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Anti-Cancer Properties of Mint

Anti-Cancer Properties of Mint | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
A study was performed by Nedel et al to assess the antiproliferative effect in vitro of a Mint species (Mentha spicata associated with Mentha rotundifolia) against the human breast adenocarcinoma, human mouth epidermal carcinoma, and embryonic fibroblast cell lines.

 

Results demonstrated that mint extracts had antiproliferative activity against tumor cell lines. The data suggest that the Mentha species studied present an antineoplastic activity (inhibiting or preventing development of neoplasms – tumors; any new and abnormal growth, specifically one in which cell multiplication is uncontrolled and progressive).

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Lemongrass: Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic Properties

Lemongrass: Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic Properties | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a Herb/Spice used as a traditional medicine in several cultures and especially used in medicines such as Ayurveda. Gbenou et al studied the anti-inflammatory effects of Lemongrass and another herbal extract.

 

The study identified aldehyde molecules in both essential oils mediating antioxidant activity that may contribute to the anti-inflammatory effects observed.

In conclusion, this investigation indicates the anti-inflammatory property of Lemongrass, a key ingredient used in The Wise Herb Company range of products, and its role as a therapy dealing with inflammatory-related diseases.

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Effects of Ginger on Breathing & Airway Smooth Muscle Relaxation

Effects of Ginger on Breathing & Airway Smooth Muscle Relaxation | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it

Ginger compounds may provide a therapeutic option alone, or in combination with accepted therapeutics in airway diseases such as asthma

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Immunity and The Wise Herb Company

Immunity and The Wise Herb Company | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it

Centella asiatica (Pennywort)

Pennywort contains a series of terpenes (oils), the most common of which is called Madecassoside. Recently, Liu et al investigated a therapeutic potential and underlying mechanisms of madecassoside on induced arthritis in an animal model.

The results suggest that components of Pennywort like madecassoside can prevent induced arthritis, and this component is the major active constituent of Centella asiatica responsible for clinical uses for rheumatoid arthritis.

The underlying mechanisms of action may be through regulating the abnormal humoral and cellular immunity as well as protecting joint destruction.

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Malala’s Hope is Our Hope

Malala’s Hope is Our Hope | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
“Our voices must amplify Malala’s daring advocacy. We must support the millions of girls like Malala who both want and have the right to an education. We can start by getting our priorities straight. And we must take action or we will miss an opportunity to stand in solidarity with Malala at this key time in her struggle and that of young people everywhere.” Ed Gragert, Huffington Post

 

At InnOrbit we are also dedicating our efforts to educate girls in India and we support wholeheartedly the efforts of organisations around the world like the UN, Avaaz and individuals like Malala to make this a more just and equitable place for all – particulary when it comes to educating our children.

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Health Needs and Products from the Wise Herb Company

Health Needs and Products from the Wise Herb Company | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
Global trends and Consumer needs

These are the latest Nutritional and Health global trends in food & drink and how the InnOrbit products, CALM&RELAX, SLIM&FIT, UP&GO and YOUNG&FUN, fit into them.

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Managing Stress: InnOrbit Tips

Managing Stress: InnOrbit Tips | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
1. Exercise

Exercise can increase your heart rate which can help to release hormones such as dopamine. As well as being good for your health the release of Dopamine via this exercise will make you feel good. Delivery of oxygen to muscle tissues can also release physical tension.

InnOrbit Tip: Take a cup of UP&GO then go for a brisk walk when things are getting on top of you. As well as bolstering your immune system you will feel re-energised.

 

2. Walkabout!

Losing your cool is not a good idea for stress so focusing on something else for a while can give you some perspective and help you to de-stress.

InnOrbit Tip: Have a cup of YOUNG&FUN take a stroll and then come back to it. YOUNG&FUN really helps to cool the nerves and will help you to focus when you go back to the issue.

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Herbs, Spices, SLIM&FIT and Weight Management

Herbs, Spices, SLIM&FIT and Weight Management | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it

Green Tea

In this latest study Forester et al, studies how the administration of Green Tea catechin (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) effected blood glucose levels after the ingestion of corn starch, maltose, sucrose, & glucose in a fasting animal model system. Their data suggest that EGCG reduces blood glucose levels and this may be due to the inhibition of α-amylase. Amylaseis an enzyme that hydrolyses alpha bonds of large, alpha-linked polysaccharides and turns them into glucose. This could also have a profound effect on fat levels in the body.

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Why we need to sleep and How Calm&Relax could help

Why we need to sleep and How Calm&Relax could help | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
This was taken from the BBC, an interesting article on Sleep: Why do we need to sleep?

The question still perplexes scientists, but there are now several intriguing theories that explain our need for a daily nap:

Memory aid
Ease bad experiences
Restorative
The world record for going without sleep is eleven days! Not recommended by our medical advisers here at InnOrbit.

Find out how not getting enough sleep can be bad for our health: HERE

Remember InnOrbit’s CALM&RELAX made with 100% natural ingredients encourages natural sleep!

