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31
JUL

Curcumin Helps Reduce Inflammation

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
curcuminGlucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are the most popular ingredients in joint support supplements and most people get significant results from these three efficient products. However, some people struggle to reduce joint pain even when taking these highly efficient products. It is always important to remember that everyone is different and react differently to supplements but if you are looking for another natural alternative, curcumin might be the right one for you.

Curcumin supplements are an effective way to protect your joints and end joint pain quickly, naturally and safely. Curcumin is the antioxidant pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color. It has been used as a natural medicine in Indian Ayurveda for years due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Traditional Ayurvedic uses included treatment of conjunctivitis, acne, skin wounds, ringworm, eczema, hemorrhoids and other skin conditions.

Joint discomfort affects roughly 1 in 5 adults and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Pain in your knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows or hands can often make simple daily activities turn into painful, difficult tasks. Curcumin supplements can ease your discomfort and increase your mobility by addressing the root cause of joint pain.

Curcumin is proving to be the most powerful nutrient for addressing inflammation, the primary underlying cause of joint discomfort. With no side effects or long-term adverse consequences, curcumin supplements may be the best and safest daily treatment to reduce pain and increase mobility. Studies have shown that curcumin works by effectively switching off the body’s most powerful inflammatory chemical, Nf-kappa beta, along with specific enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation. Additionally, studies have found that curcumin blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the launch of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.




27
JUL

5 Products Every Women Needs in Her Medicine Cabinet

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements,Women's Health at 4:53 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
medicineCollagen – Look your best and age beautifully with collagen. One of our favorites is derived from pasture-raised collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, these peptides are soluble in cold liquids as well as hot. Enjoy a scoop in your morning coffee and feel beautiful from the inside out. Did we mention that collagen also increases elasticity and regeneration of tendons, cartilage, bones, and joints? You better believe it!

Probiotic – By now most people know that taking a daily probiotic is one of the biggest keys to maintaining maximum gut flora health. But what you may not know is that they are also one of the best supplements for women in regards to urinary and vaginal health. Bacteria such as Lactobacillus species, as well as the strain Bacillus coagulans help keep the pH level in these regions slightly acidic making it difficult for yeast and “unwanted” bacteria to thrive.

Daily Vitamin – Ahh, the great vitamin debate. Do you need one? The answer is yes. Today, a majority of conventional food is grown in poor soils that lack essential nutrients. Therefore if we’re not getting vital nutrients from food, then we NEED to take vitamins. A daily, one a day formula is an easy way to get complete energizing support in one capsule specifically design and formulated for a women’s chemistry.

Red Raspberry Leaf –  Red raspberry leaf can help relieve PMS symptoms such as cramping, irritability, and depression. That’s all well and good, but the leaf is most commonly known for its effects in helping maintain a healthy pregnancy. A favorite herb amongst midwifes, red raspberry leaf  is reported to increase fertility, helps tone the uterus of an expectant mother and can lessen the strain felt from contractions. Some reports have even shown that it can increase milk production. However, most experts agree that pregnant women should limit their consumption of red raspberry leaf to the third trimester, only.

Vitex – Another “women’s” herb, vitex helps keep hormones in balance. Used for centuries as a female remedy, Vvtex works by supporting the pituitary gland — the master gland for hormone production. Traditionally, vitex was used to stimulate breast milk production in nursing mothers, boost fertility and relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. This herb can also shorten a woman’s monthly visit from “Aunt Flow” – always a welcome benefit. Please note that vitex should be strictly avoided during pregnancy.

 

 




10
JUL

7 Herbal Energy Boosters

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Herbs,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BoostAre you looking to energize yourself the natural way? Well, get ready for it as you have quite a few options of herbal energy enhancer products. If you are not sure which one(s) to take, here’s a quick look at 7 herbal energy boosters.

1. Guaraná

Guaraná is one of the most popular products used as a stimulant because it offers about twice the caffeine of a coffee bean. Guaraná also contains theobromine and theophylline, other stimulants that may help to increase energy levels.

2. Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is an excellent herbal alternative to increase energy and focus. This exotic herbal tea contains a unique blend of stimulants which delivers high doses of caffeine as well as theobromine, and theophylline.

3. Chia

Chia seeds were known as the “runner’s food” as this superfood contains a ton of nutrients such as essential fatty acids, alpha-linolenic, linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, protein, vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language.

4. Maca

Maca root contains 55 phytochemicals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body, in addition to being incredibly mineral dense and nutritious. Maca is highly beneficial for reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance, as well as improving sexual desire.

5. Siberian Ginseng

A very popular enhancer among athletes, Siberian ginseng works by increasing stamina, reducing fatigue and minimizing the effects of stress.

6. Ginkgo

Ginkgo improves energy flow at a cellular level by increasing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in your body, which helps the brain in metabolizing glucose for energy.

7. Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola rosea is an effective herb for improving energy and alleviating depression as it has the ability to change serotonin and dopamine levels.




24
JUN

3 Health Benefits from Milk Thistle

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Milk ThistleMilk thistle is not just a pretty flower. Also known as silymarin, this flowering herb is related to the daisy and ragweed family but did you know that milk thistle offers a variety of health benefits. So, here is a quick list of 3 health benefits from milk thistle.

1. Liver Support

The most known use of milk thistle is as a natural supplement to help in the treatment of liver problems. Silymarin is the main active ingredient in milk thistle and studies have shown that it is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It may offer benefits for people whose liver is damaged by industrial toxins, such as toluene and xylene. Milk thistle supplements may help liver problems such as cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis, and gallbladder disorders.

2. Type 2 Diabetes

Medical research has suggested that milk thistle supplements may help people who have type 2 diabetes. Silymarin may help stimulate a decrease in blood sugar levels and an improvement in cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, researchers have found that milk thistle improved insulin resistance, a key characteristic of type 2 diabetes.

3. Cholesterol Support

Milk thistle may also be beneficial for heart health. Studies have shown that silymarin can provide heart benefits by lowering LDL bad cholesterol levels and decreasing the chance of developing heart disease.

Make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.




19
MAY

Curcumin For a Healthier Mouth

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs at 11:17 am | By: Jeremy Michael
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Curcuma longa more commonly known as Turmeric has been getting a lot of buzz lately. With numerous known health properties including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-carcinogenic, there is no astonishment as to why this is. New research is expanding this ever growing list of benefits to curcumin. A new research article shows that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may prove beneficial in controlling inflammation and bone resorption in individuals with periodontitis.  Periodontitis is a gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports teeth. Periodontitis if bad enough can lead to loss of teeth and even more serious health conditions.

In one research trial Male Wistar rates were used to determine if curcumin could inhibit the inflammation and alveolar bone resorption in rats following induced periodontitis.   The researchers of this article concluded that curcumin may decrease bone loss because of its ability to reduce inflammatory markers in the body.

Another research article  performed a study that consisted of 25 patients (15 males/10 Females) between the ages of 21-45. All patients were previously diagnosed with chronic periodontitis and had periodontal pockets >5mm on both sides. The researchers selected specific sites and the sites were then randomly grouped into test group or control group. The control group received only root planning and scaling while the test group received both root planning and scaling as well as 1% curcumin gel at baseline, 1, 3, and 6 month intervals. The results of the study showed that both root planning and scaling alone is beneficial, however, adding curcumin to the procedure seems to enhance the outcomes significantly.  Overall, the pocket depth improved, the plaque index and bleeding index reduced, as well as there was a reduction in bacteria found commonly in the mouth.

While these results are promising, much more research should be done on the matter. If you are interested in using curcumin to improve oral health speak with your healthcare provider or general dentist before starting due to the potential for side effects. Check out LuckyVitamin for a wide array of natural & organic curcumin products.




21
APR

The Great Fenugreek

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FenugreekFenugreek has been used both as an herb and as a spice for many years. Originally from southeastern Europe and western Asia, this plant grows practically everywhere today, including the United States. Most people know fenugreek from seasoning in mix spices but this traditional herb is also very popular in teas.

