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”
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?
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”
New study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was conducted by scientists from NCI, the American Cancer Society, the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and 20 other medical centers and organizations around the world. Continue reading “Vitamin D lowers risk of colorectal cancer”
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