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1.Garlic
The story of garlic's role in human history could fill a book, as indeed it has, many times. Its species name, sativum , means cultivated, indicating that garlic does not grow in the wild. So fond have humans been of this herb that garlic can be found almost everywhere in the world, from Polynesia to Siberia. From Roman antiquity through Wo...
Score: 100%
 
2.Protease Inhibitors
Protease inhibitors include amprenavir (Agenerase), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir), and saquinavir (Fortovase, Invirase). The amino acid glutamine is thought to have protective effects on the digestive tract. One small double-blind study found that use of glycine at 30 grams daily reduced diarrhea caused by nelfina...
Score: 90%
 
3.Insect Bites
Insects are the most successful group of creatures on earth, greatly outdoing mammals in number of species and sheer mass of life. Furthermore, despite great effort, human attempts to eliminate certain insects, such as mosquitoes, have utterly failed. In insects, it appears, humans have met their match. When it comes to the more mundane level of av...
Score: 90%
 
4.Heparin
Heparin is a very strong blood-thinning drug that is delivered by injection. If you receive heparin, make sure you check with your doctor before taking any type of supplement. Based on chondroitin s chemical similarity to the anticoagulant drug heparin, it has been suggested that chondroitin might have anticoagulant effects as well. There are no ...
Score: 89%
 
5.Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot is the common name for a fungal infection of the foot, often called ringworm (although there is no worm involved). The three fungi most commonly implicated in athlete's foot Trichophyton rubrum , T. mentagrophytes , and Epidermophyton floccosum favor the warm, moist areas between the toes and tend to flare up during warm weather. Sim...
Score: 89%
 
6.Pentoxifylline
Pentoxifylline, a drug that makes the blood less "sticky," is used to increase blood circulation in conditions such as intermittent claudication (a possible complication of atherosclerosis in which impaired blood circulation causes severe pain in calf muscles during walking or exercising). Based on chondroitin s chemical similarity to the anticoagu...
Score: 88%
 
7.Functional Foods
Increasingly, foods sold in the supermarkets come with health claims on the label. To name just a few, oatmeal and soy are said to help prevent heart disease, milk and calcium-fortified orange juice to fight osteoporosis, and folate-enriched flour to prevent birth defects. These are all functional foods foods marketed as offering specific health ...
Score: 88%
 
8.Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common form of heart disease. Blood vessels that bring blood to the heart muscle are narrowed. It can slow or stop blood flow to the heart. Blood vessels are narrowed by a process called atherosclerosis. Fat, cholesterol, and calcium stick to blood vessel walls and form a plaque. The plaque can damage the ...
Score: 87%
 
9.Herbs and Supplements to Avoid During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Virtually no medicinal herb has been established as safe in pregnancy or breast-feeding, and even herbs that might seem safe because of their wide use in cooking could cause problems when they are taken in the form of highly concentrated extracts. For example, based on food use, it is unlikely that cooked /tnp/pg000604 doc 21729 garlic presents muc...
Score: 86%
 
10.Insulin
Insulin injections are used to regulate blood sugar in people with childhood-onset diabetes as well as those with severe adult-onset diabetes. Meaningful preliminary evidence suggests that use of the following herbs and supplements could potentially improve blood sugar control and require you to reduce your insulin dosage: /tnp/pg000227 doc 21470 a...
Score: 85%
 

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