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  • Exercise boosts memory, and timing matters - For those of you who exercise regularly, you will know that exercise does great things to your mind and body. For me personally, I have to admit that I am going for the runner’s high. The collateral benefits are extra bonus, of course. A study published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology just gave us one […]
  • Fructose alters genes in the brain and omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damages - A range of diseases — from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer’s disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A study by UCLA scientists has found that hundreds of those brain genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that’s common in the Western diet. […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Moisturizing and Skin Brightening Herbs - I use lots of herbs from Chinese traditional medicine for my skincare and general wellness purpose.  In this post, I’d like to share some top ranked moisturizing and skin brightening herbs based on Chinese herbal medicine. All of these herbs have been extensively used in China both for medicinal applications and as everyday food items. […]
  • Pain relief with yoga practice - Yoga has been touted for many health benefits.   In addition to building a stronger body, yoga has been shown by research to help with, among others, migraines, osteoporosis, balance and mobility issues, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, fibromyalgia, and ADHD.  If you are suffering from back pain or arthritis pain, did you know that a growing […]
  • Caffeine boosts enzyme that could protect against dementia - Caffeine has well-known short-term stimulating effects on central nervous system, but the long-term impacts on cognition have been less clear. Scientists from Indiana University (IU) just gave those of us, who live on coffee and tea, another reason to enjoy that steaming cup of mocha. It turns out that caffeine not long gives you that […]
  • A single high-fat meal can damage the metabolism - Saturated fats have been associated with the rising population of overweight, obese and type 2 diabetes. Scientists at the German Diabetes Center (Deutsches Diabetes-Zentrum, DDZ) and the Helmholtz Center in Munich (HMGU) have found that even the one-off consumption of a greater amount of palm oil reduces the body’s sensitivity to insulin and causes increased […]
  • Where Did Pumpkin Spice Come From? - The smell and taste of pumpkin pie in unmistakable, and until recently a completely unavoidable part of fall. Everything has been pumpkin-spicified (including our own pumpkin spice Mocca Shots). Where does it come from, what is it made of and are there any benefits to indulging in that pumpkin spice latte? Pumpkin spice isn’t a […]
  • Intermittent fasting, 5:2 diet versus 16:8 diet, both benefit weight loss - A growing body of compelling scientific research has suggested that controlled fasting pattern, named “Intermitted fasting,” could have beneficial health and weight loss effects. There are several forms of intermittent fasting plan, among them 5:2 diet and 16:8 diet are most well-known. The most popular form of intermittent fasting is the 5:2 diet. This eating […]
  • Connection between stress and autoimmune disease affirmed by research - We’ve all experienced stress manifesting in physical symptoms. For example, you may notice that your allergies or asthma get worse when you are stressed. You may wonder whether the stress from work is making the allergy or asthma attack worse. Wonder no more: a massive study spanning 30 years of data and examining over one […]
  • Health and Nutritional Benefits of Baobab in Functional Fruit™ - Baobab is a tree that grows in Africa, Australia, and the Middle East. The fruit is found inside hard pods that hang upside down from the tree. Baobab fruit is edible and has a citrus flavor.   Baobab is “wild-harvested.” It is taken from its natural environment and dried naturally. The seeds are removed and ground […]
  • Dark Chocolate Boosts Memory and Mood - The health benefits of dark chocolate are well known.  These benefits have been contributed to the flavonoids found in cacao, which are extremely potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents with known mechanisms beneficial for brain and cardiovascular health.  Two resent studies, carried out by researchers from California’s Loma Linda University and presented in the Experimental Biology […]
  • Sugar Fuels Us - Sugars Are in Everything We Eat Most of us know sugar as what we put in our coffee or use in delicious baked goods. Table sugar comes from sugar beet or sugar cane. These plants are juiced, the juice is then condensed to a syrup which is then evaporated and crystalized. The crystals come out […]
  • Move It Or Lose It! - You’ve probably heard ad nauseum how important it is to keep moving throughout the day and that our sedentary lifestyles are linked to myriad health issues. So here are some tips to help you stay mobile: 1. Incorporate walking in your commute: Try parking your car further away from the office, or if you take […]
  • Giving up Coffee? Try Mocca Shots - This last week, you may have heard about the ruling by a California judge requiring coffee companies to put a cancer warning on coffee beverages sold in the state. But—haven’t there been many studies touting the health benefits of coffee? Why is California making this requirement? All the troubles start with a chemical compound called […]
  • Eating leafy green at least one serving a day may slow down brain aging - According to a study conducted by Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, just one serving of leafy green vegetables per day could help preserve memory and thinking skills as we get older. Specifically, the research seems to suggest that following such a diet may slow brain aging by up to 11 years. The study involved 960 […]
  • Sugar Series - Sugar gets a bad rap, and for good reason. We consume an average of 24 teaspoons of added sugar per day and it is the leading cause of a plethora of health problems including obesity, metabolic disorders, diabetes, and circulatory and heart health. But, is sugar really that bad? Sugars are necessary for our survival […]
  • Chocolate Keeps You Focused - Why combine chocolate and caffeine It’s delicious, of course. And, if you need another excuse to eat chocolate, research shows that the combination of coffee and chocolate is perfect for keeping you more focused. In a study by Clarkson University, participants drank either brewed cocoa, cocoa with caffeine, caffeine without cocoa, or a placebo hot […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Honey chamomile mask - In a teacup, add a tablespoon of honey. Then add hot water to dilute the honey so it’s easily spreadable. Open upon a chamomile tea bag and pore the chamomile grinds into the diluted honey. Let the chamomile soak up the liquid and soften. Then, add a little more hot water to make a spreadable […]
