Monday, October 26, 2009

Can Vitamin A Help with Acne?

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, which is derived from two sources: retinoids and carotenoids. Retinoids like retinal and retinoic acid are found in animal sources (like the liver, kidney, eggs and dairy products). Carotenoids like beta-carotene are found in plants like dark or yellow vegetables and carrots.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Borage Seed Oil and Arthritis?

Borage (Borago officinalis) is an herb native to Syria that has spread throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. Borage flowers and leaves may be eaten and borage seeds are often pressed to produce oil very high in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Borage is popularly used for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopausal symptoms. Borage is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it has been studied in clinical trials for conditions such as periodontitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sage a Spice and a Medicine

Sage has been used in Europe for centuries as a spice and a medicine. There are many different species of sage, with some reports describing over 500 species. Sage is a popular European treatment for inflammations of the mouth and throat, dyspepsia (upset stomach), and excessive sweating, in addition to other uses. The strongest evidence for the use of sage comes from clinical trials conducted with sage for Alzheimer's disease, menopausal discomfort, pharyngitis, herpes infections, and to improve mood, cognition, and memory.

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