Monthly Archives: September 2016

7 Natural Diuretics to Eat and Drink

Diuretics are used to rid the body of extra fluid or salt. People with high blood pressure, heart failure, swollen tissues, and kidney disease often use diuretics to treat these conditions. Extra fluid in the body makes it hard for the heart to work properly and can make breathing difficult. Prescription diuretics are commonly called water pills and will increase

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Sugar and Heart Disease: The Sour Side of Industry-Funded Research

While there is a general agreement that sugar intake is bad for heart health, this was not always the case. In the 1960s, when deaths from heart disease in the United States reached a peak, researchers were divided on the primary dietary contributors to the condition: sugar or fat? For years, studies blamed the latter, but recent research suggests the

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Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Offer Treatments for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new study of classical Chinese medical texts identifies references to age-related memory impairment similar to modern-day Alzheimer’s disease, and to several plant-based ingredients used centuries ago – and still in use today – to treat memory impairment. Experimental studies of five of these traditional Chinese medicines suggest that they have biological activity relevant to Alzheimer’s disease, according to an

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Black Cumin (Nigella sativa, Ranunculaceae)

Clinical Efficacy of Black Cumin Gholamnezhad Z, Havakhah S, Boskabady MH. Preclinical and clinical effects of Nigella sativa and its constituent, thymoquinone: a review. J Ethnopharmacol. June 2016;190:372-386. Black cumin (Nigella sativa, Ranunculaceae) has been used traditionally and clinically to treat several diseases and conditions, including infertility, fever, cough, bronchitis, asthma, migraine, diabetes, rheumatism, and hypertension. The seeds reportedly have

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Beer Yeasts Are Dogs, Wine Yeasts Are Cats

People have been enjoying the ability of yeasts to produce beer and wine since the dawn of civilization. Researchers from VIB, KU Leuven, and Ghent University found that yeasts used for beer and winemaking have been domesticated in the 16th century, around 100 years before the discovery of microbes. Together with a US research team, the Belgian teams analyzed the

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