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Will Resveratrol Really Prevent Aging?

Will Resveratrol Really Prevent Aging?

Will Resveratrol Really Prevent Aging?

It’s almost impossible to avoid those internet ads urging you to buy resveratrol.  They claim it’s the fountain of youth in supplement form. News stories tout resveratrol as a cure for various diseases as well as a preventative against aging. Is it true or just hype?

Researchers from the University of Florida reviewed the available research and concluded that it may be some of each. Study authors say that the polyphenol compound known as resveratrol may not prevent old age, but it might make it more tolerable.

While acknowledging the search for an anti-aging cure in a pill, the researchers admitted that it doesn’t exist. But they did find that resveratrol may lessen many of the “scourges and infirmities of old age.”

Reviewing the body of human clinical research on resveratrol, they found it has “anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.”  But the authors admitted that more research is needed to determine its specific benefits.

The study, which appeared online in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, also examined results from thousands of laboratory studies with enzymes, cultured cells and laboratory animals.

The researchers found that despite numerous clinical studies on resveratrol’s beneficial effects on animals, there is little evidence that it benefits human health.  That’s because there haven’t been as many studies on humans.

Resveratrol is a chemical compound found in certain plants that acts as an antibiotic to fight off both bacteria and fungus.

Although red wine is the best known dietary source of resveratrol, it is also found in raspberries, mulberries, blueberries, and cranberries. Few people realize that resveratrol is also found in peanuts, pine trees and in Japanese knotweed, from which most resveratrol supplements are derived.

Scientists began exploring the potential health benefits of resveratrol in 1992 when it was first found in red wine.  It was thought to be a possible explanation of the “French Paradox,” or the observation that the French eat a high saturated fat diet and drink red wine, but do not suffer the same rates of heart disease as Americans.

Others disagree, attributing the cardiac health of the French to the very saturated fats that Americans fear. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, saturated fat has never really been proven to be linked to heart disease, despite the government’s consistent vilification of animal fats.

We do know that resveratrol acts as a powerful antioxidant. Oxidation causes cells to lose electrons and form “free radicals” that can cause cell damage.  That in turn leads to various diseases.

Resveratrol and Breast Cancer

Various clinical trials have indicated that as a polyphenol – an antibiotic substance produced by plants as a defense against microorganisms – resveratrol prevents the growth of some cancers in mice.

A team of American and Italian scientists have suggested that this “healthy” ingredient in red wine also stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking the growth effects of estrogen.

In a study published in The FASEB Journal, researchers found that resveratrol inhibits the proliferation of hormone resistant breast cancer cells. This has important implications for the treatment of women with breast cancer whose tumors eventually develop resistance to hormonal therapy.

The researchers treated different breast cancer cell lines with resveratrol and compared their growth with cells left untreated. They found an important reduction in cell growth in cells treated by resveratrol, while no changes were seen in untreated cells. Additional experiments revealed that this effect was related to a drastic reduction of estrogen receptor levels caused by resveratrol itself.

The Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal called the findings exciting and said that “scientists haven’t finished distilling the secrets of good health that have been hidden in natural products such as red wine.”

Resveratrol and Alzheimer’s Disease

There are no human studies backing up the claim that resveratrol might extend life.  Many believe it may have anti-aging properties based on studies showing that it increases the life-spans of yeast, worms, fruit flies, fish and mice.

But it may help avoid some diseases associated with aging.  Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that resveratrol has the ability to neutralize the toxic effects of proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  It shows that resveratrol selectively targets and neutralizes clumps of peptides or proteins that are bad and have been linked to Alzheimer’s, but leaves alone those that are benign.

Other research shows that resveratrol may:

Reason enough to enjoy a glass of red wine.

You can learn more about this article at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/will-resveratrol-really-prevent-aging

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Pick Your Poison – Sunscreens vs. Sunburns

Pick Your Poison – Sunscreens vs. Sunburns

Pick Your Poison – Sunscreens vs. Sunburns

Confused about what to put on your skin to protect it from the sun?  Is a tanning bed a safer way of maintaining that “healthy glow”?  How much sun is good for us?  How much sun is bad?  Is it better to get natural sunlight or controlled exposure through a tanning bed?