  • Slow bone loss with weight-bearing exercise - We all have the experience of seeing our grandparents, over time, literally shrink in front of our eyes. The shrinking is caused by the loss of muscle mass and bone loss as people age. Most adults achieve their peak muscle mass during their late 30s to early 40s, after which time a gradual loss of […]
  • Green tea may ameliorate memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity - A study published in The FASEB Journal, by researchers from Northwest A&F University in China suggests that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active component in green tea, could alleviate high-fat and high-fructose (HFFD)-induced insulin resistance and cognitive impairment. Previous research pointed to the potential of EGCG to treat a variety of human diseases, […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Vitamin C toner - Holiday is over and business traveling starts again. If you are like me, you may be back on the road. Taking care of your skin is especially important during travel as you are constantly stressed. Here is a facial toner you are try during the travel. Dissolving an effervescent Vitamin C tablet in a cup […]
  • Fast food agitates the immune system and causes long-term systemic inflammation - The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. This is shown by a recent study led by the University of Bonn. Particularly disturbing: Unhealthy food seems to make the body’s defenses more aggressive in the long term. The body’s inflammation response stays super active long […]
  • Research found that Gingko Biloba improves memory - Researchers at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute found significant improvement in verbal recall among a group of people with age-associated memory impairment who took the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba for six months when compared with a group that received a placebo. The six-month UCLA study examined the impact of ginkgo biloba, compared to a placebo, in […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Ginseng Almond mask - Mix together the powder of Angelica (Baizhi), Baiji, Almond and Japanese yam. Prepare the ginsend water as described in the previous post. Mix the ginseng water with the powder mix to make a spreadable paste. Spread the paste over your clean face. Wait until dry. Wash off with warm water and end with a splash […]
  • Improve hand strength and wrist mobility - We tend to take our hands for granted; in the meantime, we all know that without our hands our life definitely would come to a sudden stop. Despite being so useful, most of us do not take care of our hands properly. This is one reason why people end up suffering from hand pain and […]
  • Ginger chili peppers could work together to lower cancer risk - Chili peppers are one of the very popular spices known for their medicinal and health benefiting properties. Chili pepper contains an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Capsaicin, which gives them strong spicy, pungent character, has been shown to have anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Ginseng and rose skin toner - Stew ginseng whole herb in water at low heat for two hours. Let the mixture cool down. Decant the solution to provide ginseng water. Let it cool down. To make a ginseng skin toner, mix 4 parts of ginseng water, 4 parts of rose water, with 1 part of distilled vodka and 1 part of […]
  • Tips for safe strength training - Strength training is important for everybody, regardless of age or gender. Strength training helps shed excess fat, maintain healthy bone mass and prevent age-related muscle loss, which can start as early as your 30s if you do not actively counteract it. Strength training should be a part of any comprehensive exercise program. The following tips help […]
  • Ginseng can treat prevent influenza and respiratory virus - Ginseng, an herb prized by Chinese Traditional Medicine, has long been hailed as a cure-all from anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, boosting immune system to increasing endurance and fighting fatigue. In a study by researchers from Georgia State University Institute for Biomedical Sciences, the scientists report that Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: clear skin with lotus leaf - Puffiness of the face is caused by accumulation of fluids on the face. The condition makes your face to appear more rounded and inflamed. There are varieties of causes for puffy face. Some drugs can lead to water retention in the body and cause puffiness, such as steroids, aspirin, birth control pills, antidepressants, blood pressure […]
  • Include warm-up and cool-down in your exercise routine - The perfect exercise routine involves the right mix of cardiovascular and strength training. Whether your exercising goal is weight loss, body-building or strength training, you should always include a warm-up session (to warm up the muscle and prevent the sports injury) and a cool-down session (to reduce the muscle cramp). Warm-up Warming up pumps nutrient-rich, […]
  • Moderate coffee consumption is good for you - A massive umbrella study published in the British Medical Journal has concluded that moderate coffee intake is generally safe for most of the population. The review examined over 200 meta-studies on the health effects of coffee consumption and concluded that three to five cups a day looks to be the safest maximum volume one should consume. The […]
  • Gut bacteria found to have a role in Alzheimer’s disease - The investigation into the holistic effect of the gut microbiome on the human body has been continuously expanding in the past 10 years. We are rapidly discovering that the vast communities of bacteria that live in our gut are actually playing roles in everything from Multiple Sclerosis to depression. Two additional studies have now found connections between the […]
  • Ginkgo biloba may protect brain against dementia by promoting neural stem cells growth - Ginkgo biloba has a long history of use in treating blood disorders and memory issues.  In Chinese traditional medicine, Ginkgo biloba is often used for cognitive enhancement or to alleviate cognitive decline.  The extract of the Ginkgo biloba is rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and terpenoids.  Laboratory studies have shown that the extract improves […]
  • Recipe: Oatmeal Functional Fruit Cookies - Here at the Seattle Gummy Company, we’re always looking for ways to incorporate gummies into everyday items—or as we say, to “gummyize” things. Instead of making a cookie gummy, which doesn’t sound too nice, we decided to stick some Functional Fruit into a classic: oatmeal raisin cookies. The result is Functional Cookies; what follows is […]
