Essential oils for the treatment of fungal diseases

(Natural News) Essential oils are known for their use in aromatherapy and massage therapy. When inhaled or applied topically, these natural products exert beneficial effects on mental health. Essential oils can also be used as remedies for common health problems, such as headache, constipation, sinus infections and skin infections. In fact, various essential oils are well-known for their…

People deficient in vitamin D have a higher risk of COVID-19, reports new study

(Natural News) A person’s vitamin D status may determine his susceptibility to COVID-19, the disease caused by the Wuhan coronavirus. In a new study published September 4, researchers at the University of Chicago found that, compared to people with normal vitamin D levels, those who were deficient in the vitamin have a greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19….

New study reveals why flu shots fail to give long-lasting immunity

(Natural News) Influenza vaccines can boost immunity, but this improvement is only short-lived. American researchers recently found that immunization increases the levels of antibodies against the seasonal flu-causing virus only for a few months, after which these levels plateau due to the loss of bone marrow plasma cells (BMPC). BMPC are the cells responsible for producing influenza-specific antibodies…

Exploring biofortification of beans with zinc to combat deficiency

(Natural News) In this review, South African researchers discuss the causes of zinc deficiency, which has become prevalent in low-income families in South Africa. They also explore possible solutions to this, such as the biofortification of locally-preferred common bean cultivars. This article was published in the journal Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant…

High levels of toxicants from plastic products found in stranded dolphins and whales

(Natural News) Consumer waste like plastics pose a huge threat to marine life for various reasons. Apart from their durability and slow biodegradability, plastics also contain and attract toxic contaminants that can accumulate inside aquatic animals if they’re ingested. Over the past few decades, scientists have been sounding the alarm on the increasing amount of plastics found polluting the world’s oceans….

Oral CBD found to reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms

(Natural News) A recent study by American researchers found that oral cannabidiol (CBD) offers significant clinical benefits for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition caused by a traumatic event, such as a serious accident, a natural disaster, war or combat, or violent physical assault. For their study, the researchers examined the effect…

Acupuncture isn’t just for pain: It helps you sleep better, too

(Natural News) Insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people around the world. In the U.S., about 30 to 40 percent of adults report experiencing insomnia annually. Many factors are said to contribute to insomnia. These include psychological conditions, such as anxiety or depression, and medical conditions that cause severe pain. Acupuncture is an…