Research Archive

Oregano Oil: What’s All the Hype?

Oregano has become one of the most popular herbs for its medicinal properties, particularly for fighting infections like colds & flu, and boosting immunity. This is one impressive herb. I am always delighted when a traditional remedy has not only proven itself time and time again in its popular use, but also stands up to the scrutiny of medical science and rigorous research – and oregano fits the bill. This is a guest blog from Botanica.

Cranberry may fight cancer spread

Compounds in cranberries, called proanthocyanidins, have inhibited the growth of human lung, colon and leukaemia cancer cells, without affecting healthy cells, according to a recent study from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. In this study, the researchers...

Probiotics improve eczema in kids

Eczema is a form of allergic dermatitis that causes the skin — usually on the face, elbows and back of knees — to thicken and become inflamed, scaly and itchy. This reaction may be due to synthetic materials, scented perfumes or soaps. Atopic dermatitis is a...

What’s new against colds and flu?

Now that cold and flu season has arrived, you’ve likely begun hearing a lot about popular immune system helpers like echinacea, goldenseal, zinc and vitamin C — and for good reason. Years of solid research show that these natural remedies can help prevent a viral...

Sulforaphane helps detoxify liver

A compound found in broccoli sprouts can help the body detoxify carcinogens, reducing the risk of developing liver cancer, according to a recent study. US and Chinese researchers conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled trial to test whether drinking hot water...

Cold sores? Reach for lysine — quick!

At the Southern California University of Health Sciences, researchers found that a topical ointment containing the essential amino acid lysine effectively reduced the duration of cold sores. In previous studies, lysine was shown to decrease the risk of cold sore...

Peppermint oil eases IBS, even in kids

After an independent review of several well-designed clinical trials, it is clear that peppermint oil (PO) is an excellent choice for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients with non-serious constipation or diarrhea. For these patients, PO can alleviate general...

Ginger study shows anti-tumour power

Ginger is well known as an effective natural remedy for treating nausea related to both motion sickness and morning sickness. In a new study, a pungent compound of ginger called [6]-gingerol, known to have potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activities, was...

Nursing moms may need vitamin D

Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, found that high doses of vitamin D improved the vitamin D status of nursing moms and their infants. In this study, the objective was to look at how high-dose vitamin D2...

Two to the heart: Cardio essentials

Heart disease includes a number of separate but often related conditions, such as angina, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. As the number one cause of death in North America, heart disease is strongly linked to diet...

Ginkgo studied for anticancer effect

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say an extract of Ginkgo biloba reduces the risk of aggressive cancer in animal experiments. The investigators report that treating mice with Ginkgo biloba both before and after implanting human breast or brain...