Showing posts with label herbs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label herbs. Show all posts


Ingredient in rosemary acts against SARS-CoV-2

Carnosic acid , contained in the medicinal and culinary herb rosemary, can be used for  SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a January issue of the journal Antioxidants.


The publication describes how carous acid blocks the interaction between the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and the ACE2 receptor, which the virus uses to penetrate its host cells.


Scientists also provide evidence of the effect of acid in another ongoing inflammatory process in the human body, which is observed in more severe cases of COVID-19 and in other diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. Carious acid inhibits this process.


Part of the team is Prof. Dr. Stuart Lipton, MD, chairman of the Step Family Foundation in the Department of Molecular Medicine and co-founder of the Center for New Drugs for Neurodegeneration at Scripps Research .


In a previous study from 2016, which examined the effects of caric acid, Prof. Dr. Lipton was again included.


Researchers then looked at carnosic acid activating an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant signaling cascade called the Nrf2 pathway, as well as the acid's ability to reduce symptoms in Alzheimer's disease, a disease in which inflammation of the brain occurs.


According to a new study, the ability of carnosic acid to inhibit inflammatory processes in various diseases may alleviate those occurring in coronavirus infection and post-COVID-19 syndrome.


In subsequent analyzes, the researchers found that the acid could directly block the infectious properties of SARS-CoV-2. As with higher doses, its activity and inhibitory effect increase.


Carnosic acid has an antiviral effect after its active form of inflammation and oxidation at the site of infection.


As a result of the obtained data, it can be seen that in its active form the compound modifies the ACE2 receptor for SARS-CoV-2 , which makes the binding of the virus to the corresponding receptor impossible and thus blocks the infection.


Prof. Dr. Lipton and his colleagues are now working with chemists from Scripps Research , such as Phil Baran and Ben Kravat, professors in the Department of Chemistry, to successfully synthesize more powerful carnosic acid derivatives with improved characteristics that can be used as medicines in diseases associated with inflammatory processes.


Anxiety can be affected with natural products

 Anxiety is a very common disorder related to a person's mental health, which can occur as a result of various reasons.


There are several natural remedies and methods for treating anxiety and stress. They are generally safe for use during other conventional therapies.


However, changes in diet and some natural supplements can change the way a number of anti-anxiety drugs work. For this reason, it is important to consult a doctor before trying these methods. The medical professional could recommend other natural remedies.


Aromatherapy is a method that is often recommended. The scent of soothing vegetable oils can help relieve stress and anxiety. Some fragrances work better for some people than others. For this reason, it is important to experiment with different options and find the most suitable for you.


Lavender can be especially helpful. One study examined the effects of lavender aromatherapy on insomnia in 67 women aged 45-55. Its results show that aromatherapy can reduce heart rate in the short term and help alleviate sleep problems in the long term.


Another alternative for these conditions is hemp oil. Cannabidiol is a derivative of the cannabis or marijuana plant. Unlike other forms of marijuana, this oil does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is the substance that creates the feeling of drug intoxication.


Hemp oil is readily available without a prescription at many alternative health stores. Preliminary research shows that there is significant potential to reduce anxiety and panic in humans.


Many herbal teas are also helpful in anxiety and facilitate sleep. Some people find the process of making and drinking tea soothing, but some teas may have a more direct effect on the brain, leading to a reduction in anxiety.


The results of a small study show that chamomile could change the levels of the stress hormone cortisol.


Like these teas, many herbal supplements are thought to reduce anxiety. However, little scientific evidence supports these claims.


It is very important to consult a doctor who is familiar with herbal supplements and their potential interactions with other drugs.


Hormonal problems disappear with the help of wild yams


Irregular menstruation, hormonal acne, ovarian cysts, difficulty conceiving, fatigue, overweight and fluid retention, painful menopause ... The situation today is such that more and more women experience these symptoms, which are very characteristic of the condition known as estrogenic dominance. 

