Ilex rotunda contains natural chemoprotective agents against colitis-associated cancer

(Natural News) Researchers from China and Japan investigated the colitis-associated cancer (CAC)-preventive effect of the ethyl acetate extract of Ilex rotunda, commonly known as Kurogane holly. They reported their findings in an article published in the Journal of Natural Medicines. CAC is one of the most serious complications of inflammatory bowel disease. Its pathogenesis is poorly understood, and anti-inflammatory…

New outbreak reported in China: thousands infected by highly infectious bacteria that comes from animals

(Natural News) China is on the verge of grappling with another potentially massive outbreak. According to The Epoch Times, a highly infectious bacterial disease called brucellosis is spreading to farms in neighboring Shaanxi Province, and even as far as Inner Mongolia. The disease initially took hold in China’s northwest Gansu Province last year after a botched sanitation…

Combined extracts from Chinese lacquer tree and hardy rubber tree show promise as NAFLD treatment

(Natural News) Rhus verniciflua (now Toxicodendron vernicifluum), commonly known as the Chinese lacquer tree, has been used in traditional medicine in East Asia for centuries. In Korea, it is used to relieve abdominal pain caused by stomach disorders and to stop bleeding. Parts of the Chinese lacquer tree are also used in China and Japan as remedies for blood disorders, infectious…

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…