Black cumin seed has been referred to as the amazing cure-all due to its therapeutic powers touted from religious pundits to ancient scholars.
Black cumin seed, a jet-black spice is a native of the Middle East and Western Asia, and is formerly known as Nigella Sativa. Scientific studies have indicated that this spice is among one of the most promising medicinal plants, but it’s yet to be fully understood.
Research suggests that black cumin seeds may help to prevent and treat a wide range of chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and asthma, to name a few. The main component in black cumin is a unique potent anti-oxidant referred to as thymoquinone (TQ), a component yet to be found in any other plant. It’s rich in many nutrients including essential amino acids (proteins), essential fatty acids(fats), the vitamin beta-carotene and minerals calcium, iron and potassium. There are over 100 compounds in the seeds yet to be fully explored.
Immunity declines with age, and some believe that this is part of the aging process. Black cumin seed has shown to increase the activity of natural killer cells, which are immune cells that protect from viruses and prevent tumors.
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine stated that 75% of people with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease, and the more belly fat those people have, the higher risk. The study in Pakistan included 123 people divided into two groups. Half of the group took black cumin supplements for 10 months and the other took a placebo. The group receiving the supplements had significant favorable results. The spice has proven to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Numerous studies have indicated that TQ and black cumin seed can fight cancer by preventing proliferation of cancer cells (from dividing and multiplying); preventing metastases or cancer cells moving from the initial tumor to others areas of the body; and preventing angiogenesis, the formation of a new blood supply to a tumor. Studies indicate that black cumin seed can actually stimulate apoptosis, the death of cancer. Research continues in the hope that this spice may provide an alternative treatment in cancer prevention therapy. Other conditions black cumin has shown to positively affect include; ulcers, pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, asthma, allergies and dermatitis.
Black cumin should not to be confused with cumin, are both very commonly used in Indian cooking. They do not look alike, have extremely different flavors(tastes) and are not from the same botanical family. For further information about cooking with black cumin seed seek out an Indian grocery or cookbook, special spice shops or Google.
Pat Scherven, owner and skin care specialist at Skin Theraprease, a Minnesota-based skin care clinic discusses Epicuren’s newly reformulated X-Treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen with SPF 45.
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Estrogens, also referred to as Oestrogens are steroid compounds that are important for women’s development and reproductive functioning. The name comes from the Latin term estrus/oistros meaning period of fertility for female mammals and gen/gonos meaning to generate
The scientific structure of Estrogen was first isolated in 1929 and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1942 for treatment of menopausal symptoms. Estrogens come in a wide variety of forms, but for the purpose of this article we will focus on the three most common.
The three most dominant or common estrogens (hormones) are; estrodiol, estrone and estriol.
- Estrodiol, also known as Oestradial is produced primarily in the ovaries and is the most dominant and active of the estrogens. It can also be produced in the adrenal glands through different pathways or conversion process. Estradiol levels vary throughout the menstrual cycle, with levels being highest just before ovulation. It’s considered to be a sex hormone and has a critical impact on the reproductive organs and bone development.
- Estrone, the weakest of the estrogens is formed by estrodiol and is produced in the ovaries and fat cells of the abdomen. After menopause estrone becomes the primary estrogen. Studies have indicated that estrone may be the cause of estrogen’s cancer-causing properties and sometimes referred to as the “bad” estrogen.
- Estriol is weaker than estrodiol, is produced in the liver, and is the primary estrogen during pregnancy. Estriol is considered the “good” estrogen as it may help to prevent cancer.
The effects of estrogen on the skin are primarily seen in post-menopausal women, and research has indicated that the skin levels or thickness can vary during the menstrual cycle. The loss of estrogen (or following the menopause phase) may cause hypoestrogenism, thinner skin, increase and depth of wrinkles, increased skin dryness and decreased skin elasticity and firmness. Presently, there are many studies being conducted that are focused around estrogen and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Through technology and research the future looks promising! The good news is, you can make adjustments to your diet and lifestyle to improve the quality of your skin over time.