Fenugreek offers a variety of health benefits as research suggests that it may help regulate cholesterol levels, control diabetes, as well as stimulating breast milk production.

Natural supplements for cholesterol often contain fenugreek in their formulas as it contains alkaloids, protein, vitamin C, niacin and potassium, proven ingredients to inhibit cholesterol absorption and synthesis. Studies have shown that fenugreek supplements may help lowering harmful cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels.

In addition, fenugreek may be a useful beverage for nursing mothers as studies have concluded that regular intake of fenugreek may increase breast milk supply. The herb has been used in many breastfeeding supplements along with blessed thistle, nettles and fennel seeds, increasing milk production as much as 900%. The combination is safe to use since all ingredients are natural and side effects are minimal.

Lastly, fenugreek can be helpful to improve digestion and minimize issues such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, and inflammation of the stomach. Click here to check out fenugreek supplements at LuckyVitamin.com.




13
APR

7 Reasons Everyone Needs a Turmeric Supplement

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Turmeric powderTurmeric is mostly known as the main spice in curry but curcumin, an extract of turmeric, has been used to promote health benefits for years. Since it seems like turmeric/curcumin can help with a little bit of everything, we present you 7 reasons everyone needs a turmeric supplement.

1. Arthritis: multiple studies have proved that turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties and supplementation can be helpful for people with joint pain or arthritis. One study found that turmeric extract supplement worked just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

2. Heartburn: supplements form the turmeric plant have been shown to be effective at curbing heartburn and stomach pain, likely due to its known powers to fight inflammation.

3. Brain Support: studies have suggested that curcumin can help promote repair to stems cell in the brain. Research has also found that supplementation may help boost memory.

4. Digestive Aid: turmeric may help reduce symptoms of indigestion by promoting the production of bile. Supplementation has been also beneficial to relieve gas and bloating.

5. Diabetes: curcumin extract has been found to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in a couple of studies. Supplementation over nine months was necessary to obtain significant results.

6. Cancer: a couple of studies have shown promising effects of curcumin in preventing and treating cancer. Turmeric supplements are powerful antioxidants which may protect cells from oxidative damage, a risk factor for cancer.

7. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: studies have found that curcumin contains properties that can reduce inflammatory bowel disease. Naturopathic practitioners often recommend turmeric for treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.




25
MAR

3 Efficient Natural Energy Boosters

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
guaranaIf you are constantly feeling tired and can’t seem to boost your energy levels, a few natural products might be just what you need. Guaraná, maca, and ginseng have been top-selling energy enhancers for many years as studies have shown that these herbal products are efficient in providing a boost in energy levels. So, let’s learn a little more about these 3 efficient natural energy boosters.

Guaraná 

Guaraná is originally from the Amazon region and its products are popular in Brazil and other South America countries. Loaded with caffeine, one seed of guaraná contains five times more caffeine than an average coffee bean. Available in supplement form, this tropical fruit is also used to make energy drinks as well as soft drinks but with significantly lower levels of caffeine. A good number of natural energy supplements contain guaraná in formulas designed for fat burner, weight-loss, athletic performance enhancers, and products to stimulate the mental function.

Maca

Maca products are known to promote more energy as well as hormonal balance. This superfood has been used for centuries by the native people in the Andes of Peru for a variety of health benefits. Maca root is not only known to boost energy levels but it is also believed to increase sex drive and improve fertility, increasing semen volume and sperm counts. Maca contains high levels of protein, fat and minerals and it’s eaten baked, dried or mixed with vegetables.

Ginseng

Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal supplements due to its long list of health benefits. Research has suggested that the root of the ginseng plant (Panax ginseng) is helpful to improve energy levels and is also beneficial to control blood sugar levels. Ginseng provides sustainable energy by utilizing your body’s own energy resources as it has the ability to boost energy by ramping up ATP production.




