Herbs for Brainpower

By Dr. Mercola

Adding herbs like parsley and thyme to your diet might help boost your brainpower, courtesy of apigenin. Apigenin is a flavonoid found in many herbs, including parsley, thyme, and chamomile, and certain other plants like celery and other vegetables.

When researchers applied apigenin to human stem cells in a petri dish, something remarkable happened – 25 days later, the stem cells had turned into neurons (an effect that didn’t occur without apigenin).1

The synapses, or connections between neurons, were also “strong and more sophisticated,” which is crucial for memory consolidation, learning, and overall brain function.2

The researchers noted that apigenin binds to estrogen receptors, which affect the development, maturation, function, and plasticity of the nervous system. They wrote in the journal Advances in Regenerative Biology:3

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9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

Even when our food choices aren’t the best, herbs and spices do more than just improve taste.  They give any meal a nutrition boost.  And according to a new study they may even reverse the damage from an unhealthy meal.

Researchers from Penn State University cooked up coconut chicken, cheese bread and a dessert biscuit for six men. The subjects were aged 30 to 65 and overweight but otherwise healthy.  On one day the meal was served plain.  On another day researchers added two tablespoons of a blend of nine herbs and spices to the meal.

After each meal the researchers drew blood from the subjects every 30 minutes for four hours.  They found that antioxidant activity in the blood increased 13% after the spicy meal compared to the plain meal.

The spices and herbs also decreased post-meal insulin levels by 21% and triglyceride levels in the blood by as much as 31%.  That in turn could reduce heart disease risk.

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Research: Plants Cure Cancer, Not Chemicals

Plants Are The Cure For Cancer, Not Chemicals

Unbeknownst to most, a Copernican revolution has already taken place in cancer theory. Today, the weight of evidence indicates that plants and not chemicals are the solution for reversing the global cancer epidemic.

Our understanding of what causes cancer has undergone something akin to a Copernican revolution in the past decade. Biological fatalism has been the predominant force in medicine over the past half century, where most conditions including cancer were believed predestined ‘in the genes,’ and therefore impossible to reverse. Instead of looking for root cause resolution of disease (RCRD), we resigned ourselves to ‘finding it early’ and in the case of cancer, when doing so (even when it was benign), we waged war against it, quite literally using weapons grade materials (mustard gas- and nuclear materials-derived agents). Now, however, in this post-Genomic era, factors above (epi-) the control of the genes – epigenetic factors – are taking center stage; these include environmental exposures, stress, nutritional factors, and various lifestyle-based variables that are within the ambit of our control and volition, and which are often reversible.

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Amazing herbal cures from around the world

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Ie2eJwbRvbs/TwIuKzILXUI/AAAAAAAABaw/5e4GFOm67LA/s231/1372603_70301595.jpgSo we start this whole thing off with cancer, since that’s the biggest “mystery” on Earth. Cancer, the eighth wonder of the world, or is it the ninth? Cancer — that “disease” (actually it’s a disorder) of the cells where certain dying or “chemicalized” cells mutate and multiply uncontrollably, then attack your good cells. Scientists all over the world cannot figure out a vaccine or medicine to cure this problem. Or can they?

Then there’s Alzheimer’s disease, again, not really a disease at all. It’s not contagious, and you don’t inherit it either, so forget about that big lie. Yes, it’s “genetic,” because your genes get screwed up, and oxygen can’t get to your brain. Can anyone say “aluminum and lead in food”? Scientists certainly can’t build a human brain, and they definitely can’t take it apart — to figure out what causes seniors to forget who their immediate family is, and not know how to take care of themselves anymore. There’s just no pharmaceutical cure for that. Dang it! After all, what’s the pill made from that makes you stop eating heavy metals? (more…)

18 Powerful Spices Scientifically Proven To Prevent and Treat Cancer

 Spices_220780281. ALLSPICE

The term “allspice” was coined in the 1600s by the English, who thought the herb combined the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Allspice is also referred to as “Jamaica pepper,” “kurundu,” “myrtle pepper,” “pimenta,” and “newspice.” Ground allspice is not a mixture of spices as some still believe, but arises from the dried unripe berries of the tree Pimenta dioica. This tree is native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America. Today, P. dioica is cultivated in many warm areas throughout the world. Allspice is also available commercially as an essential oil.

