Chinese skullcap can kill brain cancer cells, thanks to its active component baicalein

(Natural News) Researchers from Qingdao University in China have found that a flavonoid present in Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) has potential anti-cancer properties. In their report, published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, the researchers noted that baicalein, a flavonoid derived from the roots of Chinese skullcap, can induce cell autophagy and apoptosis — two processes that…

Japanese plum offers protection against fatty liver, reveals study

(Natural News) Researchers from Chonnam National University in South Korea have found that Eriobotrya japonica, commonly referred to as Japanese plum or loquat, can help protect the liver from damage caused by diet or alcohol intake. In their report, they looked at how Japanese plum can help liver cells at risk of damage from alcohol or free…

Understanding the effects of purple coneflower (Echinacea) on the immune system

(Natural News) Researchers from the University of Minnesota have found that purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) can boost a person’s immune function. In their report, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, the team looked at the effects of purple coneflower root extract on murine spleen cells stimulated with concanavalin A. Purple coneflower root extract improves immunity In their report, the…

The immunomodulatory activity of Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower) root extract

(Natural News) In this study, researchers from the University of Minnesota looked at the immunomodulatory activities of Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower). Their findings were published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. Traditional healers have used E. purpurea for years to treat various illnesses. Its health benefits when it comes to the immune system, however, have not been fully explored. The researchers looked…

Pumpkin seed oil found to reduce hypertension risk in postmenopausal women

(Natural News) An international study by researchers from the U.S. and Iran has found that pumpkin seed oil can potentially reduce the risk of hypertension in women. In their study, published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, the team looked at how supplementing with pumpkin seed oil can impact vascular function in postmenopausal women….

Lawsuit: Apple, Google recording users without their knowledge

(Natural News) BigTech has long insisted that voice assistance is the next step when it comes to convenience, saying the technology can help people with every little need that pops up. But a new lawsuit challenges that narrative, alleging that voice assistants from Google and Apple listen in on, and even record, conversations — even if they’re not…

Study: Adding pomegranate peels to macaroni may improve antioxidant content, lower cholesterol levels

(Natural News) Pasta often gets a bad rap for being a carb-heavy food. But a recent study shows that fortifying it with pomegranate peels can improve its dietary fiber and antioxidant content. In their report, researchers from Taif University in Saudi Arabia evaluated macaroni fortified with pomegranate peels for nutritional value and taste. Pomegranate peel-fortified macaroni helped reduce…

The benefits of royal jelly for menopausal women

(Natural News) It turns out, royal jelly isn’t just beneficial for queen bees: A recent study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice revealed that supplementing with royal jelly can help alleviate menopausal symptoms. In their report, researchers from the Hormozgan University of Medical Science in Iran noted that the severity of menopausal symptoms was significantly…

Essential oil from this Turkish medicinal plant found to reduce dementia-related anxiety and depression

(Natural News) A species of St. John’s wort (Hypericum) that’s native to Central Asia may alleviate depression and anxiety, especially for those with dementia. In a report published in the Journal of Essential Oil Research, researchers from Firat University in Turkey examined the anti-anxiety and anti-depression properties of Hypericum scabrum. Behavioral changes among those with dementia Dementia…