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Jhotan and his long hard hours…

Jhotan and his long hard hours… | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

When we met Jhotan again we were enjoying our dinner sat by the trial on our way to our rest stop in the next village. We could see Jhotan for about 10 minutes as we approached him from the head of the valley.

 

On our return to the labarotory in Delhi we were amazed to find the mixture included the little known herb Garcinia which is now being researched for its apparent ability to reduce appetite as well as Caralluma which helps to burn fat and increase metabolism. It looked like this was keeping Jhotan sustained until he could have his next meal..

When we returned to Switzerland we added other ingredients and played with the proportions of other herbs to develop SLIM&FIT which, as part of a healthy lifestyle, we feel can help with your weight management.

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Health Fact: Do you know 10 herbs that can heal? : Mom's Focus on Cyber World ~ Mom Blog Giveaway, Sweepstakes, Review

Health Fact: Do you know 10 herbs that can heal? : Mom's Focus on Cyber World ~ Mom Blog Giveaway, Sweepstakes, Review | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

10 common herbs that can heal

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Ginger & Green Tea: Anti-Cancer, Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Benefits

Ginger & Green Tea: Anti-Cancer, Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Benefits | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

Green tea and Ginger have been recognised to have strong health benefits by the Ayurvedic Doctors.  And now modern scientists are starting to back up what the ancient cultures already suspected! 

For example: Components of Ginger (Shogaol) may enhance antioxidant defense mechanism through anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive effects. Bak et al used model systems and demonstrated that Ginger components like Shogaol can mediate oxidative biochemical pathways.

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Protective effect of curcumin on pulmonary and card... [PLoS One. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

Findings indicate that curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that prevents the release of TNFα and protects against the pulmonary and cardiovascular effects of DEP.

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Liquorice: liver protection

Liquorice: liver protection | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
Studies by Dal Rhee, et al suggest that carbenoxolone, a component of Liquorice, prevents the development and progression of fatty liver disease in patients with insulin resistance. Another good re...
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Neem: Antioxidant and Apoptotic effect in cases of cervical cancer

Neem: Antioxidant and Apoptotic effect in cases of cervical cancer | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

Vasenwala et al,  studied the anti-oxidant properties of Neem (Azadirachta indica) in inducing apoptosis of cervical cancer cells.  The results suggest that Neem is a potent inducer of apoptosis.

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Sancha & Mint: On The Steep Mountain

Sancha & Mint: On The Steep Mountain | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
Modern science has confirmed that certain herbs are good at controlling and modulating the digestion of fats and sugars. Also, Wild Mint is a powerful antioxidant and can mediate damage by scavenging free radicals which may also have positive implications for inflammation. This means that Sancha is able to work in her fields longer and recover and go again the next day – whilst running around after her small children.

When we returned to Switzerland we incorporated Wild Mint, amongst other herbs & spices into the UP&GO recipe.

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Exercise and the antioxidative status of human skin

Exercise and the antioxidative status of human skin | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
The influence of endurance exercise on the antioxidative status of human skin was studied by Vierck et al, (European journal of applied physiology, Feb 14, 2012). Sport in general has predominantly...
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Cinnamon as a therapy for diabetes: a systematic review

Cinnamon as a therapy for diabetes: a systematic review | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

Ranasinghe et al review systematically the various scientific investigations on the eficacy of cinnamon for the treatment of Diabetes. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide.

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5 Fruits that Help Fight Diabetes

5 Fruits that Help Fight Diabetes | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
Help your body fight the onset of diabetes by making taking the necessary steps toward prevention – and eating these five fruits can help you as well.

 

Almost everybody, especially those who have sweet tooth, do not want to stay away from sweets. A person can still consume sweets with adequate amounts of sugar and may be able to fight diabetes through these 5 fruits which are capable of combating the said disease.

Citrus fruits. Berries, Tomatoes, Apples, Bananas...read about these fruit on the site.


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Ginseng Significantly Improved Fatigue in Cancer Patients after Just 8 Weeks - Medical Daily

Ginseng Significantly Improved Fatigue in Cancer Patients after Just 8 Weeks - Medical Daily | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
Medical DailyGinseng Significantly Improved Fatigue in Cancer Patients after Just 8 WeeksMedical DailyGinseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a natural energy booster for thousands of years, and scientists have recently found that...
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Ginger, Liquorice and Cinnamon: Anti-Diabetic & Anti-Obesity Potential

Ginger, Liquorice and Cinnamon: Anti-Diabetic & Anti-Obesity Potential | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

Ginger, Liquorice and Cinnamon may have anti-diabetic activities.  Saifudin et al, screened water and methanol extracts of 28 medicinal plants and results suggest that these medicinal plants may contribute to the treatment and/or prevention of type II diabetes and/or obesity through PTP1B inhibition.

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Anxiety: Calm and Relax

Anxiety: Calm and Relax | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

In the west the number of poeple suffering stress related disesase has reached alarming levels: 40 million (18,1%) Americans (USA) between 18 and 54 years old suffer each year some type of stress related disease.  How can Herbs & Spices help?