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Focus on Ginger

Focus on Ginger | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
Ginger, a spice used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, is now being associated with anti-inflammatory potential in modern scientific experiments. Here we highlight the most recent news from the scientific press. Ginger is a herb or spice used extensively in The Wise Herb Company portfolio of products.

 

Antioxidant activity

A study by El-Bakly et al was designed to assess the possible antioxidant effects of Ginger component 6-gingerol in reducing cardiac damage in an animal model.

6-gingerol was shown to significantly ameliorate the induced elevation in the cardiac enzymes.

The investigators indicate that 6-gingerol, a known single compound from ginger with anticancer activity, was shown to have a promising role in cardioprotection against induced cardiotoxicity. This study suggested a novel mechanism for 6-gingerol cardioprotection, which might be mediated through its antioxidative effect and modulation of NF-κB as well as apoptosis.

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Good News for The Wise Herb Company and InnOrbit

Good News for The Wise Herb Company and InnOrbit | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
In 2010, more than 65 billion servings of tea, or 3 billion gallons, were consumed in the U.S., according to The Tea Association of the USA.

 

That’s more than was downed in Canada, France or Italy. Because of its noted health benefits, green is the tea of choice, followed by black, while oolongs and whites represent a small part of the market, according to global industry intelligence firm Mintel. But don’t be surprised if herbal options with less caffeine eventually catch up.

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YOUNG&FUN complementing Brain Function & Active Healthy Ageing

YOUNG&FUN complementing Brain Function & Active Healthy Ageing | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
Parle & Bansal suggest that herb mixes based on Amla (Emblica officinalis) may prove to be a useful remedy for the management of Alzheimer’s disease owing to its antioxidant effect, pro-cholinergic action and/or antiamnesic potential (See also this article).

Liquorice has also figured in the research on improving brain function.
Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice/Liquorice): could slow down cognitive impairment and enhance memory.

Scientists suggest that memory deficit, a major outcome of prolonged elevated blood sugar level, might be reversed with the help of licorice. Also evidence suggests the following exciting directions that Liquorice may help in:

Hsanein studied Glabridin, a major active isoflavan from Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice), and showed it reversed learning and memory deficits in an animal model.
The combination of antioxidant, neuro-protective and anticholinesterase properties of glabridin may have a positive effect for deleterious effects of diabetes on learning and memory in an animal model.

Cui et al also demonstrated the effects of glabridin from Glycyrrhiza glabra on learning and memory.
The paper suggests that glabridin appears to be a promising candidate for memory improvement and it will be worthwhile to explore the potential of glabridin in the management of Alzheimer patients.

Dhingra & Sharma studied the antidepressant activity of Glycyrrhiza glabra L.
Their results suggest that liquorice may possess an antidepressant effect.

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Green Tea & Anti-Cancer Effects: Latest Research

Green Tea & Anti-Cancer Effects: Latest Research | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it

There are numerous papers recently published which attribute Green Tea polyphenols to some anti-Cancer effect. Green tea catechins (like (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate) are known to function as anticancer agents via inhibition of carcinogenesis during the initiation, promotion and progression stages. Many potential mechanisms have been proposed. Although we don’t propose taking Green Tea will cure cancer, and our infusions are not designed to cure any illness, the information below suggests that there could be a bonus over and above what we are proposing in terms of a health functionality with our natural infusions.

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Liver Protection against induced oxidative stress by Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

Liver Protection against induced oxidative stress by Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
The protective function of Holy Basil or Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) was investigated by Shah and Verma. The antioxidant activities of Holy basil are widely known and in certain cultures Holy Basil is used as an ingredient in natural medicines.

 

This study indicated that liver toxicity was induced by oxidative stress, and a anti-toxic effect of Holy Basil was mainly due to its antioxidative potency.

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Green Tea: Skin Protection and Anti-Infective Properties

Green Tea: Skin Protection and Anti-Infective Properties | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
Anti-Infective Properties

Consumption of green tea (Camellia sinensis) has been shown to cause many physiological and pharmacological health benefits and studies report that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the main constituent of green tea, has anti-infective properties. This review by Steinmann et al looks at Green Tea catechin’s antiviral activities, inhibitory effects against bacteria and antifungal activity. The mechanistic effects of EGCG are not fully understood, but results suggest that EGCG binds to lipid membranes and has influence on the folic acid metabolism of bacteria and fungi by inhibiting the cytoplasmic enzyme dihydrofolate reductase.

This paper reviews the current data and future potential of green tea polyphenols for antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral effects.

 

Further Reading:
Green Tea & Immunity

Green Tea & Skin Health

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Healthy Ageing and YOUNG&FUN

Healthy Ageing and YOUNG&FUN | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
Liquorice

Liquorice, the root of the Glycyrrhiza species is known to have antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties. The objective of a study by Kim et al was to explore the neuroprotective effect of dehydroglyasperin C (DGC), a liquorice component, against glutamate-induced oxidative stress in an animal model.

The results suggest for the first time that the liquorice component protects neuronal cells against glutamate-induced oxidative injury through the induction of HO-1 expression which is, in turn, activated possible key signaling pathways.

