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Spirulina

Spirulina extract can prevent the increase of fat in the blood by inhibiting lipid metabolism and absorption

People with metabolic syndrome may benefit from taking spirulina extracts. In a recent study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, it was found that spirulina extract may be used to improve metabolism by reducing the absorption of lipids in people with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of metabolic disorders. It occurs when an individual has at least […]

aspartame

Aspartame may be making you dumb: Study finds that the artificial sweetener disrupts your neurotransmitters

Another study proves that artificial sweeteners like aspartame are harmful to your health. The study, which was published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, has revealed that aspartame damages the brain. In particular, consuming this chemical sweetener for a long time will increase oxidative stress in the brain tissue and will disrupt neurotransmitters […]

Just 3 sessions of aerobic exercise per week can relieve clinical depression

Just 3 sessions of aerobic exercise per week can relieve clinical depression

A systematic review published in the journal Depression and Anxiety suggests that aerobic exercise has significant antidepressant effects for people with clinical depression. More specifically, the review reported that three 45-minute sessions of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week may relieve clinical depression. A team of researchers from Greece, the U.K., and Canada evaluated the antidepressant effects of aerobic exercise […]

pain

Integrative medicine hold great potential for alleviating pain better than opioids

Integrative medicine approaches, such as acupuncture and yoga, have great potential in treating pain. A review published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia reported that acupuncture, yoga, and other integrative medicine approaches have shown at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness in pain management. For the review, a team of researchers led by Yuan-Chi Lin, M.D., MPH, a researcher […]

PCOS

A natural treatment for PCOS: Vitamin D

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female endocrine disorder that affects fertility. Although there is no cure yet for PCOS, there are many ways to improve or eliminate PCOS symptoms naturally. One of these is vitamin D supplementation. According to a systematic review published in the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, vitamin D supplementation […]

phenolic acid

Set of studies reveal what happens to the cancer-fighting phenolic acids in corn when they are processed

Do you like having cornflakes for breakfast? It may not be the best breakfast option after all. Research has revealed that the cancer-fighting phenolics in corn are lost when they are processed. A team of researchers from the University of Illinois conducted a set of studies to determine what happens to cancer-fighting phenolic acids in corn when they are […]

black-jack

Keep your heart healthy with black-jack

Researchers have found that black-jack (Bidens pilosa), commonly used in African traditional medicine to treat various diseases, can keep the heart healthy by preventing hypertension. The study, published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, assessed the protective effects of ethylene acetate extract of black-jack leaves on hypertension in mice. For the study, a research team […]

Mediterranean diet

Good for your health AND the planet: Why the Mediterranean diet is an environmentally-friendly option

 If you are looking for a diet that’s not only delicious and easy to prepare but is also good for your health and the environment, the Mediterranean diet is the right one for you. Adherence to this type of diet is environmentally-friendly because it lowers environmental cost, according to a study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. […]

red sage

Scientists find that red sage extract with liquefied calcium improves osteoporosis symptoms

Red sage (Salvia miltiorrhiza) extracts have been used in traditional Asian medicine to treat various diseases ranging from heart conditions to liver problems. In a study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, red sage extracts combined with a liquefied calcium supplement was found to prevent osteoporosis due to estrogen deficiency. A team of researchers […]

Blueberries

Using the highbush blueberry to treat bacterial infections

Researchers at Université Laval in Canada looked at the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) proanthocyanidins. In their study, which was published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it was revealed that highbush blueberry proanthocyanidins can be used as an agent for treating bacterial infections. For the study, the researchers isolated proanthocyanidins from […]