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When Thomas B., a technical director from Sherwood, Arkansas, started looking at all the benefits of taking the essential mineral zinc, he was amazed. "I started reading about zinc and knew I had to start using it," he says. "I remember thinking: How could I be missing something this important?" Thomas takes zinc as soon as he thinks he might be coming down with a cough or cold. The key is to take zinc within 24 hours of developing symptoms because that’s when it’s most effective.[1] "Zinc is my go-to […]

With delicate, white floral bouquets atop long branches, the anise plant lends a lovely look to any yard or wild field. Related to fennel and Queen Anne’s lace, anise (Pimpinella anisum) is originally native to the eastern Mediterranean region. While the lacy flowers are lovely, it’s the anise seeds that receive the most attention for health. Anise seeds have a subtle licorice flavor and people have used them as an after-dinner digestif for centuries. In ancient times, Greeks and Egyptians chewed them as a natural digestive aid to soothe indigestion, […]

Itchy, scratchy skin. Unexplained sneezing and red, watery eyes. Constant headaches? Is this an allergy — or something else? You may be experiencing histamine intolerance — when too many of these compounds have built up in your blood, causing an allergy-like reaction. Histamines themselves are immune fighters that respond to foreign invaders, like pollen or food you're sensitive to. But when you get too much, then pow! — histamine intolerance hits. Histamine intolerance is not the same as histamine sensitivity. If you're histamine-sensitive, any amount will cause a reaction. With […]

Whether you use it to reduce stress, improve sleep, or boost your immune system, holy basil — also called tulsi — is an amazing herb. According to the Hindu religion, the plant is an earthly manifestation of the goddess who was devoted to Vishnu, the god who preserves creation and life. Tulsi is often grown around Hindu shrines and offered in worship as a sacred plant, and because of its role in that religion, some consider chewing the leaves a disrespectful act. Because of its many therapeutic properties, Ayurvedic practitioners […]

When you think of inflammation, you probably picture the rash you get from poison ivy or a bump that swells up when you hit your head. There's another silent form of inflammation that occurs within your body, and it does not usually come with any painful symptoms — but it can seriously impact your health. Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and diabetes are all linked to this type of constant, low-level inflammation. The good news? You can influence your body's background levels of inflammation by eating specific […]