Monthly Archives: March 2020

Caffeine: Anxiolytic or Anxiogenic Agent?

Caffeine is often considered to be an anxiogenic compound. In other words, caffeine is thought to be responsible for generating feelings of anxiety in individuals. One of the strategies often suggested to be useful in the treatment of anxiety is … Continue reading

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Ginseng and Depression

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The Three Best Ways To Improve Vitamin D Status

Vitamin D is important because it is converted to the hormone 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the liver. The 25-hydroxyvitamin D is then further converted to 1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D in the kidney, and this form is also hormonally active. The active firms … Continue reading

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Fruit and Vegetables: Fresh, Frozen or Tinned?

Fruit and vegetables are high quality healthy foods. Eating more plant foods in the form of fruits and vegetables can significantly improve health, and may in particular protect from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other modern Western lifestyle diseases. Eating … Continue reading

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Dairy: A Source of Slow Release Carbohydrate

Dairy food is associated with good health. In particular, consumption of dairy foods such as milk and yoghurt are associated with lower body weights. It is not fully understood why dairy foods may be so healthy, but one possibility is … Continue reading

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Ocimum Gratissimum Essential Oil

Ocimum gratissimum is a herb with central nervous system effects. These effects are not fully understood, but appear to give leaf extracts of the herb sedative, relaxant, anxiolytic and antidepressant effects. It is thought that the essential oil of the … Continue reading

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Ocimum gratissimum: A Herb With Antioxidants

Ocimum gratissimum is a herb that is used in traditional medicine for its antimicrobial activity. A number of studies suggest that the herb also possesses central nervous system effects, and in this regard may have anxiolytic effects. Chemical analysis of … Continue reading

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Silver (Ag)

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Two Herbal Remedies for Sleep

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Ocimum gratissimum: Anxiolytic Herb?

Ocimum gratissimum is more commonly called African basil or clove basil. The plant is found in parts of Africa and South and Central America and is a member of the Lamiaceae or mint family. A number of plants from this … Continue reading

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