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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    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 , Geriatric Medicine, answered
    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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    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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    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.
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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.

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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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    Royal jelly is a thick, milky substance produced by worker bees to feed the queen bee. The worker bees mix honey and bee pollen with enzymes in the glands of their throats to produce royal jelly. Royal jelly is believed to be a useful nutritional supplement because of the queen bee's superior size, strength, stamina, and longevity compared to other bees. It is used as a nutritive tonic.

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