Monthly Archives: June 2021

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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Calorie Counting: More Evidence It Does Not Cause Weight Loss

Calorie counting is the belief that the amount of calories (energy) consumed is the main driver of weight change. People who succumb to the calorie counting myth suggest that weight gain is simply a result of a positive energy balance, … 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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The Exercise, Lactate, Testosterone Connection

Lactic acid is considered a waste product of cellular respiration. Lactic acid is produced in cells through the incomplete combustion of glucose following anaerobic glycolysis. Lactic acid accumulates in cells during metabolism and exercise greatly increases production, especially if it … Continue reading

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Ginkgo Biloba: Reduces Cortisol Levels?

Ginkgo biloba is a herbal supplement that has a long history as a medicinal herb. Ginkgo biloba has a number of properties that include significant effects on the brain which include memory enhancing and mood elevating effects. Ginkgo biloba may … Continue reading

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Ashwagandha as an Anti-Stress Herb

Evidence suggests that ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic herb. It therefore has properties that prevent deviations from homeostasis in animals and humans. One area that it may help maintain homeostatic control is with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. This axis is … Continue reading

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Lavender: More Evidence of Anxiolytic Activity

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) has been shown to have significant anxiolytic effects. One way that lavender can be used as an anxiolytic is through aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the annihilation of the volatile essential oils of plants. Many essential oils contain phytochemicals … Continue reading

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Lavender Oil: an Anti-Stress Agent

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a herb that is traditionally used as a calmative. The plant contains a distinctive essential oil that gives the plant its characteristic smell and this oil may have properties that allow it to affect the central … Continue reading

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Sage Oil: Hormonal Effects

Sage (Salvia species) is a plant with medicinal effects. A number of different sage plants have been investigated and the medicinal effects of these plants seems to extend across different species. Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) is a form of sage … Continue reading

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Chamomile and Cortisol

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) belongs to the Asteraceae or daily family of plants. Chamomile is a plant that is used in traditional medicine as a calmative agent. Chamomile is able to affect the central nervous system and may improve mood and … Continue reading

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