Monthly Archives: August 2022

Icariin: Safety and Pharmacokinetics

Icariin is a flavonoid derived from the plant Epimedium (horny goat weed). Evidence suggests that icariin is a phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitor, as is sildenafil, the active ingredient in viagra. This may explain its beneficial effects of reproductive function. In addition, … Continue reading

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Effects of Icariin On Reproductive Function

Icariin is a flavonoid that is found in high concentrations in the plant Herba epimedii. Icariin is considered to be the active ingredient in the plant that is responsible for the biochemical effects of extract of the plant in humans … Continue reading

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Quercetin and the Brain

Quercetin is a phytochemical that belongs to the flavonoid group of polyphenols. Evidence suggests that quercetin is bioavailable in humans, where it may confer health effects due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Quercetin may protect brain tissue because of … Continue reading

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It Is Not Hard to See Why Western Lifestyle Diseases are Common

Western lifestyle diseases describe a group of disorders that are associated with certain lifestyle habits amongst Westerners. The most common Western lifestyle diseases are cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, obesity and type 2 diabetes. These diseases all have a common theme … Continue reading

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Anthocyanins and the Gut Microbiome

Anthocyanins are a group of flavonoids that are synthesised in plants and responsible for many of the red, blue and purples colours of fruits, particularly berries. Anthocyanins have important health effects in humans. Evidence suggests that certain anthocyanins are bioavailable … Continue reading

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The Importance of Researching Nutrition

Science is a system of observations and findings based on a method of standardised operations. Research is at best a tool to provide some meaning to data and should never be treated as a proof for anything. Instead scientific observations … Continue reading

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Ascorbic acid: Natural versus Synthetic

Ascorbic acid is an essential nutrient that can protect from the development of scurvy and other nutritional diseases related to bleeding. Ascorbic acid is only needed in small amounts to protect from scurvy and around 60 mg per day should … Continue reading

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Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) as a Medicinal Plant

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant that has a traditional use in medicine. Some of the most researched medicinal effects of the fenugreek plant include the ability to reduce blood lipids and reduce blood glucose levels, as well as a … Continue reading

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Are supplements Synergistic?

Synergism is the phenomenon whereby things interact to provide an effect that is greater than the sum of the individual effect. The question as to whether supplements provide synergistic health effects really depends on the nature of the supplements. One … Continue reading

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Polyphenols in Berries

Berries are a rich source of polyphenols, many of which belong to the anthocyanin subgroup of flavonoids. Anthocyanins are responsible for the red, blue and purple colour of berry skins. Black crowberry (Empetrum nigrum), honeyberry (Lonicera kamtschatica) and European cranberry … Continue reading

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