Move Over, Arthritis Prescriptions—Curcumin Works Better!

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The Study Abstract: Safety and efficacy of curcumin versus diclofenac in knee osteoarthritis: a randomized open-label parallel-arm study.  Background: The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of curcumin with those of diclofenac in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA). Methods: In this randomized, open-label, parallel, active controlled clinical study, 139 patients with knee OA were …

Stress-Related Depression Meets its Match – Rhodiola

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The Study: Rhodiola rosea L. as a putative botanical antidepressant. BACKGROUND: Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea) is a botanical adaptogen with putative anti-stress and antidepressant properties. Evidence-based data supporting the effectiveness of R. rosea for depression in adults is limited, and therefore a comprehensive review of available animal and human studies suggesting a putative antidepressant action is warranted. PURPOSE: A review …

French Grape Seed OPCs: Cancer-Preventive Compounds

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You’ve probably heard about grape seed extracts, especially for heart-related conditions. Unfortunately, many grape seed extracts on the market are either adulterated with other ingredients, or are so encumbered with tannins—compounds that limit absorption—that they are virtually useless. However, grape seed extracts that are free of tannins allow their beneficial components, called oligomeric proanthocyanidins or OPCs, to absorb fully in …

Heart-Protecting Probiotics

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The Study Abstract: Lactobacillus plantarum DR7 Reduces Cholesterol via Phosphorylation of AMPK That Down-regulated the mRNA Expression of HMG-CoA Reductase. Hypercholesterolemia is one of the primary risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. The use of lactobacilli probiotics to reduce blood cholesterol levels have been extensively reported. However, more information is needed to evaluate the possible mechanisms involved and to identify possible …

Boswellia: More Pathways, More Potential

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The Study Abstract: Neuroprotection by acetyl-11-keto-β-Boswellic acid, in ischemic brain injury involves the Nrf2/HO-1 defense pathway. Stroke is a complex disease that involves oxidative stress-related pathways in its pathogenesis. The nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)/heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) pathway has been considered a potential target for neuroprotection in stroke. Acetyl-11-keto-β-Boswellic Acid (AKBA) is an active triterpenoid compound from the extract …

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The Ayurvedic Miracle of Andrographis

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The Study: Andrographolide, a diterpene lactone from Andrographis paniculata and its therapeutic promises in cancer. The diterpene lactone andrographolide, isolated from Andrographis paniculata, has been proven to possess several important protective biological activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, cytotoxic, hypolipidemic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, and neuroprotective effects. In addition, it has been reported to play a therapeutic role in the treatment …

Propolis Stops Cold Sores…Cold!

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The Study: Comparative Study with a Lip Balm Containing 0.5% Propolis Special Extract GH2002 versus 5% Acyclovir Cream in Patients with Herpes Labialis in the Papular/Erythematous Stage: A Single-blind, Randomized, Two-arm Study. Background and objective: This controlled single-blind trial compared the efficacy of a lip balm with propolis special extract GH2002 at a concentration of 0.5% in the treatment of …

Can Cannabidiol (CBD) Help Stop Brain Tumors?

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The Study Abstract: Reactive oxygen species-mediated therapeutic response and resistance in glioblastoma. Glioblastoma (GBM) resistance to therapy is the most common cause of tumor recurrence, which is ultimately fatal in 90% of the patients 5 years after initial diagnosis. A sub-population of tumor cells with stem-like properties, glioma stem cells (GSCs), is specifically endowed to resist or adapt to the …

Boswellia for Breast Health

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The Study Abstract: A randomized trial of Boswellia in association with betaine and myo-inositol in the management of breast fibroadenomas. OBJECTIVE: Breast fibroadenoma is a common finding in young women and actually accounts for the majority of benign breast lumps. Fibroadenoma does not require any treatment unless clinical symptoms (mostly mastalgia) or histological markers of cancer risk (atypia) impose specific …

Mind-Saving Turmerones

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The Study Abstract: Anti-inflammatory effects of aromatic-turmerone through blocking of NF-κB, JNK, and p38 MAPK signaling pathways in amyloid β-stimulated microglia. Amyloid β (Aβ) induces the production of neuroinflammatory molecules, which may contribute to the pathogenesis of numerous neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, suppression of neuroinflammatory molecules could be developed as a therapeutic method. Aromatic (ar)-turmerone, turmeric oil isolated from Curcuma longa, …