It’s easy to get lost in the myriad of claims bombarding us from print and television media.  There are more tanning outlets in the United States than there are McDonald’s fast food restaurants.  It’s an industry that brings in $5 billion dollars a year[i]!  We read ongoing discussions about the risk of UV rays vs. the risk of vitamin D deficiency.  We read connections between sun exposure and melanoma, and research declaring tanning bed UV rays as carcinogenic.

It almost seems that we should hide inside and protect ourselves from the sun’s damaging rays – but then, what about vitamin D?  We spend our time indoors for a good chunk of the year.  Finally, summer comes and we’re lured outside by warm weather and sunshine.  Too much, too soon and the next thing you know, you’re burnt to a crisp.  Or, we spend our weekdays inside in an air-conditioned environment and when the weekend arrives, we’re in the garden, at the beach or participating in a variety of outdoor activities.  This is also an ideal way to char pale skin – and not an ideal way to get Vitamin D!

Information and Misinformation about the Sun and Skin Cancer

Outdoor sun exposure has been safe for centuries.  In 1930, skin cancer was rare.  Today, one in every five Americans develops skin cancer.  3.5 million cases are diagnosed every year, and the incidence of melanoma has increased by 1800% over the last 30 years[ii].  No wonder we are so afraid to go out in the sun.

We have seen arguments about depletion of the ozone layer and its impact on the incidence of skin cancer.  The premise is that a thinning of the ozone layer allows more intense damaging rays through the atmosphere, increasing our risk of sunburn and the increased risk of cancer[iii].  Truthfully, that link is weak, in that the ozone layer depletes seasonally in winter and spring, which is generally not when we spend time in the sun.  And the depletion is largely over the Arctic and Antarctica, and at the equator, yet cancer rates are not higher in those geographic regions[iv].  And should that exposure equal an 1800% increase in the incidence of skin cancer over the past 30 years?  Until this argument is resolved, let’s look at the issues over which we have some control.

Genetically, humans require sunlight exposure for vitamin D, required for wellbeing and cellular function.  Research is clear about the healthy benefits of sun exposure.  It is, however, sunburns that potentially raise cause for concern[v].

Most studies examining sun exposure and its connection to melanoma, or skin cancer, show that it is the incidence of burns that are related to the appearance of melanoma[vi].  However, some studies are unable to “find lifetime routine sun exposure or sun exposure via recreational outdoor activities or occupations to be associated with melanoma risk”[vii].  Not only does this suggest that every day exposure is less of a concern than a burn, these results were also not changed “by detailed examination of sun exposure according to season, decade age, type of outdoor activity, indoor tanning status, or tumor site”[viii].

What does this tell us?

  • There are people every year who get melanoma on random parts of their body, less exposed to the sun than others.  How do we explain the case of melanoma on the plantar surface of the heel?  Clearly, there are many other factors to be considered.
  • Indoor tanning vs. types of outdoor activity are neither to blame, definitively.  There are people every year who get skin cancer who never use a tanning bed.

Further, the incidence of melanoma in the United States follows no pattern whatsoever[ix].  Certainly, number or length of days in the sun, or one’s proximity to the equator, can’t be to blame.

In an assessment of this current research, Dr. James Chestnut proposes that while sunburn is a causal factor in skin cancer, the body is most limited in its ability to defend itself from a scorching when intensely tanning indoors[x].  It would only make sense that the body is best able to utilize its antioxidants and regenerative healing abilities when a burn is acquired in an outdoor environment, over time, as opposed to in a manufactured environment, indoors, in which the body has less of an ability to defend itself – and you are less likely to even realize that you’re getting burned.  Our body is configured to manage natural sun, not the artificial sun of a tanning bed.

Regardless of the amount of time we spend in the sun or in a booth, what should be avoided at all costs is the burning of our skin from intense overexposure.  It’s not sun exposure, not UVB exposure, but exposure beyond our body’s limitations that raises most (but not all) cause for concern.

One’s goal in sun exposure is to not get burned – definitely not in a tanning bed, and preferably not in the fresh air.  While the risk of cancer related to tanning bed burns is indeed clear, though the risk of fresh air burns is not, no one loves a burn from either setting.

Avoiding sunburn – What are the best options for sunscreen?

