Monthly Archives: December 2018

American ginseng reduces blood sugar

The use of herbs in North America has increased dramatically over the last decade and ginseng is one of the most widely-used ones. The name “ginseng” refers to American (Panax quinquefolius) as well as Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) — both belong to the genus Panax and have a similar chemical makeup. Both Asian […]

Upping coffee consumption could help you live longer

Coffee is the world’s most popular beverages.   A large population study drawing on data from over half a million Europeans suggests that coffee could have a range of health benefits, by revealing an association between higher coffee consumption and a reduced risk of death from all causes. The research was carried out by scientists from […]

Consumption of Omega-3s Lowers the Risk of Fatal Heart Disease

Blood levels omega-3 fatty acids from either fish or plants are moderately associated with a lower risk of dying from heart attacks, according to a new epidemiological study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, by researchers from Stanford and Tufts.1 Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids with a double bond (C=C) at the third carbon atom […]

Ginkgo biloba extract promotes neural stem cells regeneration and protects brain from dementia

Stems cells are literally those “fountain of youth” cells that are vital in keeping us healthy and alive.  In brain, we have neural stems cells proliferating in two main regions of the brain: the subventricular zone and hippocampal dentate gyrus.  Unfortunately, as we age, the numbers of these neural stems cells decline and become insufficient […]

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu according to major global study

Vitamin D – the “sunshine vitamin” – is known to benefit bone and muscle health by promoting calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone. It is also needed for bone growth and bone remodeling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. A major global study led […]

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy linked to autism

If you are reading this blog, I am sure that you are familiar with the role of vitamin D in promoting healthy bones and a healthy cardiovascular system as well as reduced risk for diabetes. Additional studies suggest that low vitamin D may be associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. New research just added one more surprise […]