45 Benefits Of Pycnogenol (Pine Bark Extract)

I have been vaporizing an oil form of Pine Bark Extract for 2 years now since I found out about its anti-cancer and anti-infection effects – two important points for longevity – and noticed the ease of breathing while walking through a pine forest. It can also lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce free radical damage.

This article will summarize the reference supported findings of the scientific research surrounding Pine Bark Extract constituents, first in regards to conditions of illness and in normal healthy situations and then in a technical mechanism response.

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Top 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Kombucha (with Ingredients and Side Effects)

Kombucha is one of my favorite fermented drinks. It gives me energy because of the lactic acid levels. In addition, it contains beneficial yeasts and bacteria, and several other beneficial substances. Read this post to learn more about the science-backed health benefits of kombucha.

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All About Histamine: The Good and The Bad

Histamine is widely known as a substance that contributes to allergies, asthma, eczema, and coughs.

In addition, histamine is also a neurotransmitter with very important roles both in the brain and in the gut. Read this post to learn more about histamine.

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H. pylori Infection 101: Natural Factors that Combat H. pylori (Part 2)

Standard antibiotic therapy for H. pylori have eradication success rate of under 60%, with several long-term side effects. This post (Part 2) covers how natural nutrients and supplements can lower the rate of H. pylori colonization, reduce symptoms of infections, and improve the outcome of standard antibiotic therapy. Read this post to learn how you can help your body combat H. pylori naturally.

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H. pylori Infection 101: H. pylori Facts and Associated Diseases (Part 1)

It is estimated that more than half of the population is a host for Helicobacter pylori.  While most will show no symptoms, in others this bacterium can lead to chronic stomach inflammation and ulcers. H. pylori infection also exacerbates a number of autoimmune and inflammation-related diseases but may confer protection in other conditions.  Read on to find out when and why H. pylori infection should be treated.

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Hidden Causes of Low or High Ferritin – and How to Increase or Decrease It

Ferritin stores iron and transports it to where it is required. In blood, it is an important indicator of the total iron stores. However, ferritin also participates in infections, inflammation, and malignancies. Elevated ferritin is often found in disorders with chronic inflammatory states such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Find out why it is important to keep this protein in balance, and which factors increase or decrease ferritin levels.

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12 Health Benefits and 6 Side Effects of Licorice, with References and Mechanisms

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Licorice is mostly associated with candy and has been used in food and medicine for 1000 years. It contains various compounds that help with heartburn, cancer, and a leaky gut. Keep reading to learn more about its health benefits.

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Top 17 Negative Health Effects of Environmental Pollution (#4 will surprise you)

To live in the 21st century is to live in a toxic world. Rapid urbanization and the increased burning of fossil fuels over the past century has made people more susceptible than ever to harmful chemicals in the air, soil, and water including carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

These pollutants increase the risk of many chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and lung disease, making it a significant global health problem.

Conditions linked to everyday chemicals—used in cosmetics, plastics and common household items like sofas—lead to $340 billion in treatment and lost productivity costs annually in the U.S. (R).

Controlled studies show that when you pump in volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide in the air to levels that are within the range of normal and found in office environments (the worst 25% of offices), many important parameters of cognition go down dramatically (R).

The magnitude of effects from breathing cleaner air are greater than any nootropic you may be taking. Cognitive scores were 101% better when there was lower volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide levels (R).

Read more to learn about the detrimental effects of pollution and environmental toxins on human health.

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Everything You Need to Know about the C-reactive Protein (CRP)

CRP plays an important role in infections. However, this protein is also a marker of low-grade inflammation and a predictor of your cardiovascular disease risk. Find out how this protein links stress, emotional and socioeconomic cues to physiological ones, and how to keep your CRP levels at bay.

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Lycopene

Lycopene is a pigment that helps give red fruits and vegetables their color. It has attracted scientific attention due to its effects as a natural antioxidant. Studies have shown that this pigment has potent anti-cancer properties, reduces stress, and helps prevent muscular injury and inflammation.

Introduction

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Lycopene is a common carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables.

Carotenoids are compounds that give fruits and vegetables their red, orange, and/or yellow color.

They are commonly found in tomatoes, apricots, cranberries, grapes, grapefruits, guava, papayas, peaches, and watermelons.

Lycopenes are not essential for humans but are usually incorporated into the diet.

It has antioxidant properties and has claimed anti-cancer properties.

It is often taken as a supplement, but too much lycopene can lead to skin discoloration.

Health Benefits of Lycopene

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1) Lycopene Is an Anti-inflammatory and Protects Against Injury

In rats, lycopene protects from lipopolysaccharide-induced acute lung injury by reducing inflammation (R).

In rodents, it protects from depression-like behaviors and brain cell injury by reducing lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation (R).

Treatment with lycopene may protect against muscle injury and inflammation in mice (R).

2) Lycopene Prevents Liver Damage

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In rats, lycopene reduced furan- and diabetes-induced toxicity in the rat liver (R).

In ferrets, it reduced tobacco-associated non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver cancer (R).

Lycopene treatment improves normal blood levels after being fed a high-fat diet in rats with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (R).

In male rats, it may reverse hyperhomocysteinemia, a blood disorder, which demonstrates an ability to help protect the liver (R).

3) Lycopene Helps Prevent Stress

Lycopene preserves sperm functionality and prevents sperm mutations caused by oxidative stress due to its antioxidant properties (R).

In mice, it may reduce oxygen deficiency by preventing endoplasmic reticulum stress and relieving any stress-induced cell death (R).

Lactococcus lactis, an important bacteria in dairy products, becomes more resistant to UV stress when combined with lycopene-related genes (R).

When combined with sodium valproate, lycopene reduced seizures and oxidative stress in mice (R).

In rats, daily supplementation of lycopene and gabapentin reversed sensitivity to pain, cold sensitivity, and reduced oxidative stress (R).

4) Lycopene Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth

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In human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma lines, lycopene prevented rapid cell growth and cellular invasion (R).

There is an increase in BCO2 production, a gene that acts as a tumor suppressor in prostate cancer (R).

5) Lycopene May Help Protect the Skin

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In humans, lycopene supplementation protects skin against harmful UV effects (R).

6) Lycopene Reduces Intestinal Damage

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In patients with chronic bacterial prostatitis, a combination of lycopene with other substances such as methylsulfonylmethane extracts improved the efficacy of levofloxacin, an antibiotic (R).

In patients with ulcerative colitis, lycopene reduced fecal blood, mucus, and pus (R).

7) Lycopene Is Neuroprotective

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In rats, lycopene reduced spinal cord injury by promoting the repair of the blood-spinal cord barrier (R).

Lycopene also reduces neuropathic pain by increasing spinal astrocytic connexin 43 gene production (R).

It also reduced learning and memory impairments in rats, and prevented dendritic spine density reduction caused by high-fat diets (R).

8) Lycopene Helps Restore Vitamin A Deficiency

In mice, lycopene supplementation restored vitamin A deficiency (R).

Cons

  • In patients with ulcerative colitis, lycopene did not reduce abdominal pain (R).
  • In an analysis of three studies, lycopene did not prevent prostate cancer as previously claimed and was not associated with colorectal cancer risk (RR2).
  • Lycopene may cause low blood pressure, increase the risk of bleeding, and interfere with estrogen/hormone therapies and chemotherapy medications (R, R2).
  • It may also cause anorexia, chest pain, diarrhea, stomach pressure, gas, indigestion, nausea, skin discoloration, and vomiting (R).