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The Mediterranean brain power fighter

Olive leaf as been used for centuries, with evidence tracking its strong effects since the Ancient Egypt, and considered a symbol of heavenly power.

A super ingredient with multiple benefits

The bioactive compounds contained by olive leaves have antioxidant, antihypertensive, antiatherogenic, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic and hypoglycemic properties.

If in the early 1800s, crushed leaves were used in different drinks to lower fever, the olive leaf tee was used later in the 19th century as a treatment for malaria. Moroccan medicine uses this powerful solution for centuries, in order to stabilize blood sugar and control diabetes.  Continue reading

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The power of Vitamin B3

Yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables and cereal grains. These are the ingredients mentioned by most of the articles you can now find about healthy eating and healthy living.

While deficiency is not that often…

Vitamin B3, also called niacin, is one of the eight B-complex water-soluble vitamins. It can be found in all of the above food items, but it can also be produced by the body, from the amino acid tryptophan, according to the National Institutes of Health.

A deficiency of niacin is uncommon in developed countries, but can happen to people in countries were malnutrition is commonly seen. The vitamin B3 deficiency can lead to pellagra – characterized by skin inflammation, hallucination and digestive distress –  to mucous membrane swelling and to brain impairment and psychosis.  Continue reading

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The map of your tinnitus, larger than previously believed

The map of the brain revealing the trauma of tinnitus sufferers is now available.

Only one team has succeeded in directly recording what exactly happens in the brain of people suffering from this deafening condition.

While previous efforts to pinpoint the changes within the brain using fMRI and other scanning techniques didn’t prove to be efficient, this study involved only just four electrodes.

For the first time, we have it. And it’s more detailed than ever

The patient whose brain was scanned is a 50-year-old man with epilepsy. In order to find the source of his seizures, electrodes were implanted all across his left hemisphere for 2 weeks.

Dr. Phillip Gander, from the University of Iowa in the US, says: “It is such a rarity that a person requiring invasive electrode monitoring for epilepsy also has tinnitus, that we aim to study every such person if they are willing.”  Continue reading

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Neuroscience, still offering hope to tinnitus patients

Josef Rauschecker, a professor of neuroscience at the Georgetown University Medical Center, describes tinnitus as the result of the brain trying to fill in the gaps of the neurons that no longer work, by creating an phantom sounds due to an excess firing of neurons in the brain’s auditory cortex.

An “amputated neurons” syndrom

He compares the sensation with the phantom pain one might feel after losing a limb. It happens because even though nerve hairs in the inner ear – the ones that transform the vibration into an electric signal that goes through the neurons into the brain to be perceived as sound – are no longer properly functioning, and even though the neurons lost their ability to correctly send the electric signals, the brain continues to fire. The brain, just like when you get an amputation, continues to “believe” your limb is still there and act as such.  Continue reading