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5 Hemorrhoids Home Remedies

Hemorrhoids, also known as hemroids or piles, are swollen veins in the anus or lower rectum.

There are 2 types of hemorrhoids, based on their location:
- internal hemorrhoids develop inside the anus.
- external hemorrhoids are located at or outside the anal opening.

Internal hemorrhoids are graded based on their appearance and extent of prolapse:
Grade 1: hemorrhoids bleed but do not prolapse
Grade 2: hemorrhoids prolapse through the anus on straining but reduce spontaneously
Grade 3: hemorrhoids prolapse through the anus on straining and require manual reduction
Grade 4: hemorrhoids prolapse, remain outside the anus and are irreducible

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Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) Fights Cancer

What is Modified Citrus Pectin?
Pectin is a soluble fiber found in large concentration in the peel and pulp of citrus fruits and apples. It is widely used as a thickening or gelling agent in jams, marmalades, jellies and preserves.

Modified citrus pectin (MCP) is pectin derived from citrus fruit peels and pulps that has been modified by PH, temperature and enzymatic process. This modification breaks down the long carbohydrate chains of pectin into shorter, non-branched chains that dissolve easily in water. MCP is better absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body. As a result, MCP is a potentially powerful, natural cancer fighter.

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Healthy Pooping Posture: Sit or Squat?

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Constipation and hemorrhoids are common problems that affect people of all ages. If you are one of them, what I’m going to share in this post may help to relieve and prevent them.

I had suffered from constipation for most of my life. Even regular exercise and increased daily intake of water and fiber (from fruits and vegetables) did not make my bowel movements easier. Elimination was difficult and incomplete, leaving me bloated and uncomfortable. Excessive straining resulted in hemorrhoid.

 

I avoid taking laxatives as much as possible. Instead, I prefer to consume foods that improve bowel regularity such as papaya, aloe vera and pineapple.

My misery continued until one day, (more…)

Benefits of DIM (Diindolymethane): The Super Antioxidant

DIM, a super antioxidant, was featured again on Dr Oz show. This is one of the favourite supplements of Dr Oz’s mother in law. On today’s show, Dr Julia Chen told Dr Oz that DIM can help to balance hormones and may prevent certain cancers.

(On a previous show,  Dr Oz  had talked about DIM supplement for getting rid of butt fat)

What is DIM (Diindolymethane)? (more…)

Natural Sleep Aid: Tart Cherry Juice

One of the health benefits of tart cherry juice is as a natural sleep aid.

Tart Montmorency cherries are a rich natural source of melatonin, the substance that regulates the sleep-wake cycle in humans. Consuming tart Montmorency cherries increase melatonin in the body and thereby, improving sleep.

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Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice

Tart cherries are rich in antioxidants in the form of phenolic compounds and anthocyanins.

tart cherry benefitsResearch shows tart cherry juice health benefits as follows:

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The Suzanne Show: Green Coffee Berry For Weight Loss

Dr Steven Joyal, chief medical officer of Life Extension appeared on the Suzanne Show today to discuss about the health benefits of green coffee.

Previously, I’d written about the health benefits of green coffee bean extract:
Green Coffee Bean Extract Lowers High Blood Sugar
Green Coffee Bean Extract & Weight Loss
Green Coffee Bean Extract Lowers High Blood Pressure

Raw green coffee beans are unroasted coffee beans that contain high amounts of (more…)

Dr Oz Stress Busters: 4 Adaptogens To Combat Stress

Dr Oz had talked about adaptogens to combat stress on his previous shows. An adaptogen increases the body’s ability to adapt to physical, chemical and biological stress, thereby protecting you from damage due to these stressors. It improves mental clarity, energy, stamina, endurance and physical performance. Unlike traditional stimulants that can cause addiction, tolerance, abuse and serious adverse effects, adaptogens are generally safe and usually have no side effects.

On today’s episode of Dr Oz’s show, he recommends the following 4 adaptogens as natural stress busters:

Stress Buster 1: Siberian Ginseng or Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
Eleutherococcus, also known as Siberian ginseng, increases resistance to stress and reduces sensitivity to stressors. Hence, it offers protection against stress, increases resilience and prevents fatigue.

Recommended Dosage:
* Liquid extract: half a teaspoon to one teaspoon, twice a day
* Powdered root: 2-3 grams a day
* Solid extract: half a teaspoon, twice a day

Where to buy Eleutherococcus:
Liquid extract –> Available here
Powdered root –> Available here
Capsules –> Available here

Stress Buster 2: Rhodiola
Rhodiola is herb that boosts your mental energy, concentration, physical stamina and promotes calmness. These amazing health benefits are attributable to rosavins, which are compounds derived from the root of rhodiola.

Rhodiola does not contain caffeine and is not a sedative. It has no effect on your blood pressure or heart rate.

