Adaptogenic Effects of Ginseng on Stress-related Disorders

Stress has adverse health effects. For example, chronic stress can lead to depression or anxiety. Ginseng (Panax ssp., Araliaceae) root is an adaptogen that is used "to cope with day-to-day and/or workplace stress." The constituent ginsenosides of ginseng have been shown to have a wide range of biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties. The … Continue reading Adaptogenic Effects of Ginseng on Stress-related Disorders

Elevated Coffee Consumption Halves All-Cause Mortality Risk in Patients with HIV-HCV

Patients positive for both human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) have a greater risk of developing liver disease, and a more rapid progression of liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and end-stage liver disease. Coffee (Coffea spp., Rubiaceae) berry contains polyphenols and caffeine, which may have hepatoprotective properties. Studies show that consumption of ≥ 3 cups/day … Continue reading Elevated Coffee Consumption Halves All-Cause Mortality Risk in Patients with HIV-HCV

September Herb of the Month; Annatto

Annatto, Bixa Orellana • An orange-red dye or colorant, flavoring for food and healing agent derived from the seeds of the achiote tree, an evergreen native to tropic and subtropic zones of the Americas • Spiny red fruits contain the seeds and the reddish pericarp that surround the seed contains the annatto or color • … Continue reading September Herb of the Month; Annatto