  • Broccoli could help diabetics to control blood sugar - Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body isn’t able to make enough insulin or to use the hormone to regulate blood glucose levels. This causes a build-up of sugar in the blood and for obese patients, their excess body fat makes it harder for the liver and muscle tissue to absorb this excess blood glucose. […]
  • Caffeine boosts enzyme that could protect against dementia - Caffeine has well-known short-term stimulating effects on central nervous system, but the long-term impacts on cognition have been less clear. Scientists from Indiana University (IU) just gave those of us, who live on coffee and tea, another reason to enjoy that steaming cup of mocha. It turns out that caffeine not long gives you that […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Beautify from within - Skin is the biggest organ in our body. It functions as a barrier protecting the body from harmful external environment factors such as mechanical damage, noxious substances, microorganism invasion, and radiation. In addition, the skin controls the water loss from the body and regulates body temperature. Appearance of the skin is primarily determined by the […]
  • Want to lose weight? Don’t eat before exercising - Those who exercise to lose weight often wonder whether it’s better to eat or fast before a workout. A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology — Endocrinology and Metabolism is the first of its kind to show the effects of eating versus fasting on gene expression in fat tissue in response to […]
  • Dietary fiber intake contributes to healthy aging - We know that aging is un-avoidable. Since immorality is still a myth, many settle with a successful aging strategy. Successful aging is defined as aging with youth like vitality, an absence of disability, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment, respiratory symptoms, and chronic diseases including cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke. According to a study published in The […]
  • Mad for exercise? Managing post-exercise inflammation - There are many great benefits of exercise. However, as the old saying goes, every coin has two sides. Ever feeling sore after a vigorous work our session? You are not alone. It is known that exercise increases systemic inflammation. Common causes for the inflammation includes: Soft tissue inflammation – from prolonged stress on tendons, muscles, […]
  • Whole grains decrease colorectal cancer risk, processed meats increase the risk - Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers. In the US, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among both men and women, with an estimated 371 cases diagnosed each day. The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that 47% of US colorectal cancer cases could be prevented each year through healthy lifestyle changes. […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Angelica ginseng anti-aging mask - Mix together an equal amount of dry powder of angelica (Danggui), ginseng, Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dansheng), dwarf lilyturf tuber (Maidong), and Panax (Sanqi) to provide a herbal mix. All herbs are available in Chinese grocery stores. Angelica and ginseng are essential for the recipes.   Other herbs are optional. Mix an equal amount of honey, glycerol and […]
  • Mad for Exercise? Get Antioxidants - There are many great benefits of exercise. However, as the old saying goes, every coin has two sides. Exercise creates large amount of free radicals. During vigorous exercise, cellular mitochondria work extra hard pumping out energy to support the activity. With generation of energy, free radicals are also generated. Free radicals not only cause injury […]
  • Supplementing Vitamin D should be diet dependent - Vitamin D is a very popular vitamin. It seems that every week we will see a study associating vitamin D deficiency with a disease. So why do we need vitamin D? For a starter, we need vitamin D for bone growth. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones become brittle and break more easily. Vitamin D is […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Ginseng toner for a wrinkle free skin - Cut Ginseng into thin slices. Mix glycerol with equal amount of water to make a 50% glycerol. Soak Ginseng in 50% of glycerol for 10 days to provide a ginseng enriched glycerol stock. To make a toner, dilute the ginseng glycerol with flower water at 7 parts of flower water with 3 parts of ginseng […]
  • Get moving and reap many benefits of exercise - Exercise is great. Studies have shown that regular exercise can make you feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life.   In addition, the benefits of exercise are consistent regardless of age, sex or physical ability. Here are some well-recognized benefits of exercise: Exercise controls weight: Exercise can help prevent excess weight […]
  • Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of early death - Higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death, according to research presented by researchers from Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain at ESC Congress. The observational study in nearly 20,000 participants suggests that coffee can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people. The purpose of this study was to examine the […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: top ranked skincare herbs -   Through thousands years of herbal use, Chinese herbal doctors have accumulated precious experiences on skincare herbs. For example, the “Compendium of Materia Medica” alone has listed more than 165 herbs for beauty and skincare purpose. In this post, I am introducing you to six most common and well-recognized skincare herbs. Any of these herbs […]
  • The detrimental effect of mental stress on health - We are in an over-stressed society. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight response — our built-in mechanism for safely escaping a life-threatening emergency. Our bodies have not quite caught up to the modern era, so our brains are unable to distinguish between the stress of a lion chasing us and the stress of a […]
  • Less REM sleep tied to greater risk of dementia - People who get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a study published in the August 23, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. There are five stages of sleep. Stage one is light sleep. Stage two is when the […]
  • Managing calf strain for runners - Calf strain is a common injury among runners. A calf strain is a tear of the muscle fibres of the muscles at the back of the lower leg. Calf injuries usually occur as a result of a sudden pushing off movement or from excessive over-stretching of the calf muscles as demonstrated in jumping activities or […]
