Drinking Licorice Tea Can Cause Hypertensive Emergency

Licorice root extract is not without health risks, according to a case study published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Demonstration of the main mechanism of action of licorice through inhibition of 11-β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11-β-HSD2) in the distal tubules of the kidney. H – hydrogen ion, …

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Ragweed Compounds May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

A team of scientists in Korea has identified ragweed compounds that could help neurons survive in the presence of Alzheimer’s disease peptides. The common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia). Image credit: Pere Igor / CC BY-SA 3.0. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that features declines of judgment, cognition, memory, and behavior. …

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Blueberry Anthocyanins May Reduce Blood Pressure

Compounds in blueberries may help to improve blood vessel function and reduce systolic blood pressure, according to a new study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Series A. Eating 200 g of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel function and a decrease …

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