Article: Yay Bananas! Medicinal properties and constituents

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Article link:  Banana (Musa spp) from peel to pulp Ethnopharmacology, source of bioactive compounds and its relevance for human health article

So I had no idea how many different varieties of bananas were out there, and the medicinal properties of the fruit pulp and peel, until I read this article.  I found it really interesting that the peel can be made into a poultice and used on burns and wounds for healing.  I was also surprised to find out that leaving the inside of a banana peel on a wart will help remove and heal it!  How neat!  There are plenty of other really interesting medicinal properties that bananas possess, so I encourage reading the article and learning about this amazingly versatile fruit.  This article also details the medicinal and nutritive constituents of the Musa spp. (bananas), and reviews articles that have found medicinal evidence of this fruit’s use in healing internal and external illness.  Hope you enjoy reading, thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

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Article:  Pereira, A, & Maraschin, M 2015, ‘Review: Banana (Musa spp) from peel to pulp: Ethnopharmacology, source of bioactive compounds and its relevance for human health’, Journal Of Ethnopharmacology, 160, pp. 149-163, ScienceDirect, EBSCOhost, viewed 15 July 2015.

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Article: Cannabis use and effects on a healthy brain

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Article link:  cannabis on the brain article

This little gem of an article is really interesting to me because I have been a user of cannabis for most of my life.  I think its finally safe to admit because most people in Canada are users, but not abusers.  I feel like cannabis is an extremely under-utilized medicinal herb, and I personally use it for insomnia which I have dealt with since I was a kid.  I find this article interesting because I know a lot of people that I would consider long-term users and they don’t seem to have any noticeable long-term effects from cannabis use.  I am extremely interested in the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and hope to learn more in the future. I think moving to British Columbia will allow me to educate myself in the industry more, specifically in relation to medicinal cannabis dispensaries.  Hope you enjoy this article, keep researching because knowledge is power, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

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Picture:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis#/media/File:Cannabis_sativa_Koehler_drawing.jpg

Article:  Rocchetti, M, Crescini, A, Borgwardt, S, Caverzasi, E, Politi, P, Atakan, Z, & Fusar-Poli, P 2013, ‘Is cannabis neurotoxic for the healthy brain? A meta-analytical review of structural brain alterations in non-psychotic users’, Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, 67, 7, pp. 483-492, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 15 July 2015.

Article: B Vitamins! (vitamins for thinking and energy)

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Article link:  B Vitamins review article

So this article mainly focuses on B vitamins and their relation to cognitive performance in older adults, but it does dabble into how B vitamins are necessary for all individuals for a healthy central nervous system.  I do admit this article is a pretty loaded with scientific jargon, but if you go down to the tables it gives a lot of summaries about the findings during various types of research using B vitamins.  There is also a general summary which simplifies the various findings talked about throughout the article.  B vitamins include B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6 (Pyrodoxine), B7 (Biotin), B9 (Folic acid) and B12 (cobalamin).  Copy and paste into your web browser: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/vitamin_b?open to get a really nice description on the different functions and physiological effects that each B vitamin has within the body, as well as examples of foods that are good sources of B vitamins.  B vitamins are essential for the proper functioning of many biochemical pathways within the body, but always remember that total health comes from a balanced diet, exercise, sleep and inner happiness.  Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

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Article: Calvaresi, E, & Bryan, J 2001, ‘B vitamins, cognition, and aging: a review’, The Journals Of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences And Social Sciences, 56, 6, pp. P327-P339, MEDLINE Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 11 July 2015.

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