Category Archives: Herbs

Some of the Forgotten Antioxidants

Antioxidants are an important group of chemicals because they have the ability to protect cells from damage. Antioxidants prevent the free radical damage associated with aging and disease. A number of antioxidants often get the plaudits for their role in … Continue reading

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Alternative Sources of Flavonoids

Flavonoids are a group of phytochemicals that have some interesting health effects. Of particular note is the evidence that they act as antioxidants in humans and animals. Regular consumption of flavonoids may reduce the risk of developing certain Western lifestyle … Continue reading

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Eugenol: Therapeutic Effects

Eugenol is one of the active components of the spice clove. Clove has a long history of use as a dental preparation because it has both analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Clove is one of the richest plant sources of phenolic … Continue reading

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Lagochilus Plants: Phytochemistry

Lagochilus plants are a group of plants that belong to the mint or Laminaceae family of plants. These plants are native to Central and Southern America and Eastern Asia. There are 44 species of plant in this group and many … Continue reading

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Flavouring Spices and their Use Against Mood Disorders

Herbs and spices used for their flavouring properties in cruising can also have significant medicinal effects. A number of common culinary herbs have been investigated for their ability to improve mood and protect from mood disorders such as anxiety and … Continue reading

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Bryonia alba: Medicinal herb?

Bryonia alba is a perennial flowering plant belonging to the Curcitacaea or gaud family of plants. Common names for the plant include false mandrake, English mandrake, wild hep, tetterberry, white bryony and wild hop. The plant is native to Iran … Continue reading

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Fruits, Herbs and Spices: Anti-inflammatory Effects

Fruits, herbs and spices have been shown to have specific anti-inflammatory effects, which may explain their health benefits. Evidence suggests that certain components of fruits, herbs and spices are able to cause a reduction in the levels of the proinflammatory … Continue reading

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Herbs: How Do They Modulate Cortisol?

Cortisol is one of the hormones released by humans following exposure to environmental conditions that are perceived as a threat to survival. Cortisol is therefore a stress hormone, and it plays an important role in adaptation to external threats. Chronic … Continue reading

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Anti-Inflammatory Plants

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Herbal Teas and Antioxidants

Evidence shows that black and green tea are rich in antioxidants, and it is these antioxidants that provide tea with some of its health effects. Antioxidants are important components of a healthy diet because they accumulate in tissues and protect … Continue reading

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