Artichoke Leaf Extract Improves Triglyceride Levels in Women with Metabolic Syndrome who Carry the A Allele Genotype of FTO-rs9939609

Metabolic syndrome (MetS) significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. MetS is diagnosed when a person has at least three of the following conditions: elevated blood glucose, high blood pressure, low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c), high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c), and abdominal obesity. The rs7903146 intron of the transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) gene

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Herbal Healthwatch, September 2018

Rhodiola Relieves Stress Rhodiola {Rhodiola rosea} is a perennial groundcover that grows in some of the harshest conditions on Earth; the Arctic regions, from Scandinavia to Siberia. For centuries in Russia, Rhodiola enjoyed a folk reputation as a while-body strengthener or tonic. After World War II, Russian researchers added it to the short list of “adaptogens,” plants such as ginseng

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Curcumin May Improve Liver Steatosis in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome (METS) is a metabolic disorder characterized by a combination of multiple factors including abdominal obesity, hypertension, hyperglycemia, or dyslipidemia. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an abnormal accumulation of fat in the liver, or steatosis, which can progress to fibrosis and liver dysfunction. NAFLD is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the United States and

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Making Sense of Medicinal Plant Research

Anyone who claims that “there’s no scientific evidence to support herbal medicine” clearly hasn’t been paying attention. Scientists have conducted hundreds of thousands of scientific studies on medicinal botanicals, and this data complements our long tradition {several millennia} of using plants safely as medicine. But to the general public and budding herbalists, this research seems locked away in a world

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Our Pantry Profile: Rosemary

Rosemary {Rosmarinus officinalis} The name Rosmarinus loosely translates to “dew of the sea,” given to rosemary because of its affinity for the wind-swept cliffs of the Mediterranean coast, where it originates. Beloved for centuries for its aroma and health benefits, this strongly aromatic member of the mint family is now cultivated worldwide. Greek scholars wore garlands of rosemary to improve

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Our Pantry Profile: Thyme

Thyme {Thymus vulgaris} Common garden thyme has been used for protection, courage, food, and medicine since the beginning of recorded history. A low-growing, aromatic shrub native to the rocky hills of the Mediterranean and Southern Europe, it’s now a staple of herb gardens around the world. Roman soldiers bathed in thyme to maintain their courage and strength before a battle,

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Food as Medicine: West Indian Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus, Poaceae)

West Indian lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus, Poaceae) is an aromatic tropical perennial with long, slender, light green leaves that grow in groups with bulbous and fibrous stems at the base of the plant.1-3The grass can grow from two to six feet tall, and its leaves are approximately one inch wide with slightly toothed, saw-like margins.2 West Indian lemongrass likely originated from India,

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