent less likely to develop … Continue reading Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

Curb your anxiety by drinking a cup of matcha green tea

Matcha can reduce anxiety by activating dopamine and serotonin receptors that are linked to anxious behavior, according to researchers from Kumamoto University in Japan. Matcha, which literally means “powdered tea,” refers to the powder made from finely ground leaves of shade-grown tea tree (Camellia sinensis). Matcha has been used medicinally since ancient times. In Japan, in particular, it is used to help people relax, prevent obesity and treat certain skin conditions. … Continue reading Curb your anxiety by drinking a cup of matcha green tea

The brain-boosting potential of tart cherry juice

A recent study by scientists from the University of Delaware (UD) has found that drinking cherry juice has beneficial effects on memory. Published in the journal Food & Nutrition, it demonstrated that drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice every day for 12 weeks improved cognitive function in adults aged 65 to 80. Tart cherry juice supplementation can improve cognitive performance in older adults Lead author Chai Sheau … Continue reading The brain-boosting potential of tart cherry juice

If they can’t cure your depression, maybe they can make you forget you have it: Common anticholinergic drugs increase dementia risk by 50 percent

The use of anticholinergic medications is widespread, especially among older adults. These medications are often prescribed by physicians to treat a wide variety of health problems, including bladder disorders, gastrointestinal issues, seasonal allergies and even depression. However, recent studies have found a connection between the use of anticholinergic drugs and acute cognitive impairments. In particular, these medications have been … Continue reading If they can’t cure your depression, maybe they can make you forget you have it: Common anticholinergic drugs increase dementia risk by 50 percent