There are more then 41 types of Goji berries all over the world. Most of these types are cultivated in the orient. The most famous and widely spread are Lyceum barbarum, Lyceum Chinese and Lyceum ferocissimum. Lycii berry, otherwise known to Chinese herbalists as Chinese Wolfberry is a bright red, almost chewy berry with a taste very similar to Raisins. It has been used as a general nutrient tonic for many years and Chinese medicine refers to it as a cooling tonic. It contains beta-sitosterol, Betaine, Beta-carotene, Niacin, Pyridoxine, and Ascorbic acid. They come from the Solanaceae family which also includes the tomato, green pepper, eggplant and potato that most Americans are familiar with. Lycium chinense is sometimes referred to as Chinese wolfberry, matrimony vine or Chinese boxthorn. It is very closely related to Lycium barbarum and mainly grows in the Hebei province of China. Lycium barbarus grows in various regions of Asia such as Tibet and Inner Mongolia but it thrives in an area called the goji belt. There are several provinces of China and areas in Tibet where these vines grow in the wild. In these areas the Lycium barbarum goji berry is highly revered. Ningxia, China is found in this goji belt and is considered one of the finest places for the goji vines to grow. In Ningxia the soil is usually alkaline and very fertile. The temperatures can get very cold and very hot. It is this type of soil and climate that grows the largest, plumpest, most beautiful goji berries. The fruits are a deep red color, contain few seeds and have an exquisitely sweet taste. (As a side note, it is the rich, fertile, yet harsh climate of Alaska that brings the highest antioxidant blueberries found in the US. Studies done at New Brunswick Labs which extensively investigated blueberries grown in the US have shown a direct correlation between harsh climate and antioxidants in their fruit. It seems the plant, if it has all the nutrients it needs to be healthy, will actually make more substances to protect it from the harsh environment.) The people of Ningxia are simply crazy about their goji berries, which have always grown wild on the hillsides and which they have been cultivating for more than 500 years. In Ningxia, goji legends based on history and tradition abound. Years ago the residents of Nanqui, a town in the province of Ningxia, were bestowed with the title Long Life Village by the emperor because they had so many centurians (people over the age of 100) living in their village. Another area which lays at the foot of the Tianshan mountains (a mountain range nearly equal to the Himalayan mountain peaks) called Xinjiang, where there is pure snow runoff and harsh temperatures similar to those in Ningxia, also has goji berries of similar quality to those found in Ningxia. Of course the regions of Hebei, Gansu, Qinghai and Shanxi, also in the Chinese goji belt, respectfully disagree that either of these two provinces have berries that are any better than theirs. All these provinces are located along mountain ranges in one particular area of China.Goji supremacy is also claimed by the Tibetans. There are also Inner Mongolians, Koreans, and Japanese who grow and harvest the highly revered goji berry. Ningxia, China is legendary for amazingly healthy people. The Chinese national census recently reported that the number of Ningxia residents living more than 100 years exceeds the national average by an amazing 400%. Ningxia locals now admit their health secret lies in the locally grown goji berries - wolfberries. Goji Berries - Wolfberries - are a Chinese national treasure. The good health and vitality of the Ningxia elderly has long been attributed to goji berries - wolfberries. To the people of the province, a bowl of fresh goji berries - wolfberries - a day is part of life. Its health benefits have been extolled for generations. In fact even today, the Ningxia goji berry - wolfberry - is considered a national treasure. In ancient times, the Chinese people were said to have three cherished tonics for health. They were ginseng, ling tzi, and goji berries - wolfberries. According to ancient Chinese texts, goji berries - wolfberries: Nourish the yin Support the blood Help support the kidneys and liver Strengthen the eyes Fortify the muscles and bones Enhance the chi or life force The people who consumed this fruit apparently lived free of common diseases like arthritis, cancer and diabetes. Moreover, their life expectancies reached over 100 years. Both the wolfberry and ginseng have been highly regarded for centuries as the foremost nutritional and therapeutic plants in China. In fact, the Chinese hold a strong belief that human life might be extended significantly by using either of these herbs for an extended period of time. The Chinese Wolfberry contained over 18 amino acids (that is six times higher in proportion than bee pollen), 21 trace minerals, more beta carotene than carrots, and an astonishing 500 times more vitamin C by weight than oranges. It is also packed with vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and vitamin E. Fruits and pedicels of Chinese Wolfberry were effective in increasing white blood cells, protecting the liver and relieving hypertension. The alcoholic extract of wolfberry fruits inhibited tumor growth in mice by 58%, and the protein of wolfberry displayed an insulin-like action that was effective in promoting fat decomposition and reducing blood sugar.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did radiation effect you after?
