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Surprising Health Cures from Your Kitchen

Surprising Health Cures from Your Kitchen

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In the days before modern pharmaceuticals and "store bought" medicine, moms were on their own for treating common ailments. They used home remedies often passed down from their mothers and grandmothers that used simple, inexpensive, natural ingredients.

Modern research has shown the value of many of these remedies. Others, while lacking scientific proof, have stood the test of time.

Below are eight cures that are probably sitting in your kitchen now, sanctioned by great-grandma herself.

Baking soda stops kidney disease. A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that 600 mg of baking soda daily slowed the progress of kidney disease.

After one year of treatment, only 9 percent of kidney patients saw their disease progress compared to 45 percent of patients who didn't take baking soda. The researchers stated that they believed the treatment was so effective that it could prevent patients from having to undergo dialysis, but since baking soda wasn't classified as a drug, no previous studies had been conducted.

Ginger treats nausea. Modern studies have shown ginger safely and effectively relieves the nausea associated with morning sickness and motion sickness. A trial of 80 naval cadets found that 1 gram of ginger significantly reduced their symptoms of motion sickness, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A study published in the Lancet found ginger stopped motion sickness better than Dramamine with none of its side effects.

Cabbage juice heals ulcers. A treatment from Europe that used raw cabbage juice to heal ulcers has been sanctioned by modern medicine. A study conducted at San Quentin Prison gave patients suffering from duodenal ulcers either pills made from dry cabbage juice (the equivalent of a quart of cabbage juice daily) or placebo pills. They found that 93 percent of patients taking the cabbage pills were cured in three weeks, compared to only 32 percent of those taking placebos. Other studies have found that cabbage juice heals both gastric and duodenal ulcers faster than standard treatments.

Vinegar helps control diabetes. Numerous studies have found that vinegar lowers blood sugar levels. A study from Arizona State University published in the journal Diabetes Care found that drinking apple cider vinegar after eating a high-carb breakfast lowered blood sugar levels by 34 percent in patients with prediabetes, and by 19 percent in those who had Type 2 diabetes.

An Italian study had similar results — apple cider vinegar taken with meals slashed blood sugar levels by 30 percent. "Vinegar appears to have effects similar to some of the most popular medications for diabetes," said Arizona State University researcher Carol Johnson.

Honey soothes coughs. A study published in Pediatrics found that two tablespoons of honey suppressed coughing in children with upper respiratory infections as effectively as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough medicines. The honey soothed sore throats and also helped improve sleep.

Cherries for gout pain. Eating half a cup of cherries every day can reduce the risk of painful gout attacks, according to a study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. Gout patients who ate 10 to 12 cherries a day, or took cherry extract over a two-day period, reduced gout flare-ups by 35 percent.

When cherries were combined with the gout drug allopurinol, attacks were reduced by 75 percent. Researchers believe that chemicals in cherries reduce the amount of uric acid that crystallizes in joints and causes gout.

Capsaicin relieves back pain. Capsaicin, an active component of chili peppers that gives them their heat, soothes pain when applied to the skin. Studies have shown it to be helpful in relieving back pain as well as pain caused by arthritis, shingles, headaches, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy.

A Case Western Reserve University of Ohio study reported that 80 percent of patients with arthritis reported a decrease in pain after using topical capsaicin for two weeks.

A University of Toronto study found that capsaicin cream significantly reduced pain in patients with post-herpetic neuralgia nerve pain (persistent pain in some people who have had shingles). After two years, 86 percent of patients reported it was still effective.

Garlic cures athlete's foot. A study found garlic to be safe and effective at curing athlete's foot. The study, which was published in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, discovered that soaking feet in a foot bath containing crushed garlic was more effective than Lamisil, an antifungal ointment commonly used to treat the condition. In the study, garlic cured 100 percent of patients while Lamisil cured 94 percent.


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