  • The “Gummy Cleanse” explained - With health and diet fads coming and going faster than a toupee in a hurricane, the need to innovate is constant. The juice cleanse—specifically the green variety—has been the latest, and perhaps longest running health-oriented “cleanse.” It’s meant to reset your gut, and get you on track for your health goals.  A recent Washington Post […]
  • Mediterranean diet may reduce breast cancer risk - A preliminary study in JAMA Internal Medicine reported that older women in Spain who ate a traditional Mediterranean diet enhanced with extra-virgin olive oil were less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. The breast cancer study was bootstrapped onto a landmark clinical trial in Spain called Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea (PREDIMED).  In 2013, the first results […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: achieve a healthy and rosy complexion with longan fruit - Longan fruit is a common Chinese herb prescribed to women for its blood warming and beautifying effect. The fresh fruit is juicy and sweet with a round black shiny seed inside surrounded by white succulent pulp. Because the fruit resembles the eye of legendary dragon, hence the fruit is named “Dragon’s eye” in China. Dried […]
  • Strengthening Your Relationship Through Exercise - Did you know that the perfect training partner could be one who can offer you emotional support, rather than strictly practical? The benefits of exercising with a partner (or even a larger group) have long been discussed. From the motivational benefits to the opportunity to learn new techniques and making sure you never miss a session – all […]
  • Vegetarian diets twice as effective in reducing body weight - Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets but also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The study was conducted by the researchers at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC. […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: try healthy and all natural plant dye for stunningly beautiful hair - Back in college years, I went through a “red hair” phase – I was fascinated by my friend’s warm red hair gleaming beautifully in the sunlight and had decided to dye my naturally black hair to red.  That was the first time I used a chemical dye – I could still remember the chocking chemical […]
  • Physical exercise prevents dementia - Recent studies have shown that physical exercise seems to prevent cognitive impairment and dementia in old age. However, how exactly exercise affects brain metabolism therefore affects the incidence of dementia is unknown. In order to understand why, gerontologists and sports physicians at Goethe University Frankfurt examined the effects of regular exercise on brain metabolism and […]
  • No link between salt intake and heart disease, study showed - As a scientist myself, it is bothersome to see misconceptions going around without a solid scientific base. “Saturated fat” has long been blamed for the increase of the cardiovascular disease—and it turned out that trans-fat, a compound produced in mass through the commercial production in order to stabilize vegetable oil for the sake of modern […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Moisturizing and Skin Brightening Herbs - In today’s blog, let’s look at the following top ranked moisturizing and skin brightening herbs from Chinese herbal medicine. All of these herbs have been extensively used in China both for medicinal applications and as everyday food items. You should be able to find these herbs in your local Asian grocery stores or a number […]
  • The combination of wine and exercise prevents cardiovascular disease - Wine only protects against cardiovascular disease in people who exercise, according to results from the In Vino Veritas (IVV) study reported at the European Society of Cardiology Congress. The study used a randomized trial comparing the effects of red and white wine on markers of atherosclerosis in people at mild to moderate risk of cardiovascular […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Anti-aging and Wrinkle Removal Herbs - In this post, let’s look at a few top ranked anti-aging and wrinkle removal herbs based on Chinese herbal medicine. All of these herbs have been extensively used in China both for medicinal use and as food. You should be able to buy these from many online stores.  Just copy paste the herb name into […]
  • Exercise and stay young - We all know the signs of aging – starting with a few wrinkles showing up at the corner of the eyes and a few grays hairs popping up here and there, followed by back arch and knee pain. Pretty soon, you find yourself searching for names when staring at a familiar face. Have you ever […]
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids Supports a Healthy Brain - There is mounting evidence that a diet containing omega-3 fatty acids not only helps prevent cardiovascular disease but may also help prevent depression. New research has shown that increasing omega-3 consumption reduces incidence of neurological and immune disorders. The relation of omega-3 fatty acids — mainly DHA (docosahexaenoic acid and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) — and […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip: Midnight snacking makes you more susceptive to photo-aging - I am a night owl — meaning midnight snack is a must. Various surveys showed that about 20-30% of the US population operates on a night owl schedule. If you are a night owl who plans to sunbath the next day, you might want to think again before reaching for that midnight snack bowl. A […]
  • American ginseng reduces blood sugar - The use of herbals 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 […]
  • Low glycemic index diet is better for the health: not all calories are created equal - Many people experienced weight re-gain after a big weight loss.  Research shows that only one in six people could maintain even 10 percent of their weight loss long-term. The phenomena remained to be an enigma until researches showed that weight loss often triggers a dramatic decrease on the rate at which people burn calories (i.e., […]
  • Seattle Beauty® Tip—adopting a scientifically sound skincare regime for a problem free skin - We spend a lot of money on skincare products – and there are plenty of those to spend money on. From anti-aging serums to acne medications, many of us apply various lotions, creams and medications to our skin. Have you ever wondered if the sequence in which we apply skin care products influence how well […]
