Monthly Archives: May 2017

Casperome®, a Frankincense Extract, Controls Minor Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis in Remission

Ulcerative colitis (UC), an inflammatory bowel disease, is characterized by various symptoms depending on the severity of inflammation and its location. Therapies range from topical therapy with 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) to treat active proctitis to topical and oral aminosalicylates for mild-to-moderate left-sided colitis and hospitalization and systemic therapy for severe left-sided colitis. The goal of treatment is to induce and

Read more

Curcumin Improves Endothelial Function

Damage to the vascular endothelium resulting in endothelial dysfunction has been implicated as an important mechanism in the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Curcumin extracts from turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome have cardioprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Ex vivo, curcumin has been shown to reverse endothelial dysfunction, and one small (n = 32), randomized, controlled trial found curcumin supplementation for

Read more

Food as Medicine: Mustard (Brassica juncea and B. nigra, Brassicaceae)

Mustard plants are herbaceous perennials (though often grown as annuals or biennials) and belong to the Brassicaceae, or cabbage, family. The three types of mustard most commonly consumed today are brown mustard (Brassica juncea), black mustard (B. nigra), and white mustard (Sinapis alba). This paper is concerned only with the brown and black species. Native to temperate regions in Europe, mustard

Read more