Good for your skin and more: 8 Benefits of black cumin seed oil

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Good for your skin and more: 8 Benefits of black cumin seed oil

Black seeds come from a small plant with purple, blue and white flowers called Nigella sativa. They are native to Eastern Europe, Western Asia and Middle Eastern countries. Some of the seeds’ other names include black caraway, black cumin and kalonji. Continue reading

Milk Thistle is a Natural Medicine

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Milk thistle is a flowering plant that is part of the daisy family. It gets its name from its bristly and prickly nature and the “milky” sap that oozes out of the plant. The leaves, fruits and seeds of milk thistle have been used for centuries as a natural medicine. Milk thistle is one of the world’s most powerful liver detoxifying agents.

Milk thistle was used by medical herbalists in the late 19th century to treat varicose veins and liver, spleen and kidney disorders. Today, it is primarily used to Continue reading

Kombucha Tea Could Fight Cell Death

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Kombucha tea is a little different from regular tea. It’s a special concoction made from tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. This drink is sometimes called kombucha mushroom tea. Kombucha isn’t actually a mushroom though — it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding this colony of bacteria and yeast to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. The tea contains vinegar, B vitamins and a host of other chemical compounds.

There have been many health benefits attributed to Kombucha tea, but little scientific evidence to back up these claims. It might be worthwhile, therefore, to take a look at the results of a new clinical trial that verifies at least one health benefit associated with the fermented drink: improved liver health.

Researchers at the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology in Jadavpur University, India, investigated the antioxidant property of kombucha tea. Specifically, the researchers wanted to know how kombucha tea would perform when pitted against cytotoxicity induced by tertiary butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) in mice liver cells. TBPH is organic peroxide that causes oxidative stress resulting in organ disease.

The researchers found that exposure to TBHP  Continue reading

Maple Syrup Is More Than a Tasty Condiment

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When one thinks about the sugary goodness that is maple syrup, liver health doesn’t often come to mind. However, researchers at the University of Tokyo believe that the natural sweetener may have benefits beyond making pancakes even more delicious.

A team of scientists found that rodents that were fed a diet consisting of 20 percent maple syrup experienced declines in certain enzymes that are known biomarkers for liver dysfunction, compared to animals fed a diet that included 20 percent sugar water.

“The preliminary results of this research are encouraging and emphasize the importance of choosing a healthy diet to help counteract the lifestyle and environmental factors Continue reading