Best natural remedies for sunburns

There are some great natural ways of relieving your sunburns, as there is a high chance that some of you are suffering from them right now, given how this is one of the hottest and sunniest summers that I can recall!

First and foremost, try not to get sunburns; now that the UV index is really high, it could be dangerous. Stay in the shade whenever you can, use sun protection creams, avoid sun between 10am and 4pm, but don’t avoid it at other times, as you also need some vitamin D in your blood!

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Protective and therapeutic potential of ginger – antitumor and anti-inflammatory

Today, a comprehensive review was published in Phytotherapy Research journal, examining the literature about ginger extract and [6]‐gingerol against tumorigenic and oxidative and inflammatory processes associated with cancer.

The results suggest that ginger derivatives, in the form of an extract or isolated compounds, show significant antiproliferative, antitumor, and anti‐inflammatory activities.  Continue reading “Protective and therapeutic potential of ginger – antitumor and anti-inflammatory”

Turmeric may help to reduce back pain

According to Dr Josh Axe, turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Its active ingredient curcumin contains the pain-relieving and anti-ageing effects. Dr. Axe suggests 1,000mg of turmeric every day. Alternatively, 2,000mg of fish oil everyday also helps reduce inflamation.

Another famous nutrition expert, Ty Bollinger, talks about many amazing benefits of turmeric in the interview below.

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Supplements don’t protect against cardiovascular disease???

There has been some hype in recent mainstream news that supplementation with vitamins and minerals don’t prevent cardiovascular disease. But let’s look at this closer.

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This hype in media comes from a study from the University of Alabama researchers, who followed more than two million people from 18 trials of nutritional supplements and saw no evidence they could lower heart disease deaths.

First of all, and most importantly, nutritional supplements don’t INCREASE the heart disease deaths. Secondly, there are numerous valid scientific studies and reviews that showed how vitamins B, D, E and C significantly reduce the risk of various cancers (some of these topics I’ve covered in my previous posts and you can find many scientific studies on my subpages of the Vitamins subpage).

Naturally, if you lower your chance of getting cancer, you’ll sooner or later have to die of something else.  So even if vitamins and minerals lower your cardiovascular risk, but more substantially lower your risk of cancer, the end result may be that just because the anti-cancer effect is stronger, you’ll see more cardiovascular deaths, which will nullify the initial effect of lower cardiovascular risk.

Epidemiology is tricky and can be very easily manipulated, that’s why we often see many contradictory news about certain foods or supplements: one day they say coffee is great for your health, another day they say it’s not. My advice is that the key is in moderation, whatever we do, and that any study that’s receiving media hype should always be rigorously checked scientifically.

I do agree with the conclusion from the authors that people should be taking more healthy lifestyle and dietary steps to improve their health; that is completely valid, who wouldn’t agree on that. But suggesting, based on these results, that dietary supplementation  is not beneficial, is completely wrong. If it was shown that vitamins and minerals increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases or shorten your life, that would be another story.

The Queen of All Herbs: St. John’s Wort

St John’s wort (also known as rosin rose or goatweed) is truly an impressive plant. It has been used for centuries to treat mental health disorders, including depression, mood swings, anxiety, and sleep problems. It also has some other fascinating health benefits, such as alleviating pre-menstrual symptoms, regulating  hormonal activity, protecting against viral infections, reducing inflammation, and even preventing cancer.  Continue reading “The Queen of All Herbs: St. John’s Wort”

The Role of Nutraceuticals in Statin Intollerant Patients

A great article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concluding that nutraceuticals can be natural alternatives or support to pharmacological therapies in statin-intollerant patients. Ingredients from red yeast rice, bergamot, berberine, artichoke, soluble fiber, and plant sterols and stanols alone or in combination with each other can significantly reduce LDL-C (“bad cholesterol”) but also show other effects such as reduction of other parameters of lipid profile, glucose, blood pressure, inflammation and oxidative stress. Like with the majority of nutraceuticals, longer-term studies are necessary, but who will ever fund such studies?

Lavender Oil for Anxiety Treatment

A great article published recently in the Mental Health Clinician gives a comprehensive analysis and comparison of five double-blinded and randomized controlled trials that examined efficacy of lavender essential oil in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including subsyndromal anxiety disorder, restlessness and agitation with disturbed sleep, and mixed anxiety and depressive disorder.  Continue reading “Lavender Oil for Anxiety Treatment”

Substantial proportion of older adults is deficient in vitamin B12 and folate

The results of a new study, published in British Journal of Nutrition, showed that one in eight Irish adults are deficient in Vitamin B12 and ne in seven develop a deficiency in folate.  Continue reading “Substantial proportion of older adults is deficient in vitamin B12 and folate”

Incredible Antibacterial Potential of Some Plant Extracts

An article published yesterday in Phytotherapy Research shows some amazing antibacterial activity of tinctures of Spilanthes oleracea and propolis, Nigella seed oil, and an ethanolic extract of black garlic on microorganisms involved in oral diseases.  Continue reading “Incredible Antibacterial Potential of Some Plant Extracts”

The higher the vitamin D level, the lower the risk of diabetes

It will appear that all of my news posts are related to vitamin D, but the news lately just don’t stop mentioning it in various contexts. Why is there such a surge of new results with vitamin D, it’s difficult to say.    Continue reading “The higher the vitamin D level, the lower the risk of diabetes”