My mom is just about done with her chemo for breast cancer and then she is to start radiation for 6 weeks everyday. Some people are telling her not to do it that it is worse than chemo. Can anyone tell me their side effects or how they delt with this.
RADITION THERAPY -
Many patients experience skin burn, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting after radiation therapy regardless of where the radiation is applied. After treatment, the skin around the site of the treatment may also become sore. Affected skin should be kept clean and can be treated like sunburn, with skin lotion or vitamin A and D ointment. Patients should avoid perfume and scented skin products and protect affected areas from the sun.
Nausea and vomiting are most likely to occur when the radiation dose is high or if the abdomen or another part of the digestive tract is irradiated. Sometimes nausea and vomiting occur after radiation to other regions, but in these cases the symptoms usually disappear within a few hours after treatment. Nausea and vomiting can be treated with antacids, Compazine, Tigan, or Zofran.
Fatigue frequently starts after the second week of therapy and may continue until about two weeks after the therapy is finished. Patients may need to limit their activities, take naps, and get extra sleep at night.
Patients should see their oncologist (cancer doctor) at least once within the first few weeks after their final radiation treatment. They should also see an oncologist every six to twelve months for the rest of their lives so they can be checked to see if the tumor has reappeared or spread.
Radiation therapy can cause anemia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss (alopecia), skin burn, sterility, and rarely death. However, the benefits of radiation therapy almost always exceed the risks. Patients should discuss the risks with their doctor and get a second opinion about their treatment plan.
The outcome of radiation treatment varies depending on the type, location, and stage of the cancer. What ever be the side effects etc., the theraphy has to be given to killall the cancerous cells as CANCER IS STILL AN ENIGMA -
Which is the type of gas produced by the human intestines?
Please answer, this is a serious question, do not intend to be a joke.
You can consider the intestine of a normal person, by other side you can also consider that many people use some medicines and that it can modify the process.
Methane, carbon dioxide and methyl mercaptan are usually produced by the digestive system.
Methyl mercaptan is the most toxic gas produced - it makes things smell of rotten eggs - but methane gas is far and away the biggest constitutent gas.
Contrary to popular belief it isn't possible to gas yourself to death - you would need to break wind constantly for over 100 years to reach the level of toxicity required.
Everything can affect gas production - diet affects the levels of gases produced, digestive aids such as Mylanta (antacids) cut back on wind production, anything. The sheer effect that anything can have on your wind is enormous - there are quite a lot of things which do affect it, but diet is the major one.
Can someone tell me what the prescription Ceftin is for?
My son is 38 years old and he says he has the chills and feels terrible. He was asking me about this prescription and I feel that he is taking it. He wanted to know what is in it and what I know about it and what the side effects were? I don't know anything about it. I don't even know if it is for chills and feeling terrible.
Like most antibiotics, it can have severe effects on the digestive system, but taking Cefuroxime with meals can minimize its side effects. Do NOT take antacids; they may reduce the drug's effect. Acidophilus supplements should be used, as directed, instead of antacids. Tell your doctor if you have medical problems associated with your digestive system or kidneys. Also, like most antibiotics, it is important to finish the prescription, to avoid antibiotic resistance. Cefuroxime is used to treat many different types of bacterial infections such as bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, ear infections, skin infections, gonorrhea, and urinary tract infections.
