Lemon balm or Melissa and therapeutic activity on Graves’ disease

Lemon balm or Melissa and therapeutic activity on Graves’ disease

Plant with antispasmodic properties on smooth muscles and deep sedative action. The benzodiazepine-like action is mainly of a tranquillizing type. Used since the time of Theophrastus and Hippocrates, later by Paracelsus in cases of melancholia, hysteria: very active in cases of nervousness, disorders of psycho-vegetative origin to cardiac expression (precordial anxiety), but above all to digestive expression (bile spasms, painful abdomen...

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Copper and dementia

Copper and dementia

Two different studies contradict the correlation between copper and dementia. A US study on mice concluded that an excess of ‘free’ copper in the blood would favor the accumulation of beta-amyloid in the brain which is responsible for Alzheimer disease. Rashid Deane, lead author of the US study, explains that in the amyloid plaques typical of Alzheimer’s there is a high amount of this metal. A study at the British University...

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The type of nutrition determines the size of our brain

The type of nutrition determines the size of our brain

The idea of the social brain has been challenged by a new study published on “Nature Ecology & Evolution” by Alex DeCasien and colleagues at the New York University. The hypothesis is that in the development of the brain is really important the kind of nutrition. In particular, it has been found that primates which feed on fruit have a wider brain tissue of 25 percent than those that feed on leaves, although its reason is...

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Gut microbiota can influence the cognitive development of the child

Gut microbiota can influence the cognitive development of the child

A new research, developed at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of North Carolina, and published in Biological Psychiatry, shows that the intestinal microbiota can influence the cognitive development of the child, The researchers analyzed faecal samples from children from one year until development to determine the bacterial composition of their intestine. At the age of two, some children scored significantly better on cognitive...

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The brain circuit of the couple’s relationship

The brain circuit of the couple’s relationship

In an article published on “Nature”, a group of researchers of the Emory University in Atlanta has discovered brain circuits that preside over the couple’s relationship. It is called “corticostriatal” and connects the prefrontal cortex, an area involved in decision-making process, with the nucleus accumbens, the brainstem of the reward system, exercising a control action on the neuronal activation rhythms within...

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Almonds and dark chocolate heart friend

Almonds and dark chocolate heart friend

In a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association it was shown that the complete introduction into a normal healthy diet of almonds, dark chocolate and cocoa can help reduce the risk factors for coronary heart disease. The researchers found that taking almost a third of a cup of almonds a day – alone or in combination with almost a quarter cup of dark chocolate and just over 2 tablespoons of cocoa a day –...

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