A Completely Polyherbal Conditioning and Antioxidant Shampoo- A Phytochemical Study and Pharmaceutical Evaluation
Researchers have recently developed a conditioning shampoo using flavonoids and a foaming agent that nourishes hair and provides antimicrobial effects. Generic storebought shampoos have been found to have detrimental effects on hair follicles and scalp health, often stripping them of their natural oils and causing dryness and irritation. The leaves of Salix babylonica L., Ziziphus spina-christi L. (Willd), and Glycyrrhiza glabra rhizomes were used to make an extract rich in flavonoids and other phenolic compounds. The extract was altered until the ideal microbial effect was found and then combined with a foaming agent, forming the natural shampoo. Future research should continue to develop a line of all-natural cosmetic products for those who are sensitive or wish to avoid chemicals.
This piece reflects the current trend of the beauty industry and the apparent future of cosmetics as all-natural products. Researchers and estheticians will likely create products that appease trend-followers desire to endorse all-natural products while also enjoying the effects of the products that have been enhanced by modern science. The cannabis industry, will all of the benefits provided by cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, would do well to capitalize on the rapidly growing and fiercely loyal beauty community by promoting natural products that are as effective as they are trendy.
A highly bioavailable curcumin extract improves neurocognitive function and mood in healthy older people- A 12-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
A recent study has revealed the neurocognitive benefits of curcumin, a flavonoid isolated from turmeric. Curcumin extract was given to a cohort of healthy, aged individuals over a 12-week period. At the end of that period improved working memory, as well as reduced fatigue and stress reactivity, were all recorded effects. A preceding study recorded similar effects from curcumin extract that were seen at 4 weeks, suggesting that the supplement works quickly and maintains effectiveness. The extract, also known as LongvidaTM, improves overall hippocampal function and may prevent cognitive decline in aging individuals.
The desire to prevent neurocognitive decline is evergrowing as individuals continue to be plagued by diagnoses of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and numerous other neurocognitive diseases associated with aging. Compounds found in cannabis plants, various cannabinoids, flavonoids similar to curcumin, and terpenes, have been found to have neuroprotective effects. If preventative measures can be found to delay or completely eradicate neurodegenerative diseases it would lessen the economic burden posed by such patients, ease the lives of caretakers, and allow patients for freedom and a better quality of life. Further research should continue to focus on this line of work.
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Consuming Food Rich in Flavonoids Can Reduce Excess Body Weight During Pregnancy
A recent study has found that women who consume food rich in flavonoids during pregnancy (found in fruits, vegetation, and also in cannabis, tend to have less excess body weight. European studies have also reported that flavonoid-rich diets during pregnancy can reduce the risk of gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) but their studies recorded women consuming even higher amounts of flavonoids that the women in the American study. A meta-analysis of American and European studies confirms that pregnant women who maintain a flavonoid-rich diet have an easier time managing the excess weight associated with pregnancy.
The Importance of Chemical Structure: Functional Groups of Flavonoids
A recent study has revealed the detrimental effects of the flavonoid luteolin on neuronal differentiation in embryonic stem cells. Luteolin is a dietary flavonoid that has been researched due to its anti-cancer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory actions and is now being looked into for its supposed neuroprotective qualities. This study found that although luteolin does have some neuroprotective benefits it also has harmful side effects on neuronal development. Apigenin is a similar flavonoid that also has neuroprotective qualities but does not disrupt differentiation, emphasizing how slight differences in chemical structure can change the effects of a flavonoid.