Monthly Archives: November 2018

Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Compounds of Mexican Propolis

Propolis is made by bees from a combination of plant resins, wax, and saliva. It is used in the hive as a building material, disinfectant, and embalming agent. Propolis has many reported health benefits for humans, due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anticancer properties. Multiple factors impact the composition of propolis, including location, the season of harvest, local flora, and

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Antidiabetic Phytochemicals from Bushy Bulbine

Bushy bulbine (Bulbine abyssinica, Asphodelaceae) is a succulent perennial herb that grows in several regions of southeast Africa. It is used in traditional medicine to treat rheumatism, infections, dysentery, and other conditions. In South Africa, a whole-plant decoction is used in the management of diabetes. Bushy bulbine extracts are rich in polyphenols with demonstrated antioxidant activity and potential hypoglycemic and

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Food as Medicine Update: Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas, Convolvulaceae)

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas, Convolvulaceae) is a trailing, herbaceous perennial in the morning glory family.1,2 It is indigenous to Central and South America and grows best in subtropical climates, spreading along the ground and producing oblong, tuberous roots. There are more than 400 sweet potato varieties, and most have yellow-brown or copper-colored skins with bright orange or yellow-red flesh.3 Orange-fleshed sweet

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