Commercial sunscreens and their ingredients are terrifying.  Just as we erroneously hear that anything “low fat” must be good, we’ve been taught that the higher the SPF in a sunscreen, the better it must be.  There are two reasons this statement could not be any further from the truth.

First, your body needs to produce vitamin D as a result of having sun exposure.  A higher SPF means reduced exposure to the benefits of the sun and the less vitamin D your body will utilize.  Research shows that incidence of melanoma increases in those not exposed to the sun, and the depletion of vitamin D has a strong correlation to the rise in melanoma[xi].

Second, generally speaking, the higher the SPF, the more synthetic chemicals are contained in the lotion to create its formula.  The biggest problem with the lotions and creams we slather all over our bodies is not how much they protect us from the sun, but what’s in them that pollutes our bodies in the interest of blocking the sun’s rays.  After all, it has been stated that 80 percent of all cancers are attributed to environmental factors, including exposure to carcinogenic chemicals[xii].

Further, a summary of research in 2008 showed that only 5–10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90–95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle[xiii].  Notably, whereas only up to 10% of total cancer cases may be induced by all forms of radiation (of which UV is just a small part[xiv]), there are a multitude of environmental agents, mainly chemicals, associated with specific cancers[xv].  In older studies, some cancers have been linked to exposure to arsenic in medicines.  In fact, the strongest link has been found with skin cancer[xvi].  Arsenic can be found in older pressure treated lumber, some pesticides, leather preservatives, and some glass.

The top five toxic exposures occur in water, cosmetics, food, household products and health care.  Sunscreens are a big contributor to toxins in the body.  Sunscreens containing para-aminobenzoic acid (PABa) and benzophenones are the biggest culprits, causing not only skin irritations and allergies but generating cell-damaging free radicals when exposed to sunlight (as reported by Dr. Kerry Hanson, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, October 2006).

Chemicals are readily absorbed through the skin.  Within 26 seconds of application, traces of chemicals from products topically applied can be found in every organ.  The five chemicals to avoid in any skin preparation are[xvii]:

  1. Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), including octyl-dimethyl PABA
  2. Benzophenones, especially benzophenone-3
  3. Cinnamates, namely octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  4. Homosalate
  5. 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)

PABa is most likely to cause skin irritations.  The remaining four contain estrogenic properties, potentially disrupting hormone production and negatively affecting brain development and reproductive function.

And parabens, which are antibacterial preservatives, used in cosmetics and found in over 60 percent of commercially available sunscreens, migrate through the body and are found in breast cancer cells and in the male reproductive system[xviii].

Parabens increase the proliferation of breast cancer cell lines, and decrease testosterone production[xix],[xx].

Children are at greater risk because their immune systems are not fully developed.  A child’s skin is more sensitive than an adult’s and absorbs more toxins, and because the child is young, toxic accumulation is greater over time.

Natural options

If you can’t use sunscreens containing toxic chemicals and you want to get the full benefit of being outdoors, what do you do?

First, avoid the chemicals noted above.  If a sunscreen contains these chemicals, do not use it.

Get 10-20 minutes of full sun daily for the best vitamin D production.  Increase exposure gradually, rather than all at once.  Avoid getting sunburned.  Use lightweight clothing or hats to prevent excessive sun exposure.

In place of a sun screen or sun “block,” I would prefer for people to apply natural oils rich in antioxidants such as coconut oil while being exposed to the sun, to best enable your skin to adapt to the UV radiation[xxi].

Be sure to incorporate foods rich in antioxidants into your diet.  It makes sense that we are given berries and other antioxidant-rich foods when there is more sun.  They flourish at a time when your body most needs them to deal with oxidizing radiation.  This is not an accident, but provision.

The definition of health is not that you are free of symptoms, but that your body is fully equipped to adapt to its environment.  Therefore, anything you can apply to help your body adapt to an extreme environmental change will support your good health.

For some people and in some climates, that adaptation may require more of a sunblock. Therefore, protect your skin with a safe alternative.  Use only organic, vegan and pure products.  Apply as often as it comes off or gets absorbed.

For example, zinc is a physical sunblock.  You can mix the zinc with natural oils to make your own sunblock.  The oils are slowly absorbed into the skin while the mineral (zinc) stays on the surface of the skin, acting as a barrier to the sun.

