When to wash your hands and other tips to beware and do

Everybody in Myanmar ask this question? Here is what I know and follow care tips of myself.
After arrive home from public places.
After going into toilet.
After touching pets and animals.
After using phone, tablet and others.
After touching remotes, TV, light switch and etc.
After touching eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
After coughing, sneezing and etc.
After touching money or handling money, credit card and every cards.
Before and after touching everything.
Before eating anything or taking anything.
Don’t ever touch door knob, bell and aluminum or steel pipe on balcony or wall or etc with barehanded.
Clean your environment and around you everyday.
Planting a plant, gardening, listening music, singing, dancing, doing house works, cleaning your room and apartment, feeding birds and etc are things you can do at home without harmful and feeling ok.

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Do salt and warm water gargling if you feel dusty or dry in mouth and lungs. Might do it after arrive from public places and outside. Do water rinse cleansing your nose by inhale and exhale slowly after arriving home. 0

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Corona virus is already infected in our lungs without knowing, it doesn’t show the symptoms yet until our immune system get weaken. Be aware everyone stay at home and keep away from everyone is only be safe for others and family members. Boosting immune system for not getting lose yourself to it.

 

Brain Eating Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) Infection

Brain eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) infection facts

Naegleria fowleri is also known as the brain eating amoeba.

  • Naegleria fowleri is an ameba (amoeba) that is common throughout the world and lives in soil and warm freshwater. When conditions are favorable, usually summer, it multiplies rapidly.
  • Naegleria fowleri infects people when warm freshwater, containing amebae, forcefully enters the nose. This can occur through water-related activities, including recreational swimming, jumping, or diving. Sports like water skiing or tubing behind a boat are a risk.
  • Plumbing and water heaters may harbor amoeba including Naegleria fowleri. Neti pots or nasal rinsing with unboiled tap water has caused infection. Hose water on a slip-and-slide toy has also caused disease.
  • Swallowing contaminated water does not cause this brain-eating infection.
  • The amoeba consumes and digests its way into brain tissue, causing primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Naegleria fowleri is often called the “brain-eating amoeba,” which is unfortunately fairly accurate.
  • PAM is uncommonly reported, but it has a 99% fatality rate and often affects young adults who are active and healthy. As of August 2016, 40 cases have been reported in the United States since 2006, up to eight per year.
  • Most U.S. cases have been reported in southern states, however in recent years, cases have been reported as far north as Minnesota. People with PAM have a rapidly progressive illness with fever, headache, stiff neck, and finally coma and death.
  • PAM looks no different than bacterial or viral meningitis. Because bacterial meningitis is common, testing and treatment routinely focuses on bacteria. PAM may look just like bacterial meningitis, and doctors may not know why antibiotics are failing.
  • Naegleria is easy to miss if doctors do not look for it. Like bacterial meningitis, diagnosis requires a spinal tap (lumbar puncture). The spinal fluid must be examined specifically for amebae in the Wright Giemsa stain done for the cell count. They are easier to miss in a wet mount of spinal fluid, which must be fresh and warm. Highly specialized tests are available from the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC Emergency Operations Center offers 24/7 assistance and should be consulted immediately at 770-488-7100.
  • The most important clue for doctors is patient’s forceful exposure to warm fresh water, often up the person’s nasal passages, within the prior 2 weeks. Anyone with such exposure who develops symptoms of meningitis should seek care emergently and tell the doctor about the forceful water exposure.
  • The treatment of choice is a combination of antimicrobials including miltefosine (Impavido), intravenous amphotericin B and several others. Miltefosine (Impavido) is obtainable from Profounda, INC, in Orlando, Florida.
  • Treatment should be started without delay. An infectious diseases doctor should be consulted immediately even if the diagnosis is only suspected.
  • Prevention of PAM is straightforward. Untreated freshwater of any kind, especially during hot months or in hot springs, should be kept out of the nose. Entering the water during these periods should be avoided, the head should be kept dry above water, or nose clips should be used.

Naegleria fowleri:

Brain-Eating Amoeba

Risk of Infection and Symptoms

Brain-Eating Amoeba signs and symptoms may start about 1 day to 1 week after exposure; initially symptoms may include:

  • changes in smell and taste,
  • headache,
  • fever,
  • stiff neck,
  • nausea, and vomiting.

The patient may have confusion, ataxia (wobbliness), and seizures; and rapidly worsen over about 3 to 7 days with death occurring about 7 to 14 days after exposure.

What is Naegleria fowleri?

Naegleria fowleri is a heat-loving, single-celled amoeba (also spelled amoeba) in the phylum of protozoa called Percolozoa. It is free-living, meaning that it normally lives in freshwater and soil, consuming organic matter and bacteria. The organism goes through three stages in its life cycle: cyst, flagellate, and trophozoite. Cysts are highly stable in the environment and can withstand near-freezing temperatures. The flagellate form is an intermediate stage that moves about but does not consume nutrients or reproduce. The trophozoite form is the active, eating, reproducing phase. Animals and humans are “accidental hosts.” PAM occurs only when an animal or human enters the environment at a time when amebae are actively reproducing and seeking food. Naegleria are “thermophilic,” meaning that they become active in warm water during summer months. They live in both tropical and temperate climates throughout the world. The organism is commonly found in any freshwater, including rivers, lakes, drainage ditches, ponds, or any other water exposed to soil. It is also common in hot springs (geothermal water) or in localized areas where warmer water is discharged into lakes. Where the water temperature is cool, Naegleria will encyst. The protective cyst form may be found in the sediment at the bottom of lakes, where it survives winters. The most infectious form is the trophozoite stage, but cysts may also become infectious within a few hours of detecting favorable conditions. The flagellated stage can become a trophozoite within minutes.

