Ashwagandha Beneficial for Symptom Exacerbation in Schizophrenia

Immune-inflammatory dysregulation has been linked with the exacerbation of symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. There is some evidence that adjunctive treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) may be beneficial; however, NSAIDs may cause adverse effects (AEs). Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Solanaceae) root extract has demonstrated immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activity. The purpose of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled … Continue reading Ashwagandha Beneficial for Symptom Exacerbation in Schizophrenia

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Artichoke Leaf Extract Improves Liver Disease Parameters in Patients with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common cause of chronic liver disease, is associated with metabolic syndrome. It can progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma; however, the progression is potentially reversible. The few therapeutic agents approved to treat the disease are not always successful. Some studies suggest that for people with the disease, dietary … Continue reading Artichoke Leaf Extract Improves Liver Disease Parameters in Patients with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Food as Medicine: Pistachio (Pistacia vera, Anacardiaceae)

The pistachio (Pistacia vera) is the only commercially grown species in its genus, which belongs to the Anacardiaceae family. Members of the genus Pistacia are among the oldest flowering nut trees and are small to medium in size, and characterized by their ability to exude mastic (plant resin).1,2 Other economically important plants in Anacardiaceae include cashew (Anacardium occidentale) … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Pistachio (Pistacia vera, Anacardiaceae)

Black Cumin Seed Oil

Gaining popularity these days as a weight loss aid and natural healing agent, black cumin seed oil comes with a centuries-old wellness pedigree. Black cumin seeds were popular among the Egyptian pharaohs and were even found in King Tutankhamun's tomb. Black cumin seed oil — sometimes called black seed oil — boosts the immune system, … Continue reading Black Cumin Seed Oil

Winter: Natural Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Sore throats are one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor and they tend to affect children the most. A sore throat is usually considered a minor complaint until you have one and every swallow induces pain — pain that may seem unbearable. Unfortunately, the only option is to treat the symptoms … Continue reading Winter: Natural Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Oregano Oil Uses & Benefits for Your Winter Health

Without a doubt, oregano oil is one of the best natural supplements you can get. It’s produced from the perennial herb oregano and loaded with free-radical-crushing antioxidants. A growing body of research has shown that oregano oil offers many positive health benefits and is one of the most potent natural remedies in existence. In particular, … Continue reading Oregano Oil Uses & Benefits for Your Winter Health

Winter Wellness: How to Stay Healthy During Winter

Winter is a busy, festive time of year. It’s also a time when more people tend to get sick. What exactly is it about this time of year that encourages aches and sniffles? “Catching a chill” has long been suspected as a cause of winter ailments and, for just as long, has been dismissed as … Continue reading Winter Wellness: How to Stay Healthy During Winter

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, atonic dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever, and diphtheria. Let’s take a look at some of the best health benefits cayenne pepper has to offer. The Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper 1. … Continue reading Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Consumption of Garlic, Coriander, and a Combination of the Two Improved the Lipid Profiles of Patients with Hyperlipidemia

Hyperlipidemia is a major cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The retention of lipid-containing compounds such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in coronary arteries results in decreased blood flow to the heart. High-energy diets low in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and the lack of physical activities have attributed to an increase in CVD. Nutraceuticals such as … Continue reading Consumption of Garlic, Coriander, and a Combination of the Two Improved the Lipid Profiles of Patients with Hyperlipidemia

Food as Medicine Update: Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus, Apiaceae)

Widely available at most supermarkets, the common root vegetable carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus, Apiaceae) is a biennial plant with erect, green stems and fine, feathery leaves.1 The plant produces densely clustered white blossoms in an umbrella shape, which is typical of plants in the Apiaceae family. The edible taproot comes in a variety of colors: orange is … Continue reading Food as Medicine Update: Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus, Apiaceae)