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Health benefits of Ginkgo biloba

HEALTH BENEFITS

GINKGO BILOBA

Ginkgo biloba is already known for being one of the most resistant tree species that ever existed on earth, being the living species left from the Ginkgoales, a group from which only fossils are left.

Ginkgo biloba belongs to a group of trees, the Ginkgoales, with an existence on earth dated more than 200 million years ago. Ginkgo biloba has resisted over the years to pests of insects, viruses, bacteria, fungi and many others without perishing, being able to live as long as 1,000 years, but how? Image: See credits below under reference [17]. 


GINKGO BILOBA

Family: Ginkgoaceae

Genus: Ginkgo

Common name: Ginkgo biloba, 銀杏, イチョウ, pinyin, yín xìng, Hepburn, ichō or ginnan, Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo biloba in Hindi is known as जिन्कगो Biloba.


 

Health benefits of green tea

GREEN TEA POLYPHENOL EGCG CAN HELP TO FIGHT AUTOINMUNE DISEASE

GREEN TEA PLANTATION

Camelia sinensis plant leaves (Tea), have been cultivated, harvested and used since thousands of years ago. Out of the six main varieties of tea (white, yellow, green, Oolong, black and post-fermented teas, only four of them are massively used white, green, Oolong and black [1], and only one, green tea, is rich in the polyphenol EGCG, the most active polyphenol found in Green Tea and capable to increase the number of regulatory T cells, something which may be very useful to fight certain affections as the autoimmune disease. Image: Tea plantation by sarahemcc under Creative Commons License (CC BY 2.0).


CAMELIA SINENSIS

Family: Teaceae

Genus: Camelia

Common name: Green tea


 

Raspberry leaf tea

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RASPBERRY LEAF TEA

RASPBERRY

Raspberry, an edible fruit from the Rubus genus, is known to possess many health benefits, it is a powerful antioxidant, has antiproliferative activity against cancer in vitro [1], increases fertility, suppress induced hepatic lesions (in rats), reduces weight via raspberry leaf ketones, helps pregnant women during labor, this last due to certain uterine relaxant effects [5,38,39].

Some of its phytochemicals are even used as the source of aromatic compounds used by the industry in many commercial products...etc., but what scientific and medical evidence is behind all these claimed benefits? 

In this article, we try to document the evidence behind the claimed properties of raspberry tea and raspberry leaf. Image: See credits below under reference [44].


RUBUS IDAEUS

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rubus

Common name: Red raspberry


 

Bromelain enzime in pineapple stronger than chemoagents against cancer

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROMELAIN FROM PINEAPPLE

PINEAPPLE

Pineapple (Ananas comosus), named among the healthiest foods in the world, is known to exert many health benefits and has a lot of beneficial properties. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, manganese, fiber, vitamin B6, B1 copper, and folate, but to this properties we will have to add a new one, being the source of an

Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, manganese, fiber, vitamin B6, B1 copper, and folate, but to this properties we will have to add a new one, being the source of an active constituent, namely Bromelain, that has been found to exert anti-cancer properties, being stronger than certain chemo-agents against some types of tumors.

Although existing in all parts of the fresh pineapple plant and fruit, bromelain, a pineapple stem extract with a variety of therapeutic benefits arising from interaction with a number of different biological processes [4], is concentrated in higher quantities in the core of the pineapple, in the stems.  Image: See credits under reference [10] below. 


ANANAS COMOSUS

Family: Bromeliaceae

Genus: Ananas

Common name: Pineapple.


 

Health benefits of walnuts

HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALNUTS

WALNUTS

None doubted that walnuts played an important role in our diets. Walnuts were also claimed to be able to lower cholesterol levels, a rich source of vitamin E, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, phytosterols, polyphenols, carotenoids, and melatonin.

Another important role of some active constituents found in walnuts is the fight against neurodegenerative disease and able to lower cholesterol levels. Image: See credits below under reference [5].


JUGLANS REGIA

Family: Juglandaceae

Genus: Juglans

Common name: Persian walnut, English walnut, common walnut, Juglans duclouxiana, Juglans fallax, Juglans kamaonica, Juglans orientis, Juglans regia kamaonica, Juglans regia orientis, Juglans regia sinensis, Juglans sinensis.