Less Than 1Tsp. Ginger and Cinnamon Daily Relieves Muscle Soreness in Athletes

Many well-intentioned workout resolutions have been thwarted by the first signs of sore, stiff muscles in the days following a visit to the gym.  A new study finds that two common kitchen spices help relieve that post-workout muscle pain.

Researchers at Iran’s Isfahan University of Continue reading

Migraines and Nutrition

Researchers decided recently to test whether children with migraines would be better off taking nothing at all than consuming popular prescription drugs.

And guess what? Nothing won.

Here’s what happened. A group of Midwestern medical researchers banded together to analyze Continue reading

Curcumin’s Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Activities

Did You Know…

… Scientists in Thailand have unearthed a “spicy” substance capable of preventing diabetes?

In the past, I’ve written about how curcumin—the compound that gives the spice turmeric its signature Continue reading

Coffee is Exactly What You Need for Healthy Blood Pressure.

If your blood pressure is not where you want it to be.

If you’ve done everything right, but haven’t gotten the results you want.

Then please take five minutes to read this report. I believe I’ve found the solution you’ve been hoping for. Continue reading

Read This Before You Take That Arthritis Drug

Opioids have been around a long time. The opium poppy has been used for its therapeutic benefits almost as long as humans have been around. Opioids have one special ability: to block pain. They do this by decreasing both the perception of, and our reaction to, pain. Opioids also have the ability to increase pain tolerance.

As many as four million Americans may be taking opioids regularly to manage their pain. Most of these people are suffering from either low back pain or arthritis. Drugs like “Vicodin,” tramadol and “Darvocet” all purport to help ease Continue reading

Curry Compound May Curb Diabetes Risk: Study

Supplements containing a compound found in curry spice may help prevent diabetes in people at high risk, according to a Thai study.

Researchers, whose results were published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that over nine months, a daily dose of curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of diabetes among Continue reading

Second Thoughts about Ginko Biloba

When looking closely at ginkgo biloba and acetyl-L- carnitine for use against Alzheimer’s disease, I’ve found a mixed bag. It’s best to become informed before investing hope in supplements.

Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid that occurs naturally. In animal studies, it’s been found to increase the energy production in nerve cells, protect the nerve cells from toxins, maintain the number of receptors on nerve cells, and increase Continue reading

Nine Top Remedies for Shedding the Pounds

These days there is a wide range of natural remedies to combat obesity. Which should you trust? Here are nine supplements that have the most proof behind them, or are generally the most popular options. Let’s take a look. Continue reading

Natural Remedy Has Odd Success versus Migraines

The mysteries of Traditional Chinese Medicine run deep and are always interesting. Acupuncture is one of the hallmarks of this ancient style of natural medicine, and it has long been linked to pain relief. In another health breakthrough, researchers found some surprising and still positive results for acupuncture that might interest those who suffer migraine headaches. Continue reading

Riboflavin and Feverfew Target Migraines

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Mitochondria, the powerhouse inside the cell, generate high-energy chemicals. In between migraine attacks, this important function is much reduced. Riboflavin has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention of migraine attacks to help affect this specific action. Here are three clinical studies worth taking a look at:

1. Fifty-five migraine patients received either 400 mg of riboflavin or placebo for three months. Riboflavin treatment was much better than placebo treatment in reducing the frequency of attacks and the number of headache days (59% in riboflavin vs. 15% in placebo).

2. Twenty-six migraine patients  Continue reading

Zinc Lozenges May Shorten Common Cold Duration

Depending on the total dosage of zinc and the composition of lozenges, zinc lozenges may shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40%, according to a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal.

For treating the common cold, zinc lozenges are dissolved slowly in the mouth.  Interest in zinc lozenges started in the early 1980s from the serendipitous observation that a cold of a young girl with leukemia rapidly disappeared when she dissolved a therapeutic zinc tablet in her mouth instead of swallowing it. Since then over a dozen studies have been carried out to find out whether zinc lozenges are effective, but the Results  Continue reading

Homeopathic Treatment of Ginger and Feverfew Ease Migraines

Migraine sufferers treated with a homeopathic preparation of ginger and the herb feverfew may find some pain relief, according to a preliminary study.

Feverfew, which is derived from a flowering plant, has long been thought to be a remedy for headaches. It might offer an alternative to standard migraine medications, which are costly, have side effects, and don’t always work, according the new report.

About 12 percent of Americans get migraines, and the problem has been estimated to cost the United States some $20 billion annually in lost productivity and medical care. Continue reading

Memories Can now be Modified with New Mind-Altering Drug

Changing bad memories into good ones could be just a pill away, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers from the University of Montreal in Canada say that metyrapone, a drug that blocks the “stress hormone” cortisol, also appears to alter patients’ memories and minimizing their recollection of negative events — but is this actually a good thing?

For their study, Marie-France Marin and her team evaluated the effects of metyrapone on a group of young men shown a slide show that documented the serious injury of a young girl. In it, the girl is building a birdhouse with her grandparents until a serious accident lands her in the emergency room.  Continue reading

Drinking Pomegranate Juice May Lower Blood Pressure

New research shows that pomegranate juice may help to reduce blood pressure. The findings will be presented today at the 2011 Society for Endocrinology conference in Birmingham, UK.

Researcher Dr Emad Al-Dujaili from Queen Margaret University looked at how a daily dose of pomegranate juice might affect blood pressure. The study consisted of 20 participants: 10 took a daily dose of 500ml pomegranate juice and 10 took a placebo of 500ml water. Measurements of blood pressure and urinary hormone levels were taken before and after 30 minutes of exercise, both before starting the study and one week after pomegranate juice.

People who drank the pomegranate juice showed  Continue reading

Taking Zinc Helps Shake off Colds

LONDON – Take zinc to shake off a nasty cold, a review study says.

The latest Cochrane Review found that people who took a zinc syrup solution or lozenge every two hours while they had cold were twice as likely to have shed it within a week as those who took a placebo.

Children who took a zinc tablet once a day for at least five months were also a third less likely to get colds as those who took a placebo, the Telegraph reports.

The scientists concluded: “Evidence shows that zinc is beneficial for the common cold in healthy children and adults living in high-income countries.

“Zinc also reduced the incidence of the common cold, school absence and antibiotic use in healthy children.”

The last Cochrane Review on zinc, in 1999, found “no strong evidence” that it had any positive effect on colds, but studies since then have forced a reappraisal.

However, the scientists cautioned that they did not yet know what dose was best. Side effects of zinc formulations included nausea, bad taste and diarrhea. Doses ranged from 30 to 160 mg per day.