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Any time you pass along the proverbial olive branch — a sign of peace and forgiveness — you’re metaphorically passing along an ancient plant, Olea europaea. From this plant, we get olives — and olive oil. But did you know that the humble olive leaf provides many of the same health benefits as world-renowned olive oil — and more? Olive leaf extract benefits include boosting heart, digestive, and brain health, soothing joints, and supporting a healthy immune system.[1, 2, 3] It may even increase longevity and reduce signs of aging! […]

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For hundreds of years, Chinese health practitioners have used berberine — a chemical compound found in several plants, such as goldenseal.[1] Its benefits include aiding weight loss, promoting normal blood sugar levels, and balancing cholesterol. Native Americans also used berberine as a mouthwash and topical ointment, mostly for oral health issues such as canker sores. This powerful plant compound deters harmful organisms, soothes inflammation, and has antioxidant properties. But did you know you can still use it today? What Is Berberine? Berberine is a natural chemical found in several plants, […]

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We've all heard about the much-touted health benefits of blueberries, grapes, and other berries, but you may not have heard of the unique compound they contain — pterostilbene. What are the benefits of pterostilbene for your health? As an emerging antioxidant that's getting a lot of attention, pterostilbene is chemically related to the more well-known resveratrol. However, studies show that pterostilbene may have even more powerful effects! Resveratrol boosts heart and brain health, promotes normal blood sugar, and supports a strong immune system, but pterostilbene does those things more effectively […]

Propelled to fame from a multitude of studies on the phytochemical properties of plants, resveratrol more than lives up to its reputation. Experts have called this unique antioxidant a fountain of youth for its effectiveness against a variety of age-related conditions. Researchers first became interested in resveratrol when studying the “French paradox" in the late 1980s: French diets were high in fatty foods, yet overall, French people experience low rates of heart disease. Scientists set out to discover why. Soon, they found a compound in red wine, which was then […]

Not all vitamins and minerals are created equal, and your body can tell the difference between synthetic and plant-based supplements. If you have ever taken a cheap, synthetic vitamin or mineral and failed to notice a change in how you look or feel, there is a reason. Artificial vitamins often pass through your body without being absorbed. Just like when selecting food to eat, taking the time to study the labels and ingredients can make the difference between achieving the health you want or wasting your time and money. (more…)

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