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Black Seed Oil: Here's What You Need to Know (October 2021 edition)

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What is Black Cumin Seed Oil? Nigella sativa (N. sativa) is a small flowering plant that grows in Southwest Asia, the Middle East, and Southern Europe ( Source ). This shrub produces fruit with tiny black seeds. Commonly referred to as black seed, N. sativa seeds go by many other names, such as black cumin, black caraway, nigella, fennel flower, and Roman coriander ( Source ). Black seed oil is extracted from N. sativa seeds and has been used in traditional medicine for over 2,000 years due to its many therapeutic benefits. Studies suggest it may have numerous applications for health, including the treatment of asthma and aiding weight loss. It’s also applied topically to benefit skin and hair ( Source , Source , Source , Source ). This article reviews the potential health benefits of black seed oil, as well as any possible side effects and dosing information. Potential Health Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil In traditional medicine, black seed oil has been used to t

Vitamins and Minerals 101: What You'll Need to Know 2021

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Diets are composed of nutrients: macronutrients (protein, fats, carbohydrates, and alcohol) and the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace elements and phytonutrients). Food also contains many non-nutritional, but biologically active substances. These include toxins and contaminants, such as alkaloids and aflatoxins, which are detrimental to health, as well as constituents, such as phytochemicals, that may be health-promoting. As consumers we do not eat nutrients, but meals and foods. These are the components of diet that are most meaningful to the public and usually the basis of food choice. The micronutrients are by definition required in small amounts. Many are essential as they cannot be made in the human body. They include vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Vitamins are a group of organic compounds that have a variety of functions in the body and that are chemically different from each other. To show that a compound is a vitamin it is necessary to show a deficiency in exper

Nutrition and Cancer: 7 Essential Things you'll Need to Know (2021)

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Can foods and diet influence your risk of getting cancer? What types of foods reduce your risk and types that might increase your risk? What about vitamin and mineral supplements? Can supplements reduce your cancer risk or do they actually increase your cancer risk? Find out the answers below. What is Cancer? Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues ( National Cancer Institute ). Genetic changes that cause cancer can be inherited from our parents. They can also arise during a person’s lifetime as a result of errors that occur as cells divide or because of damage to DNA caused by certain environmental exposures. Cancer-causing environmental exposures include substances, such as the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and radiation, such as ultraviolet rays from the sun. As shown from the image below, environmental factors contribute up to 95% of cancer

NMN vs NAD+: What's the Difference?

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What's the difference between NAD+ and NMN? We will cover the essentials and explain about each of these nutrients below.  NAD NAD is derived from Nicotinamide Riboside (NR). NR is one of the 3 main forms of Niacin (vitamin B3). NAD+ is a substrate for a number of important enzymes, including poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) and sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), which is known as a classic longevity protein. NAD+ is also essential in metabolic processes such as creating ATP in your mitochondria. It accepts and donates electrons and is used in oxidation-reduction reactions in the mitochondrial electron transport chain. The levels of NAD in our body determine the speed of aging process. In younger cells and tissues, the levels of NAD are higher. As a result, younger people tend to have better physical activity, cognitive function and potential for cell repair and regeneration. As we grow, the levels of NAD in our body start to decline. This is reflected in the form of slowed cognitive response, l

Black Seed and COVID-19: Australian Researchers found Nigella Sativa may help in treatment for COVID-19 infection

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A team from the University of Technology in Sydney found an active ingredient of Nigella sativa or Kalonji can prevent the SARS-CoV-2, the virus leading to COVID-19, from causing a lung infection. Their study is published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology . Australian researchers have found that seeds of the plant, Nigella sativa , better known as Kalonji, could be utilised in the treatment of COVID-19 infection. The flowering plant, native to north Africa and western Asia, has been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for multiple medical conditions, including inflammation and infections. A team from the University of Technology in Sydney found an active ingredient of Nigella sativa can prevent the SARS-CoV-2, the virus leading to COVID-19, from causing a lung infection. "There is growing evidence from modelling studies that thymoquinone, an active ingredient of Nigella sativa, more commonly known as the fennel flower, can stick to the COV

Cost and Use of Hyaluronic Acid Knee Injections in USA 2021

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Osteoarthritis of the knee can affect anyone, but it usually develops in people over age 65. It’s a progressive disease, meaning it becomes more painful and difficult to move your knee over time. Your doctor will probably prescribe oral medications and suggest lifestyle modifications before recommending knee injections. Before you turn to surgery, weigh the pros and cons of injections. Osteoarthritis of the knee is a very common musculoskeletal disease affecting over 10 percent of the adult population and is a leading cause of disability within the United States. It’s estimated that more than 60 per cent of the worldwide population aged 65 and above has some form of the disease. TREATING THE KNEE PAIN Medication for osteoarthritis is usually painkillers. You are also asked to take supplements, glucosamine sulphates and chondroitin sulphates, to help build new cartilage. You can also opt for knee injections. These are the main types of knee injections used in the treatment of osteoarthr

12 Best Vitamin C Supplements (2021) to Fight Against the Flu Virus: Reviews and Prices

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Vitamin C is an essential nutrient which cannot be produced by humans ( Nutrients . 2017). Because your body doesn't produce or store it, you need daily vitamin C for continued health. Vitamin C may be one of the most well-known immune nutrients that protect against immune deficiencies and which supports the prevention and recovery from the common cold and upper-respiratory issues, and also protects your cardiovascular system, eyes, skin, and other parts of your body.  SOMMAI/ Shutterstock Vitamin C is a particularly unique nutrient because it also functions as an antioxidant that protects your cells against potential damage. As of September 2021, there are more than 20 studies that have been launched to investigate the benefits of vitamin C against COVID-19. You can review the status of these trials on  clinicaltrials.gov .  Vitamin C might help prevent COVID-19 and also lessen the inflammatory reactions behind some severe COVID-19 cases, according to a review of research on the