(Natural News) Living with depression is so challenging that many people are drawn to the idea of a “quick fix” in the form of antidepressants. Although their efficacy is questionable at best, there are two other big reasons that many patients ultimately decide against taking them: they’re expensive and have a host of dangerous side effects. However, studies are increasingly pointing to a worthy natural alternative in the form of magnesium.
(Natural News) Garlic is a common cooking ingredient, famous around the world for its pungent flavor. Used for seasoning food and as a condiment, garlic is also known for its health benefits. In ancient times, garlic was used mainly for its medicinal properties. Garlic can help prevent heart disease, control cholesterol and blood pressure, and even lower the risk of certain cancers, such as prostate, brain, and lung cancer. In a study published in Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, garlic was also found to be an effective treatment against lead poisoning.
(Natural News) Antidepressants and antihistamines are among the most common types of medications people take, and they belong to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. These drugs can treat a variety of health problems, including COPD, asthma, depression, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, overactive bladder, and the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Although they can be effective, a large new study has shown that if you take them, you might just be trading one problem for another, possibly bigger one: dementia.
(Natural News) Struggling to find clinical benefits for statin drugs and blood pressure medications, a team of researchers put two drug protocols to the test to see their effects on human thinking and memory. The research, funded by the maker of the drugs (AstraZeneca), hoped to find cognitive benefits for candesartan and hydrocholorothiazide, rosuvastatin, or a combination of the protocols. The study was published online in Neurology, the medical journal for the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The AAN represents the world’s largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals and is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurological care.
(Natural News) Hemp oil is one of the biggest trends in natural health right now, but is it legit? Many people are questioning if the purported health benefits of this once-prohibited plant are real — and science has the answer. There are many evidence-based uses for hemp, ranging from pain relief to nutrient supplementation. The hemp plant in and of itself is easily one of the most versatile crops you can grow: It can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from fabric and paper goods to foodstuffs. You can eat hemp seeds whole, you can make them into a seed butter or oil, and you can even use the oil for medicinal purposes.
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(Natural News) Obesity has become a global epidemic, affecting more than 650 million people. Poor diet is one of the reasons behind this widespread problem. A study published in The British Medical Journal found that oversized meals served at restaurants and fast food outlets are part of a poor diet, and associated with obesity.
(Natural News) Gut bacteria might hold the key to alleviating anxiety, depression, and possibly even post-traumatic stress disorder. The latest research suggests that the health of the gut exerts a considerable effect on the brain and mood of a person.
Conducted by McMaster University researchers in Ontario, Canada, the study investigated the potential influence of the gut microbiome on mental health. They found that there is a connection between gut health and how the body reacts to very anxious scenarios.