Recommended dosage: 100 mg (Rhodiola rosea), 3 times a day

Where to buy rhodiola:
Thorne Rhodiola Rosea 100mg –> Available here

Stress Buster 3: Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that regulates stress hormones, strengthens the body and promotes relaxation. It protects the body from the damaging effects of stress and boosts the immune system.

Ashwagandha can be taken in the form of powdered root, liquid extract or capsule.

Recommended dosage:
* Dried powdered root: 1-2 grams, 3 times a day
* Liquid extract: half a teasppon to 1 teaspoon, 3 times a day
* Capsules: 100-200 mg, 2 times a day

Where to buy Ashwagandha:
Dreid powdered root –> Available here
Liquid Extract –> Available here
Capsules –> Available here

Stress Buster 4: Schisandra
Schisandra berry, also known as wu wei zi, is a small and red colour fruit. There are many health benefits of shisandra. It boosts energy and promotes calmness in stressful situations. As an adaptogen, it increases the body’s resistance to physical, chemical and biological stress, thereby protects against damage caused by long-term stress.

Schisandra contains lignans, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. It protects the liver, stimulates immune system and slows aging.

Schisandra can be taken in the forms of liquid extract, tea, capsule or powder.

Recommended dosage:
Liquid extract: 40-80 drops, 3 times a day
Tea: 1-2 teaspoon of dried berries, up to 4 ounces of schisandra berry tea 3 times per day (See how to make schisandra tea here)
Capsules: 1-2 capsules of 400-500 mg, 2-3 times a day

Where to buy Schisandra:
Liquid Extract –> Available at here
Dried Schisandra Berry Whole –> Available here
Capsules –> Available here
Granules – Instant Schizandra Beverage/Tea –> Available here

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(Dr. Oz does not endorse any brand name or commercial supplier. Check with your physician or health-care provider before taking any such product.)

What Is The Best Milk Thistle Supplement?

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Milk thistle has long been used for treating liver and gallbladder disorders. Despite the numerous benefits of milk thistle, its use is limited by poor oral bioavailability.

Limited Silymarin Bioavailability
Silymarin is the primary compound in milk thistle. It is poorly absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, quickly metabolised and rapidly excreted in bile and urine, thus resulting in its limited bioavailability.

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3 Amazing Health Benefits of Milk Thistle

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What is Milk Thistle?

Milk thistle (Latin name: Silybum marianum) is a flowering plant, native to Europe but can now be found worlwide. The fruits and seeds of milk thistle contains the most concentrated active ingredient that has protective effects on the liver.

Active Ingredient in Milk Thistle

Silymarin, the primary compound in milk thistle that provides benefits for liver health. It is a group of flavonolignans that includes silybin, isosilybin, silydianin and silychristin. Silybin is the most active component and makes up 50-70% of silymarin.

Properties of Milk Thistle

- anti-cancer
- anti-diabetic
- anti-oxidant
- anti-inflammatory
- liver regenerating
- immunomodulating
- anti-fibrotic
- anti-lipid peroxidative
- cardioprotective

Traditional Uses of Milk Thistle

Milk thistle extract has been used for more than two thousand years as a traditional herbal remedy for liver diseases.

Current Uses of Milk Thistle

1. Protect liver against toxins
Silymarin prevents toxins from entering cells and stimulates synthesis of enzymes that enhance detoxification. As an antioxidant, silymarin protects the cell membranes from free radical damage.

2. Treatment of chronic liver diseases
Milk thistle extract is used to treat non-alcoholic liver diseases, liver cirrhosis, viral hepatitis and toxin induced liver diseases. It promotes protein synthesis, helps in regenerating liver tissue,  controls inflammation and prevents glutathione (potent antioxidant) depletion.

RELATED: Does Milk Thistle Help Fatty Liver?

3. Supportive treatment of Amanita phalloides poisoning
Silibinin, the active flavonoid of silymarin, is used as an antidote for deathcap mushroom (Amanita phalloides) poisoning. It is suggested silibinin may protect the liver by:
- inhibiting the binding of mushroom poison to liver cell membranes
- inhibiting TNF- alpha (proinflammatory cytokine) release in the injured liver
- stimulating protein synthesis and thereby, enhancing liver regeneration

Potential Use For Cancer Treatment

In cell culture and animal studies, silibinin’s anti-cancer efficacy has been shown in various organs/tissue origin such as prostate, bladder, skin, lung, colon, breast, kidney, etc. Silibinin can reduce tumor cell proliferation, angiogenesis and metastases. It induces cancer cell apoptosis and cell cycle arrest. This suggests that silibinin can potentially be used as an adjunct therapy to conventional cancer therapies and to prevent/reduce toxicity associated with chemotherapy and radiation.

More studies in human trials are needed to evaluate the chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic effects of silymarin against various cancers.

Side Effects of Milk Thistle

Milk thistle has a good safety profile. Side effects are rare. They include mild gastrointestinal distress or  allergic reactions. Serious toxicity is rarely reported.

RELATED: What Is The Best Milk Thistle Supplement?

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