Monday, April 14, 2014

Ashwagandha for mental health | Withania Somnifera new research

Ashwagandha also known as Withania somnifera or Winter Cherry is considered a very useful herb in promoting mental calm and relief from mental and physical exhaustion. Ashwagandha is also said to help improve memory functions in the brain.

New research published in the Jan 2014 edition of the Pharmacognosy Research journal indicates that Ashwagandha may also be helpful in improving cognitive and psychomotor abilities. A double blind, placebo controlled study was conducted on 20 healthy adult males. They were given 2 capsules twice daily of 250mg of Ashwagandha root and leaves extract for 14 days. There were marked improvements in reaction times in tests of simple reaction, choice discrimination, digit symbol substitution, digit vigilance, and card sorting tests.

The results showed that cognitive and psychomotor capabilities were definitely improved and this proves promising for further research in treating impaired cognition. More information on Ashwagandha

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Varicose veins herbal remedies

When veins are subjected to increased pressure, they tend to distend and are unable to push blood towards the heart. Blood pools in veins causing them to swell. Varicose veins are generally seen in the legs due to prolonged standing, being overweight, lack of exercise, overexercise, pregnancy and age.

Foods and herbs can help to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation.
  • Citrus fruits and berries like oranges, cherries, blackberries and blueberries, rosehips contain vitamin C and bioflavonoids that help to strengthen the vein walls and also help to reduce swelling
  • Turmeric is useful for varicose veins as it has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps to prevent blood platelet pooling.
  • Ginger, garlic and onions also help in blood flow.
  • Arjuna, Manjishtha and Gotu kola are ayurvedic herbs that help in blood circulation and strenghthen vein walls.
  • Pilex is a herbal formulation of various ayurvedic herbs that promotes vascular health.
In addition to diet and herbal remedies that are various other natural remedies that help to improve varicose veins. Varicose veins natural treatment

More information on Pilex

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Adequate sleep helps prevent weight gain and diabetes

In a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, it was shown that lack of sleep prevents fat cells from responding efficiently to insulin.

Lipids that are generally stored in fat cells can leak into the bloodstream and neighboring tissue when fat cells are unable to respond to insulin. This causes insulin resistance which often leads to Type 2 diabetes.

The study included seven participants of normal weight and under 24 years of age. After being allowed only 4 1/2 hours of sleep for 4 nights, the participants were found to have fat cells that were 30% less responsive to insulin than when they slept for 8 1/2 hours for 4 nights. In addition whole-body insulin sensitivity was also reduced by 16%. Researchers likened sleep deprivation for 4 nights to metabolically aging participants 10 to 20 years.

Adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily. Deprivation of adequate sleep leads to reduction in mental alertness, slow learning and also slows metabolism.

New studies are being planned to see if increasing sleep in obese people will improve their fat cell metabolism.

Ashvagandha and Valerian are herbs that help promote restful sleep.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Weight loss with foods

The following are some foods have been shown to actually help lose weight faster by triggering hormones that improve metabolism or send signals to the brain to indicate satiety
  • Berries including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and others.
  • Proteins like whole eggs
  • Beans and legumes
  • Bell peppers
  • Whole grains like quinoa
  • Nuts like walnuts, almonds and pistachios
contains Garcinia, Guggul, Gymnema, Fenugreek and Terminalia chebula which are ayurvedic herbs that help to lose weight by improving metabolism and burning fat.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Turmeric health benefits

The health benefits of turmeric are numerous. This spice in root or powder form is kept in Indian households as a go-to home remedy for various conditions.

1. Turmeric applied topically helps disinfect and heal wounds, cuts and minor injuries.

2. Turmeric is used to clear skin of pimples and acne. For this it is applied to the skin as well as consumed.

3. It is used as a blood cleanser - which also accounts for its ability to improve skin conditions.

4. Helps to detoxify the liver.

5. Turmeric is used as a spice in almost all Indian cooking. Apart from flavor and coloring, some of the reasons attributed to it are that it is anti-bacterial and a food preservative.

6. The low incidence of Alzheimers disease in India is attributed to Turmeric and its anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Turmeric is very useful in drawing out pus from boils and reducing the swelling.

8. Several research studies have shown the benefits of turmeric with regards to various types of cancer.

9. Various health conditions caused by inflammation can benefit from turmeric.

Turmeric should not be taken by those who are taking blood thinners or who have gall stone. Turmeric is a uterine stimulant and therefore may not be suitable for pregnant women.

More information on Turmeric

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Trikatu benefits - respiratory, digestive, metabolic

Trikatu is a warming blend of 3 pungent herbs - Black pepper, Indian long pepper and Ginger.

Its benefits related to the gastric system are that it stimulates the digestive system, improves metabolism, improves nutrient absorption, promotes production of gastric enzymes.

Trikatu is also a very beneficial ayurvedic preparation for respiratory health. It is useful in removing phlegm, warming the body, clearing respiratory passages and helps rejuvenate the lungs.

Trikatu helps in blood circulation and blood cleansing.

It also has aphrodisiac properties. It helps stimulate and strengthen the reproductive organs.

More information on Trikatu

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Belly fat and Type 2 Diabetes risk

In a recent study of 6000 multi-ethnic participants, it was found that fat in the stomach stored around organs has a strong correlation to increase in risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and HDL cholesterol did not correlate to diabetes risk.

Additional weight gain in obese people was a strong predicator of diabetes risk.

Over the course of the 8 year study it was shown that in people who started with normal blood sugar, diabetes risk or pre-diabetes risk was generally predicated by ethnicity, age and additional weight gain.

Additional weight gain and diabetes can be prevented with lifestyle changes.

Articles on weight management and blood sugar control

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  • Foods that help in diabetes control

  • Steps to Diabetes Control: A Lifestyle Change