Prince Charles says “herbal medicine must be regulated.” As a long time proponent of alternative medicines, we wonder if this is a new position for him, or a response to EU regulation.
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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, […]
A new book based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health explores the use of dietary supplements by military personnel. One of the best things about this book? It’s available online in its entirety, HERE. It reports on research conducted by a committee chosen to “identify those that may be of benefit or […]
Antioxidants can almost be viewed as an antidote to the body’s problematic, not-100-percent-effective, energy-processing system.
The HerbSelect program is brand new (no pun intended). We’re reviewing product recommendations now and will be posting them in the near future. Thanks for your interest in this first-ever program from the Herb Research Foundation.
Tiger Woods says his experience with the “calming” alkaloid l-theanine in the form of Gatorade Tiger Focus, “is taking me someplace I never imagined.” An article in The Gazette, May 24, 2009 details some of the research on theanine and the “tea paradox” of how a caffeinated beverage can be described as “calming.” A relaxed, […]
Green tea polyphenols have potent anti-inflammatory properties. “Given the long safety record of tea consumption, the use of EGCG and related compounds may represent a novel pharmacological strategy for the modulation of inflammation.”
The thermogenic effect of tea is generally attributed to its caffeine content. An article in Alternative Medicine Review reports that green tea extract stimulates brown adipose tissue thermogenesis to an extent which is much greater than can be attributed to its caffeine content alone.
Research reported in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrates that EGCG can protect mice against carcinogen induced breast tumors. The green tea polyphenol significantly decreased mammary tumor burden and invasiveness and significantly increased latency to the first tumor.
In studies conducted on human skin, green tea polyphenols prevented ultraviolet (UVB) induced chemical changes in the skin, which are considered to be mediators of UVB induced immunosuppression and skin cancer induction. GTP treated humans can prevented penetration of UV radiation, and protected against UVB-induced local as well as systemic immune suppression in laboratory animals. […]