Dark chocolate has so many beneficial uses that this delicious food may be becoming one of the most important super foods. Dark chocolate helps everything from cholesterol and blood pressure to diabetes and cognition and more. And now a new study has discovered that dark chocolate also helps fatty liver. . . .

Lemon balm has many remarkable uses. It is a great calming herb that is valuable for nervous tension and nervous sleeping disorders. It is a valuable remedy for gas and spasming. It is also great for fighting viruses: especially herpes viruses. Applying lemon balm cream is a remarkable remedy for cold sores. And now, new research is suggesting that lemon balm may be a good herb for lowering cholesterol. . . .

It is well-known that increasing or supplementing fiber can play an effective role in weight management. It is also known—though less well-known—that probiotics help too. Now a new study has combined these two ideas. It found that a fiber supplement derived from legumes acted as a prebiotic and as an effective weight management supplement. . . .

Several herbs that have been demonstrated to help high blood pressure are rich in flavonoid anthocyanins or proanthocyanidins, like hawthorn berries and pine bark extract. Several studies have also shown that anthocyanin rich berries, like blueberries, cranberries and purple grapes, help prevent and treat high blood pressure (see Vol. 18, No. 6 of The Natura Path).

Another little-known berry that is rich is anthocyanins is chokeberry. This little know relative of the rose has now also been shown to help high blood pressure. . . .

The number of people suffering from asthma is very quickly increasing. So is the number of people dying of it. In some parts of North America, the number of children struggling with asthma is four times higher than a quarter century ago. World wide, around 334 million people are struggling with asthma.

Several herbs have been shown to offer remarkable help to asthma sufferers. And now a new study introduces a new asthma herb: nigella sativa, or black seed. The researchers chose nigella sativa because, thy point out, it has been used traditionally for inflammatory conditions like asthma. . . .

Peppermint oil is one of the most important treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), helping about 80% of people with IBS (J Gastroenterol 1997;32:765-68). Several double-blind studies have proven its effectiveness, and at least two meta-analyses of controlled studies have already demonstrated peppermint oil’s power over the symptoms of IBS (Aliment Pharmacol Ther 1994; 8:499-510; Am J Gastroenterol 1998; 93:1131-15). A new review of the literature has added to the evidence for peppermint oil. . . .

Cranberry is best known as a highly effective herb for preventing and treating urinary tract infections. But a new study has added a new use. It found that cranberry may also prevent and treat prostate cancer. . . .

Several studies have shown that curcumin is a highly effective treatment for osteoarthritis (see Vol 19 No 7 of The Natural Path). Now a just published review of the research has strengthened the evidence for curcumin as an important osteoarthritis treatment. . . .

The Flu Vaccine: The More Often You Get it, the Worse it Works
The commercials keep reminding you to get your flu shot every year. The science, however, reminds you not to get it every year. . . .

We have written several times about the health benefits of eating nuts. This new study adds to the now huge body of evidence by showing that eating pistachios improves heart health in type 2 diabetics. That’s important because diabetics are at increased risk for heart disease. . . .

 

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