The Natural Path
The fastest rising herbal stars for depression are curcumin and saffron. The most recent study to evaluate the benefits of these herbs looked at curcumin and saffron either alone or together in the treatment of major depression. . . .
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by compulsive actions that follow upon intrusive, stressful thoughts. It is often treated with SSRI antidepressants. But the SSRIs are ineffective for 40-60% of people, and they have considerable and serious side effects. Ashwagandha has been proven to be effective for stress and anxiety, so researchers tried adding the herb to SSRIs in people with OCD. . . .
In this month’s issue of The Natural Path newsletter (20.4) we give a detailed discussion of the science of cold and flu prevention. We show the lack of research supporting the flu vaccine, and we discuss a number of natural supplements that have lots of scientific support. Well, here’s one we didn’t discuss: vitamin D. . . .
Our diet and lifestyle are so messed up that chronic constipation has become an incredibly common problem. There are a number of effective herbs for constipation, and now new research has added another easy, natural solution. You knew eating prunes could help, but did you know eating figs could? . . .
Though eczema is such a common condition, there has been surprisingly little research done on it. Several herbs are known to help, and there is some research supporting the use of vitamins C, D and zinc. Now a new study has suggested a preventative role for vitamin B3: a very early preventative role. . . .
Though the evidence has not yet been conclusive, there is reason to believe that magnesium may be beneficial for diabetes. Supplementing 365mg of magnesium a day has been shown to improve blood sugar levels in people who are at risk of diabetes (Diabetes Obes Metab 2011;13:281-4), and magnesium has been shown to improve insulin production in elderly type 2 diabetics (Diabetes Care 1989;12:265-69). Now a huge new study has given credibility to the magnesium-diabetes link. . . .
A New York Times blog on the relative advantages of cow’s milk and plant based milks misses the point by looking at potential causes instead of effects. . . .
Several high protein diets have become popular fads for weight loss. But are they actually good for you? A recent study says they’re not. . . .
A just published article has comprehensively reviewed the side effects of the newer generation of antidepressants. This newer generation of drugs is widely believed to be safer than the drugs it succeeded, but that belief is misguided. . . .