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Alzheimer’s Disease and Ginkgo Biloba

Dementia is one of the predominant health problems within populations of advanced age, afflicting 5-10% of individuals with said disease.1 As many as 35.6 million individuals have dementia globally, and it has been estimated that said number will increase to 65.7 million by 2030.1(508) Hence, it is imperative that individuals with such a condition explore…

Osteoarthritis and Yucca Schidigera

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a source of disability, pain, and socioeconomic cost which affects approximately 18% of females and 10% of males over 60 years of age.1 Additionally, OA is multifactorial and complex, with biological, genetic, and biomechanical drivers.1(376) In recent posts, this author has considered how exercise, improved gut health, supplementation with specific nutrients, and the…

Sleep-Induced Migraines and Solutions

Migraines are disabling conditions often characterized as persistent and recurrent headaches on one side of the head, which is associated with varying degrees of intensity.1 Such a condition has been considered as the 6th most prevalent disease and a primary cause of disability, worldwide, among middle-aged women and young adults.1(S109) Thus, determining causes of said…

 Cannabis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

As discussed in this author’s previous posts, arthritis is a progressive degeneration of articular cartilage with eventual joint space narrowing.1 In particular, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is defined as a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease characterized by consistent and symmetrical synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane) of the knees, feet, wrists, and hands.2 In recent years, and…

Dyspepsia (Indigestion), Peppermint Oil, and Caraway Oil

Functional dyspepsia (FD) is a common condition diagnosed by clinicians, which is defined as recurrent/chronic epigastric discomfort in the absence of a disease.1 FD is not considered life-threatening, however, it does tend to negatively affect individuals’ productivity and overall quality of life.1(1) The the precise etiology and pathophysiology of FD remains largely unknown, with symptoms…

Coffee and Inflammation

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages, worldwide, and consumption of the same has been documented as early as the Paleolithic era.1,2 Most of the population tends to consume coffee as a predominate vehicle for delivering caffeine. Consequently, interest among researchers has been mounting regarding the potential beneficial effects of coffee consumption, especially as…

Rosemary and Liver Health

Plants have been cultivated and used over many generations as medicinal remedies due to their therapeutic constituents.1 Of particular interest is the capacity of plants to control the degree of oxidative stress within the body; a process that left unmitigated, leads to neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.2 Plants, such as rosemary,…

Chia Seeds, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, as covered in this author’s previous post, is a degenerative condition linked to, and a contributor of, deeper pathophysiological aberrations in health to include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.1 Considering the damage uninhibited inflammation can produce, methods to help control the intensity and degree of…

Ginger, Chronic Inflammation, and Biomarkers

Chronic inflammation is a condition which is thought to contribute to the pathogenesis of several diseases such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.1 Said illnesses are relatively prevalent in North America, demanding interventions to help manage, and possibly mitigate, their underlying and destructive immune-driven processes. Pharmaceutical medications…