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Andrographis is one particular herb that’s grown in popularity with claims that it contains powerful anti-inflammatory, antiviral and other health-promoting properties.
Here, we examine the scientific evidence available for andrographis to determine if it’s a safe and effective form of alternative medicine.[Discover More…]
Andro400 claims to “boost your testosterone the safe and natural way”.
Lots of men want to do this, especially as they get older.
The supplement has also been reported to improve sexual function, reduce belly fat, fight fatigue and lower stress.
But does science support these claims? Let’s take a look at the evidence behind Andro400.[Discover More…]
[Last updated 5th June, 2019]
Modafinil is a popular smart drug is which is said to prevent tiredness, increase productivity and boost mental performance.
Smart drugs, also known as “nootropics,” are natural or synthetic substances taken to improve cognition function.
This review digs into the scientific evidence behind modafinil to see if it’s really all that “smart” for you to take.[Discover More…]
Colloidal silver has become the next all-natural “cure-all”— even though it was ruled unsafe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) some 20 years ago.
So, why has there been a sudden boost in its popularity, and is it really all that harmful?
Some people claim that colloidal silver can boost the immune system and prevent and treat a range of bacterial, viral and fungal infections and other health maladies.
Others may only know it as the substance that can turn your skin blue.
Here, we look at the history of colloidal silver, its purported benefits and whether or not it’s safe and effective to use.[Discover More…]
Gundry PrebioThrive is a popular all-natural supplement that contains a combination of prebiotics.
Producers of the supplement claim it can help improve digestion and aid in overall health and vitality—but it’s certainly not cheap.
This article explores what PrebioThrive is, the research behind it, what it claims to do and if it’s worth the steep price tag.[Discover More…]
Detoxes and full-body cleanses have never been more popular, but do they actually work?
Such quick fixes promise a complete cleansing of toxins to promote everything from weight loss to glowing skin to even a longer life.
But these short-term, so-called “cleanses” don’t really do much beyond depriving your body of essential nutrients.
The good news is each one of our bodies already has the ability to cleanse itself—all the way down to the cellular level.
This automatic process is called autophagy and it works when the body is in a fasted state.
Here, we’ll be looking at what autophagy is, how it works and why it may be the only way to really cleanse your body.[Discover More…]
Polyols are popular as a sugar replacement.
However, some people worry that replacing sugar with sweeteners like polyols may negatively affect digestive health, metabolism and weight management.
Is this true? Keep reading to find out what polyols are and how they can affect your health.[Discover More…]
You may have heard of probiotics, but do you know about prebiotics?
Despite the similarity in names, there are some key differences.
While probiotics rightfully get a lot of praise from health experts, prebiotics are important as well.
So, what are prebiotics, and how can you get more of them?
Keep reading to learn more about the power of prebiotics.[Discover More…]
The topic of cannabis (marijuana) has become far less taboo in recent years, but there are still many misconceptions—and fears—about its use as a medicinal plant.
Cannabis is still an illegal product in most countries and can be difficult to obtain. More importantly, it is challenging to study.
Still, an increasing amount of evidence has found it could offer significant benefits for patients with chronic pain and even cancer.
This article looks at what cannabis oil is, how it differs from CBD oil, and what the science is saying about its potential.[Discover More…]
[Last updated 14th August, 2018]
Boswellia is an herbal extract and essential oil, also known as frankincense.
It’s has been used for centuries in incense, perfumes and traditional Asian, African and Middle Eastern medicine.
It’s now touted for its anti-inflammatory properties and potential ability to even fight cancer.
This article digs into the science behind boswellia to see if it lives up to the hype.[Discover More…]
CBD oil is a natural remedy derived from the cannabis plant.
As the source of both marijuana and hemp, any substance made from cannabis immediately raises concerns around its legality and safety.
However, certain components of the cannabis plant can be beneficial for health and healing, without getting you “high”.
CBD oil contains one of those powerful components. It’s become a hot topic among natural health circles who claim it can help with everything from chronic pain relief to cancer.
Here we breakdown what CBD oil is, its best uses, and what the early science can tell us about its reported benefits.[Discover More…]
A new Australian study could change the type of oils you use for cooking.
Researchers found that extra virgin olive oil is the most stable and safest to use at high temperatures.
Cooking with coconut oil was almost on par, however failed to come close when comparing levels of naturally occurring antioxidants.
Seed oils (also called vegetable oils) such as canola oil, grapeseed and sunflower oil were the least stable when heated and produced the most harmful compounds.
Researcher’s also found that an oil’s smoke point is a very poor marker of its safety and stability as a cooking oil, contrary to popular belief.
This is a detailed look at some of the main results as well as a Q&A with the lead author.[Discover More…]