The quest for new, natural approaches has taken herbalists to the corners of the earth in search of plant-based treatments for disease. As it turns out, one such remedy may have been under their feet the whole time. Found deep within in the shady forests of the Far East, this plant has been a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. And now, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that it may help improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. So just what is this powerful plant-based product? A Moss for Better Memory… Chinese club moss [...]Continue reading Huperzine A: A Natural Fix for Alzheimer’s?
Here in the West, most of us don’t feel fully awake without a trip to the coffee machine or our local Starbucks. Millions of people rely on a cup – or five – of Joe to feel awake, alert, and stimulated all day long. Others prefer to get their oomph in a can, downing energy drinks such as Red Bull like they’re water. But there may be an even better way to get your buzz. In fact, there’s an intriguing substance found in the leaves of a simple plant – one that promises a gentle energy boost, combined with feeling [...]Continue reading L-theanine: A Better Alternative to Coffee?
A cup of coffee. A brisk walk. A quick nap. These are the classic ways to increase your vigor and fight fatigue. And who doesn’t want more energy? But there’s another kind of energy involved in good health – and it starts at the molecular level. Your cells crave energy. They need it to help maintain healthy tissues, heal injuries, and for your organs to function optimally. It’s not quite as obvious as the jolt you get from a Red Bull or other gimmicky drink – but it’s the type of energy that matters most in your body. And here’s [...]Continue reading D-Ribose: A CARB That Can Reverse Heart Disease?
Forget-me-nots symbolize remembrance in myths and legends. But in the scientific realm, another purple flower seems to best protect the brain. And that’s no fiction. Proponents say this common garden border can enhance memory, increase blood flow, and even protect nerve cells against damaging strokes. Some doctors like it, too. In fact, a synthetic derivative of the plant is prescribed in Europe for these very purposes. But you don’t need to travel overseas to get your hands on the product. It’s sold here in the United States as a dietary supplement. So does it live up to the hype? A [...]Continue reading Vinpocetine: Can This Flower Improve Your Memory?
Many a gardener has aimed his or her trowel at this humble weed, eager to free an otherwise pristine lawn of its unsightly green leaves and telltale yellow flowers. But there may be more to this pesky plant than meets the eye. Could those leaves be a nutritious addition to your salad? Will teas and tonics made from its roots help boost immunity, support your liver, or even protect against cancer? Might the plant – whose Latin name translates to “Official Remedy of Disorders” – even promote psychic powers? Here’s everything you need to decide whether to cultivate this weed, [...]Continue reading Dandelion: Is This Common Weed Actually A Superfood?
If you were to draw back the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union during the 1960s to 1980s, you would find scientists with their noses to the grindstone, intent on making the advances that would cement this nation’s spot as an international superpower. One of their focuses was the hunt for adaptogens, substances that have the purported ability to help us resist the harmful effects of stress and fight fatigue. And their search paid off: In the wilds of Eastern Europe and Asia, they discovered a plant that promised to help fortify Soviet athletes, cosmonauts, soldiers, and others racing to [...]Continue reading Rhodiola: Nature’s #1 Stress Buster
Deep in the woodlands of the northeastern United States grows a plant that’s lauded by a whole spectrum of people, from those in need of minor first aid, to those hoping to take advantage of its more notorious purported properties. This herb has a reputation as a go-to remedy for everything from cuts and scrapes, to eye infections, to cancer. In fact, proponents view it as a natural alternative to prescription antibiotic drugs. Speaking of drugs, this supplement is also said to mask the presence of marijuana, cocaine, opiates, and other illicit substances. No wonder it’s such a popular purchase [...]Continue reading Goldenseal: A Powerful Herb That Just Doesn’t Work
It’s an herb you might be just as likely to see in dramatic historical recreations like Colonial Williamsburg or Plymouth Plantation as in your local health-food store. Back in our country’s early days, settlers used the leaves of this common plant to wrap up freshly churned butter, keeping the food product cool during warm summer months. In the age of refrigeration, though, its reputation is more medicinal than culinary. In fact, supplements of the herb are highly valued for their ability to prevent and treat two very different health concerns: migraine headaches and hay fever. The science behind these uses [...]Continue reading Butterbur: Relieve the Pain of Migraines With This
Deep in the forests of Western Africa, a simple evergreen tree may hold promise for a stalled sex life. If you’re a member of a tribe in Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, or other parts of the region, it’s likely that you’ve relied on the bark of an evergreen tree for its purported aphrodisiac properties. Indeed, Pygmies and Bushmen distilled this bark to produce a tea, which they consumed as a tonic to enhance sexual prowess and pleasure. Now, you don’t have to live in Africa to access this substance. Today, it’s available to everyone. Sound like just the thing to help [...]Continue reading Yohimbine: Can this African “Love Tree” Help Heat Up the Bedroom?
Braaaaiiins! It’s a refrain heard in many horror films, as hungry zombies seek sustenance in the form of this organ. But maybe those movie monsters were on to something. See, our brains are rich in a powerful substance that not only helps us survive. It could also protect our memory. In other words, healthy brains beget healthy brains. Fortunately, you don’t need to follow a zombie’s diet to enjoy these benefits – this compound is readily available in your health-food store. You Must Remember This… Also known as PS, phosphatidylserine is a phosolipid, a molecule that is found within every [...]Continue reading PS: Reverse Alzheimer’s and Improve Your Memory With This?