It has been found in poorly chlorinated and unchlorinated swimming pools, as well as water parks using non-chlorine-based water treatment methods. In 2016, a young woman contracted amebic meningoencephalitis after white water rafting at a popular artificial rafting park in North Carolina. The park did not use recommended chlorination as for swimming pools. Public health authorities found extremely high levels of Naegleria fowleri in the water.

Travelers outside the U.S. may also be exposed to Naegleria due to variances in water treatment. In 2013, an American boy was infected after swimming in an unchlorinated hotel pool in Costa Rica that was fed by a hot spring. In Pakistan, where many water supplies may not have consistent chlorination, several deaths from Naegleria infection occur every year, due to rinsing of the nose with tap water prior to prayer. In 2015, a young woman contracted Naegleria infection after visiting a popular water resort in Pakistan.

In recent years, Naegleria fowleri was discovered in public drinking water and plumbing in New Orleans. Naegleria is resistant to low levels of chlorine, and chlorine dissipates the further treated water travels from a treatment plant. This was discovered after three fatal cases in which the only risk factors were flushing of sinuses with tap water and playing on a hose-fed Slip ‘N Slide. Naegleria was found in the hose, in drinking water, and hot water heaters in these cases. Australia has known of Naegleria in drinking water for 30 years, when the first cases of PAM were described related to public drinking water. Since then, Australia has maintained a water treatment system that eliminates it. Louisiana implemented the Australian model in 2013, which includes regular monitoring for Naegleria and chlorine and increasing chlorine for 60 days if the ameba is found. (This is called a “chlorine burn.”)

While most cases of amebic meningoencephalitis in the U.S. have been reported in the southern-tier states, warming temperature trends have shifted cases north as far as Maryland and Minnesota in recent years.

Naegleria fowleri cannot live in saltwater and is not found in the ocean.

Although there are many species of Naegleria, only Naegleria fowleri causes human and animal infection. There are other free-living amoebae that cause human disease, including Balamuthia mandrillaris, various Acanthamoeba species, and Sappinia species.

What causes a Naegleria fowleri infection?

N. fowleri exposure occurs when warm fresh water is forced up the nose when swimming, diving, water skiing, playing with hose-fed water toys, or other recreational activity. Public drinking water and well water may also pose a risk. Although contact with infected water is common in the United States, symptomatic disease caused by N. fowleri is not often reported. Naegleria infection mainly affects the nervous system.

PAM occurs when N. fowleri is aspirated or forced high into the nasal cavity. The ameba produces enzymes that digest mucus and protein, which it swallows up with its “food cups” or amoebastomes. N. fowleri is attracted to chemicals released by nerve cells. The olfactory nerves (nerves of smell) travel from the roof of the nasal cavity through openings in the skull (cribriform plate) into the base of the brain. The ameba consumes the nerve cells, migrating along these tracts until it reaches the brain. The brain is an especially rich food source, with high oxygen levels, glucose, and living cells. Damage to the brain is caused by severe inflammation, direct injury, and bleeding. Death is caused by the resulting severe swelling of the brain tissue.

Why I show this ameba?

Naegleria is an ameba (single-celled living organism) commonly found in warm freshwater (for example, lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil. It also can change the cause of damage in body of the host if immune system is weaken. It can get into your lungs by dusty air after bush fires or indoor dust or sweeping outside ground because it lives in both water and soil. Its dangerous because it can even change faces and type and even names.

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https://www.medicinenet.com/naegleria_infection/article.htm

Benefits of Konbu (Red Algae)

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Kombu: The Seaweed that Improves Digestion, Thyroid Function & More

It’s no secret that most Americans consume an unhealthy diet, which is perhaps the leading reason there are so many health issues in the U.S. In fact, compared to Japan, Americans are more likely to develop heart disease and cancer. But if we change the way we eat to reflect more of the healthier countries out there, perhaps we can begin to reverse this trend. Kombu, a Japanese staple, is a good place to start.

Kombu is an edible kelp found in the sea forests, also known as kelp forests. These forests are very beneficial by providing an important ecosystem for the organisms that live between the sea floor and the surface of the ocean. As such, the seaweed absorbs a vast array of nutrients, making it a powerful, health-promoting food. That’s right, seaweed is the new superfood — so let’s find out just what amazing abilities kombu holds.


Kombu Benefits

1. Improves Digestion and Reduces Gas

Kombu contains certain amino acids that can help break down the heavy starches found in foods like beans. This allows for them to be digested much easier. The glutamic acid found in this seaweed provides its pleasantly savory flavor while the fiber helps digestion overall.

Kombu is also able to minimize the gas-producing effects beans may have. For those who struggle with intestinal gas, it’s often due to a missing enzymes required to break down raffinose sugars that are found in beans. The bacteria in the gut loves these sugars, releasing hydrogen and carbon dioxide and therefore gas and even bloated stomach as well. Kombu contains the digestive enzymes that can offer a more pleasing experience when consuming legumes.

