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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    Chinese traditional medicine has long used sage to help prevent the loss of mental function that comes with age. Sage has been found to increase oxygen to the brain cortex and to help improve concentration. Sage is easy on the digestion. Cook it up in soups and poultry dishes.

    Growing Tips: Sage can be a bit difficult to grow. It is very sensitive to overwatering because it is more susceptible to mildew than other herbs.

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    Pulsatilla, a homeopathic remedy for anxiety, is suitable for sensitive, easily-upset people who need a great deal of consolation and reassurance, and are as changeable as an April day. They tend toward childish rumination and pouting if they don’t get the attention and emotional security they crave, quickly becoming fearful of rejection. They are dependent on others for reassurance. They are worse in warm rooms, being covered in bed and after eating rich foods; however, they do better with fresh air, mild exercise and consolation.
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    A homeopathic remedy, pulsatilla is suitable for a person whose low back pain is worse from first motion and better from continued motion and rest. The back pain may be much better from cold applications and worse from warm ones.

    These people tend to be warm-blooded and worse in a warm stuffy room. And while thirstless, they often have a dry mouth. They may be timid, weep when telling their symptoms, feel lonely and be better from consolation.
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    Zinc deficiency can affect your health by causing your physical performance to suffer. In fact, studies show low levels of zinc in the body lead to a decline in muscle strength and power output. Studies also show that a marginal zinc deficiency is associated with low levels of testosterone, thyroid hormones and IGF­1, a hormone that promotes muscle growth and metabolism (amount of calories you can burn).

    Zinc is a component of over 100 enzymes, some of which regulate metabolism and oxygen transport. Zinc also helps protect muscle and other tissue from damage due to free radicals. In one study,correcting a zinc deficiency led to an increase in muscle strength and endurance in middle­aged women.

    You’ll find this mineral in seafood, meats, whole grain products and fortified cereals. Diets high in protein provide substantial amounts of zinc.
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    Although no adverse effects have been found from consuming zinc that occurs naturally in food, excessive supplementation has been shown to suppress immune function. That’s because zinc interferes with copper absorption, leading to copper deficiency, anemia, changes in red and white blood cells and lowered immunity. In clinical studies, high zinc intake has been associated with a significant increase in hospitalization for genito-urinary causes. 
     
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    There's no evidence that a cold can be treated with oregano. Save the herb for your spaghetti sauce. If you want to treat your cold without medication, get enough rest, drink at least eight glasses of fluid a day, gargle with warm salt water and use a saline nasal spray for your stuffy nose.
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    When general infantries (GIs) brought oregano home from Italy after World War II, they probably didn't know they were carrying an herb that contains 42 times more antioxidants than apples -- or that it contains a substance that would later be found in mouse studies to beat inflammation, which can raise your risk of health problems, from heart disease to cancer. Getting more of this seasoning is easy.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Pungent noni juice has powerful anti-aging properties to make you look and feel younger. Collected from noni fruit that is left to rot and ferment, the juice helps to lower inflammation and boost immunity. It's now taken for medicinal purposes and is available as a supplement or juice in health food stores.
    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    The following are the top food sources of choline:

    • Beef liver
    • Wheat germ
    • Cod
    • Boiled eggs
    • Wild salmon
    • Soybeans
    • Navy beans
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Broccoli, cooked
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    Some studies indicate that people who are HIV-positive and who also have low choline levels may experience more rapid disease progression. However, sufficient evidence is not available to show that choline supplements would help slow down the progression.