Daily Adjunct Turmeric Consumption May Reduce Body Weight and Blood Lipids in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the most prevalent diseases globally. Dyslipidemia, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, is common in patients with diabetes. Characteristics of dyslipidemia include increased serum triglyceride (TG) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) and decreased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c). Turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome has been shown to have antioxidant … Continue reading Daily Adjunct Turmeric Consumption May Reduce Body Weight and Blood Lipids in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

The History of the Christmas Tree

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By Susan Leigh AnthonyChristmas tree

For the past six years I have worked at a wonderful, high-end garden center.  Among the many seasonal items we sell throughout the holidays are Christmas trees and a wonderful array of cut evergreens. Surrounded by this abundance of holiday décor, I began to wonder about where the idea of bringing the greens inside the home during the winter season originated. Although I had some sense that there was a connection to pagan solstice celebrations, I really didn’t know a whole lot more. I definitely felt compelled to learn more and ended up finding that the notion of decorating with greens reaches back much further than I had realized and there are countless facts and legends associated with the traditional use of evergreens.

The Christmas trees we put up and greens we use to festoon our homes each year evolved from very ancient traditions. The ancient…

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Amla Supplementation Improves Lipid Indices in Patients with Dyslipidemia

Dyslipidemia, which is characterized by abnormal levels of triglycerides (TGs), total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), is a major risk factor for developing atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Amla (Phyllanthus emblica syn. Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthaceae) fruit extracts have demonstrated beneficial effects on lipid profiles in animal models … Continue reading Amla Supplementation Improves Lipid Indices in Patients with Dyslipidemia

Cannabis Decoction as an Adjuvant in the Management of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain, poorly managed by conventional medicine, afflicts one in five Europeans, with a significant impact on the quality of life (QoL). Depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders are common results of chronic pain. A survey of chronic pain sufferers revealed that one-third had tried three or more prescription treatments but more than 50% only obtained … Continue reading Cannabis Decoction as an Adjuvant in the Management of Chronic Pain

Curcumin and Turmeric Oil Supplement Reduces Triglycerides and Improves Markers of Chronic Inflammation in People with Type 2 Diabetes

The complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D) include cardiovascular disease (CVD) and damage to the kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Oxidative stress, inflammation, and altered blood lipids are characteristics of T2D. Curcumin is a pigment and polyphenol found in turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Clinical trials and animal studies indicate … Continue reading Curcumin and Turmeric Oil Supplement Reduces Triglycerides and Improves Markers of Chronic Inflammation in People with Type 2 Diabetes

Top 5 Health Benefits of Mace Spice | Organic Facts

The health benefits of mace include improving digestion, helping to prevent cancer, relieving pain, stress, & anxiety, soothing the nervous system, & detoxifying the body. Source: Top 5 Health Benefits of Mace Spice | Organic Facts Mace comes from the aril of the nutmeg and you can purchase it in whole or ground form. Since mace comes from … Continue reading Top 5 Health Benefits of Mace Spice | Organic Facts

KidsGardening Program Spotlight – The Klamath Food Forest

This Gro More Good Grassroots Grant winner created a food forest to help Klamath youth learn about local food, revive traditional sustainable food, and more Source: KidsGardening Program Spotlight - The Klamath Food Forest One of the 2019 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant Winners, The Family Resource Center of the Redwoods, is partnering with the Community Food … Continue reading KidsGardening Program Spotlight – The Klamath Food Forest

Herbal MediaWatch: Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them?

Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them? Nov. 20, 2019 – JAMA Network Citation Rubin R. Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them? JAMA. Published online November 20, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.17361 The CBD market has exploded in recent months, with products ranging from bath salts to coffee and tea to maple bacon–flavored dog biscuits. In fact, … Continue reading Herbal MediaWatch: Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them?