Natural hormone supplement (melatonin) for sleep disorders

 

What does the science say..From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 “Studies suggest that melatonin may help with certain sleep disorders, such as jet lag, delayed sleep phase disorder (a disruption of the body’s biological clock in which a person’s sleep-wake timing cycle is delayed by 3 to 6 hours), sleep problems related to shift work, and some sleep disorders in children. It also has been shown to be helpful for a sleep disorder that causes changes in blind peoples’ sleep and wake times. Study results are mixed on whether melatonin is effective for insomnia in adults, but analyses of some studies suggest it may slightly reduce the time it takes to fall asleep”.

 

Does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture healing beautiful woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture is becoming a more mainstream practice in Australia but there is still a lot of uncertainly about its effectiveness. The question “Does acupuncture work?” means very different things to different people.

Patients want to know “Will it help me with my condition/symptoms?”, doctors want to know  “Does it work, so I can refer patients?”, and acupuncturist’s want to know “What conditions will it treat most successfully and can it treat all patients?”.

Acupuncture research is unique because it does not fit into the conventional treatment mode of drugs and surgery. But acupuncture researchers have still been able to evaluate its effects in high quality research studies for many conditions such as pain, hayfever, IVF, menopause and many other conditions.

The WHO has documented acupuncture’s ability to treat a wide range of disorders including neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, gynecological and skin conditions.

The strongest evidence appears to be weighted towards acupuncture effect on relieving many types acute and chronic pain and it is reported to be as good as drugs. Unfortunately the whole medical literature cannot be summarised succinctly but briefly to answer the question of “Does acupuncture work?” the answer would appear to be yes. But like everything, results will undoubtedly vary from person to person and from condition to condition.

Green Coffee Extract For Weight Loss – What is the evidence?

Lately I have noticed my local health food store and pharmacy stocking more and more products containing Green Coffee Extract.

They say it can help with weight loss/management but is there any hard evidence?

Green Coffee Extract is processed from unroasted Green Coffee.. It contains many compounds including chlorogenic acid (also found in other fruits and vegetables). Green Coffee Extract has been marketed under many names including Svetol®.

Svetol’s website notes that it contains chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid and in a clinical trial it increased weight loss compared with a placebo. Experimental literature reported that Green Coffee Extract may work because it reduces the uptake of sugars from the intestine as well as normalising glucose and reducing fat stored in the liver (Further Information).

After a quick search of the literature most research indicated promising evidence for weight loss and only a few mild adverse events. However studies were low quality and further research is needed (Further Information). Overall, there appears to be some evidence for use of Green Coffee Extract for weight loss/management. However there are too few human studies to be 100% convinced that it works.Green Coffee

Interesting read…thoughts?



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Best Berries

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Photo by Zabowski_Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berries are packed with healthy vitamins and mineral as well as being low in calories. They are super nutritious, but can also be super expensive.

Different sources claim that particular berries are more “nutritious” than others. However when looking at nutritional content alone, it is sometimes difficult to know if there is a difference.

Based on the latest nutrition information BLACKBERRIES appear to have the highest nutritional content based on select vitamins, minerals, and fibre.

 

Strawberry Blueberry Raspberry Blackberry Cranberry
Sugar 7.7g 9.7g 11.9g 10.2g 12.2g
Fibre 2.0g 2.4g 6.5g 5.3g 4.6g
Vitamin A 12.0 IU 54.0 IU 33.0 IU 214 IU 60.0 IU
Vitamin C 58.8mg 9.7 mg 26.2mg 21.0mg 13.3mg
Vitamin E 0.3mg 0.6mg 0.9mg 1.2mg 1.2mg
Vitamin K 2.2mcg 19.3 mcg 7.8mcg 19.8mcg 5.1mcg
Folate 24.0mcg 6.0mcg 21.0mcg 25.0mcg 1.0mcg
Calcium 16.0mg 6.0mg 25.0mg 29.0mg 8.0mg
Iron 0.4mg 0.3mg 0.7mg 0.6mg 0.3mg
Magnesium 13.0mg 6.0mg 22.0mg 20.0mg 6.0mg
Potassium 153mg 77mg 151mg 162mg 13.0mg
Amounts per 100g. All values are from here.