2. Potentially Helps Prevent Cancer

Sea vegetables may offer cancer-preventing benefits. We know that inflammation and chronic oxidative stress are risk factors for development of cancer, and because kombu, and other sea vegetables, are known to provide anti-inflammatory benefits, scientists are examining sea vegetables as cancer-fighting foods.

Consuming sea vegetables may affect a woman’s normal menstrual cycle, affecting the total cumulative estrogen secretion that occurs over a long period of time. Too much estrogen can put women at high risk of breast cancer, yet kombu may offer some benefits. Healthy cholesterol levels are needed to produce estrogen, and kombu may be the perfect choice to help keep cholesterol levels in check.

A Chinese study published in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules revealed that kombu may have an antitumor effect on liver cancer. Tumors were inhibited in mice who were injected with the seaweed extract, with researchers concluding that “LJP exerts antitumor effect and can be used as a therapeutic agent for cancer.”

3. Aids in Staving Off Anemia

Iron plays an important role in body function due to its role in the production of hemoglobin, which is what carries oxygen through that blood as well as provides healthy cells, skin, hair and nails. Kombu may be able to provide the much-needed iron to maintain good health. Anemia caused by an iron deficiency is quite common and occurs due to the lack of healthy red blood cells. The missing component causes the body to lack hemoglobin production. These red blood cells have the job of carrying oxygen to the tissues throughout the body while removing carbon dioxide.

If you are low in iron or out of your stores, you may feel tired and have shortness of breath. Those most at risk are women who menstruate, are pregnant or breast-feeding, anyone who has had major surgery, vegans and vegetarians, or someone who has ulcerative colitis to, name a few. Thankfully, the iron content in sea vegetables helps prevent both iron deficiency and anemic symptoms, including kombu.

4. Improves Thyroid Function

Kombu not only contains iodine — it has the highest amount of iodine of all the seaweeds, making it one of the most iodine-rich foods in the world. Iodine is important in our diets for healthy hormone production and a properly functioning thyroid. It may even help anyone who battles hypothyroidism, though monitoring intake is critical for if undergoing serious thyroid problems.

According to a report published in Thyroid Research, iodine is crucial for thyroid hormone synthesis and believed to provide antioxidants that may even help prevent heart disease and cancer. Seaweeds have the ability to soak up the natural salts found in the ocean with some varieties containing over 30,000 times the iodine concentration found in the deep blue sea.

The American Thyroid organization states that because our bodies don’t naturally make iodine, it’s important to make sure you get the daily requirements in order to have a properly functioning thyroid. About 40 percent of people in the world are at risk for iodine deficiency, making kombu a great way to incorporate it into your diet.

5. Combats Rheumatoid Arthritis

Kombu contains fucoidan, which is a sulfated polysaccharide found in various species of brown algae and brown seaweed. A study conducted by the Affiliated Hospital of Changchun University of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Department of Medical Affairs investigated the effects of kombu against rheumatoid arthritis by evaluating the cell invasion process of the seaweed. It appears that the arthritis-causing inflamed cells were significantly impaired by the fucoidan treatment, reducing the survival of the bad cells. Because of this, researchers believe it’s a possible treatment for rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

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How to Use Kombu

Kombu, dried over a fire until crisp, is usually found in strips, squares or circles. These pieces are also known as kiri. This seaweed can be found as a fine powder called Saimatsu.

You may be wondering if there’s a relationship between kombu and kombucha, and in fact there is, sort of. This fine powder can make a tea — however, it’s likely that the association is more connected to the SCOBY, or mushroom-like bacteria, used to make kombucha and its resemblance to soft floating seaweed. Doshi kombu is a form of stock used for soups, and there is even a form used as fertilizer.

To cook with it, you can add a three- to four-inch strip to beans as they cook, or add it to your soup recipes. It’s an edible sea vegetable, so once the cooking process has completed, pull out the kombu, chop it into small pieces and place it back into the pot.

If you add it to precooked beans or cans of soup, soak it for about 20 minutes, then add the seaweed and the soaking water to the pot to get all the minerals.

It’s best to purchase organic kombu to avoid chemical residues.


Kombu Nutrition

A half piece of dried kombu (three grams) contains about:

  • 5 calories
  • 1 gram carbohydrates
  • 1 gram fiber
  • 20 milligrams calcium (2 percent DV)

In addition, five grams of most sea vegetables contain about:

  • 1.8 grams protein
  • 750 micrograms iodine (500 percent DV)
  • 12.2 milligrams vitamin C (16 percent DV)
  • 0.3 milligrams manganese (16 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligram vitamin B2 (11 percent DV)
  • 81 micrograms vitamin A (9 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligram copper (9 percent DV)
  • 111 milligrams potassium (3 percent DV)
  • 0.6 milligram iron (3 percent DV)
  • 0.3 milligram zinc (3 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligram vitamin B6 (3 percent DV)
  • 0.5 milligram vitamin B3 (3 percent DV)
  • 18 milligrams phosphorus (3 percent DV)

Kombu History and Interesting Facts

Most popular in East Asia, kombu is an edible kelp or seaweed that provides lots of nutritional benefits straight from the sea, making it yet another super seaweed similar to its cousin, wakame. The Japanese may call it konbu, while the Koreans refer to it as dashima, and the Chinese call it haidai. Regardless, kombu comes from the Laminariaceae family, as do wakame, arame and kurome — other forms of sea kelp. Most kombu is from the species Saccharina japonica (Laminaria japonica) and is extensively cultivated on ropes in the seas of Japan and Korea. In fact, more than 90 percent of Japanese kombu is cultivated, mostly in Hokkaidō, but also as far south as the Seto Inland Sea.

