This month the following research on herbs and health has caught my eye.
1. A new laboratory study has found that pomegranate can repair liver damage.
2. A new study in New York is looking at the affects poor diet has on brain function. In particular the links between junk food and poor concentration and aggressive behaviour.
4. Phytoestrogens such as soy, red clover and liquorice in a new study have been shown to prevent and treat metabolic syndrome.
5. A new laboratory study has shown that rosebay willowherb contains plant constituents that suggest its effectiveness in treating benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).
6. Red sage has been used traditionally to treat fatty liver disease and has been studied recently to find out if it can be used in hospitals. Further studies are being undertaken.
9. Beetroot juice has been shown to increase exercise tolerance in a new study.
11. An extract of broom could be in your next sun cream, as a new laboratory study has found that it can protect skin from UV rays.
12. A new controversial recommendation was announced that people with 10% risk of developing cardiovascular disease would be advised by their GPs to take statins. The threshold has halved as previously the risk was 20% before statins were suggested. Many believe a more natural approach should be tried before statins are introduced.