If you are using a commercially prepared sunscreen, or one that you make yourself, be sure that the zinc oxide is not a nano particle (extremely small particles called nano particles easily penetrate cells, leading to DNA damage after exposure to sunlight[xxii]). Many natural products will use nano zinc particles (the ingredient list on the bottle may not necessarily describe the zinc as a nano particle) or titanium dioxide.  Titanium dioxide, while mainly considered toxic only to the lungs when inhaled, should be noted to create free radicals when exposed to UV radiation.  While titanium dioxide may be a safer ingredient in certain cosmetics and in certain climates or times of day, common sense should prevent us from covering the surfaces of our skin with it while exposed to intense rays[xxiii].

Physical sunblocks such as clothing, and shade from the trees work well, too.  When the warm weather begins to beckon you outside, you’re better to work in a semi-shaded garden for several hours than lying on your back at high sun for 30 minutes straight.  Let yourself gradually adapt to the season.

Most importantly, let’s not forget to protect ourselves from the inside out.  The more omega 3 and 6 fatty acids you consume, the greater your protection from sunburn (in addition to all the other amazing and essential health properties they provide)[xxiv].

I would endorse vitamin D supplementation year-round – even in the summer.  I’ve worked with far too many patients who “get a lot of sunshine”, even those who spend their winters in sunny climates, who discover that their levels of serum vitamin D are greatly depleted.  It’s unrealistic to assume that 20 minutes per day of tanning is the best way to ensure optimal vitamin D levels.  Neither is supplementation.  However, in a climate where we spend little time in the sun, and when the foods we consume to assist our bodies in the absorption of Vitamin D is also reduced, it is in my opinion the best option.  Most natural health experts advocate for 5,000 to 10,000 units per day of quality vitamin D3 supplementation.

Above all, remember to focus on the whole body.  Daily exercise reduces the accumulation of toxins in the body.  Exposure to sunshine also enables the detoxification pathways[xxv]!  Supporting nerve supply through chiropractic care allows the body to function the way it was intended, naturally detoxifying and eliminating the harmful chemicals we do absorb through daily life in our increasingly toxic environment.  We have enough challenges with the environmental stress on our bodies.  Try not to increase the load by intentionally absorbing chemicals in a misguided attempt to protect yourself from what, for centuries, has been natural, beneficial and healing – the sun.

You can learn more about this article at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/pick-your-poison-%E2%80%93-sunscreens-vs-sunburns

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Vitamin D levels are lower in Crohn’s disease patients with severe disease activity and less sun exposure.

 

Vitamin D levels are lower in Crohn’s disease patients with severe disease activity and less sun exposure.

Western studies show that up to 65 per cent of patients with Crohn’s disease have low serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D concentrations, and 45 per cent of these patients have metabolic bone disease. No data are available from India or from any country with comparable climatic conditions or ethnicity. We carried out this study to measure the serum 25 (OH) vitamin D levels of Crohn’s disease patients and compare with matched controls and to assess the consequences of low 25 (OH) vitamin D levels on bone and mineral metabolism in these patients.

METHODS: Adult patients with Crohn’s disease were compared with age and sex matched patients diagnosed to have irritable bowel syndrome. Serum 25 (OH) vitamin D, the effect of disease characteristics, sunlight exposure and milk consumption on 25 (OH) vitamin D level, and the consequences of low 25 (OH) vitamin D level on bone and mineral metabolism were assessed.

RESULTS: Thirty four patients with Crohn’s disease (M:F, 24:10, age 39.2 +/- 12.9 yr) and 34 controls (M:F, 24:10, age 38.9 +/- 13.4 yr) were studied. 25 (OH) vitamin D levels were significantly lower in patients with Crohn’s disease as compared to controls (Crohn’s disease vs controls: 16.3 +/- 10.8 vs 22.8 +/- 11.9 ng/ml; P<0.05). The severity of disease activity as assessed by the Harvey Bradshaw score correlated negatively (Correlation coefficient -0.484, significance P<0.004), and the duration of sunlight exposure correlated positively (Correlation coefficient 0.327, significance P=0.007) with the serum 25 (OH) vitamin D level.

