Allium is the genus of plants whose role in health is indisputable. Allium represents the family of onions. There are more than a thousand species of allium, which makes it one of the largest genera of plants in the world. Garlic is medicinally the most important of the allium species. Other members include onions, shallots, leeks and chives. Strong odors are characteristic of all allium species. Allium sativum or…
The heart and soul of this program are the wonderful plants that grow and adapt to a constantly changing world. Plants come in many varieties with some used as food. In this capacity they are both nutritious and tasty. Plants produce alcohol during fermentation and other compounds that have medicinal activity. These are pharmaceutical and recreational drugs. There potential for abuse is their single greatest fault. We can never overvalue…
Barberry or berberi, contains a library of compounds, some with strong medicinal activity. The active ingredients are thought to be the isoquinolone alkaloids, especially berberine. Berberis vulgaris (barberry) cotains berberine, an alkaloid present in other plants beside barberry. These plants include Berberis aristata (tree turmeric), Berberis aquifolium (Oregon grape), Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal), and Coptis chinensis (goldthread). Although most well-known for its antimicrobial activity, it is claimed that this plant extract also provides benefits in blood-sugar management, lipid profile,…