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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    Drinking regular cocoa is not likely to help improve your memory. In an experiment, 37 healthy adults ages 50 to 69 were randomly given diets either high or low in flavanols, a bioactive substance found in cacao beans, for three months. The high-flavanol group experienced improvements in the function of the dentate gyrus, a specific part of the brain related to memory, and performed better on a memory test than the low-flavanol volunteers. But researchers caution that the study subjects received a specially prepared high-flavanol cocoa drink; regular cocoa is most likely stripped of many of the flavanols. You can also get flavanols in tea and fruits such as apples and grapes.

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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.


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    Once mature, each cacao tree, planted in the shade of a larger tree, will produce 5 pounds of chocolate per year -- or about 15 to 30 pods since, once dried, the beans from an average pod weigh less than 2 ounces, and approximately 400 are required to make 1 pound of chocolate. Anywhere from 20 to 50 cream-colored beans are scooped from a typical pod, and the husk and inner membrane discarded.

    Exposure to the air quickly changes the color of the beans from cream to lavender or purple, but they are far from what we would recognize as chocolate and lack its characteristic fragrance. At this point, the cocoa beans are put into boxes or thrown into heaps and covered with burlap. The layer of pulp that surrounds each bean starts to heat up and ferment - a simple "yeasting" process that converts the sugars in the beans to acids, primarily lactic and acetic acid. Fermentation, which takes from three to nine days and generates temperatures as high as 125 degrees F., kills the germ of the bean, removes the beans' bitter taste, and activates enzymes that form the precursors of the compounds that will produce chocolate's luscious flavor when the beans are roasted. The result is a bean ready for drying.

    During drying, the beans lose more than half their weight and nearly all their moisture, reaching a moisture content of no more than 7 percent. Once dried, the beans are loaded into 130-to-200-pound sacks and sent to shipping centers, where they are inspected by buyers. To sample the quality of a crop, buyers cut open a number of beans to check that they are uniformly dark brown rather than purple at the center, which indicates incomplete fermentation. If the beans meet with approval, the grower is paid at the current market price, which depends not only on the abundance of the worldwide crop and the quality of farmers' crops in a number of countries, but on a number of economic conditions around the world. The chocolate industry has set up cocoa exchanges, similar to stock exchanges, in principal cities such as New York, London, Hamburg, and Amsterdam, where the prices are set.

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    Research shows that cocoa polyphenols can interrupt the spread of breast, lung and colon cancer. As far as cancer goes, those are the biggies: The American Cancer Society says that in 2013, 39,620 people died from breast cancer,159,480 from lung cancer and 50,830 from colon cancer. Together they accounted for more deaths than all other types of cancer. Thus, almost a quarter of a million people every single year typically fall to these cancers. However, the available research to date indicates that cocoa polyphenols can interrupt the initiation, promotion and proliferation of all three of these cancers.
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    People take lobelia, also known as asthma weed, for relief from symptoms of asthma and bronchitis. But lobelia can cause rapid heart rate, and a high dose can cause severe low blood pressure, coma, or even death.
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    Goldenseal is a perennial plant native to the eastern U.S. Extracts of goldenseal are prepared from the dried roots of the plant and the thickened, underground rootlike stem (rhizome).

    Although preparations of goldenseal are used to treat both external and internal conditions, clinical trials addressing the safety and effectiveness of these preparations are unavailable.

    External Use:
    • supports wound healing
    Internal Uses:
    • controls fever and infection
    • improves appetite and digestion
    • used as a mouth rinse for canker sores

    Dose: Goldenseal is available in a variety of product types. The recommended dose of goldenseal is the equivalent of 500 to 1,000 milligrams of dried rhizome and root three times daily. This dose should not be exceeded.

    Cautions: Situations in which use of goldenseal is not advised: Do not use goldenseal internally during pregnancy, as the extract contains substances that may cause the uterus to contract.

    Side Effects: The fresh plant may cause mucosal irritation.

    Drug Interactions: There are no known interactions of goldenseal with any drugs.

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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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    Aconite is a homeopathic remedy that can be used to treat anxiety. It is suitable for acute situations when sudden fears overtake one rapidly. The person may have an intense fear (or presentiment) of death, as well as palpitations, shortness of breath, flushed face and trembling.
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    Watercress is a peppery green related to mustard and garden cress that your lungs truly love. In fact, a daily bowl may protect against lung cancer, according to John La Puma, MD, author of ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine.

    In a study of both smokers and nonsmokers, those who ate about a cereal-bowl's worth of fresh watercress daily for eight weeks had less DNA damage to white blood cells -- with smokers seeing the most significant benefit. This makes sense, since it's also thought that the isothiocyanates in watercress may thwart a potent carcinogen in tobacco, according to La Puma. And watercress is nutritious; it's chock-full of vitamins, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and lutein, as well as mustard oil.

    One quick and easy way to get watercress is to drink a V8. It's one of the main vegetables in the juice.

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    Eucalyptus oil is commonly used to treat colds, coughs and congestion. It can help to break up phlegm and mucus.  It comes in all kinds of forms including tinctures and teas as well as topical oils.  Those with asthma should probably not use eucalyptus oil routinely, because it may trigger an asthma attack. It is important to consult with your doctor before using any herbal preparation.