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Curcumin Versus Turmeric

Curcumin Versus Turmeric

Curcumin is a naturally-occurring chemical compound found in the spice turmeric.  Turmeric, on the other hand, is the root of a plant which is scientifically known as Curcuma Longa and that's probably where curcumin gets its name from. Raw turmeric is often uses in South Asian countries, although in India the powdered spice is more common.  After the turmeric root is harvested it is cleaned, cured and then dried. Later, the dried root may be sold as it or ground into a fine powder. In India, it is often referred to as Indian saffron, yellow ginger, yellow root or kacha...

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Common Supplements Might Reduce COVID Severity

Common Supplements Might Reduce COVID Severity

Over the past 6 months, pharmacists have been inundated with questions about the use of supplements, OTC medications, and prescription drugs in the battle against the SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes COVID-19. While the best evidence continues to support three behaviors as the most effective methods of reducing risk—maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet, wearing a mask, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly—some research indicates that certain supplements and common OTC medications could reduce the risk of infection or mitigate the seriousness of symptoms.The Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and other healthcare organizations have incorporated a mix of readily available...

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Could It Work as a Cure? Maybe.' A Herbal Remedy for Coronavirus Is a Hit in Africa, But Experts Have Their Doubts

On April 20, the president calls a press conference to announce a breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19. It’s a new use for an old malaria treatment, he says, one that is seeing miraculous results among the country’s most ill patients. It’s so safe that even schoolchildren could take it. In fact, he urges them to do so daily, as a preventative. He admits that he, too, is taking the medicine. No, this is not the President of the United States touting an unproven remedy for a virus that has infected nearly 5 million people worldwide. It is Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina,...

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What Is Serum Cholesterol and Why Is It Important?

What Is Serum Cholesterol and Why Is It Important?

Cholesterol is often associated with heart disease. That’s because low-density lipoproteins (LDL) can build up in your arteries and restrict or block blood flow. Your body still needs a little cholesterol for healthy digestion and to make vitamin D and certain hormones. Cholesterol is a type of fat. It’s also called a lipid. It travels through your bloodstream in tiny molecules wrapped inside proteins. These packages are called lipoproteins. LDL is one of the main types of lipoproteins in your blood. The other main type is high-density lipoproteins (HDL). A third type of lipid, called a triglyceride, also circulates in...

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Taking vitamin D by oral spray is just as effective as taking a tablet, research from the University of Sheffield has found.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield partnered with industry to test the efficacy of vitamin D oral sprays. The head-to-head clinical trial compared the rate of change of vitamin D status in response to a vitamin D3 (3000IU per day) dose, in both capsule and oral spray (sublingual) methods of delivery. Healthy volunteers took vitamin D over the course of six weeks in 2017 during the height of winter -- a time when many people's stores from the summer months are depleted. Now published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition the study -- which formed part of a three-year research project...

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