It seems like I receive at least one e-mail every day from someone asking about herbs that can treat anxiety and help them sleep….
Stevia is a plant whose leaves contain compounds that are more than 200 times sweeter than table sugar but have no calories. I was introduced to this natural herbal sweetener in the late 1990s by a friend.
One of the most controversial subjects in the medical world today is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women going through menopause. Many doctors bitterly oppose synthetic HRT in favor of bio-identical hormones. Others note that bio-identical hormone use hasn’t been around long enough to know if it’s safe.
Researchers at Australia’s Victoria University gave 14 postmenopausal women 3.5 grams a day of maca for six weeks, and compared them to a group receiving placebo pills. They also checked their hormone levels before and after treatment. The women who received the maca had a significant reduction in anxiety and depression, as well as improved sexual function. The researchers’ conclusion: “Preliminary findings show that maca reduces psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowers measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women independent of estrogenic and androgenic activity.”
You may think you’re up on the latest health information. But even if you were to read all the thousands of medical journals out there, you probably wouldn’t be getting the whole story. Because when they are trying to get their studies published, drug companies are more likely to submit outcomes of those that favor benefits of the new drugs they are promoting.
Yesterday, I told you that animal studies have shown that resveratrol can help prevent the development of prostate cancer in men. Women, too, have a specific reason to pay attention to this powerful antioxidant: It can help protect against breast cancer.
Wine lovers are probably already aware that red wine contains a powerful antioxidant: resveratrol. And Dr. Sears has written about the anti-aging effects of resveratrol in ETR. For instance, animal studies hint that it can help prevent weight gain and developing the symptoms of diabetes and obesity. But the health benefits of this antioxidant don’t end there.
A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that colostrum benefits by increasing their energy during intense training.