July 30, 2013
By Melissa Valliant
This awesomely illustrated herb guide from Health Central goes beyond showing you the health benefits of six of the most popular herbs — it also suggests complementary dishes for each and offers tips for growing them at home.
For example, sage pairs well with chicken, tomato sauces, fish, bean dishes and as a pizza topping; and it’s been found to reduce inflammation from arthritis and asthma, help prevent arteries from hardening and help boost brain function.
Herbs are essential for exploring the possibilities in taste with deliciously amazing food. Shared, fond memories and deeper relationships are bonus shortcuts to good health. That’s playing the “Is It Healthy?” Game with herbs.
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Recent research supports the ability of some herbal agents, taken orally or applied topically, to prevent sunburn and limit the damage caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Natural products with proven and promising photoprotective properties are highlighted in an article in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Alternative and Complementary Therapies website at http://www.liebertpub.com/act.
The article “Herbal Sunscreens and Ultraviolet Protectants” specifically identifies golden serpent fern (Phlebodium aureum or Polypodium leucatomos) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) as herbal products that, when taken orally, may reduce the local and systemic negative effects of UV light exposure, including photoaging, increased risk of skin cancer, and harm done to immune system function. Sufficiently high oral doses or topical application of green tea (Camellia sinensis) may also offer photoprotection.
About the Journal
Alternative and Complementary Therapies is a bimonthly journal that publishes original articles, reviews, and commentaries evaluating alternative therapies and how they can be integrated into clinical practice. Topics include botanical medicine, vitamins and supplements, nutrition and diet, mind-body medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda, indigenous medicine systems, homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga and meditation, manual therapies, energy medicine, and spirituality and health. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Alternative and Complementary Therapies website at http://www.liebertpub.com/act.
About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, and Journal of Medicinal Food. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 70 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. website at http://www.liebertpub.com.
According to the Natural Products Association,(NPA), a research review released on Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology stated that taking widely used herbal supplements may be risky for people on heart disease medication, especially the elderly. The research team concluded that some herbal remedies may increase the potency of prescription drugs for heart disease or make them less effective.
The report said that use of herbal supplements among elderly patients is especially concerning because these patients typically have more than one disease, take multiple medications and already are at greater risk of bleeding.
The Natural Products Association analyzed the review and issued the following comment:
â€œThe authors fail to understand that the risk needs to be attributed to the riskier product, which all would agree is the pharmaceutical. The risk they speak of, while nice in theory, in reality does not add up,â€ said Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., vice president for scientific and regulatory affairs at the Natural Products Association.
â€œWhen considering the Food and Drug Administrationâ€™s adverse event reporting (AER) system being in place for dietary supplements, and the amount of counseling both physicians and pharmacists are required to undertake on all things that interact with cardiovascular medications, if there was a verifiable increased risk, data would exist that that clearly points to such. Without such data, any article of this nature is as scientifically significant as Chicken Littleâ€™s assessment of the sky.â€