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Silymarin and Hepatitis C

Silymarin is an extract from the milk thistle plant. Research that appeared in Hepatology (2010;51(6):1912–1921) looked at its effect on the hepatitis C virus. The researchers grew liver cells in the laboratory (in vitro) and infected them with the hepatitis C virus. Samples of the cells were then treated with either silymarin or standard hepatitis C treatment. Silymarin prevented the virus from entering the liver cells. It also interfered with the life cycle, interfering with production of RNA and protein in the virus. Silymarin stopped the virus from spreadding cell-to...

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Silymarin and Diabetes

Silymarin is an antioxidant extract obtained from milk thistle. It is well known that many of the problems suffered by diabetics are the result of oxidative stress; meaning that antioxidants may be valuable for improving the health of diabetics. Recent research, appearing in Phytotherapy Research (Volume 20, Issue 12, December 2006;1036-1039) showed that silymarin may help to lower blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides. Over  a period of four months 25 subjects with type 2 diabetes received 200 mg of a silymarin extract three times each day. Another 26 subjects received a placebo. The subjects receiving the supplement had reduced...

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Can This Spice Help With Depression?

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study, looked at the affect cucumin extract had on 50 patients with major depressive disorder. The study appeared in the journal, European Neuropsychopharmacology (2015 Jan;25(1):38-50. doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro .2014.11.015.  Epub 2014 Dec 5). The patients were given either 500 mg of a patented curcumin extract, or a placebo twice daily for eight weeks. The patients self-rated their depression using the Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (IDS-SR30). At the beginning and at the end of the study, an analysis of salivary, urinary and blood biomarkers were collected in order to identify potential antidepressant mechanisms of action of curcumin. At...

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Sub Optimal Vitamin Intake Linked to Disease

According to an article appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2002; 287(23):3127-9), many of us may need to be taking vitamin supplements. The article acknowledges that while extreme deficiency syndromes (like pellagra and beriberi) are rare in Western society, sub optimal intake of certain nutrients is a risk factor for disease. The article states that deficiencies of folic, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 increase the risk for heart disease. These deficiencies also increase the risk for breast and colon cancers, as well as for neural tube defect (a common birth defect) in developing fetuses. Deficiencies of...

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Stroke Risk Reduced by Eating Fruits and Vegetables

A study appearing in The Lancet (Vol. 367, Issue 9507, 28 January 2006) looked at eight other studies and the impact eating fruits and vegetables had on the likelihood of stroke. The study analyzed research involving over 250,000 people from the US, Japan and Europe. It found that people who ate five or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day had a 26% reduction in risk for having a stroke when compared to people who ate three or fewer servings. A serving is defined in the study as 2.7 ounces for vegetables and 2.8 ounces for fruit. Fruit and vegetables...

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