Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) tends to commence in late childhood to early adolescence and, whilst not yet proven, it is believed that genetic susceptibility may play a role in its development.
Cold sores are one of the most common recurrent viral infections in the world, with 20 to 40% of adults infected at some point during their lifetime. With concerns over the rise of drug resistant viral strains, researchers have been investigating efficacy of natural alternatives such as lysine, zinc, Echinacea purpurea (echinacea) and Melissa officinalis (lemon balm).
A recent study has shown that formulae containing Echinacea purpurea may be as effective as Oseltamivir, an antiviral medication used to treat and prevent influenza A and influenza B, in the early treatment of clinically diagnosed influenza virus.
On analysing the scientific basis for the efficacy of S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe), a recent comprehensive review shows the beneficial effect of supplemental SAMe as a potential alternative to or adjunctive therapy for use with antidepressants.
Scientists have acknowledged a relationship and communication between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain for over 100 years. Current research shows natural microbes inhabiting the gut seem to play an integral part in controlling the permeability of the blood brain barrier.