Cefuroxime is generally well tolerated and side effects are usually transient. Reported side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, rash, hives, vaginitis, headache, and mouth ulcers.
What are the symptoms of a gastric ulcer?
And if you have one, what do they do for it? Do you have to take medicine or get blood drawn or anything?
* Gastric ulcers generally cause a dull aching pain, often right after eating.
* Making a meal can often cause an increase in pain
* Eating will not relieve pain as is the case with other types of ulcers
* Indigestion and heartburn, or acid reflux
* Nagging pain in the upper abdomen area below your breastbone
* Episodes of nausea
* A noticeable loss of appetite
* Unplanned weight loss
* Another less common symptom of a gastric ulcer is that about 3 in every 10 people are woken up at night by dull ulcer pains this usually happens 3- 4 hours after eating.
Treatments for peptic ulcer can include:
* Antibiotic medications to kill H. pylori. If H. pylori is found in your digestive tract, your doctor may recommend a combination of antibiotics to kill the bacterium. Antibiotic regimens are different throughout the world. In the United States, antibiotics prescribed for treatment of H. pylori include amoxicillin, clarithromycin (Biaxin), metronidazole (Flagyl) and tetracycline. You'll likely need to take antibiotics for two weeks.
* Medications that block acid production and promote healing. Proton pump inhibitors reduce acid by blocking the action of the parts of cells that produce acid. These drugs include the prescription and over-the-counter medications omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), esomeprazole (Nexium) and pantoprazole (Protonix). Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors, particularly at high doses, may increase your risk of hip, wrist and spine fracture. Ask your doctor whether a calcium supplement may reduce this risk.
* Medications to reduce acid production. Acid blockers also called histamine (H-2) blockers reduce the amount of acid released into your digestive tract, which relieves ulcer pain and encourages healing. Available by prescription or over-the-counter (OTC), acid blockers include the medications ranitidine (Zantac), famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet) and nizatidine (Axid).
* Antacids that neutralize stomach acid. Your doctor may include an antacid in your drug regimen. Antacids neutralize existing stomach acid and can provide rapid pain relief. Side effects can include constipation or diarrhea, depending on the main ingredients.
* Medications that protect the lining of your stomach and small intestine. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medications called cytoprotective agents that help protect the tissues that line your stomach and small intestine. They include the prescription medications sucralfate (Carafate) and misoprostol (Cytotec). Another nonprescription cytoprotective agent is bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol).
Treatment is best dictated by your doctor. If you have these symptoms, make an appointment. Your doctor will then be able to identify whether you have one or not, and if you do, how to treat it.
What should i do for the rest of the...?
What should i do for the rest of the of my science fair entries?
my topic relates to antacids and bacteria (mostly mouth bacteria)
i have done these entries
1. What are antacids and how to take them
2. How antacids work
3. Side effects of antacids (i explained the diff. types of antacids and their individual side effects)
4. What are bacteria
5. types of mouth bacteria
-- i need 5 more ideas please let me know please! i really need you guys' help.
*describe the taste of each antacid
*how long each one works
*how soon each one takes effect
*sizes you can buy them in
*then calculate price per tablet
*you can give each of them a rating based on certain criteria
*if different ones have different strengths
*if you can take it before you have symptoms (like before eating at a restaurant if you normally need to take antacid afterward)
*safe to take while pregnant?
*dosages for different ages
*can babies take it?
*different ingredients of different brands
How one can avoid Heart attack?how to know whether one has some heart problem?
How somebody can know whether he has some heart problem?which medical test can show the heart problem so that one can take some preventions to avoid heart attack???
Also plz tell which diet/food should b taken and which should b avoided for heart?
There are many tests that can be used to test the conditions of the heart. One way is to test the heart energetically and this will give you a quick overall evaluation. The heart is a muscle and is where the body derives it's emotional control of the body. The brain is a transmitter and receiver of information and together with the heart, control the body.