24
MAR

4 Allergy Formulas for Spring

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Homeopathy,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
allergiesUsually around this time of year the sun is starting to shine, the flowers are beginning to bloom and allergy season is just mere weeks away. Don’t let fear of allergies and allergy season ruin the beautiful spring and summer weather. There are many alternative and natural ingredients to help relieve you of and prevent your allergy symptoms.  But don’t just try one ingredient, check out LuckyVitamin for many top rated and recommended allergy formulas to help keep the sniffling, sneezing,, watery and red itchy eyes away.  Below is a look into some of our top selling products.

Ortho Molecular D-Hist and D-Hist Jr:  One of my personal favorites and go to formulas for allergy season is this product. The D-Hist formulas include Quercetin, Bromelain, stinging nettles leaf and N-Acetyl Cysteine to promote optimal support for nasal and sinus passageways.  This professional grade supplement combines the best herbs and supplements for comprehensive support for seasonal challenges and best of all won’t cause drowsiness. It is best taken before allergy season starts to help prevent symptoms but also works well if symptoms have already developed.

Boiron Sabadil combines the most commonly used homeopathic medicine to treat seasonal allergies into one formula.  This formula is meant to help relieve runny nose, spasmodic cough, burning eyes, sneezing, discharges and other symptoms associated with allergies. Sabadil is an FDA regulated homeopathic medicine.  Homeopathic medicines are non-drowsy, safe and effective alternative to common standard medications.

Vital Nutrients Aller-C – This combination supplement combines Quercetin, Vitamin C, and other Bioflavonoids into one effective formula. One of the main ingredients in this formula Hesperidin a flavanone glycoside found commonly in citrus, known to help relieve allergy symptoms.  Another ingredient in this formula is Vitamin C. Vitamin C has antihistamine properties and some research suggests it might help reduce allergy symptoms.

Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Allergy – This Gaia herbs formula contains organic and Non-GMO ingredients. An herbal blend of ingredients to promote a healthy inflammatory response as well as promote respiratory health.  This product combines Turmeric along with other herbal extracts to help fight off symptoms of allergies.  One of the main ingredients in this product is Quercetin, which is well known for its ability to decrease the histamine response, the main chemical in the body responsible for allergies.  Quercetin and other allergy fighting supplements are best taken before allergy season starts to help keep your body from over reacting to the allergens.




5
MAR

Ancient Golden Milk – Nectar of the Gods

Filed Under: Herbs,Nutrition,Recipes at 11:14 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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This ayurvedic tonic is made with turmeric, coconut milk, coconut oil, cinnamon and maple syrup. It’s comforting, soothing and relaxing. Drink it at bedtime and reap healing benefits such as immune support, anti-inflammatory, skin conditions, joint health, women’s health and so much more!

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is an all-around wonder spice that has been used for 4000 years and it perhaps best known as being a staple of popular Indian dishes such as curries and stews. This spice not only tastes delicious but is great for your health too! The health fighting compound is curcumin that’s give it’s a bright hue and healing effects. Studies have revealed its powerful anti-inflammatory, liver detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic effects.

Ingredients

1 cup of coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric or a half inch sliver of fresh turmeric

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Add maple syrup to taste

A sprinkle of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger or a half inch sliver of fresh ginger

Directions

1. Place the coconut milk and coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat….

2. Add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Stir well if you are using the dried spices.

3. Let the milk begin to simmer — small bubbles will form on the sides of the saucepan. Stir.

4. Heat for another 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to let the milk overheat.

5. Remove from heat and cover. Allow the mixture to sit for ten minutes or so to improve the infusion.

6. Strain the coconut milk through a mesh strainer if you used fresh ingredients.

7. Add maple syrup to taste

8. Serve warm in a mug and enjoy!




26
FEB

3 Natural Supplements to Improve Memory

Filed Under: Herbs,Mental Wellbeing,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MemoryIf you are having memory problems, taking supplements can be helpful but the question remains: which natural supplements are the most effective? Vitamin B12 and fish oil supplements are the top-selling memory products but if you are looking for another option or just a little extra, check out these three natural supplements to boost your memory.

