Berberine for Better Blood Sugar and More

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Berberine is not an herb, but an alkaloid compound found in many botanical sources, including goldenseal, Indian barberry, and Oregon grape, among others, making it a component of Ayurvedic and Chinese medical practice for generations. While berberine has many health applications, including arthritis relief, fatty liver disease treatment, and preserving cognitive strength, research shows that it has great potential to …

Reverse Thinning Hair

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They say that “bald is beautiful,” but just ask people who are experiencing thinning hair and they’ll likely disagree. While hair naturally loses some of its volume and strength as we age, thinning hair and hair loss can undermine self-esteem and leave many people looking for ways to replenish their once full locks. Fortunately, there are some very effective natural …

Sleep Easy

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Struggling to nod off, consistently waking up in the middle of the night, or shortchanging your sleep time can all add up to a nightmare. Yet it’s estimated that up to 70 million Americans experience some form of sleeplessness. When you don’t sleep enough, your body pays the price. Sleeplessness spills over into other areas of life, leading to more …

Safe Solutions for Seasonal Allergies

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Ahhh (or achoo!)…Spring! This highly anticipated change of seasons has many parts of the country feeling hopeful about warmer temperatures and sunnier skies. Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and the beauty of this time of year almost has us forgetting about the dreaded allergy symptoms many of us will soon face. Seasonal allergies show up in many ways and …

Curtail Chronic Inflammation

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When the word “chronic” comes before the word “inflammation,” it’s time to pay attention. Inflammation itself is not harmful. While acute inflammation is part of the normal healing process, chronic inflammation can increase your odds of developing any number of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Since chronic inflammation is a spark that sets off disease …

Antioxidants You Need Now

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Antioxidants. It’s a word often thrown around in health circles, but do you really know what an antioxidant is and what it does? In a nutshell, an antioxidant is a molecule that can neutralize harmful atoms called free radicals that can lead to oxidative stress and damage cells. Over time, high levels of free radicals can contribute to illness and …

Cold and Flu Prevention and Relief

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In the United States alone, viruses account for more than 1 billion colds every year. And up to 20 percent of Americans also get the flu. These viruses replicate in the body and can take over—unless they’re stopped or prevented. Attacking these illnesses isn’t just about vitamin C anymore and it’s no longer just a seasonal concern. Here are some …

Decode Your Supplements

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Your favorite health food store has plenty of supplements. But trying to figure out which nutrient is the best – decoding them – can be tricky. Here is a codebook for three widely used and important supplemental ingredients. Vitamin: Niacin What it is: Niacin is a B vitamin, also known as vitamin B3. Where it comes from: Food sources include …

Decode Your Supplements

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Your favorite health food store has plenty of supplements. But trying to figure out which nutrient is the best – decoding them – can be tricky. Here is a codebook for three widely used and important supplemental ingredients.   Vitamin: B6 (Pyridoxamine) What it is: There are various forms of Vitamin B6, including pyridoxine, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, and pyridoxamine. Where it comes …

Keep Your Mental Edge

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If you’re past the age of 40 you may feel like your mental skills aren’t quite as sharp as they once were. It’s not your imagination. According to researchers at the University of Minnesota, the brain’s information-processing speed peaks around the age of 18. And short-term memory is strongest at age 25 before it begins to decline at age 35. …