Most medical tests that test the heart functions will give you a snap shot of where your heart is at that moment. In terms of long term heart health, you need to look at your diet, lifestyle, and mental attitudes. The typical advice you get from the medical people is primarily bad information because they are not looking at the heart nutritionally. To tell someone to eat low fat, low cholesterol, low salt diet is just not good advice for many reasons, but it simply shows the ignorance of the people giving that advice. The demonizing of saturated fat is one of the primary focuses of these people and telling people not to eat things like coconut or raw butter and that vegetable oils are good for you is another example of the ignorance.
The heart runs on saturated fat. In terms of cholesterol, for instance, the foods to avoid are GRAINS (even whole grains), SUGAR, and CORNSTARCH. These foods are how the body makes Pattern 2 LDL cholesterol that are the very tiny particles that the HDL cholesterol cannot remove easily from inflamed sites like in your arteries around your heart. To take an LDL test and not consider the different types of LDL and lump it all together as one test and recommend medication to lower that can be very damaging to the body's natural healing processes and set a person up for getting a stroke. The cholesterol lowering drugs are very harmful as well when you consider the body makes over 85% of the cholesterol it needs and only 15% comes from the diet. It's no wonder over 60% of the people taking these dangerous drugs get muscle cramps and other so called "side effects."
Most people are enzyme deficient in the U.S. today resulting in many of the degenerative diseases. Digestion is a primary key to having a healthy heart. If you can't digest food, especially calcium, magnesium, and zinc due to low stomach acid, antacids and other drugs exasperate the problem and disease is a result, not a solution.
One very important aspect of heart health is to avoid BAD FATS. To say all saturated fat is bad is like saying rain is not good for plants. Acid rain is not good, but typical rain is fine. Butter and coconut oil have been demonized by the ignorant and profit mongers of the food industry to promote very bad oils as a replacement. Hydrogenation and partially hydrogenation and trans fats are BIG BAD GUYS and should be avoided at all costs. Watching children and adults eat potato chips or french fries at a fast food place is very disturbing when you realize the damage it is doing to their bodies. Soft drinks that contain High Fructose Corn syrup is another huge problem for the heart. All these and many more creations of the food industry were not done for your health, on the contrary, they were done to create shelf life or taste to mask bad flavors or some other profit seeking effect.
Many cultures in the world are full of people living long productive lives without heart disease. A lot of them eat meat as their primary food. It's not the meat that causes the problems, it's what you feed the animals and how you process and cook the meat that is the problem. To demonize meat is ridiculous, unless you define the other factors that are the real culprit surrounding that issue. Genetic engineering plays a huge role in BAD HEART HEALTH, but no one is talking about that because it affects profits of large companies like Monsanto that contribute heavily to political figures that make the laws in their favor.
Your question is a good one, but the answers require going very deep into the heart of the food and agricultural industry, the ignorance of medical community, and the basic fabric of indoctrination that is going on in this country today.
good luck to you
Can Biotin actually stunt the hair growth?
IM taking biotin and I want to grow my hair long again and I wanna know if it stunts the hair growth?
Im also getting weekly scalp massages and I take good care and I just have no patience for my hair growth!!! Suggestions on that part too?
Biotin plays a significant part in the prevention of hair loss. Most nutritionists agree that biotin is one of the important vitamins for supporting hair growth. It is also commonly advised to take biotin to supplement medical treatments such Minoxidil or Propecia.
A deficiency of biotin may cause hair to become frail and unhealthy, and hair breakage, which may result in hair loss. Biotin also keeps your skin and nails healthy as well as being an important element of new hair growth. Supplements are sometimes needed to return biotin levels to normal, but it is recommended to include biotin regularly in your diet. Two foods containing good quantities of biotin are liver and egg yolks. You would have to eat thousands of calories worth daily to get enough for your hair needs, which is why I would also suggest biotin supplements.
Foods full of biotin include brewer's yeast, green peas, oats, soybeans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, green peas, bulgur and brown rice. In terms of the egg yolks, your body's ability to digest and assimilate biotin decreases with high intake levels of protein. Biotin binds easily to proteins, making it unavailable to your body, which in turn causes biotin deficiency and hair loss. Try to steer clear of raw eggs in your diet, and cut down on protein powders and bars. Use one of the many shampoos that contain biotin and silica.
