Traditional Medicinal Herbs
Noni Fruit Review: Benefits and Information
Mar22

Noni Fruit Review: Benefits and Information

What is Noni Fruit? Noni is the Hawaiian name for Morinda citrifolia—a traditional medicinal plant grown in the Pacific Islands, and other tropical regions of the world. Historically, parts of the entire plant have been used to treat a variety of ailments, such as malaria, fever, intestinal parasites and infections. Nonetheless, it’s the malodorous fruit that’s driving consumer interest in North America and Europe. Noni...

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Goji Berries / Wolfberries Review: Benefits and Information

Goji berries are the fruits of Lycium barbarum—an Asian shrub cultivated for both food and medicine. Also known as “wolfberries,” the tart, orange-red fruits are traditionally eaten fresh or dried; or used to make juice, wine or tea. Goji berries have become quite popular here in the West, thanks to the growing market for novel and exotic “superfruits.” Although the marketing isn’t quite as outrageous as...

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Milk Thistle (Silymarin): Benefits and Side Effects

A short, wide, prickly plant known as milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is the source of a popular herbal remedy that is widely used to support healthy liver function. Milk thistle is an invasive species that, ironically, can be toxic to grazing cattle. The seeds, however, are another matter. They contain a complex of “flavonolignan” (part flavonoid, part lignan) compounds, silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin, that are...

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Saw Palmetto for Prostate Health: Benefits and Side Effects

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is a shrub native to America that produces large, dark berries about the size of olives. The berries were a food source for Native Americans, who soon learned to use them for medicinal purposes as well. Saw palmetto berries were traditionally used to treat frequent urination during the night, as well as impotence, decreased libido, and prostate problems. Today, saw palmetto berries are widely used to...

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Oil Of Oregano: Information And Benefits

Oil of oregano is made by pressing the leaves of the herb oregano to extract the oil from it. Oregano is a highly aromatic member of the mint family. It is, of course, a staple of Mediterranean cooking, though the common spice found on most kitchen shelves is usually not the pure Mediterranean oregano that can be used therapeutically. Pure oregano is a very potent spice that was used medicinally in ancient Greece. When properly...

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Pycnogenol Review & Information: A Potent Antioxidant

Pycnogenol is the patented name for a nutritional extract derived from the bark of pine trees called Pinus maritima. These trees, which grow exclusively in Europe, are rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants, particularly compounds known as oligomeric proanthocyanidins. Highly touted for their antioxidant and properties, oligomeric proanthocyanidins are considred to be essential to health. They work in conjunction with vitamin C, each...

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