Kombu offers tons of minerals, such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. Brown algae, like this seaweed, offer a rich source of iodine and vanadium, also a mineral found in sea vegetables, may help convert existing blood sugars into storable starches, which could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

It’s been reported that it’s somewhat difficult to find historical information regarding seaweed because it easily decomposes — however, some evidence has pointed toward the wakame seaweed, which has been found in the ruins of the Jomon Period. This information, and some documentation that dates back as far as 12,000 B.C., has lea researchers to think that kombu was eaten at about that time too.

Kombu was offered as a tribute to the Yamato Court, among others, but it was during the Muromachi Period that a new drying technique was discovered, allowing the kombu to be stored for a few days or so. This gave way to exportation of it as a product. Kombu is also a staple of Okinawan cuisine, which differs from mainland Japanese cuisine.

It wasn’t until 1867 that the word “kombu” first appeared in an English-language publication. It took some time before dried kombu was exported from Japan, occurring in the 1960s. Asian food shops and restaurants were the first to offer it — however, now it can be found in some supermarkets, health food stores and specialty shops.

It’s pretty well-known that the Japanese have a long life expectancy, partially due to the low rate of some cancers. Part of what makes a difference is their high iodine intake from seaweeds. Numerous sources cite some pretty phenomenal Japanese health statistics, which are believed to have a relation to the high seaweed intake:

  • The Japanese average life span is about five years longer than U.S. averages.
  • It was reported that in 1999, breast cancer death rates were three times higher in the U.S. than in Japan.
  • Studies showed that breast cancer rates, in those who came to the U.S. from Japan, jumped from 20 per 100,000 to 30 per 100,000.
  • The rate of prostate cancer in the U.S. in 2002 was 10 times higher than in Japan.
  • Deaths associated with heart conditions in both men and women aged 35–74 are higher in the U.S. than in Japan.
  • Infant deaths were reported as 50 percent higher in the U.S. in 2004 than in Japan.
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Kombu Recipes

You can make a delicious stock using kombu that can be incorporated into almost anything from soups to beans and more. This recipe is about as simple as it gets too.

Kombu Stock

INGREDIENTS

  • 4–6 cups water
  • 6-inch piece dried kombu

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a pot on the stove, combine 4–6 cups of water and a 6-inch piece of dried kombu.
  2. Allow the kombu to soak for about 15–20 minutes, then bring to a simmer, uncovered, over medium heat.
  3. Remove the kombu from the pot, and save it to use in the another dish.

You can use the kombu one or two more times before discarding. To reuse, add to soup or beans, or repeat this process. If you want to take it even further for optimal benefits, combine this with my bone broth recipe for an amazing pot of nutrition!

Tip: Lightly score the the kombu to release more flavor.

You can try the following recipes as well:

  • Kombu Seaweed Salad
  • Kombu Squash Soup

Kombu Risks

As noted earlier, if you suffer from thyroid problems or are on potassium medication, please take extra caution by consulting your doctor. All seaweed contains iodine, and with kombu’s high iodine content, it could result in daily consumption of about 240 times more than recommended. This would well exceed the “highest known tolerable upper limit by 800 percent.” These high levels may suppress thyroid function and, over time, cause goitre. Some could even experience toxicity, depending on how much you consume and if you have underlying issues.

Final Thoughts on Kombu

Kombu is an edible kelp found in sea forests that’s been shown to improve digestion, reduce gas, potentially help prevent cancer, aid in staving off anemia, improve thyroid function and combat arthritis.

It can provide a delicious addition to soups, stews and more while offering quite a nutritional bundle, given that it’s filled with useful minerals. Consider trying one of the recipes above, and if you aren’t so sure, use half the amount to start.

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Kombu: The Seaweed that Improves Digestion, Thyroid Function & More!

Herbal Awareness

Herbal-awareness

Awareness to take if you want to use this home remedy or vegetables for medicinal use

Ginger

Don’t use if you have

  1. Hypotension
  2. Hemophilia
  3. Anemia
  4. Lukemia
  5. Allergic reaction with ginger

Garlic

Don’t use if you have

  1. Hypotension
  2. HIV/HPV
  3. Allergic reaction with garlic

Onion

Don’t use if you have

  1. Allergic reaction with onion

Turmeric

Don’t use if you have

  1. Hypertension
  2. Gallbladder
  3. Ulcers
  4. Kidney disease
  5. Liver disease

Beware and make a good choice with other herb too with your health conditions and diseases.

People with HIV/HPV can’t use echinacea, st. john’s wort, garlic and ginseng.

WHO guidelines to prevent COVID-19 and others you still need to follow

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WHO show off these guidelines for prevent COVID-19 but still lack of information to follow the full prevention steps. I use natural antiseptic potion like vinegar water and rose water. But vinegar water is use for kitchen wares, tv, laptop, smart phones and etc cleaning. Rose water is use for emergency rinse for eyes, nose, mouth and wounds. Dettol multipurpose is use for bathroom, toilet, clothes and clean everything in your room and outside your house including air conditioner. Plant trees and etc for give you fresh air.

