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The following is an interesting article on the positive effects of a good diet and herbs to help protect from diseases related to aging.

The following is an interesting article discussing the importance of a proper diet and herbs in the control of diseases related to aging. Aging is associated with mitochondrial dysfunctions, which trigger membrane leakage, release of reactive species from oxygen and nitrogen and subsequent induction of peroxidative reactions that result in biomolecules’ damaging and releasing of […]

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Cellular and molecular mechanisms of immuno-modulation by Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi).

Especially during the winter months people want to help support their immune function.  Incorporating Reishi mushrooms into your diet or taking in capsule form are a wonderful way to help support your immune system. Ganoderma lucidum (Leyss. ex Fr.) Karst. (Lingzhi or Reishi) has been used for a long time in China to prevent and treat various […]

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Does D matter? The role of vitamin D in hair disorders and hair follicle cycling.

The following article gives another reason to make sure our vitamin D intake is sufficient. BACKGROUND: The role of vitamin D in the proliferation and differentiation of keratinocytes is well known within the field of dermatology. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the role that vitamin D and the vitamin D receptor play in the hair […]

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Grape products and oral health.

Who would have thought the lowly raisin could have such health benefits? Oral diseases, including dental caries, periodontal disease, and tooth loss, affect the majority of the population and can affect a person’s overall health. Raisins contain polyphenols, flavonoids, and high levels of iron that may benefit human health. However, their oral health benefits are […]

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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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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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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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Complementary and alternative medicine therapies to promote healthy moods.

The following article shows the importance of a holistic approach in treating depression. Kemper KJ, Shannon S. Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA. kkemper@wfubmc.edu Pediatric mood disorders (unipolar depression and bipolar disorder) are serious, common, persistent, and recurrent medical conditions. Depression is the […]

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A review of treatment of premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

A newer trend in the medical field to help women with  severe PMS or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is the use of pharmaceuticals.  The class of drugs used are antidepressants and SSRI’s.  This study indicates there are other options such as nutrients and balanced diet to help these symptoms. Severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and, more recently, premenstrual dysphoric […]

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Vitamin B12, folic acid and mental function in the elderly

The following article gives valuable information on the importance of B12 and folic acid when considering cognitive function in the elderly. Elderly people is a vulnerable population group to specific nutrient deficiencies as vitamin B12 and folic acid, which are closely related to mental functions deterioration, especially of cognitive functions. This study was aimed to […]

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