Amrita Ahluwalia, PhD, of Queen Mary University of London, and colleagues report that drinking a single cup of beetroot juice significantly lowered the systolic blood pressure (BP) of patients with high blood pressure (hypertension). This effect was observed 3-6 hours they took 250 mL of juice, with their systolic BP decreasing by a mean 11 mm Hg compared to a decrease of 0.7 mm Hg in controls (hypertensive participants who did not take juice). The effect remained even at 24 hours, according to the researchers who reported their results in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. Previous studies have […]Continue reading Beet Juice Lowers High Blood Pressure
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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition where the acid of the stomach regurgitates (goes up) into the esophagus, causing damage to the inner lining of the esophagus. Symptoms include heartburn, which is a burning sensation in the chest, constant burping, and trouble swallowing. Heartburn is a symptom that may be mistaken for a heart attack, hence the terminology, but it is caused by the reflux of stomach acids into the esophagus. Doctors usually prescribe medications to reduce acidity (antacids) and to reduce acid production (proton-pump inhibitors). Medications can also be obtained without prescription (over-the-counter), but people who have […]Continue reading Heartburn Home Remedies
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in high concentrations in many fresh fruits and vegetables such as apples, red onions, grapes, broccoli, berries, and green tea. It has been used widely as a dietary supplement because of its antioxidant properties. Aside from these, scientists have also found that it has natural anti-histamine properties that can help prevent anxiety due to stress as well as allergic reactions. Studies have shown that stress can trigger the migration of immune cells towards the skin, as if to get ready to fight injury from a wound or infection. It has also been shown that stress […]Continue reading The Effects of Quercetin on Stress and Skin Allergies
Cold sores affect more than half of the US population, and can come any time when the herpes simplex type 1 virus attack. Researchers have found some natural remedies which can help make them heal faster. Lemon balm is a member of the mint family that has been used for centuries to reduce anxiety and stress, which could trigger cold sores. A study published recently in the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies shows that the herb could reduce swelling and redness after two days of use as a cream. Crushed lemon balm can also be made into a tea which […]Continue reading Natural Cold Sore Remedies
Lactation consultants are members of the healthcare field who are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to help mothers with painful nursing, latching problems, low milk production, or inadequate weight gain. They may have a private practice or work at a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office. A recent survey conducted by Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, an obstetrician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center showed that many lactation consultants pass on folk remedies, which may not be supported by evidence-based research to help mothers with their lactation issues. The study involved an online survey of 124 lactation consultants affiliated with various medical […]Continue reading Are Breastfeeding Folk Remedies Effective?