The many medicinal benefits of Garlic

Garlic is not only good for adding extra flavour into meals, it has many medicinal benefits. Here are the top five benefits.


1.  Heart Disease

It is recognized as a preventative agent and treatment of many heart and metabolic diseases, including atherosclerosis, hyperglycemia, thrombosis, hypertension and diabetes. It had been shown to reverse early heart disease by reversing plaque buildup.

2.   Cancer

Several studies show an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of cancers of the stomach, colon, oesophagus, pancreas, and breast.

3.  High Blood Pressure

It has been shown to help control high blood pressure. One study looked at the effect of aged garlic as a treatment for people already taking antihypertensive medication however still having uncontrolled hypertension. The study showed that taking four capsules of aged garlic extract for three months caused blood pressure to drop.

4.  Colds and Infections

It  is highly effective at killing countless microorganisms responsible for common infections, including the common cold. It actually might help prevent colds as well as other infections. Garlic’s antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties help relieve the common cold as well as other infections.

5.  Diabetes

Eating raw garlic can help regulate blood sugar levels, potentially stop or decrease the effects of some diabetes complications, as well as fight infections and cholesterol and encourage circulation.


Turmeric Can Improve Memory And Attention in Old Age, Study Finds

Turmeric also improved energy levels, calmness, and contentedness.

22 APR 2016

The bright yellow compound found in the spice turmeric - known as curcumin - has been shown to improve working memory and attention span in older adults, researchers have found.

Curcumin has already been shown to supress traumatic memories in mice, sooth bowels, and help heal wounds, and in a recent study, researchers in Australia found evidence it could also help us stay mentally sharp as we age.But how does a spice that we use in curries manage to do all of this?

"Curcumin has multiple physiological effects," said lead researcher of the 2015 paper, Andrew Scholey, from Swinburne University of Technology. "It’s known to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. It influences multiple processes that nudge brain function in a positive direction."

In their initial research, Scholey and his team recruited 60 volunteers aged between 60 and 85, and split them into two groups. One group was given capsules with a solid lipid curcumin formulation, and the other a placebo.The participants then completed a number of computerised mental tasks – such as word and picture recall, simple subtraction, and reaction time tasks - a few hours after taking the supplement, and then after taking it daily for four weeks.

Overall, the participants who’d taken the curcumin capsules performed better at the computerised measures of working memory and vigilance. They also reported feeling reduced fatigue as well as improved  calmness, contentedness, and stress during testing at the end of the four-week trial.

"To our knowledge this is the first study to examine the effects of curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population or to examine any acute behavioural effects in humans," the researchers reported in the Journal of Psychopharmacology last year.

They also found that there were benefits outside of cognitive improvements."A significant acute-on-chronic treatment effect on alertness and contentedness was also observed. Curcumin was associated with significantly reduced total and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and had no effect on haematological safety measures," they reported.

The researchers have now received a grant to further investigate the properties of curcumin, and will be looking at neuroimaging and genetic markers to better understand curcumin’s potential psychological and cognitive benefits.

Maybe one day, curcumin could be as successful as willow bark has been in creating aspirin, and opium poppies have been when it comes to make morphine. Natural herbs and phytochemicals can be great sources of healing… when scientifically proven to work.

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Do Your Joints Hurt When there is a change in the weather?

Barometric pressure is to blame: Any changes in pressure, or the weight of the air pressing against the surface of the earth, can trigger joint pain...

"Arthritis affects everything else within the joint itself, including the joint lining, which we call the synovium, as well as the ligaments that are within the joint," Dr. James Gladstone, co-director of sports medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told "All of those tissues have nerve endings in them, so they're going to feel changes in the weather as tightness in the joint, or stiffness."As the seasons shift, weekend warriors who don't typically have joint pain should take extra precautions, as well, he added. "Anything cold causes muscles, ligaments and tendons to sort of tighten up, and that makes them stiffer,"

If you're going to be going outside in the cold weather, you want to make sure you warm up first and keep warm with the appropriate clothing.Stretching indoors, heat creams and heating pads can all help loosen up stiff joints.

The good news is weather-related pain is only temporary.  :)

Not just for the balmy climate. For many entering into their retirement years, it has been preferable to choose warm sheltered locations to settle, with far less turbulent weather patterns. Something which is now not always as previously guaranteed due to Global warming and more unusual seasons.