Note: Wash everything when get back home after going out. You must do cleaning every parts of your house and office and everything you touch for prevent yourself.

10 Delicious Herbs and Spices With Powerful Health Benefits

10 Delicious Herbs and Spices With Powerful Health Benefits

The use of herbs and spices has been incredibly important throughout history.

Many were celebrated for their medicinal properties, well before culinary use.

Modern science has now shown that many of them do indeed carry remarkable health benefits.

Here are 10 of the world’s healthiest herbs and spices, supported by research.

 

1. Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar Levels and Has a Powerful Anti-Diabetic Effect

Cinnamon is a popular spice, found in all sorts of recipes and baked goods.

It contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde, which is responsible for cinnamon’s medicinal properties (1).

Cinnamon has potent antioxidant activity, helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

But where cinnamon really shines is in its effects on blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon can lower blood sugar by several mechanisms, including by slowing the breakdown of carbs in the digestive tract and improving insulin sensitivity.

Studies have shown that cinnamon can lower fasting blood sugars by 10-29% in diabetic patients, which is a significant amount.

The effective dose is typically 0.5-2 teaspoons of cinnamon per day, or 1-6 grams.

Bottom Line: Cinnamon has numerous health benefits, and is particularly effective at lowering blood sugar levels.

2. Sage Can Improve Brain Function and Memory

Sage gets its name from the Latin word Salvere, which means “to save.”

It had a strong reputation for its healing properties during the middle ages, and was even used to help prevent the plague.

Current research indicates that sage may be able to improve brain function and memory, especially in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is accompanied by a drop in the level of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger in the brain. Sage inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine.

In a 4-month study of 42 individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, sage extract was shown to produce significant improvements in brain function.

Other studies have also shown that sage can improve memory function in healthy people, both young and old.

Bottom Line: There is promising evidence that sage extract can improve brain and memory function, especially in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Peppermint Relieves IBS Pain and May Reduce Nausea

Peppermint has a long history of use in folk medicine and aromatherapy.

As is the case with many herbs, it is the oily component that contains the agents responsible for the health effects.

Many studies have shown that peppermint oil can improve pain management in irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.

It appears to work by relaxing the smooth muscles in the colon, which relieves pain experienced during bowel movements. It also helps to reduce abdominal bloating, which is a common digestive symptom.

There are also some studies showing that peppermint in aromatherapy can help fight nausea.

In a study of over 1,100 women in labor, peppermint aromatherapy caused significant reductions in nausea. It has also been shown to reduce nausea after surgery and C-section births.

Bottom Line: The natural oil in peppermint provides pain relief for those with IBS. It also has potent anti-nausea effects when used in aromatherapy.

4. Turmeric Contains Curcumin, a Substance With Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.

It contains several compounds with medicinal properties, the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin is a remarkably powerful antioxidant, helping to fight oxidative damage and boosting the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.

This is important, because oxidative damage is believed to be one of the key mechanisms behind ageing and many diseases.

Curcumin is also strongly anti-inflammatory, to the point where it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.

Given that long-term, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic Western disease, it is not suprising to see that curcumin is linked to a variety of health benefits.

Studies suggest that it can improve brain function, fight Alzheimer’s, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and relieve arthritis, to name a few.

Bottom Line: Studies have shown that curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, has major benefits for many aspects of health.

5. Holy Basil Helps Fight Infections and Boosts Immunity

Not to be confused with regular basil or thai basil, holy basil is considered a sacred herb in India.

Studies show that holy basil can inhibit the growth of a range of bacteria, yeasts and molds.

One small study also found that it can boost function of the immune system by increasing certain immune cells in the blood.

Holy basil is also linked to reduced blood sugar levels before and after meals, as well as treating anxiety and anxiety-related depression.

However, these studies were quite small, and more research is needed before any recommendations can be made.

Bottom Line: Holy basil appears to improve immune function and inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds.

6. Cayenne Pepper Contains Capsaicin, Which Helps Reduce Appetite and May Have Anti-Cancer Properties

Cayenne pepper is a type of chili pepper used to prepare spicy dishes.

The active ingredient in it is called capsaicin, which has been shown to reduce appetite and increase fat burning in many studies.

For this reason, it is a common ingredient in many commercial weight loss supplements.

One study found that adding 1 gram of red pepper to meals reduced appetite and increased fat burning in people who did not regularly eat peppers.

However, there was no effect in people who were accustomed to eating spicy food, indicating that a tolerance to the effects can build up.

Some animal studies have also found capsaicin to combat certain forms of cancer, including lung, liver and prostate cancer.

Of course, these observed anti-cancer effects are far from being proven in humans, so take all of this with a big grain of salt.

Bottom Line: Cayenne pepper is very rich in a substance called capsaicin, which reduces appetite and boosts fat burning. It has also shown anti-cancer potential in animal studies.

7. Ginger Can Treat Nausea and Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Ginger is a popular spice used in several forms of alternative medicine.

Studies have consistently shown that 1 gram or more of ginger can successfully treat nausea.

This includes nausea caused by morning sickness, chemotherapy and sea sickness.

Ginger also appears to have strong anti-inflammatory properties, and can help with pain management .

One study in subjects at risk for colon cancer found that 2 grams of ginger extract per day decreased markers for colon inflammation in the same way as aspirin.

