Vitamin B5 Functions, Sources, Deficiency Symptoms, Dose

Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid or pantothenate, is a water-soluble vitamin. Functions of Vitamin B5 Vitamin B5 plays a pivotal role in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins for providing energy to the cells. It is also required for the...

Vitamin B7 Functions, Sources, Deficiency Symptoms, Dose

Vitamin B7, also known as biotin and sometimes referred to as Vitamin H, is a water-soluble vitamin belonging to the class of B vitamins. As this is a water-soluble vitamin, excess of it gets excreted in the urine and is not retained by the body. Hence, daily intake...

Vitamin B6 Functions, Sources, Deficiency Symptoms, Dose

Vitamin B6, also referred to as pyridoxine, is a water-soluble vitamin. Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body and excess amounts of it are flushed out through the urine. Functions of Vitamin B6 Vitamin B6 helps to convert food into energy. It helps the...

Crystal Meth Effects, Symptoms of Use, Addiction Treatment

Crystal meth is an illegally produced methamphetamine used as a narcotic throughout the world. It is known by street names like crack, ice and meth. Methamphetamines are a category of drugs that stimulate the central nervous system (CNS) by triggering a flood of the...
Homeopathy vs Herbal Medicine

Homeopathy vs Herbal Medicine

Homeopathy is often confused with herbal medicine or phytotherapy. These are two different systems of alternative medicine although there is some degree of overlap. In South Africa, homeopathy and herbal medicine (phytotherapy) often sit side by side with each other....
Engineered Protein May Be HIV Vaccine Alternative

Engineered Protein May Be HIV Vaccine Alternative

A new designer protein may hold the answer to HIV prevention as an alternative to a traditional vaccine. A team of researchers headed by the Scripps Research Institute in Florida (USA) have discovered a way of ‘deactivating’ the replication of HIV within...
Treating High Blood Pressure Without Drugs

Treating High Blood Pressure Without Drugs

Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the most common chronic conditions among South Africans. Many people not realise that they have this condition because hypertension is usually silent. This means that it does not cause any symptoms until it is discovered...
Can the Immune System Fight Cancer?

Can the Immune System Fight Cancer?

It is a common question in the minds of many people who are concerned about cancer, recently diagnosed with it or have a loved one with a malignancy. The answer is quite simply YES. Your immune system is constantly fighting cancer. Every second of every day your...
Herbal Tinctures

Herbal Tinctures

What is a tincture? A herbal tincture is a solution containing the ingredients of plant substances. It uses either alcohol or glycerine as a solvent. The plant is immersed in the solvent and left for a period of time, after which is it is pressed and strained to yield...
What are Herbal Medicines?

What are Herbal Medicines?

Herbal medicines are plant-based substances used in the treatment and management of a disease. It is also used for general health and wellness purposes to prevent the onset of certain diseases and maintain the body in peak condition. Herbal medicines are widely used...