The beautiful golden-orange state flower of California has several uses for troubling times. California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) has been used in the management of insomnia, mood disturbance, fatigue, and nervous tension. It may also reduce aches and pains associated with over-exertion and stress.  California poppy contains biologically active chemicals recognized for causing sleepiness and relaxation. Some…

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The eyes are supported by bands of muscles (the extraocular muscles) that control their movement. Exercising these muscles has significant health benefits, including improved circulation, which reduces inflammation. Additionally, exercising the eyes may minimize eye fatigue or strain caused by vision overuse patterns such as digital eye strain or frequent night driving.  Below are eye…

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Antioxidants help rid your body of waste substances called free radicals. These free radicals are unstable molecules that the body produces as it processes food and in reaction to environmental pressure. Free radicals damage the body by producing inflammation that can lead to disease, particularly illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and others.  To…

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Many people are surprised to learn that “vitamin E” is not a single vitamin. It’s actually a collective name for a group of fat-soluble compounds. Naturally occurring vitamin E exists in eight unique chemical forms: alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienol. Each has varying levels of biological activity, and it’s…

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For centuries, the unusual looking violet and white passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) has been used as a calming botanical treatment. Its use dates back to the Aztecs in Central America who used parts of the vine to treat insomnia. Native Americans used it to soothe inflammation in wounds. Spanish conquistadors brought passionflower to Europe and from…

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Found in plants such as grapes, berries, peanuts, and red wine, resveratrol is a biologically active compound that acts like an antioxidant, protecting the cells from damage due to toxins, aging, Type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Now, science is looking at how resveratrol may influence the course of chronic kidney disease (CKD). It’s important to…

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