Monthly Archives: November 2017

Food as Medicine: Chia (Salvia hispanica, Lamiaceae)

Chia (Salvia hispanica, Lamiaceae) is an annual herb native to Mexico and Guatemala that requires fertile, well-drained soil and subtropical climate conditions to set seed in the late summer months of July and August.1-4 Chia is the most common name for this plant, but it is also sometimes called Spanish sage, lime-leaf sage, Mexican chia, and black chia.2,4 The plant grows to

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Clinical Efficacy of Olive Oil in Improving Body Composition and Blood Pressure in Overweight/Obese Women

Consumption of extra virgin olive (Olea europaea, Oleaceae) oil (EVOO), rich in the monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) oleic acid, has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Risk of CVD has been associated with excess body fat, and both conditions have been linked with metabolic syndrome. Use of EVOO for weight control rests on epidemiological observations that

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Antioxidant Content and Activity of Untreated and Processed Guayusa Tea

Guayusa (Ilex guayusa, Aquifoliaceae) is an evergreen tree native to South America with a long history of use by the indigenous tribes of the Amazon. Traditionally, the twigs and leaves are infused in hot water to create a beverage. A distant relative of yerba maté (I. paraguariensis), this plant is a source of caffeine and is used as a pain reliever.

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