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Natural Remedies to Help You Study Tags: natural remedies study research

Research shows that a frightening number of college students are relying on prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall to get through long days of revision and cramming in order to successfully complete assignments or sit exams. However, what many students are unaware of is the potentially harmful side effects of this type of drug. Although some prescription drugs may be effective at helping you to study for your online nursing degree temporarily, chances are that afterwards you will feel extremely tired and experience the ‘crash’ or ‘comedown’ that is inevitably going to hit you after the high. Instead, there are many natural remedies that will help to raise your study abilities and focus without causing you any harm. We’ve listed some of the best here.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is one of the best choices to go for if you are looking for a natural study remedy, as numerous studies have shown the positive effects of this natural remedy on the brain. In fact, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center say that taking gingko could reduce the process of normal age-related memory loss whilst being effective for improving mental processes such as focus, attention and memory in younger people.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a tasty spice that can be added to many of your foods and it’s also possible to take this substance as a supplement. Circumin, which is a natural substance found in turmeric, has often been the highlight of studies for a number of different health benefits, including reducing ‘plaque’ in the brain which is thought to contribute towards Alzheimer’s disease. This potent antioxidant helps to improve the memory and can even have an antidepressant effect, allowing you to feel less stressed and clear your mind for better, more focused study.

Green Tea

Students who are completing an advanced degree such as an online RN to BSN degree often turn to coffee to keep them going throughout the day and keep their energy levels high. But, as anyone who’s ever taken too much caffeine before will know, the downside to drinking coffee is that it can give you the jitters and also keep you awake at night, which is the last thing that you need as a busy student as rest will help you to refresh your mind and body for better productivity. Green tea is an excellent drink to swap your coffee for as it contains an impressive amount of antioxidants which have been noted for improving both memory processes and general health and wellness.

Bacopa

Bacopa is said to be one of the best memory-enhancing herbs available and therefore it is naturally a popular choice with students who are trying to improve their study focus. Bacopa has been used for years in Ayurveda and is noted for its abilities to improve memory, enhance learning and concentration, and generally improving mental function. An Australian study on the benefits of this herb concluded that taking 300mg of Bacopa per day led to increased processing and memory speed and improved verbal learning ability in participants.

Why turn to harmful prescription drugs and caffeine to help you study, when these natural remedies can do an even better job whilst promoting your overall health at the same time?

 
Startup Blazes New Trail for Marijuana Research Tags: Startup Blazes New Trail for Marijuana Research

by John Harrison

Kevin McKernan envisioned a more powerful marijuana—for medical purposes, that is—and today his startup edged one step closer to that reality.

Medicinal Genomics announced this morning that it has successfully mapped the entire genetic sequence of the cannabis plant, in what the company calls a major step toward understanding and improving marijuana’s medical potential. The Massachusetts genetic research firm will make the information public later this fall.

The ganja genome, comprised of 131 billion components, can now be used to develop drugs that maximize the plant’s therapeutic benefits (particularly treatments for cancer, pain, and inflammatory diseases) and weed out compounds linked to psychoactive effects. For instance, the blueprint can be used to grow a plant that produces more of certain compounds, like cannabidiol, which have shown promise in shrinking tumors.

“One in three people are going to get cancer, and one in four are going to die with it or from it,” McKernan, the company’s founder, told Bloomberg. “So any compound, as preliminary as this may be, that’s nontoxic and shows hope there, we should be all over. The only way I knew how to do that was to sequence the genome.”

McKernan previously led a genome-sequencing team at California-based Life Technologies Corp. and, before that, worked on the Human Genome Project from 1996 to 2000. He left Life Technologies roughly one year ago to start his own company from his house in Massachusetts after several friends with cancer forwarded studies to him concerning medical marijuana.

The genome-mapping project cost about $200,000, and the company plans to extend its research to more than a dozen other species of cannabis. Medicinal Genomics will start rolling out the genome information to regulators, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies in the coming months for continued research on the plant’s medical potential.

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