Additionally, those with type A blood don't have the ability to fully absorb B vitamins. Biotin is classified as a Vitamin B, so if you have Type A blood, adding higher doses of 5-8 grams twice daily will be needed to help prevent hair loss. At this time, there are no known side effects at this dosage level.
People suffering from heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD and who are taking antacids may absorb biotin less and hair loss may occur as a result. Therefore watch your use of over-the-counter antacids if you are worried about hair loss.
Biotin helps to thicken your hair, and make it grow faster.
Hope this helps!
how to fix chronic laryngitis caused by acid reflux?
I have chronic laryngitis caused by GERD so my voice is really hoarse and quiet. I went to the doctor two weeks ago and got a prescription for Dexilant (formerly Kapidex) and he said this would help within one or two weeks but it hasnt helped by voice at all. Its helped my stomach, but not my voice. Is there some other prescription that helps laryngitis or something i can do on my own that will help my voice be less hoarse and louder?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is defined as chronic symptoms or mucosal damage produced by the abnormal reflux of stomach acid to the esophagus. A typical symptom is heartburn.
This is commonly due to transient or permanent changes in the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach. This can be due to incompetence of the lower esophageal sphincter, transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation, impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus, or a hiatal hernia.
A different type of acid reflux which produces respiratory and laryngeal manifestations is laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), also called extraesophageal reflux disease (EERD). Unlike GERD, LPR is unlikely to produce heartburn, and is thus sometimes called silent reflux.
Three types of treatments exist for GERD. These include lifestyle modifications, medications, and surgery.
 Lifestyle modifications
Certain foods and lifestyle are considered to promote gastroesophageal reflux, but a 2006 review suggested that evidence for most dietary interventions is anecdotal; only weight loss and elevating the head of the bed were supported by evidence. A subsequent randomized crossover study showed benefit by avoiding eating two hours before bedtime.
The following may exacerbate the symptoms of GERD:
Coffee and alcohol stimulate gastric acid secretion. Taking these before bedtime especially can cause evening reflux.
Antacids based on calcium carbonate (but not aluminum hydroxide) were found to actually increase the acidity of the stomach. However, all antacids reduced acidity in the lower esophagus, so the net effect on GERD symptoms may still be positive.
Foods high in fats and smoking reduce lower esophageal sphincter competence, so avoiding these may help. Fat also delays stomach emptying.
Eating within 2 3 hours before bedtime.
Large meals. Having smaller, more frequent meals reduces GERD risk, as it means there is less food in the stomach at any one time.
Carbonated soft drinks with or without sugar.
Chocolate and peppermint.
Acidic foods: tomatoes and tomato-based preparations; citrus fruits and citrus juices.
Cruciferous vegetables:cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
Milk and milk-based products containing calcium and fat, within 2 hours of bedtime.
Paste and glue or any related products.
Sleeping on the left side has been shown to reduce nighttime reflux episodes in patients.
A meta-analysis suggested that elevating the head of the bed is an effective therapy, although this conclusion was only supported by nonrandomized studies. The head of the bed can be elevated by plastic or wooden bed risers that support bed posts or legs, a therapeutic bed wedge pillow, a wedge or an inflatable mattress lifter that fits in between mattress and box spring or a hospital bed with an elevate feature. The height of the elevation is critical and must be at least 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) to be at least minimally effective to prevent the backflow of gastric fluids. Some innerspring mattresses do not work well when inclined and may cause back pain; some prefer foam mattresses. Some practitioners use higher degrees of incline than provided by the commonly suggested 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) and claim greater success.
Other lifestyle modifications
Avoidance of smoking.
Weight reduction in overweight or obese people.
Avoiding tight garments in those with abdominal obesity.
A number of drugs are approved to treat GERD, and are among the most-often-prescribed forms of medication in most Western countries.
Proton pump inhibitors (such as omeprazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole, lansoprazole, and rabeprazole) are the most effective in reducing gastric acid secretion. These drugs stop acid secretion at the source of acid production, i.e., the proton pump.
