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Five Superfoods which everyone should know

Relatively recently in this regard in Russia spoke about the so-called Superfoods (superfood). This is a group of natural products, combining the fruits of the plants, karenia, sprouts, seaweeds and seeds. It is believed that the prefix “super” they are indebted for their nutrients, the concentration of which they are much more than in all other products.

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Marketers left and right tell us that with regular use in combination with the General principles of good nutrition, Superfoods erase the traces of improper lifestyle, unbalanced diets and even the negative impact of bad environment. However, to date, there is no global medical research proving the therapeutic effects of such food.

But it is known that almost all products from the group of Superfoods used for thousands of years. Say at once that they never replaced the normal nutrition, Superfoods always went in addition to it.

But, as usual, in the pursuit of fashion people often forget to understand what actually are these natural food additives.

Varieties of Superfoods there are many. In Russia very popular so far acquired five products. We will understand in order that they represent.

In recent years interest towards small coral-red fruits of a Bush of Goji is marketed as a “cure-all”, having allegedly unique concentration of microelements and antioxidants. Continue reading

Medicinal plants and their use

Medicinal plants is a huge treasure which people have used for thousands of years in its history. Even now, in the era of rapid development of chemistry and biotechnology, medicines from plants is about half of all drugs used in medicine. And despite notable advances achieved in recent times by the pharmaceutical industry, medicinal plants occupy an important place in the medical Arsenal.

There are the following types of herbs: official medicinal plants and plants used in folk medicine. The first type includes plants used as raw material for the manufacture of drugs. The second group is part of a huge list of medicinal plants, not recognized by official medicine, but is widely used to treat ailments around the world.

Especially actively use recipes from medicinal plants in poor countries where conventional medicine is simply not available to the broad masses of the population.

The history of medicinal plants

The human use of herbal medicines has a long history. Probably, people started to use plants for healing ailments and wounds another before he began to use them for food. Our ancestors began to use the healing properties of medicinal plants, relying not on knowledge and experience, and on cutey animal intuition.

Studying sites of ancient people, archaeologists often find special tools for the preparation of medicines from plants. The first written evidence of the use of medicinal properties of plants found in Ancient Assyria. Most active medicinal plants used by the physicians of Ancient Egypt. Continue reading

Herbs in epilepsy

In centuries past, herbal medicine was applied very widely; and many drugs used nowadays, is based on herbs.

As medicines that can be useful in epilepsy, was used Valerian, passionflower or passion flower ( Passiflora incarnate ) (native to North and South America), Kava Kava ( Piper methysticum pepper intoxicating, a plant of the family pepper, black pepper ( Piper nigrum method of traditional Chinese medicine), and Withania somnifera ( Withania somnifera ; synonyms: Physalis flexuosa . solnechnyiy physalis, winter cherry, Indian ginseng — a means of Ayurveda).

In the analysis of herbal medicine in the Renaissance herbals found 2.220 kinds of greens used in the context of treatment of epilepsy. However, pharmacological data obtained in vitro and/or in vivo less than 5% of these plants. Less than 7% of vegetable origin, used for the treatment of epilepsy included in the manuscript writings of Dioscorides “On medicinal substances” ( lat. De materia medica ) developed in the beginning of the VI century in Constantinople.

Be aware that randomized controlled trials assessing the effectiveness of medicinal herbs in epilepsy has not been conducted, and the effectiveness of this method is certainly not proven.

Epilepsy herbal medicine in any case should not serve as a replacement therapy, anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) — AEDs and efficacy of herbs comparable, and herbs can only be used as an additional method in a patient receiving treatment with anti-epileptic drugs. Unlike medicinal plants, the efficacy of AEDs in epilepsy was confirmed by means of evidence-based medicine. Continue reading

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