Other research found that a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, mastic, and sesame oil decreased pain and stiffness experienced by those with osteoarthritis. It had a similar effectiveness as treatment with aspirin or ibuprofen.

Bottom Line: 1 gram of ginger appears to be an effective treatment for many types of nausea. It is also anti-inflammatory, and can help reduce pain.

8. Fenugreek Improves Blood Sugar Control

Fenugreek was commonly used in Ayurveda, particularly to enhance libido and masculinity.

While its effects on testosterone levels are inconclusive, fenugreek does seem to have beneficial effects on blood sugar.

It contains the plant protein 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which can improve the function of the hormone insulin.

Many human studies have shown that at least 1 gram of fenugreek extract per day can lower blood sugar levels, particularly in diabetics.

Bottom Line: Fenugreek has been shown to improve the function of insulin, leading to significant reductions in blood sugar levels.

9. Rosemary Can Help Prevent Allergies and Nasal Congestion

The active ingredient in rosemary is called rosmarinic acid.

This substance has been shown to suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion.

In a study with 29 individuals, both 50 and 200 mg doses of Rosmarinic acid were shown to suppress allergy symptoms.

The number of immune cells in nasal mucus also decreased, with reduced congestion.

Bottom Line: Rosmarinic acid has anti-inflammatory effects that appear to suppress allergy symptoms and reduce nasal congestion.

10. Garlic Can Combat Sickness and Improve Heart Health

Throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its medicinal properties (69).

We now know that most of these health effects are due to a compound called allicin, which is also responsible for garlic’s distinct smell.

Garlic supplementation is well known for combatting sickness, including the common cold.

If you often get colds, then adding more garlic to your diet could be incredibly helpful.

There is also convincing evidence for beneficial effects on heart health.

For those with high cholesterol, garlic supplementation appears to reduce total and/or LDL cholesterol by about 10-15%.

Human studies have also found garlic supplementation to cause significant reductions in blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

In one study, it was just as effective as a blood pressure lowering drug.

 

6 Science-Based Health Benefits of Oregano

6 Science-Based Health Benefits of Oregano

Oregano is considered a staple herb in many cuisines around the world.

It has a strong flavor and brings warmth to dishes, along with a hint of subtle sweetness.

It can be found fresh, dried or as an oil, and all are said to have significant health benefits.

Though typically used in small amounts, oregano packs in some important nutrients. Just one teaspoon of dried oregano can fulfill about 8% of your daily vitamin K needs (1).

From helping fight bacteria to reducing inflammation, studies have unearthed some of its impressive potential benefits.

This article looks at 6 evidence-based health benefits of oregano.

1. Rich in Antioxidants

Oregano is rich in antioxidants, which are compounds that help fight damage from harmful free radicals in the body.

The buildup of free radicals has been linked to chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Several test-tube studies have found that oregano and oregano oil are high in antioxidants.

Oregano essential oil is especially high in carvacrol and thymol, two antioxidants that can help prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals.

In combination with other high-antioxidant foods like fruits and vegetables, oregano could provide a hearty dose of antioxidants that may help improve your health.

Summary: Oregano is high in antioxidants, which can help prevent damage by neutralizing disease-causing free radicals.

2. May Help Fight Bacteria

Oregano contains certain compounds that have potent antibacterial properties.

One test-tube study showed that oregano essential oil helped block the growth of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, two strains of bacteria that can cause infection.

Another test-tube study found that oregano was effective against 23 species of bacteria.

Furthermore, a test-tube study compared the antimicrobial activity of oregano, sage and thyme essential oils. Oregano was one of the most efficient essential oils against bacteria, second to thyme.

Current research is limited to test-tube studies that have used concentrated amounts of this herb. Thus, further research is needed to determine how these results could affect humans.

Summary: Test-tube studies have found that oregano and its components may be effective against certain strains of bacteria.

3. Could Have Anti-Cancer Properties

Oregano is high in antioxidants. These compounds can not only neutralize free radical damage, but they may also aid in cancer prevention.

Some test-tube studies have shown that oregano and its components may help kill cancer cells.

One test-tube study treated human colon cancer cells with oregano extract and found that it stopped the growth of cancer cells and helped kill them off.

Another test-tube study showed that carvacrol, one of the components in oregano, also helped suppress the growth and spread of colon cancer cells.

However, keep in mind that these were test-tube studies using high amounts of the herb and its compounds. Human studies using typical doses are needed to determine its effects.

Summary: Oregano is high in antioxidants and contains compounds that have been shown to reduce cancer cell growth in some test-tube studies.

4. May Help Reduce Viral Infection

In addition to fighting off bacteria, some test-tube studies have found that oregano and its components may also protect against some viruses.

In particular, carvacrol and thymol are two compounds in oregano that have been associated with antiviral properties.

In one test-tube study, carvacrol inactivated norovirus, a viral infection that causes diarrhea, nausea and stomach pain, within one hour of treatment.

Another test-tube study found that thymol and carvacrol inactivated 90% of the herpes simplex virus within just one hour.

While these results are promising, additional research on how oregano may impact viral infections in humans is needed.

Summary: Carvacrol and thymol are two compounds found in oregano that have been shown to decrease the activity of viruses in some test-tube studies.

5. Could Decrease Inflammation

Inflammation is a normal immune response that occurs as a result of illness or injury.

However, chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to the development of diseases like heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune conditions.

Oregano is rich in antioxidants, which can help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation.

It also contains compounds like carvacrol that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. In one animal study, carvacrol reduced swelling in the paws of mice by up to 57%.

Another animal study showed that a mixture of thyme and oregano essential oils reduced the number of inflammatory markers in mice with colitis, or an inflamed colon.

Remember that these studies looked at the effects of oregano and its components in highly concentrated amounts. Studies are needed to determine how a normal dose could affect inflammation in humans.

Summary: Oregano is high in antioxidants, which may reduce inflammation. Animal studies show that oregano oil and its components could help reduce inflammation.

6. Easy to Add to Your Diet

Though you may think of oregano as a topping reserved solely for pizzas and pasta dishes, this versatile herb can be used in many ways.

Try mixing whole oregano leaves into other greens for a nutrient-packed salad or sprinkling the leaves into chili, soups or stews.

You can also use it to make fresh pesto or salad dressing, season meat dishes or kick up the flavor of homemade sauces.

Oregano is available fresh, dried or as an oil, making it super easy to add to your diet.

Summary: Oregano is available either fresh, dried or as an oil, and it can be added to stews, dressings, sauces, meats and more.

The Bottom Line

Oregano is an herb that boasts some pretty potent benefits when it comes to your health.

It is high in antioxidants and may help fight off bacteria and viruses, potentially reduce the growth of cancer cells and help alleviate inflammation.

However, current research is limited to test-tube and animal studies. Further research is needed to determine its potential effects in humans.

Luckily, oregano is versatile, easy to add to your diet and can be incorporated into a wide variety of recipes in either fresh, dried or oil form.

15 Impressive Herbs with Antiviral Activity to boost immunity

15 Impressive Herbs with Antiviral Activity

Nature antibiotics

Since ancient times, herbs have been used as natural treatments for various illnesses, including viral infections.

Due to their concentration of potent plant compounds, many herbs help fight viruses and are favored by practitioners of natural medicine.

At the same time, the benefits of some herbs are only supported by limited human research, so you should take them with a grain of salt.

Here are 15 herbs with powerful antiviral activity.

1. Oregano

Oregano is a popular herb in the mint family that’s known for its impressive medicinal qualities. Its plant compounds, which include carvacrol, offer antiviral properties.

In a test-tube study, both oregano oil and isolated carvacrol reduced the activity of murine norovirus (MNV) within 15 minutes of exposure.

MNV is highly contagious and the primary cause of stomach flu in humans. It is very similar to human norovirus and used in scientific studies because human norovirus is notoriously difficult to grow in laboratory settings.

Oregano oil and carvacrol have also been shown to exhibit antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1); rotavirus, a common cause of diarrhea in infants and children; and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes respiratory infections.

2. Sage

Also a member of the mint family, sage is an aromatic herb that has long been used in traditional medicine to treat viral infections.

The antiviral properties of sage are mostly attributed to compounds called safficinolide and sage one, which are found in the leaves and stem of the plant.

Test-tube research indicates that this herb may fight human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), which can lead to AIDS. In one study, sage extract significantly inhibited HIV activity by preventing the virus from entering target cells.

Sage has also been shown to combat HSV-1 and Indiana vesiculovirus, which infects farm animals like horses, cows, and pigs.

3. Basil

Many types of basil, including the sweet and holy varieties, may fight certain viral infections.

For example, one test-tube study found that sweet basil extracts, including compounds like apigenin and ursolic acid, exhibited potent effects against herpes viruses, hepatitis B, and enterovirus.

Holy basil, also known as tulsi, has been shown to increase immunity, which may help fight viral infections.

In a 4-week study in 24 healthy adults, supplementing with 300 mg of holy basil extract significantly increased levels of helper T cells and natural killer cells, both of which are immune cells that help protect and defend your body from viral infections.

4. Fennel

Fennel is a licorice-flavored plant that may fight certain viruses.

A test-tube study showed that fennel extract exhibited strong antiviral effects against herpes viruses and parainfluenza type-3 (PI-3), which causes respiratory infections in cattle.

What’s more, trans-anethole, the main component of fennel essential oil, has demonstrated powerful antiviral effects against herpes viruses.

According to animal research, fennel may also boost your immune system and decrease inflammation, which may likewise help combat viral infections.

5. Garlic

Garlic is a popular natural remedy for a wide array of conditions, including viral infections.

In a study in 23 adults with warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), applying garlic extract to affected areas twice daily eliminated the warts in all of them after 1–2 weeks.

Additionally, older test-tube studies note that garlic may have antiviral activity against influenza A and B, HIV, HSV-1, viral pneumonia, and rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. However, current research is lacking.

Animal and test-tube studies indicate that garlic enhances immune system response by stimulating protective immune cells, which may safeguard against viral infections.

6. Lemon balm

Lemon balm is a lemony plant that’s commonly used in teas and seasonings. It’s also celebrated for its medicinal qualities.

Lemon balm extract is a concentrated source of potent essential oils and plant compounds that have antiviral activity.

Test-tube research has shown that it has antiviral effects against avian influenza (bird flu), herpes viruses, HIV-1, and enterovirus 71, which can cause severe infections in infants and children.

7. Peppermint

Peppermint is known to have powerful antiviral qualities and commonly added to teas, extracts, and tinctures meant to naturally treat viral infections.

