Marigolds possess a natural repellent against devastating pests

(Natural News) Do you worry about your plants being infested by pests? Try planting marigolds near them. Gardeners have practiced “companion planting” where marigolds are planted around tomato plants for protection against insects. This practice isn’t new, but its effectiveness is now backed by science. In a recent study, researchers from Newcastle University’s School of Natural…

Compounds in yam have vasodilating and antioxidant properties

(Natural News) Wild yam joins the roster of heart-healthy foods, as a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food reveals that a compound called diosgenin in the Dioscorea species of yam has vasodilating effects that may boost cardiovascular health. Researchers from Brazil looked at the effects of diosgenin on the cardiovascular health of rats. They…

The herb vacha confirmed to have potent antioxidant properties

(Natural News) Vacha, scientifically known as Acorus calamus, is an herb widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. Also known as sweet flag or buch plant, vacha is used to treat various ailments, including epilepsy, mental illness and rheumatism. It also exhibits potent antioxidant effects, according to a study published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness. In…

Do you have enough tryptophan in your diet?

(Natural News) Also known as L-tryptophan, tryptophan is an amino acid used in the biosynthesis of proteins. In infants, it is important for normal and healthy growth. In adults, it maintains nitrogen balance. Tryptophan is also needed to make niacin, which is important for producing the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin promotes healthier and better-quality sleep, relieves depression and…

Make them go to bed: Researchers say adolescents with ADHD can benefit from increased sleep

(Natural News) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder among children and teens. People with this condition have difficulty with executive function or exhibit inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that interfere with their functioning or development. In their study, researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center suggest that teens get enough sleep to help them focus, plan…