Skullcap And Your Health Skull cap refers to a group of herbs that belong to the mint family, two of which are known for their long association with herbal medicine. Scutellaria lateriflora, the plant species native to North America, is believed to produce soothing effects on the nervous system, … [Read more...]
Archives for March 2011
What Makes Noni Fruit So Healthy for You?
Noni Fruit And Your Health Noni fruit may well be the most-publicized of all herbal plants native to Southeast Asia, and for good reason. Since its introduction to the American market more than a decade ago, it has seen an explosion of uses. It has been tied to the treatment of many common … [Read more...]
Can Goldenseal Root Help My Cold?
Goldenseal Root and Your Cold Goldenseal is an herb highly regarded for its antimicrobial properties, earning the moniker “herbal antibiotic”. It is now a popular herbal remedy for the common cold largely owing to very encouraging anecdotal evidence. There is a growing body of literature devoted to … [Read more...]
Flax Seed Oil, Cholesterol, Hormones And Your Health
Why is Flax Seed Oil So Good for You? Flax seed oil may well be the healthiest of all plant-based oils as it is composed of up to 88 per cent unsaturated fatty acids. Also known as linseed oil, it contains the highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids among all vegetable oils, and thus known to … [Read more...]
Omega-3 Fish Oil, How Does it Help the Cardiovascular System?
Omega-3 fish oil It is now becoming common knowledge that omega-3 fish oil is particularly good for the heart. The scientific community has come to a consensus that the ideal omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is in fact present in fish oil. As a general rule, omega-3 fatty acids must be taken in larger … [Read more...]
How Does Lithium Help the Brain and Mood?
Lithium And Your Mood Lithium has been used in treatment of bipolar disorder, or BD, far longer than any other mood stabilizer in the market today. In fact, it is the only drug approved for children diagnosed with BD to date. Although it is known to have a quite narrow ratio of being therapeutic to … [Read more...]
What Is Selenium And Why Is It So Important A Mineral For The Thyroid?
Selenium and the Thyroid Selenium is one of the minerals that are believed to be necessary for life in its earliest forms several million years ago. Almost all organisms need this dietary element. Blue-green algae in particular have utilized selenium as an antioxidant since their existence has … [Read more...]
What is the Herb Pau d’Arco Good for?
Pau d'Arco and Your Health Pau d’Arco is a very popular herbal remedy in Central and South America. It has also seen a growing commercial demand in the US in recent years largely owing to encouraging results of preliminary studies concerning its anti-cancer properties. It is now made available as … [Read more...]
Use MotherWort As A Vasodilator And Natural Tranquilizer
What is Motherwort Herb Good for? Motherwort is an herb known for its therapeutic effects on the cardiovascular system. In Europe it refers to the plant species Leonorus cardiaca, which originated from Central Asia, but it has also been used to call other plant species of the same genus in the mint … [Read more...]
What is the Difference between Ascorbic Acid and Buffered Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, Buffered or Not? Buffered vitamin C provides a form of ascorbic acid active inside the human body. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium are added to ascorbic acid formulated for sensitive stomach. It has been associated with higher absorption efficiency, especially when taken … [Read more...]
Does DHA Really Help With ADHD?
DHA And Your Health! Docosahexaenoic Acid, or DHA, is an omega-3 fatty acid known as the primary fatty acid of phospholipids in the brain and the eyes. Its presence in the central nervous system is so overwhelming that studies have often relied on its activities to understand neuronal anomalies. … [Read more...]
Are Essential Fatty Acids as Good for You as They Say They are?
EFAs and their health benefits Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are one of the things that must be incorporated in your daily diet. There are two known EFAs: (1) alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, and (2) linoleic acid, or LA. These fatty acids are not like other bioactive chemicals that are often … [Read more...]
Can Omega-3 Help My Cardiovascular Health?
Omega-3 And Cardiovascular Health Omega-3 fatty acids comprise many organic compounds naturally occurring in nature, and three of them are of nutritional significance, namely: (1) eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, (2) docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, and (3) alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The first two … [Read more...]
What is the Difference between Regular Alpha Lipoic Acid and R-Lipoic Acid?
R-Lipoic Acid R-Lipoic Acid, or RLA, is the form of alpha lipoic acid synthesized within the human body. While racemic forms have been studied since the 1950’s, more recent research shows that they are not bioequivalent to R-lipoic acid, which has shown higher bioavailability. RLA and cheaper … [Read more...]
How Does Alpha Lipoic Acid Work as an Antioxidant?
Alpha Lipoic acid Alpha Lipoic Acid, often abbreviated as ALA, scavenges free radicals like no other. It is an antioxidant naturally occurring in the human body and present in every single cell. Whenever it is deployed against free radicals, it creates a twofold effect: first, it scavenges most … [Read more...]
Can Phosphatidyl Serine Help with Brain Function and ADHD?
Phosphatidyl Serine Benefits Phosphatidyl Serine, or PS, has long been touted as one food for the brain, but only recently has it gained a great amount of attention in the scientific community in connection with its potential to alleviate known medical signs afflicting people of all ages. It is … [Read more...]
Why is Phosphatidyl Choline Needed for the Body?
Phosphatidyl Choline, Your Brain, Body And More Phosphatidyl Choline, or PC, is oftentimes considered synonymous with lecithin largely owing to the fact that it was the first constituent of the latter to be identified. While present day sources of both lecithin and phosphatidylcholine comprise a … [Read more...]
How Does Alpha GPC Help with Memory?
Alpha GPC And Improved Memory Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine, or simply Alpha GPC, is one precursor of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter ubiquitous in the nervous system. It is one of the best known memory enhancers that are at the same time in use to help with cognitive disorders such as … [Read more...]
I Have Bone Loss, My Doctor Tells Me to Take Boron, Why?
Boron And Bone Health We used to know little about the role of boron in maintaining human health, but studies in the latter half of the 20th century point to its homeostatic effects that influence chemical compounds present in hormones and bones. Today medical professionals take into account the … [Read more...]