Gastric H2 receptor blockers (such as ranitidine, famotidine and cimetidine) can reduce gastric secretion of acid. These drugs are technically antihistamines. They relieve complaints in about 50% of all GERD patients. Compared to placebo (which also is associated with symptom improvement), they have a number needed to treat (NNT) of eight (8).
Antacids before meals or symptomatically after symptoms begin can reduce gastric acidity (increase pH).
Alginic acid (Gaviscon) may coat the mucosa as well as increase pH and decrease reflux. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials suggests alginic acid may be the most effective of non-prescription treatments with a NNT of four.
Prokinetics strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and speed up gastric emptying. Cisapride, a member of this class, was withdrawn from the market for causing long QT syndrome. Reglan (metoclopramide) is a prokinetic with a better side-effect profile.
Can anyone agree on ewhat is the best calcium suppliment? calcium carbonate, vs Calcium Citrate or other kinds
whats the difference between Calcium Citrate, and Calcium carbonate? There are more types of calcium as well including coral calcium, which ones work and which ones do not? They all need vitamins D and K to be effective?
Calcium carbonate is used in antacids . It makes you have a lot of gas/belching and the most common side effect is constipation. If you take vit D or eat milk products with calcium carbonate you can give yourself milk alkili syndrome (headache, pee a lot, not hungry, nausea, vomiting, fatigue). So, I don't think I would take that one.
What is the treatment for post nasal drip?
I have had sinusitis problem during adolescence and now I am 46 yrs. Of late, there is a constant mucous congestion in the throat but no other sinus related symptoms like nose block,headache etc.
Treatment For Post-Nasal Drip
A correct diagnosis requires a detailed ear, nose, and throat exam and possible laboratory, endoscopic, and x-ray studies. Each treatment is different:
Bacterial infection, when present, is treated with antibiotics. These drugs may provide only temporary relief. In cases of chronic sinusitis, surgery to open the blocked sinuses may be required.
Allergy is managed by avoiding the cause if possible. Antihistamines and decongestants, cromolyn and steroid (cortisone type) nasal sprays, and other forms of steroids may offer relief. Immunotherapy (allergy shots) also may be helpful. However, some older, sedating antihistamines may dry and thicken post-nasal secretions even more; newer nonsedating antihistamines, available by prescription only, do not have this effect. Decongestants can aggravate high blood pressure, heart, and thyroid disease. Steroid sprays generally may be used safely under medical supervision. Oral and injectable steroids rarely produce serious complications in short-term use. Because significant side-effects can occur, steroids must be monitored carefully when used for more than one week.
Gastroesophageal reflux is treated by elevating the head of the bed six to eight inches, avoiding foods and beverages for two to three hours before bedtime, and eliminating alcohol and caffeine from the daily diet. Antacids (e.g., Maalox , Mylanta , Gaviscon ) and drugs that block stomach acid production (e.g., Zantac , Tagamet , Pepcid ) or more powerful medications may be prescribed. A trial treatment may be suggested before x-rays and other diagnostic studies are performed.
General measures for thinning secretions so they can pass more easily may be recommended when it is not possible to determine whether an existing structural abnormality is causing the post-nasal drip or if some other condition is to blame.
Many people, especially older persons, need more fluids to thin secretions. Drinking more water, eliminating caffeine, and avoiding diuretics (fluid pills) will help. Mucous-thinning agents such as guaifenesin (Humibid , Robitussin ) may also thin secretions.
Nasal irrigations may alleviate thickened secretions. These can be performed two to four times a day either with a nasal douche device or a Water Pik with a nasal irrigation nozzle. Warm water with baking soda or salt (1/2 to 1 tsp. to the pint) or Alkalol , a nonprescription irrigating solution (full strength or diluted by half warm water), may be helpful. Finally, use of simple saline (salt) nonprescription nasal sprays (e.g., Ocean , Ayr , or Nasal ) to moisten the nose is often very beneficial.