  • Goji berry reduces exercise-induced oxidative stress - Goji berry, also called Lycium barbarum, Fructus lycii or Gouqizi, has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for thousands of years.  In TCM literature, the herb is known for balancing “Yin” and “Yang” in the body, nourishing the liver and kidney and improving visual acuity. Goji berry fruits have a variety of biological […]
  • Soda may be bad for your brain and the diet soda could be worse - We love sodas. According  to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost one-third of Americans drink at least one sugar-laden soda or other sweetened drinks every day.  We love the cool and sizzling sweet taste of the soda, which comes mostly from “high fructose corn syrup,” a main sweetening ingredient in soda drinks. […]
  • How to Overcome Postpartum Depression With Exercise: Walking Back to Happiness - Postpartum depression (PPD) is undeniably distressing. And this isn’t helped by the fact that finding appropriate treatment can be difficult. Women often dismiss antidepressant drugs due to the risks associated with breastfeeding and psychological therapy can be perceived to carry social stigma. But there’s a very natural and easy treatment that can suit everyone: exercise […]
  • Exercise keeps your brain fit - We have now discovered many benefits of exercise for cardiovascular health, weight loss, stress management, and mood lifting. Mounting evidences are suggesting that exercise can boost brain function and protect against dementia. This makes great physiologic sense: increased blood flow to the brain means more oxygen and nutrients in and toxins out. But are those […]
  • Ginkgo may protect brain against stroke damage - A stroke occurs when blood flow to brain tissues is disrupted, killing brain cells by robbing them of oxygen and nutrients. The most likely cause is blockage of an artery in the neck or head. When a portion of the brain is damaged, patients are often left with some disability, such as paralysis, loss of […]
  • The Brain-Gut-Skin Connection Series: Happiness leads to a beautiful skin - I traveled extensively in the past few weeks.  Usually, when traveling, I try to take time to relax through yoga and meditation and control my stress level.  However, in this round of trips, I became negligent in keeping up with my exercise routine.  And, this morning, two pimples popped up on my chin.  This is […]
  • 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 […]
  • The Brain-Gut-Skin Connection Series: Evidence - In the previous post, we learned about the brain-gut-skin theory proposed by two dermatologists, John Stokes and Donald Pillsbury, in 1930s.  Here is the gist of the theory: stress produces stress hormones, which leads to low acid production in your stomach, which leads to the changes in your gut microbiota population, which leads to local […]
  • Using Boswellia to combat inflammation and muscle pain - Boswellia is a large branching tree native to India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. The trunk is tapped for its resin, which is purified and used in herbal preparations. The resin, known as frankincense, has been used in religious and cultural ceremonies since antiquity. Boswellia serrata is one of the ancient and most valued herbs […]
  • Your genes may influence gut bacteria that cause inflammatory bowel disease - Gut microbiota is the name given today to the microbe population living in our intestine. Our gut microbiota contains tens of trillions of microorganisms, including at least 1000 different species of known bacteria with more than 3 million genes (150 times more than human genes). Microbiota can, in total, weigh up to 2 kg. One […]
  • The Brain-Gut-Skin Connection Series: Introduction - You must have noticed that your acne tends to flares up around stressful times—before a big test, a big meeting or during travel.  Often, the skin problems are accompanied with bowel movement problems.  I have experienced the phenomenon all my life and have heard many similar experiences from others.   For a longest time, I have […]
  • One hour of moderate exercise a day enough to counter health risks from prolonged sitting - Lack of physical activity has become a known risk factor for metabolic diseases and early death ever since a study back in 1953 showing that London bus drivers were at greater risk of heart disease compared to bus conductors. It is estimated that that more than 5 million people die globally each year as a […]
  • Gut microbiota influences the accessibility to your brain - Our brain is well protected by a barrier termed the “blood-brain barrier (BBB).” The blood–brain barrier is a highly selective permeability barrier that separates the circulating blood from the brain extracellular fluid (BECF) in the central nervous system (CNS). The stuff that can pass through the blood-brain barrier are highly selective including water, some gases, lipid […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Forever 29 with miracle herb Astragalus - Ok, I admit I lied – at least twice – as being 29 when being well passed twenty-nine. Twenty-nine is that magic age for woman when we are at our most attractive and charming with our still youthful, but acne free and not yet wrinkled complexion combined with our maturity, confidence, just enough wisdom gained […]
  • Ginseng is nature’s anti-inflammatory treatment - Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world. Ginseng has traditionally been used for a variety of of medical conditions from heart disease, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, to cancer. Modern laboratory studies have suggested that that ginseng may boost the immune system. For example, there are evidences showing that American […]
  • Blaming both genes and gut microbes for obesity - The relationship between gut microbes and human health is a hot research topic in the scientific community. Considering the number of gut microbes in one’s gut out numbers the total number of the human cells in one’s body by 10 to 1, it only makes sense that whatever the problems we might have, our gut […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Common cosmetic ingredient butylparaben may have endocrine disrupting effects - I’ve always been fascinated by the generally observed phenomenon of human fertility decrease over the past two decades. Many endocrine disruptive compounds have been blamed ranging from bisphenol A in plastic bottles, phthalates plasticizer in plastic food and beverage containers to parabens in cosmetics and personal care products. Parabens are a class of compounds that […]
  • Ginseng provides training like effect on athletic performance - If there is one herbal supplement that you are familiar with, it is probably ginseng. Ginseng has been used for centuries in folk medicine as a tonic, stimulant and aphrodisiac. Modern research has shown that ginseng is capable of boosting cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems. In addition, researchers have shown the beneficial effects of ginseng […]