1. Ginkgo Biloba

One of the most popular natural supplements for memory is ginkgo biloba. Studies have concluded that ginkgo biloba may enhance cognitive performance in healthy older adults as well as people experiencing cognitive decline. The world’s oldest living species of tree, ginkgo trees can live up 1,000 years and grow most predominantly in the southern and eastern United States, southern France, China, and Korea.

2. Panax Ginseng

Often used in combination with ginkgo, Panax ginseng is also known as Asian Ginseng and has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. This remarkable supplement has the ability to improve memory, promote calmness, and reduce fatigue. Research suggests that taking 500 mg twice a day can improve cognitive performance in healthy adults.

3. Bacopa

Another herb commonly used in memory supplements, bacopa monnieri has been used for centuries to enhance long term memory, improve learning, and overall cognitive performance. This herb contains anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and sedative properties, with the active ingredients responsible for these effects including sulfhydryl and polyphenol, compounds that lessen oxidative stress.




24
FEB

5 Health Benefits from Tea Tree Oil

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Tea tree oilTea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils for obvious reasons. This natural product contain incredible healing powers due to its endless list of properties including antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, expectorant, stimulant and many others. Originally used by Aboriginal tribes in Australia to soothe skin and heal cuts, tea tree oil is now a well-known product around the world and widely available as an essential oil. If you are still not familiar with it, we present you 5 health benefits from tea tree oil.

Antibacterial: studies have shown that tea tree is known to cure a variety of dangerous bacterial infections. Well known for treating and curing wounds, tea tree oil can also be effectively to cure internal bacterial infections such as those in the colon, stomach, intestines, excretory system and urinary system.

Enhance Absorption: tea tree oil contain balsamic properties and it’s a great product to increase absorption of nutrients from foods. This essential oil has been used to promote absorption and, consequently, increase protection from diseases.

Immune System Booster: tea tree oil is known to provide relief from cough, cold, congestion and bronchitis due to its antiviral properties. This essential oil has the ability to cure viral infections like the common cold, influenza, mumps, measles, and pox.

Promote Healthy Hair: the stimulant property of tea tree essential oil can be very beneficial for taking care of certain hair conditions such as dandruff and hair loss. Applying tea tree essential oil to your scalp can lead to increase blood flow that will help your follicle stay healthy and strengthen the hold on your hair.

Expectorant: tea tree oil can provide a quick relief from cough and cold as this essential oil contain expectorant properties. People suffering from cough and cold, congestion, and bronchitis, can rub tea tree oil on the chest area to promote fast relief.




19
JAN

6 Herbs to Shed Pounds

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
6 HerbsLosing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions but as we start the fourth week of 2015, many people have quit or are close to give up on it. Lack of results is often the reason for a stop but natural herbs can be a helpful and healthy way to get you a little boost. Here’s a list of 6 herbs to help you shed pounds this year.

Cinnamon

Adding just one scoop of cinnamon to your diet can help with your weight loss. Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels which is important since high blood sugar levels can increase storage of fat by the body. Additionally, cinnamon simultaneously increases insulin levels and influence the manner in which sugar is metabolized by the body.

Black Pepper

Often used for seasoning meals, black pepper may help stop the formation of new fat cells. Studies have shown that piperine, a substance in black pepper, can reduce fat levels in the bloodstream as well as boosting your metabolism.

Ginseng

A well-known immune system enhancer, ginseng can also accelerate weight loss by revving up a sluggish metabolism. With a faster metabolic rate, it is less likely that excess calories that you eat will be converted into fat.

Turmeric

Adding spices to your food can be an easy way to shed some unwanted pounds. Turmeric or curcumin is widely used in cooking and can provide some weight loss benefits. Scientific research has shown that turmeric may help prevent the regrowth of fat after weight loss, which is important not to regain back all these pounds you worked really hard to get rid of.

