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We are more familiar with herbs when they are included in our culinary experience in restaurants we frequent or even at home. But years ago, these herbs were recognized by our ancestors as a solution for different ailments. (h/t ModernSurvivalOnline.com.)
Thyme – This herb is recommended for respiratory diseases. Its most notable chemical compound, thymol, is recognized for its strong antiseptic action.
Calendula – The petals of Calendula are rich in flavonoids, a plant metabolite thought to provide health benefits through cell signaling pathways and antioxidant effects.
Motherwort – This herbal plant is effective in reducing dysmenorrhea pain, and correcting amenorrhea. It is also known for its stress and anxiety relieving properties.
Echinacea – Several benefits brought by these herb includes fighting off cancer, alleviating joint pain, stimulating the growth of blood cells, and improving the immune system.
Lavender –Lavender contains antioxidant properties that help in reducing inflammation.
Chamomile – Chamomile is very popular for effectively curing an upset stomach. Furthermore, it helps solve problems related to sleeping, morning sickness, skin swelling, and other skin problems.
Dandelion – Dandelion, a flowering plant, is known for being used as a detoxifying agent for the liver and the kidney. Dandelion can also help treat infections, minimizes swelling, balances blood sugar, and improves pancreas function.
Sage – Sage disinfects sores, heals ulcers, and cures coughs and hoarseness. (Related: Calm your anxiety and stress with these 10 natural herbs.)
Peppermint – Peppermint is used to alleviate ailments such as dyspepsia, gastritis, intestinal colic, and spasms of the bile duct, gallbladder and GI tract.
Burdock – Burdock is useful for gout, arthritis, glandular swelling, canker sores, burns, skin wounds, and hemorrhoids. (MORE)
Vegetables like arugula, beets, and spinach are packed with nitrates, and consuming these leafy greens can help bring down blood pressure and boost the efficiency of the endothelial cells that line the inside of the heart and blood vessels. In an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, an Australian study shows that nitrate-rich vegetables can even reduce the mortality risk from atherosclerosis-related diseases.
The long-term study was led by researchers from the University of Western Australia(UWA). They were interested in the link between the nitrates we get from consuming vegetables and deaths related to atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASVD).
The experiment began in 1998 when they recruited 1,226 Australian women to participate in their research. The participants ranged from 70-85 years old and did not have either ASVD and/or diabetes. They would be monitored for 15 years.
The researchers took the demographic and ASVD risk factors during 1998 as a baseline for their study. They employed a validated food-frequency questionnaire that determined the types and amount of food consumed by the participants.
In addition, they used a new and highly detailed database to estimate the nitrate intake of the participants based on their vegetable intake. (Related: The secret to good health is simply eating more vegetables.) (MORE)
Cancer remains one of the trickiest medical conditions to treat, with no clear solution or completely effective treatment. Because it strikes so many people, it has also been the subject of countless studies. In this huge body of research, some foods have been repeatedly identified as being effective at killing cancer stem cells.
This is critical because the fact that chemotherapy doesn’t eradicate cancer stem cells is believed to be the reason that people experience recurrences and metastasis. These cells, sometimes called “mother cells”, only make up a small portion of the cells in tumors but continuously self-renew and resist chemotherapy. They can also split off to create new colonies of tumors, which is why destroying them is the key to effectively treating cancer in the long term. Drugs don’t specifically target these cells, but researchers have found lots of natural substances that do address them. Here’s a look at some of the best cancer cell killers nature has to offer.
Green tea has long been used in Chinese medicine for a host of ailments, but only recently have researchers uncovered its incredible potential for treating cancer. Researchers from Baylor University Medical Center have found that green tea’s active ingredient, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), kills cancer stem cells and by extension can prevent people from resisting chemotherapy. While EGCG is also present in black tea, green tea contains much more of it. Their research was focused on treating colorectal cancer, but they believe other types of cancer can also benefit from green tea. (MORE)
When you get sick, the regenerative processes of the body are overcome by degenerative ones. Regeneration is described as the regrowth of a damaged or missing part of the remaining tissue. Some body organs, such as the liver and skin, can regenerate. For example, when a part of the liver is lost as a result of disease or injury, the liver can grow back to its original size. Even so, it will not grow back to its original shape. The skin, on the other hand, is constantly being renewed and repaired.
However, a lot of human tissues do not regenerate. As a result, scientists continue to search for ways to regenerate body tissues through medicines. Unfortunately, medicines based on drugs use chemicals that do not possess regenerative potential. Drug-based medicines almost always disrupt bodily self-renewal in order to hamper the symptoms against which they are applied. Listed below are natural compounds, foods, herbs, and nutrients that can help regenerate tissues in the body.
Neuritogenic compounds – For nerve regeneration, there is a wide variety of natural compounds with proven nerve-regeneration effects. A 2010 study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research found that a combination of blueberry, green tea, and carnosine have neuritogenic effects – such as promoting neuronal regeneration, and stem-call regenerative effects – in an animal model of neurodegenerative disease. Other proven neuritogenic natural compounds include curcumin, lion’s mane mushroom, ginseng, huperzine, natto, red sage, resveratrol, royal jelly, theanine, ashwaganda, coffee, and apigenin, which can be found in vegetables like celery. (Related: New Study: Turmeric Compound Activates Regeneration of Brain Stem Cells.) (MORE)
Growing up, a lot of people were led to believe the myth that only milk contains the right amount of nutrients to make their bones strong. Most studies, in particular, only showed how calcium benefits our bones; however, these would not delve into the details of bone health.
Scientists from the University of Surrey in the U.K. sought to debunk this myth as well, setting out to determine the association between some nutrients found in fruits and vegetables and bone health, in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In total, 62 women, aged 45 to 55 years (as researchers noted that these age groups “are crucial stages in skeletal growth”), were randomly selected from a health register to be part of the study. Before proceeding with the tests, researchers first made sure that no participant had taken any medication or suffered from any condition that may affect their bone metabolism.
The team measured bone mineral density at the lumbar spine and left femur using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. In addition, the forearm’s bone density was assessed using peripheral quantitative computed tomography. As for bone loss, they calculated it by using a urinary excretion of pyridinoline and deoxypyridinoline and bone formation by measuring serum osteocalcin.
Moreover, researchers looked into the participants’ nutrient intake – in particular, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, zinc, and phosphorous, and their dietary intakes were assessed using a validated questionnaire. As for their past dietary intake – which includes food items such as milk, milk products, cheese, fruit, and vegetables – the participants were asked about to recall their consumption during childhood until early adulthood. (Related: Magnesium boosts bone health in teenage girls.) (MORE)