 

Green Tea

Alzheimer’s disease is now the most common form of dementia. Biasibetti et al studied an animal model system where chronic brain dysfunction was characterized by long-term and progressive deficits in learning and memory. Studies on Green Tea epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) have previously suggested that it can have beneficial effects on cognition and memory. Oxidative stress markers and involvement of the nitric oxide (NO) system, acetylcholinesterase activity and glucose uptake were evaluated, amongst other markers.

Results show that EGCG was able to reverse various markers of cognitive deficit e.g. glutathione peroxidase activity, Nitric Oxide metabolites, and reactive oxygen species content. The data confirms that there is a neuroprotective potential for Green Tea catechins. These results also add to the knowledge of diseases accompanied by cognitive deficits and models of dementia.

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InnOrbit: Helping with Education in India

InnOrbit: Helping with Education in India | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
    InnOrbit sponsors young girls from the farmer’s families that we source ingredients from and cover their education cost for 10 years.
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Jet Lag: Some tips from The Wise Herb Co…

Jet Lag: Some tips from The Wise Herb Co… | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
Some simple steps can minimise jet lag.

(i) Understand that the direction you are traveling makes a difference:

We have have an internal body clock that makes it harder to travel east.

A study led by Dr. Lawrence D. Recht, a neurologist, of 19 Major League Baseball teams using season records from 1991 to 1993 showed that the team that had just completed eastward travel would give up more than one run than usual in every game.

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Obesity, inflammation and the immune system

Obesity, inflammation and the immune system | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
Or, how it’s all related and why the Ayurvedic Doctors may have been already onto something

 

This is a summary of the key points of an excellent review by de Heredia FP, et al (Proc Nutr Soc. 2012 Mar 20:1-7).

 

Inflammatory Components

An Inflammatory state leads to many chronic diseases like Obesity, metabolic disease and other associated health alterations.
An inflammatory state is indicated by increased levels of pro-inflammatory proteins in the blood.
The chronic inflammatory response has its origin in the links existing between the adipose tissue and the immune system. Obesity, like other states of malnutrition, is known to impair the immune function, altering leucocyte counts as well as cell-mediated immune responses. In addition, evidence has arisen that an altered immune function contributes to the pathogenesis of obesity.

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YOUNG&FUN: Cognitive function, healthy ageing and wellbeing

YOUNG&FUN: Cognitive function, healthy ageing and wellbeing | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
Focus on Ginger

Recently, the potential anti-inflammatory effects of the ginger constituent 12-dehydrogingerdione were investigated by Han et al. Various biomarkers of oxidation e.g. Prostaglandin E and the inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α were measured. Production of nitric oxide (NO) was also measured in vitro

The results suggest that the constituent gingerdione from ginger, is a potent inhibitor of proinflammatory mediator production in cells.

Focus on Green Tea

The aim of a study by Zhang et al was to investigate the β-amyloid peptide (Aβ)-induced neurotoxicity and neuroprotective effect of (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol found in Green Tea in a model system.

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Supplement trends & new products spotted at Expo East 2012

Supplement trends & new products spotted at Expo East 2012 | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it

Healthy, pure supplements are gaining traction with consumers in various key categories - from Expo East 2012 & NewHope 360

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Fennel: Herbal All-Rounder

Fennel: Herbal All-Rounder | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
In recent scientific studies Fennel has been shown to:

Protect kidney tissue
Have Anticancer Activity
Protect liver tissue
Protect Bones
Help with Anti-Ageing

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Lifestyle, Green Tea & High Blood Cholesterol Levels

Lifestyle, Green Tea & High Blood Cholesterol Levels | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it
A review of scientific publications was performed using key words and phrases and all abstracts were subsequently screened and relevant papers were selected. Over 3600 reports were reviewed.

Various dietary constituents such as Green Tea and plant sterols etc., In conclusion the researchers say that Coronary Heart Disease remains as a leading cause of death worldwide and hypercholesterolemia is one of its important cause. They conclude that non-pharmacological methods provide initial as well as long-term measures to address this issue.

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Herbs & Spices and Skin Health

Herbs & Spices and Skin Health | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it

A review of some recent findings on how Herbs & Spices from The Wise Herb Company could support your skin health. Mint, Cardamom, Liquorice and Cinnamon Reviewed. 

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Green Tea and Cognitive Function

Green Tea and Cognitive Function | Herbs & Spices InnOrbit | Scoop.it

Alzheimer’s disease is now the most common form of dementia. Biasibetti et al studied an animal model system where chronic brain dysfunction was characterized by long-term and progressive deficits in learning and memory. Studies on Green Tea epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) have previously suggested that it can have beneficial effects on cognition and memory. Oxidative stress markers and involvement of the nitric oxide (NO) system, acetylcholinesterase activity and glucose uptake were evaluated, amongst other markers.

 

Results show that EGCG was able to reverse various markers of cognitive deficit e.g. glutathione peroxidase activity, Nitric Oxide metabolites, and reactive oxygen species content. The data confirms that there is a neuroprotective potential for Green Tea catechins. These results also add to the knowledge of diseases accompanied by cognitive deficits and models of dementia.

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