Grape Seed Extract protects the skin from the suns radiation

July 29, 2008

Researchers from the Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham note that research shows Grape Seed Extract (GSE) protects the skin from cancerous changes caused by the suns radiation. This review examines the mechanisms via which GSE exerts this benefit and reviews the evidence. In animal studies GSE decreases the number of animals that develop skin cancer due to UVB radiation exposure, the number of tumors an individual animal develops, and decreases the transformation of growths into a cancer. There is evidence that the same benefits are available to human skin. The study is published in the June 2008 issue of the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.

The herbs Black Seed and Chanca Piedra successfully treat viral inflammation in the tonsils and pharynx

     Viral infection leads to inflammation of the tonsils and the pharynx (the tube from the back of the throat to the esophagus); a condition known as tonsillo-pharyngitis. Nigella sativa (Black seed) and Chanca Piedra reduce inflammation and increase the ability to fight a virus. The combination of the herbs vs. inactive placebo was compared in 186 patients with the condition in a placebo-controlled, double-blind trial at a dosage of 360mg Black seed and 50mg Chanca Piedra 3 times a day for 7 days.

     Within 5 hours of the first dosage of the herbs the sore throat markedly improved and the patients required significantly less medication to treat the pain. By day 7 a significantly greater number of the patients on the herbs had the sore throat completely relieved compared to those in the placebo group. The study is published in the June 2008 issue of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.