Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements
Herbal supplements are dietary supplements derived from nature. Herbal plants or parts of a plant are broken down and used for their scent, flavor and therapeutic benefits. When taken as a supplement, they can deliver strong benefits, however, herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA and can have dangerous side effects. They act like drugs once in your system and can affect metabolism, circulation and excretion of other substances in your body. It is important to discuss with your doctor if you are on prescription medications, are breastfeeding or have chronic illnesses and want to add herbal supplements to your health regimen.

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    The herb Coleus forskohlii comes from India and is sometimes recommended to treat asthma. While there is some evidence that it might work, it cannot be given a wholehearted recommendation. As presently sold, the herb is more like a drug than an herb. Natural Coleus forskohlii contains small amounts of a potent substance called forskolin. However, manufacturers deliberately modify the herb to dramatically increase its forskolin content. Forskolin appears to be safe, but more studies need to be undertaken before it can be recommended for self-treatment.
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    Dr. Peter Bongiorno - What are fucus supplements?

    Fucus supplements are a type of seaweed that can improve thyroid function and boost energy. To learn more about the health benefits of fucus and other types of seaweed, watch this video featuring naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Peter Bongiorno.


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    Very few people are ever deficient in chromium. Taking supplemental chromium in moderate amounts seems to have very little risk. No serious bad side effects from a high intake of chromium have been reported. The Institute of Medicine has not set an upper limit for chromium, meaning even high doses may be safe.

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    What are deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) supplements?

    Deglycyrrhizinated licorice supplements, or DGL, can be beneficial for heartburn, ulcers and gastritis symptoms; it is also helpful for fatigue. Watch integrative medicine expert Julie Chen, MD, discuss the benefits, warnings and dosages for DGL.

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    Nettle (urtica dioica) has been used for years in Germany as a safe treatment of arthritis. In a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, researchers at the University of Plymouth applied stinging nettle leaves to the hands of 27 arthritis sufferers. After one week, they found that stinging nettles not only significantly reduced pain, but also that the level of that pain stayed lower through most of the treatment. They concluded that nettles contain serotonin and histamine, both neurotransmitters that affect pain perception and transmission at the nerve endings.
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    Human growth hormone (HGH) plays a vital role in staying young, long after you've finished growing. HGH is a product of the pituitary gland, the master gland of the body. As the name implies, it promotes linear growth in children and adolescents. After the body stops growing taller, levels of HGH decline and often become very low in adult life.

    HGH has effects on body composition, not just growth; it also plays an important role in metabolism. It first begins to decline at age 30, and decreases by 2% every year after that. When you don't have enough growth hormone, you may experience an increase in belly fat, sagging skin and a decrease in muscle mass. The goal is to keep your HGH at an optimum level as you age so you can retain youthfulness as late into life as possible.
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    Country mallow is an unsafe dietary supplement derived from the root, leaves and/or seeds of a shrub native to India. It is also called heartleaf and heartleaf sida. It contains ephedrine which has been linked to serious side effects including hypertension, myocardial infarction (MI), seizure and stroke. It has been used for many things including weight loss. The claim is that it causes you to burn more calories. It is banned in the US.

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    The most common broom supplement is Butcher's broom, made from the root of the Ruscus aculeatus plant.

    Broom is sold in capsules, topical preparations and combined with other herbal ingredients in some remedies. Ruscogenin, one of the active ingredients, has anti-inflammatory effects.
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    Because water-soluble chlorophyll is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, its use is limited to soothing the gastrointestinal tract and reducing fecal odor. It is approved for use in reducing the fecal odor associated with a colostomy, which is the removal of the colon and replacement with a small collection bag outside the body. The beneficial effect of water-soluble chlorophyll in this case is largely due to its astringent qualities, that is, its ability to attract water.

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    If you need a pick-me-up, forgo energy drinks, which are often loaded with caffeine. Instead, try cordyceps mushroom, an herbal ingredient widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. Available in extract form, it contains a critical chemical that boosts the body’s energy production and helps alleviate fatigue. Take 3 mg of cordyceps mushroom extract per day. Available online and at health food stores.

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