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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    Safflower oil is a popular salad dressing ingredient that could be a big boon to your belly-flattening efforts, thanks to the omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid. It may rev up metabolism. And in a study, just a couple of tablespoons a day appeared to encourage belly fat to take a hike.

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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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    Angelica supplements contain the herb angelica and are used orally and topically in hopes of helping a range of conditions, including indigestion, gas, skin problems, premature ejaculation and runny nose. Angelica supplements are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The safety of angelica supplements taken in medicinal amounts has not been determined. Talk to your doctor before buying or taking any herbal supplements.
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    Black currants contain a compound called anthocyanosides, which can help improve vision. Additionally, this superfood contains five times the vitamin C that oranges do, making it a superb immunity booster.

     

     


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    Maca is a hardy plant root that comes from the Andes Mountains. It holds great potential for helping to reduce debilitating symptoms of menstruation, perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Patients taking maca report that it engenders a feeling of core strength and energy. It may be difficult to find maca in your local store, and there is a huge disparity in the quality of maca that is available. Be sure you read the labels and buy a reputable brand.
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    The herb Tylophora indica (also called Tylophora asthmatica) appears to offer considerable promise as a treatment for asthma. It has a long history of use in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India. In a study of individuals with asthma, the participants who were given tylophora alcohol extract daily for 6 days showed significant improvement. Although tylophora is promising, larger and better studies are necessary to discover whether or not tylophora is truly effective.
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    Vanadium is a trace mineral that may help lower blood glucose and improve insulin sensitivity, based on animal studies and a small number of human studies. It's not recommended as a supplement, however, because it can be toxic if too much (more than 1.8 milligrams per day) is consumed. Side effects of too much vanadium include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney and liver damage, low blood glucose and possibly anemia.

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    Dr. Peter Bongiorno - What are glycine supplements?

    Glycine is an amino acid found in meats and other foods that has a calming effect on the body, says naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Peter Bongiorno. To learn how glycine supplements can treat insomnia and anxiety, watch this video.


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    The amino acid glycine is a calming amino acid primarily found in protein-rich foods like meat, fish, dairy, and beans. It collects in the pineal gland of the brain, the master gland that produces the sleep hormone melatonin. Glycine helps create positive changes in the brain wave patterns that are associated with deep non-REM sleep. Studies show that it promotes a deeper and faster sleep without causing the foggy morning hangover feeling associated with most drugs and some other natural sleep aids.

    Glycine is most commonly found in a capsule or powder form. You can take about 1,500 mg nightly before bed for a good night’s sleep.
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    Because of its alleged antiaging benefits, there has recently been a stir about thymus extract. Should you take it? No. Why not? The thymus is a gland that is active during childhood and adolescence. It helps control and modulate the immune system. By age twenty, the thymus begins to dry up, and by age fifty, it has virtually disappeared. The theory behind taking thymus extract as a supplement is that the extract will help stimulate immune functioning and protect you from cancers, arthritis, and other ailments that age you. Because the thymus is active during our youth, it is wrongfully assumed to be able to keep us young. No studies and absolutely no data indicate that thymus extract helps in any way. Furthermore, taking the extract poses a potential hazard. Thymus extract that is introduced into the body is different from that produced by your own body. Because supplemental thymus extract is a foreign protein, it may trigger an immune reaction, which in turn may cause your body to develop antibodies against itself.