  • Dietary Ginger May Work Against Cancer Growth - Ginger has been credited with therapeutic and preventive powers in a long history of herbal medical application.  Loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds, the herb is claimed to be among the healthiest spices on the plant.  Modern research has just provided one more reason for you to add this herb into diet. It seems that […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Meditation slows down the aging by extending telomeres - Mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga have long been touted for their immediate benefits such as reduced stress and anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and enhanced happiness. Studies have shown these beneficial effects can be experienced in as few as eight weeks. Now scientists from UCSF and Harvard have provided another reason for you […]
  • HIIT Training Keeps You Young, healthy living - Can Exercise Reverse the Signs of Aging? You might be surprised to hear that certain types of exercise can also help reverse some signs of aging. Most people know that a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about how we choose to fuel our bodies, it’s also about how we use our bodies. As people get older their bones […]
  • Broccoli contains active compounds against diabetes - Type 2 diabetes afflicts more than 300 million people globally, and as many as 15% of those patients cannot take the first-line therapy metformin because of the risks of kidney damage associated with the drug. Seeking an alternative treatment, researchers from Lund University, in Sweden, used a computational approach to identify compounds that might counter […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: problem free skin through a healthy skin microbiota population - Microbiota population in our bodies outnumber human cells by 10 to 1. There is extensive research on the effects of microbiota population in gut to varieties of conditions from inflammation to allergy and to cancer.  However, we all know that micro-biomes populate more than our gut. For a long time, I have wondered about the relationship between the […]
  • Meditation and yoga reverse stress caused damages at the DNA level - I am a big fan of yoga. I like the yoga routines that are filled with dance-like movements and breathing meditation practices. I choose yoga for its relaxation and body-sculpturing effects. We all know that mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation and yoga relax us. However, I’ve always wondered “how and why” yoga relaxes us. […]
  • Extra-virgin olive oil protects against Alzheimer’s and preserves memory - The Mediterranean diet is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia. Now, researchers at Temple University (LKSOM) have identified a specific ingredient that protects against cognitive decline: extra-virgin olive oil. In a study published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: herbal infused anti-aging facial mask - Mix the lady’s mantle leaves 5 grams, vodka 1.0 ml, avocado oil 20 grams, oat flour 15 grams, burdock powder 10 grams.  Add water to bring the total mixture to100 grams. Pulverize the mixture with a blender to make a paste with a soft consistency. In this recipe, the burdock extract can be replaced by […]
  • Daily ginger consumption eases muscle pain by 25 percent - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exercising has a variety of benefits, including weight loss, stronger bones and muscles, stronger mental health and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. However, exercising has some common adverse effects as well, which include muscle pain and soreness. While ginger had […]
  • Think artificial sweeteners can help you lose weight? Not really. - Artificial sweeteners are a class of natural or synthetic compounds that are capable of interacting with sweet sensors on your tongue causing the sensing of sweet taste.  These compounds are used extensively as sugar substitutes in food and beverages to reduce the caloric content in these products and have long been promoted as aids to […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Astringent mask for oily skin - Excess oil production leads to many common skin issues including blotchy skin, acne and black heads. Here is an herbal infused astringent for managing oily skin. This recipe can be used as a skin treatment mask, especially for the acne prone skin. Mix witch hazel leaves 15 grams, Food grade gelatin 3 grams, whole Wheat […]
  • Exercise just ten minutes a day makes a difference in cardiovascular health - One hallmark of modern technology is the creation of sedentary lifestyle. Many of us sit in front of the computer all day working and typing away. Coincidentally, occurrence of metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases has skyrocketed. Of course, modern sedentary lifestyle is the first to get blamed. However, I have always […]
  • Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in older people - Human cognitive function tends to decline as we get older. Many researches have shown that risk of dementia is reduced by higher fruit and vegetable intake, and that cognitive function is better preserved in healthy older adults with a diet rich in plant-based foods. The consensus from the scientific community is that flavonoids, which are […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: an ancient beauty recipe from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - Xishi was one of the most famous beauties in Chinese history.  Many folk stories were told about her beauty and her beauty secrets.  As one story was told, an old herbalist gave Xishi a face wash powder recipe and it was this recipe that gave Xishi her famous milky jade-like skin.  The recipe, which was recorded […]
  • Gym buddy makes you exercising more - Ever wonder whether a gym buddy could make you exercise more? Researchers at the University of Aberdeen wondered the same and decided to carry out a study to figure this out. It turned out that finding an exercise companion increased the amount of exercise that people took. The amount of exercise was increased even more […]
  • Natural sugar, trehalose, boosts the cleanup machinery of the immune system and reduces atherosclerosis - Not all sugars are created equal. A new study published by the scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) reports that trehalose, a natural sugar that can be found in mushrooms, can boost macrophages, the machinery that the immune system uses to cleanup cellular debris in the atherosclerotic plague, and therefore reduces the […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Beautify from inside out with woman’s ginseng Angelica Sinensis - Chinese herbal medicine is rich in knowledge and tips for skincare.  Several years ago, I spent several weeks of my spare time studying and translating the skincare and dermatology chapter of the Shennong Bencaojing (Chinese: 神农本草经; also know as The Classic of Herbal Medicine), a classic herbal medicine book written by the mythical Chinese sovereign Shennong around 2800 BC. […]
