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An examination of antibacterial and antifungal properties of constituents of Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) and oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus) mushrooms.

Shitake mushrooms have long been known for their medicinal and health value.  The following is an excellent article on the antimicrobial effects of this useful mushroom. BACKGROUND: Antibiotic agents have been in widespread and largely effective therapeutic use since their discovery in the 20th century. However, the emergence of multi-drug resistant pathogens now presents an […]

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Benefits versus risks associated with consumption of fish and other seafood.

The following article explores the benefits and risks of consuming fish. Fish provide nutrition for much of the world’s population, and when not contaminated with chemicals, fish is a very good food. A major benefit of fish is that they are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), low in saturated fat, and they contain other […]

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Formulations of dietary supplements and herbal extracts for relaxation and anxiolytic action: Relarian.

Herbs can be very helpful with stress, sleep disturbances and anxiety.  The following article shows some of the herbs that may be considered for these symptoms. Dietary supplements are widely used for desired effects on memory, insomnia, mood and anxiety. This review focuses on supplements which have anxiolytic or mild relaxation properties and enhance mood. […]

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Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro.

The following shows that Elderberry would be an excellent choice to use to strengthen the immune system in preparation for the coming cold and flu season. A ionization technique in mass spectrometry called Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART TOF-MS) coupled with a Direct Binding Assay was used to identify and characterize anti-viral […]

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Ginkgo biloba extract enhances glucose tolerance in hyperinsulinism-induced hepatic cells

Ginkgo biloba is a very useful and versitile herb.  The following shows its promise in helping the condition of diabetes. Ginkgo biloba, an herbal medication, is capable of lowering glucose, fat, and lipid peroxide in diabetic patients. In the current study, we tested the hypothesis that Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) prevented hyperinsulinism-induced glucose intolerance in […]

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Antioxidant and antifungal activity of Verbena officinalis L. leaves.

The following provides evidence that Verbena officinalis would be an excellent herb to use for skin conditions. The scavenging activity against DPPH (1,1-diphenil-2-picrylhydrazyl) radical and the antifungal effect against chloroform, ethyl acetate and 50% methanolic extracts of Verbena officinalis leaves were investigated. The activity of different fractions of 50% methanolic extract and some isolated compounds […]

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Cancer and metastasis: prevention and treatment by green tea.

The following study gives information of the positive effects of green tea in the prevention of cancer. Metastasis is the most deadly aspect of cancer and results from several interconnected processes including cell proliferation, angiogenesis, cell adhesion, migration, and invasion into the surrounding tissue. The appearance of metastases in organs distant from the primary tumor […]

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Melissa officinalis oil affects infectivity of enveloped herpesviruses.

The following article shows the importance of lemon balm in the treatment of the herpes simplex virus, (HSV). Extracts and essential oils of medicinal plants are increasingly of interest as novel drugs of antimicrobial and antiviral agents, since herpes simplex virus (HSV) might develop resistance to commonly used antiviral agents. Melissa officinalis essential oil was […]

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Medicinal properties of neem leaves: a review.

The following review gives information on the neem plant.  Neem has a wide variety of medicinal usages as the article points out. Azadirachta indica, commonly known as neem, has attracted worldwide prominence in recent years, owing to its wide range of medicinal properties. Neem has been extensively used in Ayurveda, Unani and Homoeopathic medicine and […]

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Flaxseed oil reduces the growth of human breast tumors (MCF-7) at high levels of circulating estrogen.

Flax seed should be considered as a healthy addition to ones diet.  The following article shows its possible benefits in the prevention of breast cancer. Flaxseed (FS) has been shown to attenuate mammary tumorigenesis, possibly due to its high alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)-rich oil (FSO) content. This study determined the effect of FSO on the growth […]

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