From time to time we will be highlighting various functional health benefits from our now extensive database of information. This week we focus on Immunity.
Immunity is a key functional health benefit of UP&GO…but why?
Herbal remedies are implicated in improving the immune function and just may help to stave off colds and flu as part of a healthy lifestyle. The ancient traditional medicines recognised this and now modern scientists are catching up.
We will bring you more searches on the wonderful health benefits of herbs as we add more information on these webpages!
Green Tea suppressed waist-hip ratio of women from a significant increase and suppressed mean arterial pressure of men and women from a significant decrease after several weeks.
A study by Toolsee et al investigated the phytophenolic profile of green tea and its antioxidant effects. Risk factors such as waist-hip ratio, glucose level, arterial pressure, antioxidant status, and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) in prediabetics were assessed.
The experimental group consumed 3 cups of Green Tea daily for 14 weeks followed. The control group followed a water regimen.
The scientists suggest that Green Tea ingestion could form part of a healthy lifestyle that might improve features of metabolic syndrome and subsequent risks for diabetes and its complications e.g. Weight control etc.
Stunning new packs containing the same traditional ancient Ayurvedic recipes:
A range of Functional Ayurvedic Infusions available from www.innorbit.com
4 Functions available:
Slimming and Weight Management with SLIM&FIT
Energy and Uplift with UP&GO
Relax and Improved Sleep with CALM&RELAX
Active Ageing and Cognitive Function with YOUNG&FUN
All the products are based on Ancient Ayurvedic recipes from the Himalaya Mountains and are made with Herbs and Spices grown in that region.
Results from a recent study (Li et al) suggest that Liquorice components may have potential as new anti-insulin-resistant treatments.
Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) is a negative regulator in insulin-signaling pathways, amongst other biochemical processes. Tyrosine phosphatase inhibitors, therefore, may have potential in chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity
A library of licorice flavonoids allowed for the discovery of several compounds, including licoagrone, licoagrodin, licoagroaurone, and isobavachalcone, as new PTP1B inhibitors.
Liquorice compounds inhibit the activity of tyrosine phosphatase and exhibit different activity in the insulin-signaling pathway. The results suggest the potential of liquorice components as a new anti-insulin-resistant treatments.
In a 6-month controlled study of knee osteoarthritis, Ayurvedic formulations containing, amongst other herbs, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) & Emblica officinalis (Amla), significantly reduced knee pain and improved knee function and were equivalent to glucosamine and celecoxib. Another study has also shown that ginger-supplemented diet might reduce Osteoarthritis symptoms.
On this site we have seen several instances of Ginger being associated with reducing pain:
Amla and several other traditional herbs have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties which could explain how our Ayurvedic doctors arrived at the specific blends for The Wise Herb Company green tea herbal infusions.
We use Green Tea in our recipes primarily for taste and to compliment the ayurvedic herbs we use in the herbal blends of UP&GO, YOUNG&FUN, CALM&RELAX and SLIM&FIT. Science is catching up with traditional medicines and recent evidence suggests that there is more to Green Tea then meets the eye. Not only is it adding great taste – we are potential adding a great health functionality too!
See below how Green Tea might be helping with our health:
Green tea, green tea polyphenols and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) are confirmed to have beneficial effects in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, and a possible mechanism can be ascribed to their inhibitory effect against α-amylase and α-glucosidase in the digestive tract. Results suggest that the interaction between green tea extracts and other agents could be useful in the treatment of diabetes mellitus.
The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory green tea catechins have been shown to promote osteoblastogenesis, suppress osteoclastogenesis and stimulate the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into osteoblasts rather than adipocytes by modulating the signaling pathways. An analysis of scientific studies reviews the pharmacokinetics and metabolism of green tea polyphenolics. Bone-protective activities are suggested by these preliminary studies.
See also: Oka et al
Clinical trials have shown the efficacy of green tea polyphenol extracts in treatment of prostate cancer and lymphocytic leukemia with low toxicity. A recent study suggests that Green Tea in combinatorial treatments could be effectuve against active Inflammatory Breast Cancer.