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

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)