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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    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.
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    Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) has traditionally been used as an herb and a dietary flavoring for calming and digestive support. Various forms of Cymbopogon consist of several species native to India, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

    Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexusus) essential oil is steam distilled from the herbs/leaves of the plant and contains genanial, neral, and monoterpenes. It has been researched for its ability to deter microbe and fungus growth in vitro. It may also be immune supporting and contain anti-inflammatory compounds.

    Lemongrass has some evidence in vitro for its antioxidant and anti-tumoral properties. More studies are needed with human trials to verify these findings.

    Pregnant women and those who are on prescription medications should let their doctor know if they will be integrating lemongrass or any herb into their wellness routine. This is related to potential interactions.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    As you age, keep your eyes sharp with lutein. It’s a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in individuals over the age of 60, by protecting you from some of the harmful effects of sunlight.

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    We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if your cereal isn’t giving you the boost you need, try adding a pinch of guarana. Like coffee, guarana is a ground-up South American bean. The difference? Coffee beans contain 1-2% caffeine, while guarana seeds may contain up to 6% caffeine, making them the energy booster of choice in many energy drinks and supplements. Guarana’s got a bitter taste on its own, so simply add a pinch to your cereal or, better yet, steel-cut oatmeal to give you the energy you need to get going in the morning. But be careful: it is possible to overdose on caffeine, and it may do more than just cause jitters--some fatalities have been linked to large doses of caffeine.

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    In Germany, Urtica dioica is widely used for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This extract of stinging nettle is thought to suppress cell growth and metabolism, inhibiting growth factors and blocking hormone receptors. But no single mechanism for alleviating urinary symptoms has been proved.

    Some randomized, placebo-controlled trials have shown positive effects from using Urtica dioca, but the trials generally have included small numbers of men and a short duration of treatment -- usually three months or less. With such limited evidence to date, recommending extracts of stinging nettle for BPH is difficult to support.
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    A , OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered
    Six different studies looking at two different preparations of red clover concluded that it did not help to reduce hot flashes. Because there is no evidence that it has a significant effect on hot flashes, and because it contains processed isoflavones that do not have a track record for being safe or effective, I do not recommend red clover.
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    So you have gotten over your aversion to ingesting a supplement derived from a spiny, noxious weed also known as puncture vine, thanks to its sharp protrusions that can, well, puncture you.

    So what should you expect it to do for you?

    One Iraqi study showed that certain parts of the tribulus terrestris plant can help people fight off infection. Taking extracts from the plant's leaves and roots and fruit and applying them to parts of the body prone to fungus and bacteria, the researchers found that tribulus terrestris can help cure urinary tract infections.

    There are other positive effects that proponents say can result from the use of tribulus terrestris. One use of tribulus terrestris, is through a supplement created to make both men and women more amorous by increasing sexual desire. And, not only might tribulus terrestris serve as an aphrodisiac, but it might even help men with impotence issues.

    There is a long list of ways that proponents say tribulus terestris can help you. Some say tribulus terrestris is an alternative treatment for diseases like high blood pressure, kidney stones and gonorrhea. It may take on the heartbreak of psoriasis. And some say it may even help treat some forms of cancer.

    Despite all these claims and suggestions, a lack of scientifically sound studies raises questions about just how effective tribulus terrestris can be.

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    Agave is a low-glycemic food that's been marketed as a healthier sweetener, but just because a sweetner is low-glycemic doesn't mean it is healthy. The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a food raises your blood sugar levels. Agave is incredibly high in fructose, which is linked to weight gain and metabolism by the liver into triglycerides (fat). 

    Like honey, agave's high fructose content overshadows the few nutrients it provides. Simply put: whether you want fast fat loss or to avoid metabolic syndrome, fructose should not be a part of your diet.
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    A , Pharmacy, answered
    Store blue flag supplements in their original bottle in a cool, dry place out of reach of children. Since heat, moisture and light may degrade the tablets, don't keep them in the medicine cabinet in your bathroom, where the humidity can reach more than 98%, or in a kitchen drawer near the hot oven.
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    Chris Kilham - What are cocoa supplements?

    Most of us enjoy cocoa, but don't know its surprising health benefits. In this video, "Medicine Hunter" and author Chris Kilham talks about the surge in cocoa supplement products and how they can help you.