Berberine – Importance and Health Benefits

Berberine is a natural alkaloid that’s found in a variety of traditional herbs, including barberry, goldenseal and turmeric. It’s sold as an extract that can be used to fight bacteria, helping to treat conditions that are conventionally treated with antibiotics. Berberine also works as a natural remedy for diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, lung inflammation, SIBO and cancer. Berberine has been shown to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism in vitro and in vivo. This pilot study was to determine the efficacy and safety of berberine in the…

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Eat your vegetables (and fish): Another reason why they may promote heart health

Fish and gut bacteria-produced compound both protect hypertensive rats from heart disease Elevated levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) a compound linked with the consumption of fish, seafood and a primarily vegetarian diet may reduce hypertension-related heart disease symptoms. New research in rats finds that low-dose treatment with TMAO reduced heart thickening (cardiac fibrosis) and markers of heart failure in an animal model of hypertension. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology and was chosen as an APSselect article for November.…

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Plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check

It is linked to improved well-being, quality of life, weight loss and lower blood glucose. This diet is associated with improved psychological well-being, a reduction in some of the known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, and possibly some of those linked to cardiovascular disease, one of the main causes of early death in people with the condition, the findings indicate. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 642 million people will be living with diabetes by 2040. In the UK around 4.5 million people have been diagnosed with it; in…

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Bay Leaf – Importance and Health Benefits

Bay leaves come from the ancient tree Laurus nobilis, and it’s often used in cooking because of its distinctive savory flavor. Bay leaf has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. It can be used to help fight cancer, improve insulin function, improve cholesterol levels, prevent candida, treat dandruff, improve skin infections and support wound healing. Bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) have been shown to improve insulin function in vitro but the effects on people have not been determined. The objective of this study was to determine if bay leaves may be important…

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Basil – Importance and Health Benefits

Basil is an aromatic herb in the mint family that anti-inflammatory, anti-stress and antibacterial properties. It also works as a pain reliever, blood vessel protector, immune booster and cancer fighter. Basil contains essential oils that are rich in antioxidants and are responsible for the many benefits of basil as discussed below: What Are the Proven Benefits of Basil? Scientific studies show the following benefits of basil: (2) Anti-inflammatory Antioxidant Cancer-fighter Pain-reducer (analgesic) Fever-reducer (antipyretic) Diabetes-preventer Liver-protector (hepatoprotective) Blood vessel-protector Anti-stress solution Immune-booster Basil contains antioxidant-rich volatile essential oils, which are considered hydrophobic. This…

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