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Ginger & Green Tea: Anti-Cancer, Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Benefits

Ginger & Green Tea: Anti-Cancer, Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Benefits | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
Green tea and Ginger have been recognised to have strong health benefits by the Ayurvedic Doctors.  And now modern scientists are starting to back up what the ancient cultures already suspected! Components of Ginger (Shogaol) may enhance antioxidant defense mechanism through anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive effects. Bak et al used model systems and demonstrated that Ginger components like Shogaol can mediate oxidative biochemical pathways.

Similarly, Ginger (Zingiber officinale) component 6-shogaol induces apoptosis in human hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Proteomic analysis by Hu et al revealed that Endoplasmic Reticulum stress was accompanied by 6-shogaol-induced apoptosis in hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Furthermore, 6-shogaol-mediated inhibition of tumor growth in an animal model system.

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Lemongrass: Potential Antidepressant Herbal Ingredient with Antioxidant Activity

Lemongrass: Potential Antidepressant Herbal Ingredient with Antioxidant Activity | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
A study was designed by Gacche et al to evaluate the antioxidant activity and effect of Cymbopogon (a Lemongrass plant) leaves on the activity of monoamine oxidase (MAO), kinetics of enzyme inhibition and evaluate antioxidant potential.

Results suggest that Lemongrass can be considered as a possible source of MAO inhibitor used in the treatment of depression and other neurological disorders. It also appears to show considerable antioxidant activity.

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Diallyl trisulfide induces apoptosis in human prim... [Oncol Rep. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

Based on our results, garlic-derived organosulfur compound diallyl trisulfide (DATS) induces apoptotic cell death in human primary colorectal cancer cells through a mitochondria-dependent signaling pathway.

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Ginger: Anti-Cancer Benefits

Ginger: Anti-Cancer Benefits | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
Various studies have recently been completed that show anti-tumor and anti-cancer activity of the common spice Ginger. Components of ginger, have been widely investigated and show antiinflammatory ...
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Sancha, Cinnamon, Pennywort and Energy

Sancha, Cinnamon, Pennywort and Energy | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

...she pulled out her famous herbal mix and our Ayurvedic doctors immediately recognised a couple of familiar herbs and spices. Pennywort can improve mental agility and help to keep your mind alert throughout the day. Cinnamon demonstrates numerous beneficial effects for the control of the digestion of sugar thereby helping to help with the long-lasting delivery of energy. Cinnamon seems to mimic the effect of insulin through increased glucose uptake in fat and muscle cells.

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Ayurvedic Herbal Teas

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Weng et al demonstrated that 6-Shogaol and 6-gingerol from Ginger effectively inhibited invasion and metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma through diverse molecular mechanisms, and blocked angiogenesis. Effectively the authors are suggesting that Ginger components could block the growth and spread of cancer (in liver cells).

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Fresh Lemon Grass Drink Causes Apoptosis to Cancer Cells

Fresh Lemon Grass Drink Causes Apoptosis to Cancer Cells | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

Lemongrass shown to cause "apoptosis" in cancer cells...  a type of cell death in which the cell uses specialized cellular machinery to kill itself.  Another reason to drink fresh Thai lemongrass tea... and to slather essential lemongrass oil on to your skin, since a large percentage of what goes onto our skin ends up in our bloodstream. 


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Natural antioxidant can protect against cardiovascular disease: study

Natural antioxidant can protect against cardiovascular disease: study | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have collaborated with the School of Public Health and discovered an enzyme that, when found at high levels and alongside low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), can ...
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Natural Health Products Reviewed Placing More Focus On Weight Management - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)

Natural Health Products Reviewed Placing More Focus On Weight Management - San Francisco Chronicle (press release) | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
Natural Health Products Reviewed Placing More Focus On Weight ManagementSan Francisco Chronicle (press release)Health product review site Natural Health Products Reviewed is starting to focus their content towards organic, natural, and practical...
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How to Get the Health Benefits of Cinnamon

How to Get the Health Benefits of Cinnamon | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum velum or C. cassia) has long been considered a "wonder food" in various cultures and science has shown that its active oil components such as cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol do convery certain...

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How naturally occurring nutrients can provide better benefits than supplements - Smart Business Network

How naturally occurring nutrients can provide better benefits than supplements - Smart Business Network | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it
How naturally occurring nutrients can provide better benefits than supplementsSmart Business Network... herbs/botanicals, powders, shakes, bars, and sports performance supplementation.
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Liquorice components may help with Brain Health

Liquorice components may help with Brain Health | Herbs & Spices | Scoop.it

In a study by Lee et al, on animal model systems, Liquorice component Isoliquiritigenin inhibited neuronal apoptotic death and Reactive Oxygen Species generation amongst other positive modifications in cortical neurons. The results suggest a neuro-protective effect of liquorice and its components may have a possible therapeutic role for preventing the progression of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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