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Experts Predict Severe Flu Season

As we near the start of flu season in the U.S., experts fear what they have seen in Australia during their current winter season, to be a hint of what’s to come here. For a long time, experts have viewed Australia as a strong predictor of what might happen here in the U.S. This year Australia has been hit hard with one of the most severe flu seasons in recent years. So far in 2017, 168,337 influenza cases have been reported, compared to just under 91,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2015—As reported by Australia’s Immunization Coalition. The organization noted...

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Elderberry Ranks High In Antioxidants, USDA Study Says

You may not be familiar with “purple berries,” but new research by a group of USDA scientists suggest they are among the highest fruits for antioxidants, even higher than blueberries and cranberries. In preliminary laboratory studies, the researchers found that the elderberry, black currant and chokeberry — collectively known as the “purple berries” due to their dark color — are as much as 50 percent higher in antioxidants than some of the more common berry varieties and have the potential to provide more health benefits, such as protection against cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. They predict that the “purple berries”...

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Diabetes & Lipoic Acid

To say type 2 diabetes (T2D) and related comorbidities stemming from chronic hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia are epidemic is an understatement. In the industrialized world of the 21st Century, people who have healthy glucoregulation and insulin signaling are the exception, not the norm. A low-carb diet is one of the most powerful and effective non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical interventions for lowering blood sugar and insulin, and for decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress. That being said, sometimes even when individuals change their diet and lifestyle habits, they still need some extra help. Chromium, magnesium, and inositol spring immediately to mind for being useful here....

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Anti-tumor Mechanisms Of Scutellaria Barbata

A research group in China investigated the growth inhibitory and apoptotic effects of Scutellaria barbata D.Don (S. barbata) and determined the underlying mechanism of its anti-tumor activity in mouse liver cancer cell line H22. They found that extracts from S. barbata can effectively inhibit the proliferation and induce apoptosis of H22 cells involving loss of mitochondrial transmembrane potential, release of cytochrome C, and activation of caspase-3. Medicinal plants have been used as traditional remedies for hundreds of years. Among them, S. barbata has been traditionally used in treatment of hepatitis, inflammation, osteomyelitis and gynecological diseases in China. Studies indicate that...

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CoQ10 (Ubiquinol) Cuts Risk of Major Adverse Cardiovascular Event

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) cuts mortality by half in patients with heart failure, researchers from Denmark reported at the annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal this year. Professor Svend Aage Mortensen and team explained that Coq10 is the first medication to improve heart failure mortality in over ten years and should be included in standard treatment. CoQ10 is an essential enzyme that occurs naturally in the body. It works as an electron carrier in the mitochondria, the energy-producing powerhouse of cells, to produce energy. CoQ10 is also a...

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