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Chlorella Review & Information: Is Chlorella A True SuperFood?

Chlorella is a type of edible algae. It’s a single-celled organism that grows in water and has a high nutritional value. Two species are typically grown for human consumption: Parachlorella beyerinckii (aka Chlorella vulgaris) and Chlorella pyrenoidosa. By the early 1900’s, scientists had recognized chlorella’s potential as a food source. By the 1950’s, many believed that its rapid growth rate might make it a...

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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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Cayenne / Capsicum: Anti-Inflammatory, Weight Loss & Digestive Aid!

Cayenne is a spice that is also known as capsicum, hot pepper, red pepper, chili and chili pepper. It is derived from the cayenne shrub, a perennial plant native to Central America. Cayenne is often an ingredient of foods prepared in Latin America and the southwestern United States. Cayenne is rich in nutrients and phytochemicals. The active ingredient is a compound known as capsaicin. Capsaicin works by reducing the amount of a...

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Ginger Root: Benefits and Information

Ginger root extract is derived from the root of the herb Zingiber officinale. Ginger is native to Asia, and is an ancient traditional remedy for a variety of conditions, including nausea, diarrhea, arthritis and colic. Ginger is now one of the most popular herbal remedies for nausea and digestive problems. In low doses (i.e., 250mg x 4x/day), it’s considered safe for treating morning sickness during pregnancy. It’s also...

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Melatonin Information and Side Effects

Melatonin is a hormone manufactured by the pineal gland, a small gland located in the center of the brain. Melatonin synthesis is stimulated by darkness and suppressed by light. Increases in the level of melatonin causes the body to feel less alert. Basically what that means is… melatonin plays an important role in inducing sleep. Two factors are needed for the pineal gland to produce melatonin. It must be the right time...

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Boswellia For Arthritis, Plus Benefits and Side Effects

What is Boswellia? Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) is a branching tree that is native to India. It grows in dry, hilly regions of the country and produces a resin that can be extracted and purified for medicinal purposes. This resin, known as “Indian Frankincense” or “salai guggal,” is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a diverse range of conditions. Natural Arthritis Remedy? Boswellia extract is best known as...

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