INTERPRETATION & CONCLUSION: Serum 25 (OH) vitamin D levels were significantly lower among patients with Crohn’s disease as compared to age and sex matched controls. Further, 25 (OH) vitamin D levels in patients with Crohn’s disease were lower in those with severe disease activity and less sun exposure. Further studies need to be done to correlate low 25 (OH) vitamin D level with bone density and assess the effect of vitamin D supplementation in these patients.

You can learn more about this article at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/vitamin-d-levels-are-lower-crohns-disease-patients-severe-disease-activity-and-less-sun

 

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Does Conventional Medical Training Destroy Empathy?

Does Conventional Medical Training Destroy Empathy?

Does Conventional Medical Training Remove Empathy

 

A surprisingly consistent body of research exists indicating that conventional medical training actually reduces practitioner empathy. What is worse, the decline in empathy appears even more pronounced at the time that the curriculum shifts towards patient-care activities.

In one study published in 2009 in the journal Academic Medicine entitled “The devil is in the third year: a longitudinal study of erosion of empathy in medical school,” the authors conclude:

It is ironic that the erosion of empathy occurs during a time when the curriculum is shifting toward patient-care activities; this is when empathy is most essential.”

In another, higher-powered systematic review published in the same journal last year entitled “Empathy decline and its reasons: a systematic review of studies with medical students and residents,” researchers looked at data from 1990-2010, which included 18 studies, and found:

The five longitudinal and two cross-sectional studies of residents showed a decrease in empathy during residency. The studies pointed to the clinical practice phase of training and the distress produced by aspects of the “hidden,” “formal,” and “informal” curricula as main reasons for empathy decline.”

They Concluded

The results of the reviewed studies, especially those with longitudinal data, suggest that empathy decline during medical school and residency compromises striving toward professionalism and may threaten health care quality.”

While the ironic decline of empathy associated with clinical practice during medical training is cause for concern, what may be even more disturbing is that the decline in empathy persists after training has ended.

In a 2005 study published in Academic Medicine and entitled “Mood change and empathy decline persist during three years of internal medicine training,” researchers noted that some of the mood disturbances and declines in empathy associated with residency/internship “never fully recover,” indicating that conventional medical training may produce real, diagnosable psychological traumas that may never be fully resolved and may adversely affect the quality of healthcare provided.

Empathy, after all, has concrete and measurable therapeutic effects in others. In 2009, researchers found that practitioner empathy reduced the duration of the common coldin their patients. Conversely, a negative and/or indifferent attitude towards the patient has measurable adverse effects, also known as the nocebo effect.  Indeed, our recent article titled, “Research: Some Cancer Diagnoses Kill You Quicker Than the Cancer,” discusses the finding that the risk of suicide is up to 16 times higher and the risk of heart-related death 26.9 times higher during the first week following a cancer diagnosis versus those who were diagnosed cancer free.

You can read about this article and others at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/does-conventional-medical-training-remove-empathy

 

 

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The Power of Peppermint: 15 Health Benefits Revealed

The Power of Peppermint: 15 Health Benefits Revealed

Written By:

Sayer Ji,

The Power of Peppermint: 15 Health Benefits Revealed

A favorite herbal medicine of the ancients, peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1,000 BC. Modern scientific investigations have now confirmed that this remarkable plant has over a dozen healing properties.

In our continuing effort to educate folks to the vast array of healing agents found in the natural world around us, we are excited to feature peppermint, a member of the aromatic mint family that you may already have squirreled away somewhere in your kitchen cupboard. While most have experienced peppermint as a flavoring agent, or perhaps as a comforting cup of herbal tea, few are aware of its wide range of experimentally confirmed therapeutic properties.

The ancients certainly were aware of the mint family’s medicinal value, having been used as herbal medicines in ancient Egypt, Greek and Rome thousands of years ago.[i]  Dried peppermint leaves have even been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dating back to 1,000 BC.

Today, modern scientific investigations are revealing an abundance of potential health benefits associated with the use of different components of the peppermint plant, including aromatherapeutic, topical and internal applications.

