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Berberine lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, is an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and improves metabolism. Imenshahidi M, Hosseinzadeh H. Berberine and barberry (Berberis vulgaris): A clinical review. Phytother Res. 2020;34(4):712-723. doi: 10.1002/ptr.6589 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ptr.6589 This article discusses the potential health benefits of berberine and its natural source, barberry. The authors summarize the existing research and suggest that berberine has various health benefits, including lowering blood sugar levels, reducing cholesterol levels, improving insulin sensitivity, reducing inflammation, and exhibiting antimicrobial effects. They also suggest that berberine may help with weight loss by improving metabolism and reducing fat storage.
The vagus nerve regulates functions, including digestion, heart rate, and breathing, and is involved in the body’s stress response and immune system. Harvard Health Publishing. “The Power of the Vagus Nerve.” Harvard Health, Harvard University, 1 June 2020, www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/the-power-of-the-vagus-nerve. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the vagus nerve, including its anatomy, functions, and clinical implications. It also discusses various ways to stimulate the vagus nerve to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil and other sources, help reduce symptoms of depression. “Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and depression: a review of the evidence” (Nutritional Neuroscience, 2019): https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1028415X.2019.1609809 and “Omega-3 fatty acids for depression in adults” (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2020): https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004692.pub4/full
Bouncing on a mini trampoline can stimulate lymphatic flow and can help to support the immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve overall health. There have been several studies conducted on the benefits of rebounding for lymphatic circulation. One such study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7350286/ in 1980, which found that rebounding increased lymphatic flow by nearly 30%. Another study published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1880649/ in 1991 also showed that rebounding was an effective exercise for improving lymphatic circulation. In addition, several natural health experts and practitioners recommend rebounding as a way to support lymphatic health. For example, Dr. John Douillard, a leading Ayurvedic practitioner and author of the book “Body, Mind, and Sport,” recommends rebounding as a key practice for improving lymphatic flow and overall health: https://lifespa.com/rebounding-for-detox-and-lymphatic-health/
Turmeric, Chaga, and apple cider vinegar have anti-inflammatory properties. “Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research” (Alternative Medicine Review, 2009): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19594223/ “Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study” (Clinical Interventions in Aging, 2014): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4210907/ Medicinal mushroom Chaga has been reported to have anti-inflammatory properties. Glamočlija J, Ćirić A, Nikolić M, et al. Chemical characterization and biological activity of Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), a medicinal mushroom. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015;162:323-332. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.12.069 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874114009858 This study investigated the chemical composition and biological activity of Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus), which is commonly used in traditional medicine for its various health benefits. The authors found that Chaga contains high levels of phenolic compounds, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, they found that extracts of Chaga inhibited the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in cultured cells, suggesting that it may have potential as an anti-inflammatory agent. There is evidence that apple cider vinegar may have anti-inflammatory properties. Shan B, Cai YZ, Brooks JD, Corke H. The in vitro antibacterial activity of dietary spice and medicinal herb extracts. Int J Food Microbiol. 2007;117(1):112-119. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2007.03.00 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016816050700120X This study investigated the antibacterial properties of various dietary spices and medicinal herbs, including apple cider vinegar. The authors found that apple cider vinegar also had significant antibacterial activity against several bacterial strains, including E. coli and Salmonella.
The liver has a unique capacity among organs to regenerate itself after damage. A liver can regrow to a normal size even after up to 90% of it has been removed. “Cells That Maintain and Repair the Liver Identified” (NIH Research Matters, 2017): https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/cells-maintain-repair-liver-identified