What is estrogen dominance? A common hormonal disorder characterized by a disturbed balance between the two main female sex hormones - estrogen and progesterone. Dominant estrogen is generally considered to be combined with relative progesterone deficiency. To be precise, however, we must clarify that in the case of estrogen dominance in the female body there is enough progesterone, but it can not perform its functions, because in cells its sensitive sites, called receptors, are occupied by estrogen-like substances.
Causes of estrogen dominance. Intense stress, which causes constant mental stress, is an important factor in the development of estrogen dominance. However, the saturation of the environment with the so-called petroleum products, which we find in agricultural and household chemicals, in the medical industry with synthetic hormonal tablets, in the whole eco-environment, thanks to the air polluted with petroleum gases, has no less merit. 
How to deal with estrogen dominance? In many cases, hormone-dependent conditions are treated with synthetic hormones. But in the last few years, these drugs have begun to give way to herbal remedies to restore hormonal balance. One of the most sought after herbs to support hormonal balance is wild yam or, as it is also known, wild Mexican sweet potato. Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy , the herb wild yam promotes the excretion of excess estrogen in a natural way. Wild yam contains the substance diosgenin, whose action resembles the functions of the female hormone progesterone. Diosgenin "partners" with progesterone and leads to the gradual disappearance of estrogen dominance and its symptoms. 
Wild's Yam Extract from Nature's Way, USA - a favorite product of many women around the world! Since it is also available in Bulgaria, the product Wild Yams / Sweet Potato (root) is extremely popular, and the reviews for it are excellent. It has a proven origin and excellent efficiency. Each Wild Yam / Sweet Potato (root) capsule provides 425 mg of pure, all-natural wild yam root extract, which is a natural source of diosgenin. 
Wild yam / Sweet potato (root) helps to alleviate the condition of hormonal imbalance, especially when it is represented by estrogen dominance and its accompanying symptoms - endometriosis, reproductive problems, slow metabolism , overweight and obesity , menstrual disorders, menstrual disorders irritability and anxiety, etc. Intake: 2 capsules daily, preferably with food. 


Cat's claw for healthy joints, memory and immunity

 Cat's claw -  Uncaria tomentosa  is a tonic and anti-inflammatory medicinal plant native to the tropics of South and Central America.


The benefits of cat's claw are many - the plant has antiviral and diuretic effects, regulates hormonal balance and is used to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and stress.


It is a type of tropical vine that can grow up to 30 meters in height. The name of the plant comes from the hook-shaped thorns, which resemble cat's claws and appear on the stems, under the twigs.


Anti-inflammatory action

Many of the uses of cat's claw consist in the herb's ability to reduce inflammation , which has been confirmed by a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.


According to this study, cat's claw contains compounds with effective antioxidant action , but perhaps most remarkable is that it has the effect of significantly inhibiting the production of TNF alpha - a molecule that promotes inflammation in tissues.


This property is shown in cases of osteoarthritis -  the most common joint disease.

Osteoarthritis causes pain , swelling and stiffness.


According to a study of 45 people, taking 100 mg of cat's claw a day for 4 weeks was able to reduce the intensity of pain during physical activity.


No side effects were observed .


Stimulating immunity

Other small studies published in Phytomedicine have shown that people who take 700 mg of cat's nail extract daily for 2 months have had an increase in immune cell counts.


This action may be due to its content of alkaloid substances such as isopteropodine and theropodine.


The anti-inflammatory effect of cat's claw can serve not only to reduce joint pain , but also to reduce inflammation in the brain and prevent the deterioration of intellectual abilities.


The authors of this study, conducted in a laboratory, said that the cat's claw may contain phytochemicals that could improve memory activity , repair damage to genetic material and provide neuroprotection during the aging process.


In this case, the active ingredients are proanthocyanidins, polyphenols, triterpenes and plant sterols - beta sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, which have antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.


How to take a cat's claw?

The easiest way to prepare cat's claw is the infusion , which is made with 10 g of dried bark of the plant in a glass of water.


A standardized extract can also be taken .


The usual dose is one 20 mg capsule , three times a day for 10 days and one capsule a day thereafter.


The following groups of people are not recommended to take cat's claw without a doctor's prescription and supervision:

  • Pregnant or lactating women;
  • Patients with certain medical conditions, such as  bleeding, kidney or cancer;
  • Patients who will soon have surgery;
  • When taking drugs for blood pressure , cholesterol, cancer and blood clotting.