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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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Anti-acne activities of pulsaquinone, hydropulsaquinone, and structurally related 1, 4-quinone derivatives.

The following shows the possible use of Pulsatilla in the treatment of acne vulgaris. Quinone type compound, pulsaquinone 1, isolated from the aqueous ethanol extract of the roots of Pulsatilla koreana exhibited antimicrobial activities against an anaerobic non-spore-forming gram-positive bacillus, Propionibacterium acnes, which is related with the pathogenesis of the inflamed lesions in a common […]

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Borage oil in the treatment of atopic dermatitis.

Borage oil has shown promise in the treatment of some topical skin conditions. Nutritional supplementation with omega-6 essential fatty acids (omega-6 EFAs) is of potential interest in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. EFAs play a vital role in skin structure and physiology. EFA deficiency replicates the symptoms of atopic dermatitis, and patients with atopic dermatitis […]

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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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