Monthly Archives: May 2017

Food as Medicine: Sesame (Sesamum indicum, Pedaliaceae)

Sesamum indicum (Pedaliaceae) is an annual flowering plant with fuzzy, slender, oblong leaves that are arranged opposite to one another on the stem. The plant reaches an average of two to four feet (0.6-1.2 meters) in height and produces small, bell-shaped pink, violet, or white flowers arranged closely to the stem. The plant produces oblong seed capsules that contain many

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Black Cumin Supplementation Improves Overall Control and Decreases Exacerbations in Patients with Partly Controlled Asthma

Asthma is an incurable condition caused by chronic inflammation in the lungs. The goal of treatment is to control or reduce the severity of exacerbations. Black cumin (Nigella sativa, Ranunculaceae) seeds have anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and antioxidant effects. Initial studies indicate that black cumin may be beneficial for patients with asthma; however, these studies had weak designs. The purpose of this

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Climate Effects on Phytochemistry and Antioxidant Activity of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera (Aloe vera, Xanthorrhoeaceae), a perennial succulent native to South Africa, thrives in subtropical and tropical regions. It is drought-resistant and tolerates a wide range of climatic conditions. Aloe vera is a rich source of phytochemicals, some of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, immune-boosting, anticancer, anti-aging, and antidiabetic effects. Medicinally, it is used for burns,

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