  • Chewing May Boost Immune System - The immune system serves to protect us. It performs a remarkable balancing act at barrier sites such as the skin, mouth and gut by fighting off harmful pathogens while tolerating the presence of normal friendly bacteria. Th17 cell is an important infection-fighting tool utilized by our immune system. For example, in stomach and skin, Th17 […]
  • Drinking Water and Losing Weight - We all know that water is essential for life. Unfortunately, the modern life style has deprioritized the importance of water to such a nonexistence that heavily sugared and artificially flavored soft drinks are synonymous to water. If you need a reason to quit soft drinks, here it is: drinking plain water leads to weight loss […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Flower water - It’s almost summer time. Flowers are blooming everywhere. I just made some rose water skin toners today using the fresh roses from the garden. You got to love the smell of the fresh rose.  In this post, I would like to share some of my favorite recipes for making flower water using flowers blooming in the garden. […]
  • Regular exercise can cut your diabetes risk - People who carry out an hour of moderate to vigorous exercise every day can reduce their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 40%, according to a research by UCL and the University of Cambridge. The study also revealed that any amount of physical activity can reduce the risk of developing the disease. The research, […]
  • Low-salt diets may only be beneficial for people with high blood pressure - A large worldwide study has found that, contrary to the popular thought, low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death compared to average salt consumption. In summary, the study suggests that the only people who need to worry about reducing sodium in their diet are […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Drinking tea to a perfect skin and a greater health - I admit that I have a “drinking” problem—I am addicted to green tea!  For me, it’s a taste that I’ve grown used to.  My dad was a big tea drinker.  As far as I could remember, the only “water” form I drank is tea, starting from daddy’s cup, of course. Green tea is packed with […]
  • High levels of exercise make you nine years younger at the cellular level - We have all encountered that person in life who claims to be 49 and looks 35.   Yes, some people do seem younger than their actual age. Ever wonder why? A study conducted by a group of researchers from the Brigham Young University, published in the medical journal Preventive Medicine, finds that people who have consistently high […]
  • Why do we age— gene, mutation and wear and tear - In our past posts, we discussed two predominant theories of aging—oxidative damage caused by free radicals and age-related natural hormonal decline. This post will cover a few remaining theories on aging. The genetic theory of aging: Anecdotally, we’ve all noticed that some people age better than others. A few weeks ago, I was at a […]
  • The bubbles in carbonated drink increase the hunger hormone - Sodas are a staple food of modern life. They are basically carbonated sugar water. We know that water is good but too much sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup in sodas, is bad for you. What about carbonation, i.e. those cool frizzling bubbles that are so tempting in TV ads? It turns out that the […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: a well-proven anti-aging herbal blend from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - Qi Gui Blend, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) composition including Astragalus membranaceus and Angelica sinensis, is one of the oldest and best known anti-aging herbal formulations in China. Recorded in Chinese medicine book “Chen Shu-yan Book of Gynecology” published from 1127 to 1131 BC, the blend has been used for over one thousand years for […]
  • Artificial sweeteners boost blood glucose levels - If you’re trying to reduce the sugar and calories in your diet, you may be turning to artificial sweeteners or other sugar substitutes. You aren’t alone. Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are big industries now – anywhere you turn, you will find snacks, beverages and food marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet.” In recent years, […]
  • Fight chronic inflammation with food - Inflammation occurs naturally in the body but when it goes wrong or goes on too long, it can trigger disease processes. Uncontrolled inflammation plays a role in many diseases, including accelerated aging, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. It is known that low grade persistent inflammation is a hallmark of metabolism syndrome. A study […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Essential oil facial message for a radian skin - Skin needs to be nourished. Well-nourished skin maintains good elasticity and moisture level, which slows down the aging process and helps to achieve healthy and younger looking skin. Regular facial message allows good blood circulation to the skin, which leads to firmer, more radiant skin with minimized fine lines and wrinkles. You will need message […]
  • Exercise interval training in particular helps your mitochondria stave off old age - We all know that exercise keeps us healthy: it boosts the immune system, keeps the mind sharp, helps with a good sleep, maintains muscle tone, extends healthy lifespan, and overall makes us feel good and look good. Have you ever wondered if all exercises are created equal? At least, on the benefit of anti-aging, they […]
  • Mannitol, a unique sugar, could potentially treat Parkinson’s disease - Mannitol is a sugar alcohol produced by fungi, bacteria, and algae. According to a report published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from Tel Aviv University have found that mannitol prevents “bad” clumps of the protein, α-synuclein, from forming in the brain — a process that is characteristic of Parkinson’s disease. After identifying the […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Herbs for removing dark spots and even skin tone - I am a big fan of achieving beautiful skin naturally. Covering up the blemishes with heavy cosmetics is not my thing. If you feel the same, here are the herbs known for their dark spots removing capability. Incorporating into your skincare routine and enjoy a smooth and spot-free complexion. Safflower (Flos Carthami) Safflower is a […]
