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Vitamin B6 deficiency and anemia in pregnancy.

The following review article shows the importance of B6 levels and the role that this vitamin plays in anemia during pregnancy. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in pregnancy. Pregnant women with anemia are, in general, exclusively treated with iron supplementation. We observed that several pregnant women with anemia who were nonresponsive […]

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Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections.

The following review article supports the usefulness of cranberries in the prevention of urinary tract infections. BACKGROUND: Cranberries (particularly in the form of cranberry juice) have been used widely for several decades for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). The aim of this review is to assess the effectiveness of cranberries in […]

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Crataegus tanacetifolia leaf extract prevents L-NAME-induced hypertension in rats: a morphological study.

Hawthorn or Crataegus has a long history of use for heart conditions.  After reviewing many studies the consistent conclusion was Hathorn has benefits when treating a variety of conditions of the heart. Crataegus (hawthorn) has long been used as a folk medicine all around the world. Most of the studies with Crataegus species focus on effects […]

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Natural products and anti-inflammatory activity.

This review article gives information on natural products and their anti-inflammatory activity due to the herbs that the products contain.  These anti-inflammatory herbs need to be considered for many applicatioins in overall health as well as their roll in prevention of conditions. The aim of this review paper was to summarise some commonly available natural […]

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Omega-3 fatty acids: their beneficial role in cardiovascular health.

Omega-3 fatty acids are proving to be beneficial in many areas of overall health.  The article below gives positive information on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: To examine evidence for the role of omega-3 fatty acids in cardiovascular disease. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE: PubMed was searched for articles on the role of […]

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Comparison of antioxidant potency of commonly consumed polyphenol-rich beverages in the United States.

The latest in the  juice market is the acai berry.  This fruit has made its way to the mainstream population with  exposure on the news and shows such as Oprah.  It has been touted as the new wonder fruit with antioxidant potency greater than blueberry or pomegranate.  So is this fruit all it is cracked […]

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Eleuthero for Diabetes

Eleuthero, the herb formerly known as Siberian Ginseng, is one of my favorites. It always has been. This classic adaptogen has been researched historically for its effects in enhancing physical and mental performance, for reducing stress, for protecting the heart against ischemia, protecting against liver toxicity and stimulating the immune system. The latest research, however, […]

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Using Complementary and Alternative Medicines to Target the Host Response during Severe Influenza.

This article gives important information on H5N1 and the value of herbal medicine in the treatment of this condition. It is now accepted that an overwhelming inflammatory response is the cause of human deaths from avian H5N1 influenza infection. With this in mind we sought to examine the literature for examples of complementary and alternative […]

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Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents.

Over the last few years there has been many warnings about the use of cough suppressants with children.  Honey is a safe and effective way to help a child, over the age of one, with an upper respiratory infection especially during the night when a cough can worsen. OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of a single […]

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Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Withania somnifera (ashwagandha): a review.

The following review indicates the usefulness of the Ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha.  It is a safe herb with many medicinal properties. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this paper is to review the literature regarding Withania somnifera (ashwagandha, WS) a commonly used herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Specifically, the literature was reviewed for articles pertaining to chemical properties, therapeutic […]

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