coffee-herbal-tea-prevent-liver-fibrosis

Drinking, you know, is bad for your liver. But, it depends what you drink.

Recently, we wrote a blog on a meta-analysis that found, amongst other benefits, that drinking coffee improved liver fibrosis, or scarring on the liver. Now a brand new study has added to the evidence that drinking coffee is good for liver. And, it turns out, so is drinking herbal tea. . . .

chocolate prevents atrial fibrillation

Chocolate’s not just delicious: dark chocolate just might be the most perfect superfood out there. Tons of research proves that dark chocolate is a super health food for heart disease. And now a new study adds a new cardiovascular benefit to eating dark chocolate.

This new study set out to see if eating chocolate could prevent atrial fibrillation, or heart flutter. Atrial fibrillation affects about a quarter of all adults at some point in their life. There is no known way of preventing or curing it. Except, it now seems, eating chocolate! . . .

boswellia soy combination improves symptoms of colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. People who suffer from colitis have diarrhoea with abdominal pain. They may also suffer fever, weight loss, blood loss, gas and nutritional deficiencies. Ulceration can also develop, leading to fistulas and lesions.

When people with colitis have their disease more or less under control, when they are in remission, they are often given the drug 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) to maintain their remission.

In this unblinded study, 35 people with ulcerative colitis who were in remission for at least a year were given either nothing or a supplement containing a standardized extract of the herb boswellia and soy. At the beginning of the study, all of their symptoms were minimal and they were not on any drugs. . . .

mango helps blood pressure diabetes and atherosclerosis

Though delicious, mangoes have not attracted much attention from the scientific community. One earlier study found that mangoes significantly lower blood glucose levels. But not much research has been done on mangoes since.

Now a second study has finally been published. And, it’s more good news for mango lovers. . . .

saffron as effective as Prozac for postpartum depression

Women who experience postpartum depression are condemned to feel down when they should be enjoying one of the happiest times of their lives. About 15% of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression.

Saffron is one of the most important and promising herbs for depression. If it could help women with postpartum depression, that would be important, because the commonly used treatments—like Prozac—have many significant side effects. Prozac can also be transported from mother to infant through breastfeeding and can cause colic, drowsiness and, perhaps, decreased weight gain in the baby. . . .

cranberry prevents bacterial adhesion and urinary tract infections

Cranberry juice works against urinary tract infections (UTI) in an intriguing and safe way. cranberry works by reducing the ability of the bacteria to adhere, or stick, to the lining of the bladder and urethra, allowing the body to fight off the infection. This gentle action is way safer than the action of antibiotics that kill off your friendly bacteria while they kill off the guilty bacteria.

Now a new study reaffirms just how well cranberry works. . . .

fruit and vegetables prevent cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's

That diet is crucial to the health of the body is well established by the science and well known to everyone. That it is crucial to the mind is less recognized. You know that eating lot of fruit and vegetables is crucial for optimizing your health and preventing chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, but did you know that it is also crucial for optimizing your cognitive health and preventing cognitive disorders? . . .

fennel reduces symptoms of menopause

This new study provides exciting news for women: there’s a new herb that can help get you through menopause. Actually, it’s not a new herb at all. But it’s new for menopause. This just published study found that fennel can help get you through the symptoms of menopause. . . .

vaccinated children more likely to develop ADHD, autism and learning disorders

Though there has been huge debate over vaccinations, there has been surprisingly little study of the long-term health outcomes of vaccination. So, researchers set out to compare the long-term health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people. Interestingly, they were looking at comprehensive real life outcomes: not just the vaccines effect on the targeted disease, but its effect on overall health.

The pilot study followed 666 children who were between 6 and 12 years old for 15 years. Some of the children were vaccinated, some were “partially vaccinated” and some were unvaccinated (39%). Over the 15 years, the researchers compared the children for more than 40 acute and chronic illnesses.

The results were disturbing. . . .

factory farming causes global warming, antibiotic resistance and disease

A letter sent to the World Health Organization (WHO) and signed by over 200 experts in global health, medicine, biology and climate research has identified factory farming as the common cause behind the three most urgent health crises of our time. . . .

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