Its leaves and essential oils contain active components, including menthol and rosmarinic acid, which have antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity.

In a test-tube study, peppermint-leaf extract exhibited potent antiviral activity against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and significantly decreased levels of inflammatory compounds.

8. Rosemary

Rosemary is frequently used in cooking but likewise has therapeutic applications due to its numerous plant compounds, including oleanolic acid.

Oleanolic acid has displayed antiviral activity against herpes viruses, HIV, influenza, and hepatitis in animal and test-tube studies.

Plus, rosemary extract has demonstrated antiviral effects against herpes viruses and hepatitis A, which affects the liver.

9. Echinacea

Echinacea is one of the most popularly used ingredients in herbal medicine due to its impressive health-promoting properties. Many parts of the plant, including its flowers, leaves, and roots, are used for natural remedies.

In fact, Echinacea purpurea, a variety that produces cone-shaped flowers, was used by Native Americans to treat a wide array of conditions, including viral infections.

Several test-tube studies suggest that certain varieties of echinacea, including E. pallida, E. angustifolia, and E. purpurea, are particularly effective at fighting viral infections like herpes and influenza.

Notably, E. purpurea is thought to have immune-boosting effects as well, making it particularly useful for treating viral infections.

10. Sambucus

Sambucus is a family of plants also called elder. Elderberries are made into a variety of products, such as elixirs and pills, that are used to naturally treat viral infections like the flu and common cold.

A study in mice determined that concentrated elderberry juice suppressed influenza virus replication and stimulated immune system response.

What’s more, in a review of 4 studies in 180 people, elderberry supplements were found to substantially reduce upper respiratory symptoms caused by viral infections.

11. Licorice

Licorice has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and other natural practices for centuries.

Glycyrrhizin, liquiritigenin, and glabridin are just some of the active substances in licorice that have powerful antiviral properties.

Test-tube studies demonstrate that licorice root extract is effective against HIV, RSV, herpes viruses, and severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which causes a serious type of pneumonia.

12. Astragalus

Astragalus is a flowering herb popular in traditional Chinese medicine. It boasts Astragalus polysaccharide (APS), which has significant immune-enhancing and antiviral qualities.

Test-tube and animal studies show that astragalus combats herpes viruses, hepatitis C, and avian influenza H9 virus.

Plus, test-tube studies suggest that APS may protect human astrocyte cells, the most abundant type of cell in the central nervous system, from infection with herpes.

13. Ginger

Ginger products, such as elixirs, teas, and lozenges, are popular natural remedies — and for good reason. Ginger has been shown to have impressive antiviral activity thanks to its high concentration of potent plant compounds.

Test-tube research demonstrates that ginger extract has antiviral effects against avian influenza, RSV, and feline calicivirus (FCV), which is comparable to human norovirus.

Additionally, specific compounds in ginger, such as gingerols and zingerone, have been found to inhibit viral replication and prevent viruses from entering host cells.

14. Ginseng

Ginseng, which can be found in Korean and American varieties, is the root of plants in the Panax family. Long used in traditional Chinese medicine, it has been shown to be particularly effective at fighting viruses.

In animal and test-tube studies, Korean red ginseng extract has exhibited significant effects against RSV, herpes viruses, and hepatitis A.

Plus, compounds in ginseng called ginsenosides have antiviral effects against hepatitis B, norovirus, and coxsackieviruses, which are associated with several serious diseases — including an infection of the brain called meningoencephalitis.

15. Dandelion

Dandelions are widely regarded as weeds but have been studied for multiple medicinal properties, including potential antiviral effects.

Test-tube research indicates that dandelion may combat hepatitis B, HIV, and influenza.

Moreover, one test-tube study noted that dandelion extract inhibited the replication of dengue, a mosquito-borne virus that causes dengue fever. This disease, which can be fatal, triggers symptoms like high fever, vomiting, and muscle pain .

The bottom line

Herbs have been used as natural remedies since ancient times.

Common kitchen herbs, such as basil, sage, and oregano, as well as lesser-known herbs like astragalus and sambucus, have powerful antiviral effects against numerous viruses that cause infections in humans.

It’s easy to add these powerful herbs to your diet by using them in your favorite recipes or making them into teas.

However, keep in mind that most research has been conducted in test tubes and animals using concentrated extracts. Therefore, it’s unclear whether small doses of these herbs would have the same effects.

If you decide to supplement with extracts, tinctures, or other herbal products, consult your healthcare provider to ensure safe usage.

Make abc soup and eat it every day with cooked rice or noodle everyday to get safe from nCov virus

This is how I make my ABC soup.

For a pot of 2liters soup.. this is what i put into my soup.

1.5 liter of boiling water (more to add on if the water evaporated during the cooking process)
2 potatoes cut into big chunks
1 carrot cut into chunks
1 tomato cut into quaters
Half a garlic (rinse with skin on)
1 onion cut into quarters
About 1 tsp of crushed peppercorns
1 tsp salt
About rm4 pork bones or chicken bones

1. Blanch the pork bones to get rid of the grimes and smell.
2. Cut up all the vegetables and crush the white peppercorn.
3. Put everything into a pot of boiling water.
4. Boil for at least 2hours, then add in 1tsp salt.
5. Simmer for awhile.
6. Serve hot ^^