Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Geriforte to delay aging, regenerate cells

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Various studies suggest that the primary cause of ageing of an organism is the free radical damage to membranes of the nerve cells. The attack of oxygen free radicals on fatty acids within the cellular membranes results in lipid peroxidation leading to the formation of the age pigment lipofuscin, which is directly related to the age of animals. Since active oxygen radicals have been proposed to be involved in the ageing process of the brain, alterations in the level of enzymes involved in the defense system against free radicals could substantially influence the ageing process.

In animal studies, Geriforte, an herbomineral formulation, has been reported to inhibit the formation of lipofuscin. Geriforte, exerts its age-reversing effects by inducing the production of superoxide dismutase (SOD)and catalase (CAT), two enzymes that dimutate oxygen free radicals and by inhibiting lipid peroxidation in old animals.

Geriforte, an herbomineral compound, includes a group of Rasayans such as Centella asiatica (Brahmi), Phyllanthus emblica (Ambla), Withania somnifera (Asvagandha) and Tinospora cordifolia (Guduchi). Rasayans bring about balance in physiology, enhance immunity, and retard ageing. While the exact mechanism is not known it is surmised that the Rasayanic constituents of Geriforte act synergistically to induce the higher production of SOD and CAT which scavenge SOR and eliminate H2O2 respectively from the biological pathways.

Geriforte helps promote cellular regeneration, retard degeneration and enhances the body's immunity. Geriforte helps delay the physiological
changes associated with aging, revives physical capacity, raises
the threshold of fatigue and promotes well-being.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Holy Basil for stress and cold relief

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Pure Himalaya Holy Basil
Holy Basil or Ocimum sanctum is a herb used in India for healing all kinds of ailments including those of the mind. It is however considered the queen of stress relief herbs. It has been shown more effective in combatting stress than Asian ginseng and Siberian ginseng.

Holy Basil has been shown in studies to help maintain normal cortisol levels. Stress can cause elevated cortisol levels which in turn raise blood sugar levels. Ursolic acid and triterpenoic acids found in holy basil, help the body to respond to stress without raising cortisol levels.
Based on its ability to maintain blood sugar levels, Holy basil is also used as a remedy against diabetes.

In addition to its benefits against stress, Holy basil is also a well-known household remedy against fevers, coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. Chemical compounds in the herb are said to help reduce inflammation and pain. A tea made from the leaves of the plant are very useful in clearing up phlegm. Holy basil can be consumed as a liquid extract used in teas or capsules.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Corticosteroid use increases pain in long run

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal indicated that not only do corticosteroids only provide short term benefits but their use also causes greater pain in the long run.
Boswellia Herb
for Pain Relief
The body naturally produces various hormones known as corticosteroids in the adrenal cortex. These hormones include corticosterone, cortisone and aldosterone and are involved in the regulation of various bodily functions such as inflammation, immune response and stress response.

Synthetic pharmaceutical drugs have been developed to try and mimic the body's natural hormones. Dexamethasone, Fludrocortisone, Prednisone, Hydrocortisone and glucocorticoids. Cortisone injections are popular in the treatment of muscle and joint inflammatory reactions however they are also used to treat non-inflammatory tendon pain such as tennis elbow.

In a meta-analysis article in The Lancet - a premiere medical journal the effects of cortisone injections to placebo and other treatments were discussed. In 28 studies, when comparing synthetic corticosteroids to other treatments, it was found that corticosteroid benefits were only effective for a short period of time. In 3 studies while analysing corticosteroid use to no treatment for tennis elbow, it was found that corticosteroids offered pain relief for upto 8 weeks and caused increased pain after 6 months and 1 year. The cause is not certain but could be due to weakening of the internal structure of tendons.

Rumalaya Forte
Herbal Blend
for Pain Relief
Pain relief can often be easily obtained by natural herbs such as Boswellia. Herbal blends such as Rumalaya Forte which contain Boswellia, Guggull and other herbs help to relieve muscle and joint pain and have shown no side effects in long term use.

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