Strawberry Extract Protects Against UVA Rays

An experiment has shown that strawberry extract added to skin cell cultures acts as a protector against ultraviolet radiation as well as increasing its viability and reducing damage to DNA. Developed by a team of Italian and Spanish researchers, the study opens the door to the creation of photo-protective cream made from strawberries.

“We have verified the protecting effect of strawberry extract against damage Continue reading

Beehive Extract Shows Potential as Prostate Cancer Treatment

Proteomics reveals how ancient remedy slows prostate tumor cell proliferation
An over-the-counter natural remedy derived from honeybee hives arrests the growth of prostate cancer cells and tumors in mice, according to a new paper from researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Caffeic acid phenethyl ester, or CAPE, is a compound isolated from honeybee hive propolis, the resin used by bees to patch up holes in hives. Propolis has been used for centuries as a natural remedy Continue reading

An Extract that Could Lower Blood Sugar Naturally

In India and Bangladesh, there is a very special forest known for its biodiversity. The forest is called the Sundarbans and has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is rich in medicinal plants, not the least of which is a mangrove palm called “Nypa fruticans Wurmb.” If you have any trouble regulating your blood sugar and worry about diabetes becoming a part of your life, you’ll want to read this health news about Nypa fruticans Wurmb.

Researchers at the Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, University of Development Alternative, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, have discovered a potentially valuable health breakthrough about this mangrove palm. Traditionally, this tree is well-known by local practitioners Continue reading

Coriander-This Spice Could Help Slash Harmful Cholesterol

Coriander is an herb often used in Indian food. It is almost guaranteed to be included in any curry dish. Coriander is also used quite frequently in Thai cooking. It has a delicious taste that is quite distinct and unique. What an added bonus that this tasty herb is also very good for you! Researchers have determined that coriander could help lower blood glucose and LDL cholesterol levels.

A recent clinical trial set out to investigate the potential hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic activity of coriander seed. In the animal study, coriander extract was given to both obese rats with elevated blood glucose and cholesterol levels and normal rats. The researchers found that the coriander extract suppressed hyperglycemia in the obese rats and helped to lower LDL cholesterol levels. They concluded that coriander seed extract in obese rats normalized glycemia Continue reading

This Extract Shown to Kill Cancer Cells

We have all heard about the health benefits of resveratrol. It has been in the news for the past couple of years. Resveratrol comes from the skin of grapes and has been touted as an amazing cholesterol-buster and antioxidant.

It’s not surprising, then, that researchers at Colorado State University just completed a new study examining the health benefits of grape seed extract and resveratrol together.

The U.S. researchers found that grape seed extract could inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells in the laboratory. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women.

It seems that grape seed extract starts something called “apoptosis.” Apoptosis is a process in which cells are programmed to die. Unlike cell death due to injury, for example, apoptosis is a beneficial process. When the fetus is growing in the womb, apoptosis causes cell death in the fingers and toes, so that they can separate into individual digits. There are many, many other examples of beneficial cell death.

In this particular study, apoptosis appeared to kill off colon cancer cells before they could divide and multiply. In addition, grape seed extract and resveratrol together seemed to have an even more potent effect Continue reading

Caralluma Cactus the Natural Remedy for Excess Weight

With todays culture beginning to embrace healthy living, many individuals are looking for natural, organic solutions to their health issues instead of relying upon chemicals and medications. One of the largest health problems facing the United States today is obesity, so naturally, individuals are looking for ways to combat this epidemic and improve their health. One of the natural remedies to excess weight is the Caralluma cactus, which is found in India and has been an important part of Indian culture for hundreds of years. Used as an appetite suppressant, many individuals claim that the caralluma cactus can contribute to weight loss.

Caralluma fimbriata, or the Caralluma cactus, was used by Indian nomads and hunters to suppress their hunger when on long trips where no real food was available. By chewing on the plant, the members of the tribes could go without food for longer periods of time. Continue reading