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Antioxidants improve skin condition

ANTIOXIDANTS

As we already know, antioxidants are naturally occurring substances that are found in nature, in herbs, plants, fruits and vegetables. They play a very important role in our lives, as they are capable by themselves to stop oxidation, a process in which free radicals in our bodies are trying to get the electron they miss from other healthy molecules.

This process, also known as oxidative stress, damages the molecules to which free radicals got coupled, causing several types of damages in our bodies, as weakening and deteriorating our skin, if we talk about skin cells.

But what causes oxidation? Oxidation is nowadays caused by multiple factors, to name some of them we can mention environmental pollution, smoking and UV radiation among many others. Image: See credits under reference [4] below.


PUNICA GRANATUM

Family: Lytraceae

Genus: Punica

Common name: Granada


 

Herbal remedies for memory

BACOPA MONNIERI

Hormonal changes and stress are two of the main factors influencing cognitive functions in the elderly population. Cognitive difficulties include memory loss and mild cognitive impairment, two factors frequently related to Alzheimer's disease and dementia. In every culture and with every tradition we can see different remedies for different ailments and diseases, even for memory and retention.

In some areas of Europe and some Arabic countries raisins were claimed to be a good memory enhancer, in others as India, plants as Bacopa monieri, known over there as Brahmi, are thought to be also incredibly good to improve memory and retention, others think Rosemary oil is the top natural memory enhancer, but what scientific evidence we have regarding all these claims. Image left: Bacopa monnieri by Robert Lafond under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 2.0).


BACOPA MONNIERI

Family: Plantaginaceae

Genus: Bacopa

Common name: Baby's tears, Centella Asiatica, Waterhyssop, Brahmi, Thyme-leafed gratiola, Water hyssop.


Propolis, Echinacea and Ficus carica, traditional treatements for warts

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR WARTS

ECHINACEA

Warts are caused by a viral infection, the human papillomavirus. They appear mostly as a sign of a weak immune system and thus, tell us we shall take care of our health and try to boost our immune system in a natural way.

Among the most commonly used herbal treatments for this viral infection we found some that didn't surprise anyone, propolis, Echinacea and Ficus carica or common fig fruit. Image: Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) by Jordan Meeter under CC license (CC BY 2.0)


ECHINACEA PURPUREA

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Echinacea

Common name: Eastern purple coneflower, Purple coneflower.


 

Prickly pears reduce alcohol hangover symptoms

PRICKLY PEARS FOR HANGOVER SYMPTOMS

PRICKLY PEARS

As everything else in live alcohol shall be taken in moderation. We have learned how some of the active constituents found in grapes, namely resveratrol, can have a very positive effect on our health, however, others, including some external impurities and by-products of alcohol metabolism found in commercial alcohol beverages, may have a direct effect on the severity of what it is commonly known as hangover.

In fact, you may have noticed that the quality of the alcoholic beverages consumed has a direct effect on the strength and effects of the hangover, and this is mainly for the above-mentioned by-products and impurities, found in a higher quantity in low-quality drinks, which are usually less strict on their quality controls.

To help to counter the effects of this nature seems to have found a solution, prickly pears. Image left: Cactus by enigmachck1's under Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0).


OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA

Family: Cactaceae

Genus: Opuntia

Common name: Prickly pear


 

Traditional herbal remedies for acne

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR ACNE

MANGOSTEEN

Acne, a skin disorder of pilosebaceous units very common among young teenagers is number one. There are many factors influencing the incidence of acne, some of them are hormonal and some cause by diet habits, as the intake of cow's milk, a factor that increases the prevalence and severity of acne [4]. Image: Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) by Evelyn Avila's photos under Creative Commons License (CC BY 2.0).


GARCINIA MANGOSTANA

Family: Clusiaceae

Genus: Garcinia

Common name: Purple mangosteen