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    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): What it is and how it can be treated

    According to the CDC, PCOS is a condition affecting 6% to 12% of women in the U.S. in their reproductive years, and is one of the most common reasons for infertility in women. 1 That means that 1 in every 10 women have PCOS, which is a condition that includes hormonal imbalances as well as metabolism problems.             The name Polycystic Ovary Syndrome comes from the many small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) that form, what looks like a chain, in the ovaries. As the ovaries are the organs that produce and release the egg each month as part of a menstrual cycle one of the symptoms of this condition are irregular…

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    Does Ashwagandha Make You Smart and Happy?

    Ashwagandha is an herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine that has gained a lot of popularity in the western world. Although it has been used for thousands of years in India, it has only recently been under scientific investigation. Ashwagandha is known for promoting physical and mental health as well as increasing longevity and a rejuvenating effect. A study was done in 2019 on 60 healthy adults suffering from mild stress where they were randomly divided into two groups of 30 people and observed for 60 days. One group received a placebo while the other group received an Ashwagandha extract. The study showed there was a significant improvement in mental…

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    What is Elderberry? Benefits and Dangers

    Black elderberry, Sambucus nigra, is the dark purple fruit of black elder trees found in North America, Asia, Northern Africa and Europe. It is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants to help treat colds and flus. Its high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids, such as quercetin, give elderberries its potent antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Nutrients found in Elderberry: Antioxidants (anthocyanins, phenolic acids, flavonoids) Fiber Vitamin C Possible Benefits This berry can lessen or reduce the duration of cold and flu symptoms. There is no evidence that elderberries prevent cold and flu, but studies have demonstrated some people recovered faster and had less severe flu symptoms when elderberry…

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