  • Eating fiber-rich food helps to lose weight - Eat more fiber. You’ve probably heard it before. But have you wondered why and how the fibers are good for you? Fiber is a carbohydrate that our body cannot digest. Fiber comes in two varieties: soluble and insoluble. Both are good for you. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, slows digestion and helps to lower glucose […]
  • Low levels of omega3 fatty acids may cause memory problems -   A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, specifically docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities, according to a study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.1 In the […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Drinking flower teas for radiant skin from the inside out - I am a big fan of flower teas. I like the taste of flower tea, the aroma of it, and the look of it. Nothing beats the peaceful moment when I curl up on the couch with a glass of flower tea inhaling the steaming flowery aroma and watching the pink petals slowly sink to […]
  • How eating less can slow the aging process - Caloric restriction has been touted as an effective anti-aging strategy since mid 1990s. Scientific American did multiple articles over the years and the juries are still out on whether the correlation is a sound scientific hypothesis or an urban myth. A study published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics threw more scientific weight behind the hypothesis […]
  • Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Fight aging and diseases with ginger - At the Seattle Gummy’s lab, scientists often try different flavor combinations for the new products in the pipeline. Every once in a while, we office folks will get a batch of products with different flavors and are asked to vote for the best flavor. And, every single time, ginger flavor wins! Originated in Asia, ginger […]
  • Want to lose weight? Don’t eat before exercising - Those who exercise to lose weight often wonder whether it’s better to eat or fast before a workout. A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology — Endocrinology and Metabolism is the first of its kind to show the effects of eating versus fasting on gene expression in fat tissue in response to […]
  • Higher level of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, is associated with lower dementia Risk - Individuals who have higher levels of a fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in their blood may have a significantly lower risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a report in the Archives of Neurology, one of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Archives journals. Age, family history and genetic […]
  • Why do we age— the neuroendocrine theory of aging - A couple of years ago, I watched a TV show about a new trend of using daily injection of IGF to reverse or stop the aging process.  And, of course, I am sure that you’ve heard about the hormone replacement therapy.  The scientific theory for these treatments is the neuroendocrine theory of aging. The neuroendocrine […]
  • Why do we age— the free radical theory of aging - Human age—this fundamental rule of life is for the sake of species survival; and no —no one can stop it.  Yes—we all know this at an abstract level.  However, when it comes down to the individual level, none of us wants to age.   For me personally, it’s really just about feeling great and looking great […]
  • Understand Aging: what is aging and why do we age - Well, like it or not, we age. Many things have been tried to delay the aging process. To successfully do that, we first need to understand what is aging and why do we age. The first sign of the aging often shows up on our skin – oh, don’t we hate that! Skin is the […]
  • Drink wine only prevents cardiovascular disease when in combination with exercise - Wine only protects against cardiovascular disease in people who exercise, according to results from the In Vino Veritas (IVV) study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress. The study used a randomised trial comparing the effects of red and white wine on markers of atherosclerosis in people at mild to moderate risk of cardiovascular […]
  • The Importance of Sugar - “Sugar” is essential for life on Earth. It can be found in nearly all food sources. What is “sugar”, where does it come from, and (this may seem like a strange question to ask) what is it used for. This blog post attempts to answer these questions. What is sugar The term “sugar” is generic. Most of […]
  • Food additive found in candy and gum reduces digestive function - Titanium oxide (TiO2) is a common food additive that is generally recognized as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The compound is an inert and insoluble material that is commonly used for white pigmentation in food, cosmetics, personal care products and common household items. In food industry, titanium dioxide is used in certain […]
  • DHA Supplements May Lessen Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease - High doses of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplements may help prevent progression to dementia in people who carry the apolipoprotein ε4 allele (APOE4), a new review published online January 17, 2017 in JAMA Neurology. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), found almost exclusively in marine organisms living in cold water, is an essential long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid. As one […]
  • Take Omega-3 Fatty Acids for a Healthy Brain - There is mounting evidence that a diet containing omega-3 fatty acids not only helps prevent cardiovascular disease but may also help prevent depression. New research has shown that increasing omega-3 consumption reduces incidence of neurological and immune disorders. The relation of omega-3 fatty acids — mainly DHA (docosahexaenoic acid and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) — and […]
  • Gummy is a Perfect Delivery Formulation for Nutraceuticals - Seattle Gummy Company (SGC) specializes in formulating gummy nutraceuticals. Gummy is recognized as a broad category of gelatin or pectin-based, chewable sweets that are popular among children and adults alike. You may ask — “why formulating nutraceuticals in a gummy candy?” Fortunately for us, in addition to being delicious, gummy is an extremely effective formulation for delivering […]
  • Cut through the noise - Are you overwhelmed by the number and types of vitamins and supplements in the grocery aisle? Have you ever found yourself looking over the numerous products wondering which one is right for you? Are you curious whether the vitamins you take are effective? How do you know if nutrition information you find on the web is accurate? With […]