Butterbur: An Ancient Treatment for Modern Allergies

Butterbur has nothing to do with butter or anything “dairy.” It is a shrub found mainly in marshlands and ditches in Europe. In ancient times, folk medicine recommended the large green leaves of the plant for pain, headache, anxiety, coughs and nasal allergies. There has recently been interest in Butterbur extract in allergies and migraine sufferers. We need to first look very briefly at the allergy drugs market to understand why Butterbur extract has been gaining attention. According to Global Industry Analysts, an organization that tracks pharmaceutical trends, in a release issued on February 18, 2010: “The US market for allergy
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Ancient Boswellia: A New Alternative for Arthritis Sufferers

Boswellia is a genus consisting of several species of trees. Four of those tree species produce a resin that is among the most ancient of all of the extracts of plants used in folk medicine and devotion. The resin is known as Frankincense. However, Boswellia was not just known by biblical references; it has also been used in India in Ayurvedic medicine and in Africa as part of medical folklore. Down through the ages, Boswellia has been known for anti-inflammatory supplement abilities. It has created renewed interest as the extracts of the resin, or boswellia acid, have shown interesting medical
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Alpha Lipoic Acid: Diabetic Neuropathy Studies

Alpha Lipoic Acid, also known as Lipoic Acid, is found in many of the foods we eat; particularly, organ meats, green leafy vegetables and yeast. It is found in virtually every cell of the body and is widely used throughout the body by many enzymes. The benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid is gaining ever greater interest among many scientific researchers for its activity against diabetes, diabetic-related such as neuropathy and its ability to help heal damage to the nerves. Diabetic Neuropathy Incredibly, on a worldwide basis, more than 380 million people suffer from diabetes. In an overview by Andrew J.M.
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Artichoke Leaf Extracts Potential In Lowering Cholesterol

The number of Americans taking anti-cholesterol medications[i] has increased from a low of just 5 percent in 1976 to 23 percent in 2010. It is admirable that people are trying to do something about their cholesterol problem, but there is confusion as to the safety of prescription medications. For example, the Mayo Clinic warns[ii] that statins taken for high cholesterol can cause serious side effects including muscle damage, digestive problems, an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, memory loss, confusion and liver damage. Many patients on anti-cholesterol drugs are required to have blood tests to determine that their liver function
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Green Foods and New Interest Among The Population

The Issue Americans know they should be eating more vegetables – but they don’t. In a 2010 study by the CDC it was discovered that about 33 percent of adults ate two or more servings of fruit a day, while only 26.3 percent ate vegetables three or more times a day. In comparing 2000 versus 2010, the trend showed a decline rather than an improvement. According to the USDA for the period of 2009 – 2010, as reported in The Wall Street Journal,[i] many of America’s food consumption patterns were improving. “The latest findings add to growing evidence that suggests
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The Growing Problem Of Digestive Health Issues In Adults

The Issue Americans are literally tying their stomachs into knots! According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in a paper entitled: Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States, based on 2004 statistics, an estimated 60 to 70 million Americans suffer from some kind of digestive disorder. To treat these illnesses, more than $142 billion is spent on an annual basis. If we isolate on just two of the more common digestive conditions, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chronic Constipation, we see that 15.3 million and 63 million Americans are affected respectively. Why are we having such problems?
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Heart Healthy Minerals Becoming More Important For Older Individuals

The Issue In their quest to lose weight out of a fear of heart disease and stroke, tens of thousands of individuals use fad diets to shed their unwanted pounds. As it turns out, fad dieters are unintentionally depleting minerals along with calories.[i] These micronutrients include magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron; micro-nutrients that are essential to maintain heart health. Micronutrients are essential for heart health; for example, a 2007 Study by clinical medical researchers showed a strong link between congestive heart failure and a lack of vital micronutrients such as zinc.[ii] In a CNN article (November 1, 2006) entitled: “Heart
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The Strong Need For Inflammation Products For Aging Baby Boomers

The Issue: As the “Boomer” population ages, and as the early edge of the Gen-X population begins to experience inflammatory and general soreness symptoms, there will be a strong need for anti-inflammatory products. Medical science is finding that inflammation is not just a matter of people complaining about their “aching backs.” Inflammation has been implicated as leading to serious conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease and accelerated aging. These opinions are not simple guesswork, but appear in recent articles in prestigious publications such as Neurology, Sports Medicine, Circulation and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In other
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How the Government Shutdown Can Affect Supplement Manufacturing

The government shutdown affected all of us, and in ways you might not expect. The supplement industry, for example, is struggling with the fallout from the shutdown as it just begins to recover from limited interaction with the government. Here's how the supplement industry has been affected, and what you'd expect to see in the industry should such a shut-down take place again.
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7 Questions to Ask Your Private Label Supplement Manufacturer

The private label supplement industry is booming, and it could be a wise venture for you. Yet, not all nutritional supplement companies thrive or survive, and much of their success or failure is linked to which manufacturer was chosen. In fact, choosing the best manufacturer is so important that the bulk of your startup process should be focused on this selection process.
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