Five Ways Astragalus Helps your Body Heal Itself

With a healing reputation in Eastern medicine that’s already thousands of years old, the astragalus herb, renowned for its ability to deeply strengthen the immune system, is becoming even more widely used in Western treatments as well.

Derived from a perennial plant native to China, Mongolia and Korea, the plant’s root is dried, prepared into a tincture, tablet or topical treatment, and applied as a natural remedy for all kinds of health conditions, from fatigue, ulcers and liver toxicity, to diabetes, blood pressure and circulation, and even cancer. Continue reading

Exercise Helps Your Immune System Protect Against Future Cancers

If you are like most people, when you think of reducing your risk of cancer, exercise probably isn’t at the top of your list. However, there is compelling evidence that exercise can not only help slash your risk of cancer, but can also help cancer patients get well sooner, and help prevent cancer recurrence.

Research has also shown it may help minimize the side effects of conventional cancer treatment. Continue reading

The Vinegar That Helps Keep Diabetes Under Control

Inside your body, you have some specialized cells called “beta cells.” Beta cells are very important, because they make insulin. And insulin is a hormone that controls the level of glucose in your blood. Too much glucose and you could experience a number of symptoms, such as fatigue and excessive thirst. Not enough glucose, and your heart could beat rapidly, and you may feel weak and get headaches.

Now, your beta cells help you balance between too much and too little glucose. But when you have diabetes, beta cells can be mistakenly destroyed by your body’s own immune system. Continue reading

Four Ways This Vitamin Helps Prevent Disease

Vitamin B12 is a critical nutrient that protects against several major health issues. It helps prevent heart disease, cancer, and birth defects, and helps alleviate depression. Let’s take a closer look.

1. Heart Disease Prevention

A high level of homocysteine is a big risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Continue reading

How a Horse Chestnut could help you

In my series on chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), I’ve dug through the medical research for the best natural options at your disposal. As usual, all are supported by evidence. One quick note: never treat phlebitis or leg ulcers by yourself without close supervision by your doctor. Here, in part two, I’m focusing on one remedy in particular; the best one available. Its name: horse chestnut. Continue reading

This Vitamin Helps Promote Healthy Lungs

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. It helps to keep bones and teeth healthy and keeps your muscles strong. Recent research has also pointed to vitamin D’s role in boosting the immune system. In the latest health news, researchers at the University of California have discovered another health breakthrough about vitamin D: it plays a critical role in your body’s ability to fight off infections. And not just any infection, but a potentially life-threatening one like tuberculosis (TB). Continue reading

Laughter Helps Keep Alzheimer’s Symptoms Away

It’s not very often that health news has a genuinely positive message to impart. Today’s health e-letter is going to do just that, however. Researchers in New South Wales have discovered that laughter — yes, that’s right — could be just as effective as mood drugs in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

High-Tech Hypothermia Treatment Helps Patients

The treatment and care of heart patients is always evolving, often dramatically, and one therapy in particular now may help cardiac arrest survivors in central Alabama. Continue reading

Zinc – A Mineral That Helps You Remember

In an intriguing new health breakthrough, scientists have found that zinc plays a special role in our brains. The mineral — and popular natural supplement — seems to help brain cells communicate. This may mean it helps the brain form memories, and that it could even control epileptic seizures.

U.S. researchers watched zinc in action as it regulated communication between neurons in the hippocampus. This is the brain region where learning and memory processes occur, and where disrupted communication contributes to epilepsy.

They found that the mineral helps Continue reading