Category Archives: Herbs and Spices

IN BRIEF: Rosemary Shown To Help Against Depression

IN BRIEF: Rosemary Shown To Help Against Depression

  It is always comforting to hear that a study has shown a culinary herb to be beneficial against a condition. One feels that one can hopefully avoid the cost and side effect of of pharmaceuticals. Plus it brings memories of simpler times when individuals had a better chance at …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Turmeric helpful for Lupus

IN BRIEF: Turmeric helpful for Lupus

Oral Supplementation of Turmeric Decreases Proteinuria, Hematuria, and Systolic Blood Pressure in Patients Suffering From Relapsing or Refractory Lupus Nephritis From the   Journal of Renal Nutrition Warning:    Turmeric can aggravate anemia: MediNewsDigest ; “Antioxidants in Food and Supplements Part (I)     Share/Bookmark

Should we obtain our  antioxidants from food, or from supplements?: Part (I): The Food Antioxidants

Should we obtain our antioxidants from food, or from supplements?: Part (I): The Food Antioxidants

Antioxidant supplements are big business: As of 1999  in the US [1], the vitamin C  market was worth $843 Million; the Vitamin E  market $731 Million. Quoting Nutraceutical World [2]:  “…Overall, for the estimated $25 billion U.S. dietary supplement industry, the prognosis is good, very good…[for expansion]”  That was in 2010. …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Some Alzheimer’s Medications Seem More Effective For Women than For Men

IN BRIEF: Some Alzheimer’s Medications Seem More Effective For Women than For Men

Elsevier is about to publish an article that is a little bit troubling: Some individuals with Alzheimer’s  are taking cholinesterase inhibitors [7], and the benefits seem to be strongly gender dependent: ” Among women, a higher PI (i.e., greater duration of use) of cholinesterase inhibitors was associated with slower progression… …Read the Rest

Turmeric Enhance Effect of Chemotherapy Drug in Head and Neck Cancer (ScienceDaily)

Turmeric Enhance Effect of Chemotherapy Drug in Head and Neck Cancer (ScienceDaily)

MediNewsDigest:Turmeric/Curcumin anti cancer property are not new, but it is always interesting to get some details on the capabilities. Here is a link to the sciencedaily post.   Turmeric MediNewsDigest Notes: “Although turmeric is used in cooking, the amount of curcumin needed to produce a clinical response is much larger, …Read the Rest

Update: Common herbs and spices may help protect against certain chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (WebMD)

Update: Common herbs and spices may help protect against certain chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (WebMD)

MediNewsDigest: A survey of possible health benefits of common spices Herbs and Spices Health benefit claims range from indirect (helping you decrease the amount of salt) to  direct (decreasing/preventing inflammation, lowering blood pressure) Direct benefits Actions is throughpolyphenols (ajcn) to  curcumin and capsaicin   (FEBS, India) A  good general review  is at  at …Read the Rest

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