Plant-based diet may help boost bacteria that protects heart health: Study

  Researchers explore the role that diet plays in gut bacteria and how it may impact cardiovascular health. Source: Plant-based diet may help boost bacteria that protects heart health: Study

Cannabidiol (CBD) May Improve Craving and Anxiety in Opioid Addiction

The opioid abuse epidemic is expanding in the United States (US), and increasingly affects other nations, spurring the search for therapeutic agents that are not themselves μ-opioid agonists. The authors found that cannabidiol (CBD; from cannabis [Cannabis sativa, Cannabaceae]) reduced craving and anxiety associated with heroin-seeking behavior triggered by drug cues in vivo. Drug cues … Continue reading Cannabidiol (CBD) May Improve Craving and Anxiety in Opioid Addiction

Organic Personal Care Market – Seeing Sustainable Growth

Every industry has had to make process and ingredient changes so that they can be considered as environmentally conscious. The use of chemicals in production is now becoming a strict no-no for many industries, and they have brought out their own range of eco-friendly products. An industry that perhaps has undergone some of the most … Continue reading Organic Personal Care Market – Seeing Sustainable Growth

Elderberry growth was huge in 2019. Here’s why. 2020 Ingredient trends to watch for foods, drinks, and dietary supplements | Nutritional Outlook

Impressively, elderberry is capturing significant mainstream attention. 1 Source: Elderberry growth was huge in 2019. Here’s why. 2020 Ingredient trends to watch for foods, drinks, and dietary supplements | Nutritional Outlook https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/dietary-supplements-market

Consumption of Avocados May Reduce Adult Weight Gain but Depend on Initial Body Mass Index

Avocados (Persea americana, Lauraceae) are nutrient-dense and medium-caloric food. They provide dietary fiber, phytochemicals, mannoheptulose, and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). In vivo studies indicate an association between lower body weight and avocado consumption. However, according to the authors, very few studies have examined the relationship between avocado intake and adiposity in humans, with inconsistent results. … Continue reading Consumption of Avocados May Reduce Adult Weight Gain but Depend on Initial Body Mass Index

Chocolate – Food of the Gods

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By Maryann Readal

In 1753, it was Carl Linnaeus who gave cacao, the Herb Society of America’s Herb of the Month, its botanical name: Theobroma cacao, from theos meaning god and broma meaning food – food of the gods. The Mayans gave it the name xocoatl, (pronounced sho-KWA-til). According to The True History of Chocolate authors Sophie and Michael Coe, the most likely history of the word “chocolate” is that the Spaniards combined the Maya word chocol, meaning “hot,” and the Aztec atl, meaning “water,” to produce chocolatl.

It is believed that Olmec Indians began using cacao beans for beverages as early as 250 BCE. But it was the Mayans who really domesticated the tree and discovered its many uses. They were the first to grow cacao trees on plantations. The drink they made from cacao beans was reserved for the Mayan wealthy and important and was…

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Where and How to Grow an Herbal Groundcover – Richo’s Blog

The urge to muck about and create plant habitat goes hand-in-hand with the urge to grow more and more species of plants that need individualized growing conditions.   As your species list increases, you will probably feel motivated to prepare specific plant habitats.  After all, making your plants happy is a way to spread a groundcover … Continue reading Where and How to Grow an Herbal Groundcover – Richo’s Blog

Bibliometric Analysis of Curcumin Research Reports Great Increase in Publication Rate, New Emphasis on Delivery and Bioavailability

Turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It has been used as a tonic, for blood cleansing, and for treatment of skin diseases, stomach disorders, anorexia, rhinitis, sinusitis, cough, complications of diabetes, liver and bile disorders, and rheumatism. Curcumin and other curcuminoids are major active components of … Continue reading Bibliometric Analysis of Curcumin Research Reports Great Increase in Publication Rate, New Emphasis on Delivery and Bioavailability

Ginger Reduces Disease Symptoms and Modulates Gene Expression of Immune and Inflammation Markers in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune-inflammatory disease in which the severity of disease and pain are associated with inflammation and oxidative stress. Patients with RA have elevated serum levels of inflammatory cytokines and altered expression of immune factors, including nuclear factor-kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-γ), forkhead box P3 (FoxP3), T-box … Continue reading Ginger Reduces Disease Symptoms and Modulates Gene Expression of Immune and Inflammation Markers in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

True Alkanet — The Saga – Richo’s Blog

Alkanet roots are rich in alkanninBefore I stood two test-tubes, one full of olive oil, the other containing pure grain alcohol.  I dropped a fragment of Alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria) root into each and watched as the fragments drifted down, trailing in each case a tail of bright red pigment, like barnstorming biplanes emitting colored smoke at … Continue reading True Alkanet — The Saga – Richo’s Blog