Boswellia: Joint Pain, Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer Benefits

Bowellia is a resin from the Indian frankincense tree which appears to have quite amazing effects on pain and inflammation with some possible potential in cancer therapy. It has been studied for its effects on arthritis and joint pain in particular, and is becoming a popular addition to many joint pain relief supplements. Those with knee pain and back pain may receive the most benefit from this special herb as we will see in this research review! Yes, it may be considered a natural pain killer!

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The Placebo Effect - The Benefits and the Risks to the "Sugar Pill"

What is the placebo effect? - It is when you get an effect from something that shouldn’t have that particular effect based on chemical or physical reactions. For example, the most common effect is when inert medications are given (typically a sugar or starch pill) to compare the effect vs. the actual medication, and this is used to separate actual chemical effects from mind based effects.

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5 Ways That You Can Instantly Improve Your Workouts

Want to know how to get a kickass workout today? Want to ditch the chemical filled pre-workout supplements and use your own mind to get the results you want? We have found 5 psychological tricks or “workout hacks” to help improve your exercise performance immediately - no caffeine, chemicals, or stimulants required! Get your mind ready, as a few of these tricks will require some degree of concentration, but you’ll be guaranteed to see results almost instantly.

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The Benefits of SAM-e for Depression and Joint Health

As we have mentioned previously, mental health disorders like depression and anxiety have reached near epidemic levels recently, as has the treatment of these disorders with brain-altering pharmaceutical interventions. Osteoarthritis rates are also sky high, as well as the prevalence of dementia and diabetes. What if there was a little talked about compound that the body produces naturally which is associated with all of these when present at suboptimal levels? Enter SAM-e - short for S-adenosylmethionine.

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We've Got A NAC for Increasing Glutathione!

N-acetylcysteine (aka NAC for short) is an amino acid which plays a role in the formation of glutathione within the body. Glutathione is considered by many to be one of the body’s “master antioxidants” considering that it has the ability to scavenge free radicals at a rate thousands of times that of exogenous antioxidants that would otherwise be consumed through food like berries or turmeric.

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Vitamin A: Retinol vs Beta-carotene

Retinol (aka Vitamin A) is a highly important essential vitamin for various processes and functions of the body. Do not confuse retinol with beta-carotene, as beta-carotene is not technically a usable form of vitamin A, but a precursor. Theoretically, beta-carotene should convert into retinol, but many people either have a very low capacity to do this or lack the ability to do so completely.

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How Does Magnesium Supplementation Benefit You?

Why has magnesium gotten so popular recently? Perhaps you’ve heard that a magnesium deficiency is the reason you feel like crap all the time. Maybe you heard that a magnesium supplement may help alleviate anxiety, depression, muscle cramps, lower your blood pressure, and heal all sorts of health ailments because health gurus have been jumping on the bandwagon.

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10 Natural Alternatives to Allergy Medications

With nearly 50 million Americans and even more world wide suffering from seasonal allergies, people are beginning to look for solutions outside of conventional medications. Over-the-counter and prescription allergy medicines can have a plethora of side effects like nosebleeds, headache, brain fog, drowsiness, dry mouth, and nervousness just to name a few. There are many natural allergy remedies floating around out there, so we searched for the herbal equivalent to common allergy medications and here’s what we found.

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Beating High Blood Sugar With Berberine

With staggering statistics put out by the CDC on how over 100 million Americans (not including other countries) have either diabetes or prediabetes, many people are searching for means of controlling blood sugar issues without having to resort to pharmaceutical interventions. What is even more staggering is that approximately 1 in 4 don’t even know that they have diabetes or prediabetes, and are simply living with the consequences of a dysregulated metabolism. Aside from the obvious diet, exercise, and lifestyle interventions, what approaches can be taken using supplementation of naturally occuring herbs or compounds? Enter: berberine.

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Fix Your Joints and More With Turmeric (6 Main Health Benefits)

We have an extensive research review on turmeric which can be read here, but this article is meant to be a quick guide to the main health benefits of turmeric and how you should use it in your daily regimen. Curcumin is also included here, as it is the main component of turmeric which gives it the beneficial effects, but tends to be found in supplement form most often. To use our name properly, we find that turmeric is the herbal equivalent to many common pain medications like ibuprofen as you'll see shortly. So let's get into why you should use this spice.

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8 Benefits of MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) Oil

We've written a more extensive review of the research on MCT oil which can be found here, but this is meant to be a quick guide to helping you figure out the best applications of this keto wonder fuel. People are mixing it into their coffee, baking with it, and even taking straight packets of MCT oil as pre-workout fuel. Here are the top 8 research backed benefits of MCTs we've found, and you can check out the other post if you'd like to look into the research for yourself!

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Ashwagandha for Athletes and Anxiety

Our constantly stressful lives has made the adaptogen craze bigger than ever. Everything from medicinal mushrooms like reishi and chaga to herbs like rhodiola and ashwagandha have had an explosive boom in sales because we love to constantly live on the edge, but we also love to have low stress - two things that don’t often coincide. Anxiety is one of the top mental health issues facing the world, largely due to the huge amounts of stress we impose upon ourselves. I suppose you’ve heard that adaptogens can help, and we’re here to give you the scoop on what the science says about these herbs. Today, our focus is ashwagandha.

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Bone Broth and Collagen for Next Level Health

If you haven’t already jumped on the bone broth and collagen bandwagon, then perhaps this research review may be enough to convince you that it’s not just all a huge marketing ploy. We understand wholeheartedly. We were skeptical of the scientific backing for this stuff and both of us used to mock these products and we failed to see the point in using them for the longest time. Some people out there just say that your body will digest collagen proteins down into amino acids and do whatever it wants with them and that they won’t have any specific benefits like are claimed by health gurus. Well, we’re here to set the record straight and actually evaluate the scientific literature and not just make a bunch of promises and base it all on the hype.

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Chugging Chaga for Health

Chaga (aka Inonotus obliquus) has received more praise as a prized medicinal mushroom in the supplement market despite being a more well known niche medicinal among Eastern Europeans, Russians, and mushroom hunters alike. While what we consider the chaga mushroom is actually the mycelium (kind of like the root network of a fungus), we’ll just refer to it here as the mushroom since it falls under the medicinal mushroom category.

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