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Rosemary, Oregano Contain Diabetes-fighting Compounds

The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication, scientists report. In their new study published in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they found that how the herbs are grown makes a difference, and they also identified which compounds contribute the most to this promising trait. Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia and colleagues point out that in 2012, type-2 diabetes affected more than 8 percent of Americans and cost the country $175 billion. Some people can manage the disease...

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Echinacea Could Cut Chance Of Catching Cold By More Than Half, Study Suggests

Echinacea, the most popular herbal supplement in the United States, cuts the chances of catching the common cold by 58 percent and reduces the duration of the common cold by 1.4 days, according to a University of Connecticut study. Conducted by researchers in UConn's School of Pharmacy, the study, known as a meta-analysis, combined the results of 14 previous clinical trials involving more than 1,300 patients followed for Echinacea's effect on preventing the common cold and more than 1,600 patients followed for Echinacea's effect on limiting the duration of the common cold. The new UConn findings stand in contrast to...

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Inflammation, the Gut and Mood Disorders

Evidence is making it very clear that there is a strong association between gut health, brain function and mood. While it has long been known that stress can wreak havoc with our digestive tract, problems in the GI tract can also negatively impact the brain, causing anxiety and depression. In other words, what is transpiring in your gut may directly influence central nervous system function, influencing neural circuitry, and can therefore have an effect (positive or negative) on behavior. The newest research suggests, for instance, that how your digestive tract evolves in the first few years of life can influence...

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Brainy beverage: Study reveals how green tea boosts brain cell production to aid memory

It has long been believed that drinking green tea is good for the memory. Now researchers have discovered how the chemical properties of China's favorite drink affect the generation of brain cells, providing benefits for memory and spatial learning. "Green tea is a popular beverage across the world," said Professor Yun Bai from the Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China. "There has been plenty of scientific attention on its use in helping prevent cardiovascular diseases, but now there is emerging evidence that its chemical properties may impact cellular mechanisms in the brain." Professor Bai's team focused on the organic chemical...

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Vitamin D, Curcumin May Help Clear Amyloid Plaques Found In Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists have found that a form of vitamin D, together with a chemical found in turmeric spice called curcumin, may help stimulate the immune system to clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the plaques considered the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. UCLA scientists and colleagues from UC Riverside and the Human BioMolecular Research Institute have found that a form of vitamin D, together with a chemical found in turmeric spice called curcumin, may help stimulate the immune system to clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the plaques considered the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. The early research findings, which appear in the July...

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