Cayenne Pepper

One of the best natural herbs for weight loss, red cayenne pepper can help in many different ways. It has been proven to speed up metabolism by 25%, helping burn ten times more calories, and also curbing appetite.

Ginger

This root can also help with weight loss as ginger can improve digestion by increasing the pH of the stomach and stimulating digestive enzymes. Ginger can also slightly increase metabolic rate, helping burning off fat stored in the body.




17
JAN

7 Medicinal Teas that Heal

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Teas at 9:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
TeasTeas have been used medicinally for years. During the winter months, we often look for some help from teas to battle common health issues. So, here’s a helpful list of 7 medicinal teas that heal.

1. Echinacea

One of the most popular healing teas, Echinacea stimulates the body’s immune system to fight off bacterial and viral attacks. This delicious herbal tea is known to fight off colds, relive pain and reduce inflammation.

2. Chamomile

Chamomile tea is one of the best options for people looking for calming, relaxing teas. This soothing tea has mild sedative properties which can help relieve anxiety and promote better sleep. It is also a good option to treat indigestion and nausea.

3. Goldenseal

Often combined with Echinacea, this tea is also known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. The chemical berberine in goldenseal activates white blood cells that destruct viruses, bacteria, fungi.

4. Mint

One of the most flavorful, refreshing options, mint tea helps minimize congestion, is a mild expectorant for a chest cold or bronchitis, and can also reduce stomach pain. Despite many varieties available, most mint teas offer similar healing properties, whether you choose spearmint or peppermint, as the active component is menthol.

5. Lemon

Lemon tea is an excellent source of vitamin C, known for multiple health benefits. Lemons contain bioflavonoids that help maintain adequate levels of vitamin C in every cell of your body, boosting immune system function and promote overall health. If you do not like the taste of lemon tea, add some honey or just add a slice of lemon to your favorite tea.

6. Cinnamon

The smell of cinnamon has many tea lovers listing this as their number one tea. Cinnamon offers anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties and contains an excellent amount of immune-boosting antioxidants. Among the benefits, cinnamon increase blood flow and improve circulation as well as soothe a sore throat and reduce cold symptoms.

7. Ginger

Ginger is one of the best options to heal cough and cold. It is also widely used to reduce nausea and prevent or treat motion sickness. Some people may not enjoy the taste of ginger teas but a quick fix is to add a spoon of natural honey to your hot beverage.




27
DEC

Why You Need Withania

Filed Under: Herbs at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
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Withania somnifera more commonly known as Ashwagandha is a plant from the subtropical parts of India and Middle Eastern countries. It belongs to the solanaceae family or nightshade family.  In botanical and Ayurvedic medicine this herb has been indicated for chronic stress, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, auto-immune disease, male infertility, and numerous other medical conditions.

Withania promotes a calming effect on the body. In fact, the term somnifera  means “sleep inducing” in Latin, so it is no wonder why herbalist and other practitioners use it for insomnia.  It helps people who experience insomnia as a result of stress maladaptation and ayurvedic herbalists use it to reestablish long-term sleep rhythms. A research article looked at the role of Withania in sleep disturbed rats. They found that pretreatment with Withania somnifera shortened sleep latency, decreased waking, increased NREM, and increased total sleep time.

Withania medicinal properties does not just stop at its role in insomnia, Ashwagandha has also been shown to enhance fertility. In a study done on infertile males, researchers found that withania was able to recover the quality of semen of post-treated compared to pre-treated infertile men.  They concluded that due to the herbs ability to repair multiple disturbed compounds in semen, it can improve the quality of semen, and improve energy production.  It may be used as an empirical therapy for the clinical management and treatment of male infertility.

Lastly, withania elicits immune modulating effects and antitumor activity. It mobilizes the white blood cells making them more capable of protecting the body. In vitro studies done on withanolides (the compounds found in withania) showed these compounds had the ability to inhibit the growth of human breast, lung, and colon cancer cell lines.  Also, withania’s ability to increase red blood cell counts makes it useful for those undergoing chemotherapy that are exhausted or anemic.