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5 Things To Consider When Buying Memory Boosting Supplements

Without the ability to store and recall memories, you would not only be unable to remember names, contact numbers, why you went to the store or the time for an important meeting, but you will also be unable to learn and master new skills that you can use to improve your life, productivity, and career. Fortunately, the human brain has the ability to store memories and it allows you to recall those memories on-demand. This, however, is a common problem among the global population – with an increased amount of stress being placed upon people, approximately 6.7% of the U.S. population struggling daily with depression and sleep deprivation declared as a public health concern – which are all factors that lead to cognitive impairment.If you suffer...

Top 25 Healing Herbs

Top 25 Healing Herbs

By TIERAONA LOW DOG, MDNature's medicineThere are times when it might be smarter to use an herbal remedy than a pharmaceutical. For example, sometimes a herb offers a safer alternative. Take chamomile: The flowers have been used for centuries as a gentle calmative for young and old alike. It's non-habit-forming and well tolerated, and a study sponsored by the University of Michigan found that chamomile extract had roughly the same efficacy as many prescription sleeping medications when given to adults with insomnia. Likewise, peppermint oil has been shown to be as effective as pharmaceutical drugs for relieving irritable bowel syndrome, but without the ofttimes dangerous side effects. And clinical studies have shown that ginger relieves morning sickness, sage can relieve a sore throat, and hibiscus tea...

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Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Disrupted by Botanical Supplement, Can Lead to Development of Disease

Doctors should know what supplements patients take to prevent interactions with medications Botanical supplements are used by people around the world to treat a wide range of physical and mental ailments. Some of these botanical supplements have high levels of antioxidants, which may have some positive health effects for certain conditions. However, a new study from the University of Missouri in partnership with scientists in Africa has uncovered evidence that these supplements and their antioxidants may reduce the effectiveness of prescription medications. The researchers examined the effects of a widely used African botanical supplement, called Sutherlandia, and found that it may disrupt the effectiveness of a common anti-tuberculosis drug. This could lead to the development of active tuberculosis and perhaps drug-resistant forms of the pathogen in...

st john's wort

St John’s Wort – The Potential Dangers

The popular herbal medicine St. John's Wort, commonly used in the treatment of depression, has been found to cause the same adverse reactions as prescription antidepressants in a new study conducted by the University of Adelaide in South Australia.According to the research, published this month in the journal Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, St. John's Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as fluoxetine, and serious side effects can occur when the two drugs are taken together.University of Adelaide pharmacology PhD student Claire Hoban warns that St John's Wort, like all herbal medicines, is a drug and can therefore cause serious side effects.The study found that St John's Wort caused dangerous increases in body temperature and blood pressure. "There is a common belief that because...