Allspice possesses antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, anticancer, and antitumorigenic properties (Rompelberg et al. 1996; Al-Rehaily et al. 2002; Kluth et al. 2007). It contains a multitude of potential bioactive agents that may contribute to health promotion, including flavonoids, phenolic acids, catechins, and several phenylpropanoids.

The anticancer properties of allspice may be in part due to its ability to influence cytochrome P450 (CYP) activity and thereby influence carcinogen bioactivation. Kluth et al. (2007) cultured human liver carcinoma cells and human colon adenocarcinoma cells and studied the ability of the spice extract to activate mechanisms related to detoxification enzymes.

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18 Spices Scientifically Proven To Prevent and Treat Cancer

Believe it or not, but when the opposition in question is an adamant disease like cancer, everything you need to prevent or treat it is right inside your spice cabinet. These are not just dried seeds, fruits, roots, barks or any other plant-based substances to add flavor to our foods, but they double as anti-cancer agents. More than 180 spice-derived compounds have been identified and explored for their health benefits It is beyond the scope of this article to deal with all herbs and spices that may influence the risk of cancer and tumor behavior, but we’ve highlighted 18 of the most powerful.

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Carrying the spirit of defeating a disease often labelled ‘incurable’ through conventional treatment, typically manifests through dietary strategies when mainstream options fail. A selection of spices can avert the multiplying of malignant cells in the body that gradually mature into insurmountable cancer cells. (more…)

Top 5 Herbs To Grow For Cooking & Medicinal Use

top 5 herbs to grow for medicinal and cooking purpose

The following is a guest-post by Brenda Scott of The Well-Fed Homestead. Thanks, Brenda!

So you want to grow herbs for cooking and for medicinal use, but you’ve got a small space to grow them in. Maybe you’re in an apartment and you only have a back deck or a kitchen window. No problem! Just grow 5 basic herbs, and you’ll be set! Here’s a list of what to grow & what they’re good for. (more…)

How I Stock My Natural Medicine Cabinet

If you were to come over to my home and complain of an ailment, or your child got an injury while visiting, you may be surprised to see me open up my “medicine cabinet” and proceed to pull out various natural remedies to treat what ails you.

I’m no expert, but I have a love for alternative, natural treatments and have been studying them casually for the past 7 years or so.

A friend was asking me what I would use for such-and-such a while back, and as I rattled off some suggestions and talked about the things that we keep in our home, she suggested that it might be helpful to other moms to know the types of things that I keep and use on a regular basis.

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Deep Acting Immune Tonics and Herbs Will Help Fight Flu Better Than Any Vaccine

Flu vaccines are perhaps one of the most promoted, yet highly ineffective measures of preventative (or so claimed) mainstream medicine. There are so many simple and reliable methods to prevent the flu virus from replicating all while using herbs and tonics to boost our immune system and create the ultimate defense barrier against influenza.

I recently reported in my article “If You Would Like To Depress Your Immune System, Get This Year’s Flu Shot” how vaccines serve a nice dose of carcinogenic, immunotoxic, neurotoxic, and sterility agents. Further reading on the quackery of the entire vaccine industry can be found can be found in an earlier report “The Entire Vaccine Industry Is Being Exposed For Unproven Assumptions And Misrepresentations of Data.” (more…)

10 Herbs and Spices for the Kitchen Medicine Cabinet

Many of us have a cabinet full of herbs and spices we use to help improve the flavor of our meals. What many may not realize is how much common kitchen herbs and spices can also help improve our health. Here are ten top examples:

CAYENNE – Cayenne pepper  has wonderful cardiovascular benefits, including lowering blood pressure. Famed herbalist Doctor John Christopher noted that a couple of teaspoons of cayenne pepper never failed to stop a heart attack in only minutes. When added to food, cayenne increases appetite, improves digestion and relieves gas, nausea and indigestion. It also thins phlegm and eases its passage from the lungs.

GARLIC – Garlic is a natural antiseptic and powerful cancer fighter with numerous other health benefits. It helps lower cholesterol, reduces plaque, lower blood pressure, and lower the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea.

TURMERIC – The curcumin contained in turmeric provides powerful anti-cancer properties, especially for smokers and past smokers. Curcumin has clinically proven anti-inflammatory effects, including significant beneficial effects to relieve rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Turmeric is packed with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, and may help prevent cataracts. (more…)