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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    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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    Borage supplements may be labeled as borage oil, borage seed oil or borago officinalis. Borage oil also might be one ingredient in a supplement labeled gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid, found mostly in plant foods. It's considered essential to maintaining the health of bones and the reproductive system, regulating metabolism and stimulating skin and hair growth.

    Some studies suggest that borage oil may be helpful in relieving symptoms in people who have rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions, but more research is needed. Consult your doctor before taking borage supplements, or any dietary supplement.
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    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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    Borage supplements contain borage oil from the seeds of the borage plant. Those seeds and the oil that comes from them contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid. Some research indicates that GLA can reduce joint pain, stiffness and tenderness in people with rheumatoid arthritis. GLA is also being studied to determine if it can reduce airway swelling in people who have asthma.
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    Supplements of borage oil may offer benefits for some people, but they do carry risks and warnings. Borage oil contains a type of omega-6 fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies show it may help relieve symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and possibly other conditions.

    However, some borage oil supplements contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can harm the liver. There is also some evidence that the GLA in borage oil and other supplements may cause seizures in some people, so they should be avoided by anyone with a seizure disorder. Do not take borage oil if you're pregnant, because it may harm your fetus and/or bring on premature labor.

    Men at risk for prostate cancer should avoid borage oil, because some studies show omega-6 fatty acids may promote the growth of prostate tumor cells. Omega-6 supplements may interact with certain other medications including blood thinners, some antibiotics, chemotherapy medications and drugs that suppress the immune system. Don't take omega-6 if you're on any of these medications. As with all supplements, the best advice is to consult your doctor before taking borage supplements.
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    Borage-oil supplements, derived from the Borago officinalis plant, should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, or refrigerated. Borage-oil supplements are rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA) -- an omega-6 unsaturated fatty acid believed to have multiple health benefits.
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    Slippery elm is obtained from the inner bark of the red elm tree and is said to restore the normal mucus coating on irritated tissues. Slippery elm lozenges can be found in most grocery stores. Slippery elm can be used for inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis).
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    What are pyruvate supplements?

    Pyruvate is naturally made in our body when sugar is broken down for energy; it also appears to divert fat in the body during this process, so that fat is burned first. Watch Eva Selhub, MD, describe how pyruvate works in the body.


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    What should I know before using pyruvate supplements?

    You can get pyruvate from apples, red wine or red grapes, though a supplement is more appropriate for 1-2 months if you are trying to lose weight. In this video, Eva Selhub, MD, explains the benefits and side effects of pyruvate.