Herbs in the News

Could Watercress Be The Ultimate Gym Supplement?

It is not normally thought of as an energy food. But watercress could give you the boost you need before going to the gym. Nutrients in the peppery leaves reduce exercise-related damage to DNA, research shows. While exercise has many benefits, it also leads to higher-than-usual production of free radicals – dangerous oxygen molecules said to have a hand in everything from ageing to diabetes and cancer. Sports scientist Mark Fogarty said ‘What we’ve found is that consuming a relatively small amount of watercress each day can help raise the levels of important antioxidant vitamins which may help protect our bodies, and allow us to enjoy the rewards of keeping fit. The experiments, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, also showed that eating an 85g bag of the salad leaves two hours ahead of exercise had a similar effect. Daily Mail, 25 April 2012

Use Herbs To Add Spice To Your Sex Life

It’s a herb you may have used to add flavour to your curries. But fenugreek can also spice up your sex life, a study suggests. Men taking it can boost their sex drive by at least a quarter, researchers found. Sixty healthy men aged between 25 and 52 took an extract of the herb twice a day for six weeks. Their libido levels were monitored using a scoring system to assess any changes after three and six weeks. Fenugreek seeds contain compounds called soponins which are thought to stimulate production of male sex hormones including testosterone. Daily Mail, 20 June 2011

Eating Parsley Can Fight Cancer

Researchers claim that a diet rich in parsley can help in the fight against breast cancer. The herb contains a compound named apigenin which can severely decrease the chances of tumour growth and development in breast cancer sufferers. Daily Express, 11 May 2011

Red-Hot Tip To Burn Fat

Pepping up your diet with red peppers can curb appetite, it was claimed yesterday. People who eat red peppers are also likely to burn more calories after a meal, according to US researchers. Richard Mattes, professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana, said the effects applied particularly to people who do not eat peppers regularly. Daily Express, 27 April 2011