Estrogens are used as a part of some oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapies (HRT), and other treatment for disorders of the endocrine system. Estrogen may increase the risk of developing endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterine lining), a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Therefore, if you are considering using an estrogen product for one of the reasons mentioned or for any other reason, consult with your physician. Be sure to know all the risks and what products are best for your particular situation.
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At Skin Therapease, we’ve decided to address and reveal the truth behind common skin care myths. Check back to our blog and social media on select Monday afternoons to learn about our skin care myth of the week and what you can do achieve the healthy skin you want.
Do You Need Sunscreen in the Winter?
Yes, you do and some sunscreens are better than others.
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I have seen more psoriasis in the past 6-7 years than in the past 20 years, not to mention all the phone calls or emails I have received with questions regarding this skin condition. The questions are generally about the cause and how to correct or manage the symptoms.
I think an understanding or information of what psoriasis is and how it is manifested is the best place to start.
There are actually several types of psoriasis, the under lying problem of all is the over production of the epidermal (top layer) of skin cells.
Normal skin cells mature between 21 to 28 days cycle, those with psoriasis skin cells race through the cycle in 3-4 days. This causes the cells to build up layers causing the skin to thicken, crack or scale. At the same time newer immature cells continue creating a cutaneous logjam where the epidermal cells pile up. The epidermis may become five to ten times thicker than normal. Most likely new blood vessels will form to supply blood to the lesions which cause the plaque to appear red and inflamed.Psoriasis most often effects the elbows, knees, scalp, back and buttocks, in worse cases all over. It generally follows a pattern of periodic flare ups alternating with periods of remission, and often begins between the ages of 15 and 25.The cause is not known, however research suggests it may be a result of inadequately utilizing fat in the body system. Most recent studies indicate that psoriasis is linked to the immune system or stress on the immune system. Psoriasis is rare in countries with diets low in fats.
Symptoms may include:
- Itchy skin
- Raised skin lesions
- Blisters oozing
- Deep pink with red border silvery scales
- Pitted or thicken fingernails or toenails
It may be triggered by stress, illness, surgery, viral or bacterial, infection, sun burn, alcohol and some medications such as lithium or beta blockers.
Psoriasis Treatment and Management:
It’s best to start with one’s diet; food is our medicine and communicate to our body. Research has proven diet has a great impact on psoriasis manifestation. I recommend eliminating all gluten (wheat) first and dairy if possible. Gluten and Dairy often go hand in hand in causing issue with the system. I then recommend an elimination diet or Mediterranean diet, avoiding citrus fruits, processed foods, and sugar. Eat fresh and organic vegetables including some raw as often as possible.
An anti-inflammatory may be recommended depending on the severity. I recommend supplements to boost the immune system which likely will include a multi-vitamin and mineral, omega-3 and 6, probiotics and a digestive agent is often helpful.
Vitamin D has proven helpful especially Dovonex, an activated vitamin D ointment. Herbs, such as Red Clover and Burdock are excellent for cleaning the blood which aids in managing the skin.
Phototherapy (ultraviolet light therapy) may help temporally. Regular exercise is highly recommend showing after. Some medications are available such as cortisone cream or steroids which only mask the issue and temporally easing the situation at the time. Anthralin, a medication used in tandem with UV light has proven helpful but only removes the scales and skin debris which can be itchy. Clobex, another medication is common, and Pine tar soap for shampooing which can be found at Trader Joes.
At the clinic, we have a restorative cream with neem, which eases and helps manage the condition. It needs to be applied in the morning and evening for best results.
Sea salt baths are highly recommend as they remineralize and nourish the skin from the outside in. A loofah brush or mitt can help slough off the scales so the skin can breathe, eliminating some redness and swelling.
Psoriasis is not contagious, it can be uncomfortable and extremely irritating. There are numerous options and alternatives, each case is different and should be individualized as such. I’ll keep you posted as more research provides additional information.
If you have any questions please feel free to call ~
Skin Therapease 952-404-0000
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