Monthly Archives: January 2019

Combination of Sage, Rosemary, and Melissa May Enhance Memory in Healthy People Younger than 63 Years

New treatment approaches are needed to prevent cognitive decline and dementia in the growing elderly population. Several traditionally used medicinal plants have been reported to enhance cognitive function and improve brain health through their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties. Among those plants are sage (Salvia officinalis, Lamiaceae), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, Lamiaceae), and Melissa (lemon balm; Melissa officinalis, Lamiaceae). Although study findings

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Clinical Efficacy of Snow Fungus for Improving Cognitive Function

Snow fungus (TF; Tremella fuciformis, Tremellaceae) is a mushroom with a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine. It is used for enhancing cognition, promoting healthy brain aging, and preventing neurodegenerative disorders. The bioactive polysaccharides in TF have demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, lipid-lowering, and hypoglycemic effects. According to the authors, TF has not been studied clinically for improving cognition. Subjective cognitive impairment (SCI)

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January Gardening In The Low Desert

January is generally a slow month for gardening in the low desert. Take advantage of this “quiet” time by preparing and planning for the upcoming spring months. January is a good time to prepare a new vegetable garden bed for spring planting. Prepare your vegetable bed by using a digging fork or rototilling to approximately 12-18 inches deep. Do not

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Drink your vitamins & minerals (#raspberryleaf, #herbalextracts)….

Originally posted on My Herbal Adventures…:
I recently completed another herbal monograph on Raspberry Leaf; one of my favorite herbs!! Oddly it’s one I also took for granted until more recently. The leaves grow abundantly in my backyard, but I was so fixated on the lack of berries that the importance of the healthy, plentiful leaves almost escaped me. Yet,…

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American Ginseng Extract Used with Conventional Therapy Enhances Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Several herbal supplements are used to help manage type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Among them is American ginseng (AG, Panax quinquefolius, Araliaceae), which has been evaluated in randomized, controlled trials for its effects on glycemic control. These authors conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, crossover, clinical trial to investigate the effects of AG on glycemic control and diabetes-related risk factors when used

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Almond Consumption May Improve Lipid Profiles and Body Composition in Healthy Young Adults

Almond (Prunus dulcis, Rosaceae) intake has been associated with epidemiological studies and meta-analyses of clinical trials with possible health benefits including possible reduction in the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies suggest oleic acid, phenolic acids, phytosterols, and phytochemicals in almonds contribute to their cardioprotective qualities. These authors reported on the extension of a randomized, controlled trial, from 16 to 20

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ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Ashwagandha Root and Root Extract Bulletin

Bulletin emphasizes the issue of undeclared addition of ashwagandha leaf materials to ashwagandha root products AUSTIN, Texas (January 15, 2019) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin on Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root and root extract. The powdered roots of ashwagandha, a member of the nightshade (Solanaceae) plant family, have a long history of

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Systematic Review of Single Plant Herbal Sleep Aids

More than 30% of US residents report not getting enough sleep. Another 25% experience occasional sleeplessness (insomnia) and low sleep quality. About 37% of respondents in a US survey had fallen asleep at least once during the day in the preceding month due to insufficient sleep; 4.7% of them, while driving or working. Influenced by a variety of genetic and

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Meta-analysis Supports Short-term Efficacy of Curcuminoids and Boswellia for Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) causes pain and loss of function. Conventional treatment of knee OA often involves the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); however, NSAIDs can cause serious gastrointestinal (GI) side effects and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Healthcare providers and patients are looking for complementary therapies that are safer than NSAIDs and other conventional pain relievers. In Ayurvedic

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Signs You Need to Detoxify Your Liver

If you celebrated the holidays a bit too much, your liver may need a little love. Fatigue and digestive problems are two big signs your liver needs cleansing — do you know the others? Symptoms of Liver Toxicity Symptoms of liver toxicity are not always easy to pinpoint. Many conditions associated with an overloaded liver are problems that can arise from a number

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