The Hidden Power of Daffodils in the Fight Against Cancer…

New research published in the journal Structure has found that a natural extract from daffodils has cancer-killing properties. It lays out the molecular mechanism by which the extract could trigger cancer cell death. You may not be able to tell by looking at them, but daffodils could have the power to destroy cancer, according to new research. … Continue reading The Hidden Power of Daffodils in the Fight Against Cancer…

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Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Basil

Ocimum basilicum Also, Known As: Arjaka Basil Common Basil French Basil Garden Basil Luole Royal Herb St. Josephwort Sweet Basil Tulsi The plant known as the basil is an annual herb, which is cultivated worldwide as a flavoring herb in many cuisines. The basil comes in many different varieties, each with its own unique chemical … Continue reading Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Basil

Meta-analysis Finds Black Cumin Beneficial for Glucose Homeostasis and Serum Lipids; Confirms Potential as Adjunct Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

Black cumin (BC; Nigella sativa, Ranunculaceae) seed, a food and traditional medicine native to South and Southwest Asia and widely cultivated in the Middle East and North Africa, has drawn strong research interest. An appetite stimulant, bronchodilator, diuretic, antibacterial, liver tonic, and analgesic, it is used for type 2 diabetes (T2D), liver and kidney problems, hypertension, … Continue reading Meta-analysis Finds Black Cumin Beneficial for Glucose Homeostasis and Serum Lipids; Confirms Potential as Adjunct Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

Review of the Cardioprotective Effects of Resveratrol Reveals Inconsistent Findings in Clinical Trials, with Positive Results in Preclinical Trials

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the most common cause of death worldwide. These authors reviewed the potential effects of resveratrol, a natural compound found in red grapes (Vitis vinifera, Vitaceae) and other fruits, in the development of CVDs and described the evidence on the mechanisms of those effects. Five beneficial effects of resveratrol are reviewed namely, … Continue reading Review of the Cardioprotective Effects of Resveratrol Reveals Inconsistent Findings in Clinical Trials, with Positive Results in Preclinical Trials

Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Marjoram

Not quite oregano and not quite thyme, marjoram {Origanum majorana} is one of those herbs that sit in the spice cabinet for years - decades even -  just waiting to make an appearance in some stew or stuffing where it can finally shine. Like its cousin oregano, marjoram is a member of the mint {Lamiaceae} … Continue reading Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Marjoram

Sweet Marjoram {Origanum majorana}

Also, Known As: Amaracus Annual Marjoram Knotted Marjoram Sweet Marjoram Sweet marjoram (botanical name Origanum majorana) is one of the more delicately flavored cousins of oregano. Sweet marjoram is a soft perennially growing herb that is actually cultivated in the form of an annual in the gardens in the northern hemisphere. This herb is considered to … Continue reading Sweet Marjoram {Origanum majorana}

What Is A Flexitarian?

Every so often when I am doing research for an article I come across a word or term that I’m not familiar with. So when I saw the word Flexitarian I had to find out more about it. It turns out that a Flexitarian is an offshoot of vegetarianism. A Flexitarian has adopted a semi-vegetarian diet where … Continue reading What Is A Flexitarian?

Create Some Breathing Space

Technology is great but being “plugged in” 24/7 will drive anyone a little crazy. I find myself craving some peace and quiet and more and more of us are seeking healthy and quiet places to unwind; hence the concept of the breathing room is born! These rooms allow people to connect with nature and take … Continue reading Create Some Breathing Space

Mangosteen and Its Bioactive Compounds Show Potential Beneficial Impacts for Those with Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a composite of metabolic disorders leading to elevated risk for diabetes and other chronic health problems. The five conditions potentially comprising metabolic syndrome are abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, low concentration of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and elevated fasting blood glucose. Those who have three or more of these criteria are … Continue reading Mangosteen and Its Bioactive Compounds Show Potential Beneficial Impacts for Those with Metabolic Syndrome

Broccoli Sprout Extract Improves Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 68 children in the United States by the age of 8 years. There is no cure and the available pharmaceutical treatments carry the risk of severe side effects. Sulforaphane (SF; 4-methyl sulfinyl butyl isothiocyanate) is an anti-inflammatory and chemoprotective constituent of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. Italica, Brassicaceae) seed sprouts. SF … Continue reading Broccoli Sprout Extract Improves Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder