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

Ginseng Aggregate Data Analyses Show Evidence of Modest yet Significant Benefit for Improving Fasting Blood Glucose

Diabetes is a global epidemic, and ginseng (Panax spp., Araliaceae) is a popular complementary and alternative medicine that has shown promise in type 2 diabetes. However, systematic reviews of ginseng's effects on blood glucose parameters have not been conclusive. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the effect of ginseng on glycemic … Continue reading Ginseng Aggregate Data Analyses Show Evidence of Modest yet Significant Benefit for Improving Fasting Blood Glucose

Systematic Review/Meta-analysis Shows Coffee May Protect from Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers

Coffee (Coffea spp., Rubiaceae) is, after water, the most-consumed drink worldwide. Coffee compounds, besides caffeine, include phenolic derivatives and diterpenes. Studies suggest that these and other coffee compounds have anticancer effects. Inverse associations of higher levels of coffee have been found for liver, endometrial, and colorectal cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified … Continue reading Systematic Review/Meta-analysis Shows Coffee May Protect from Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers

Systematic Review/Meta-analysis Finds Cinnamon Significantly Lowers Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides, but Not Low-Density Lipoprotein or High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

When plaques build up in the coronary arteries depriving the heart of oxygen-rich blood, coronary heart disease results. This lack of oxygen-rich blood can damage the heart and lead to a heart attack, angina, arrhythmia, and heart failure. Blood lipids, including low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides (TG), have been associated … Continue reading Systematic Review/Meta-analysis Finds Cinnamon Significantly Lowers Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides, but Not Low-Density Lipoprotein or High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

Systematic Review/Meta-analysis of Ginkgo Use in Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

EGb 761® (Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG; Karlsruhe, Germany) is a standardized ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Ginkgoaceae) leaf extract. It contains 22-27% flavonol glycosides, 5-7% terpene lactones, and < 5 ppm ginkgolic acids. Studies indicate that EGb 761 may be especially beneficial to patients with dementia plus neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS). Hence, the objective of this … Continue reading Systematic Review/Meta-analysis of Ginkgo Use in Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Meta-analysis Finds Black Cumin Beneficial for Glucose Homeostasis and Serum Lipids; Confirms Potential as Adjunct Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

Black cumin (BC; Nigella sativa, Ranunculaceae) seed, a food and traditional medicine native to South and Southwest Asia and widely cultivated in the Middle East and North Africa, has drawn strong research interest. An appetite stimulant, bronchodilator, diuretic, antibacterial, liver tonic, and analgesic, it is used for type 2 diabetes (T2D), liver and kidney problems, hypertension, … Continue reading Meta-analysis Finds Black Cumin Beneficial for Glucose Homeostasis and Serum Lipids; Confirms Potential as Adjunct Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

Meta-analysis Supports Efficacy of Hibiscus for Hypertension

Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa, Malvaceae) is consumed in foods, beverages, wine, jam, ice cream, and as a flavoring agent. Its reputed medicinal uses include cardioprotective, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and hepatoprotective effects. Bioactive constituents include organic acids, anthocyanins, a variety of flavonoids, polysaccharides, and volatile compounds. Flowers and calyxes of hibiscus are consumed in beverages to … Continue reading Meta-analysis Supports Efficacy of Hibiscus for Hypertension