Most of the human research on peppermint performed thus far indicates this plant has great value in treating gastrointestinal disorders, including:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Since the late 90’s it was discovered that enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules are safe and effective in the treatment of this increasingly prevalent disorder.[ii]  This beneficial effect extends to the pediatric community. In one children’s trial 75% of those receiving peppermint oil had reduced severity of pain associated with IBS within 2 weeks.[iii] Another 2005 trial in adults concluded that “Taking into account the currently available drug treatments for IBS Peppermint oil (1-2 capsules t.i.d. over 24 weeks) may be the drug of first choice in IBS patients with non-serious constipation or diarrhea to alleviate general symptoms and to improve quality of life.”[iv]  In another 2007 trial 75% of patients receiving peppermint oil saw an impressive 50% reduction of “total irritable bowel syndrome score.”[v] Most recently, a study published January of this year found that peppermint oil was effective in relieving abdominal pain in diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome.[vi]
  • Colonic spasm – Peppermint oil has been studied as a safe and effective alternative to the drug Buscopan for its ability to reduce spasms during barium enemas.[vii] [viii]
  • Gastric Emptying Disorders – Peppermint has been found to enhance gastric emptying, suggesting its potential use in a clinical setting for patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders.[ix]
  • Functional dyspepsia – A 2000 study published in the journal Ailment Pharmacology and Therapy found that 90 mg of peppermint oil and 50 mg of caraway oil resulted in 67% of patients reporting “much or very much improved” in their symptoms of functional dyspepsia. [x]
  • Infantile Colic: A 2013 study found that peppermint is at least as effective as the chemical simethicone in the treatment of infantile colic.[xi]

Other studied applications include

  • Breastfeeding Associated Nipple Pain and Damage: A 2007 study found that peppermint water prevented nipple cracks and nipple pain in breastfeeding mothers.[xii]
  • Tuberculosis: A 2009 study found that inhaled essential oil of peppermint was able to rapidly regress tuberculous inflammation, leading the authors to conclude: “This procedure may be used to prevent recurrences and exacerbation of pulmonary tuberculosis.”[xiii]
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever): A 2001 preclinical study found that extracts of the leaves of peppermint  inhibit histamine release indicating it may be clinically effective in alleviating the nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis.[xiv]
  • Shingles Associated Pain (Post-Herpetic Neuralgia): A 2002 case study found that topical peppermint oil treatment resulted in a near immediate improvement of shingles associated neuropathic pain symptoms; the therapeutic effects persisted throughout the entire 2 months of follow-up treatment. [xv]
  • Memory problems: A 2006 study found that the simple aroma of peppermint enhances memory and increases alertness in human subjects.[xvi]
  • Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea: A 2013 study found that peppermint oil was found to be effective in reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea, and at reduced cost versus standard drug-based treatment.[xvii]
  • Prostate Cancer: Preclinical research indicates that peppermint contains a compound known as menthol which inhibits prostate cancer growth.[xviii] [xix]
  • Radiation Damage: Preclinical research indicates peppermint protects against radiation-induced DNA damage and cell death.[xx]  [xxi]
  • Herpes Simplex  Virus Type 1: Peppermint has been found to have inhibitory activity against acyclovir-resistant Herpes Simplex virus type 1.[xxii] [xxiii]
  • Dental Caries/Bad Breath: Peppermint oil extract has been found to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine inhibiting Streptococus mutans driven biofilm formation associated with dental caries.[xxiv] [xxv] This may explain why powdered peppermint leaves were used in the Middle Ages to combat halitosis and whiten teeth.

Peppermint is actually a hybridized cross between Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata),[xxvi] the latter of which has also been researched to possess remarkable therapeutic properties, such as the ability to exert significant anti-androgenic effects in polycystic ovarian syndrome[xxvii] and ameliorating the related condition of mild hirsutism, marked by excessive hair growth in females.[xxviii]

Like all plant medicines, extreme caution must be exercised when using extracts and especially essential oils.  Also, remember that more is not always better. A recent study on the use of rosemary in improving cognitive performance in the elderly found that a lower ‘culinary’ dose (750 mg) was not only more effective in improving cognition (as measured by memory speed) than a higher dose, but the highest dose (6,000 mg) had a significant memory impairing effect.[xxix] This illustrates quite nicely how less can be more, and why an occasional nightly cup of peppermint tea may be far superior as preventive strategy than taking large ‘heroic’ doses of an herb only after a serious health problem sets in.

You can read this article and others at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/power-peppermint-15-health-benefits-revealed

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