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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Cassava, the root of which is often known as tapioca, is considered safe in doses equivalent to what one might ingest in one's diet. Animal tests using very large amounts in pregnant animals have shown ill effects, though. The health claims regarding cassava have not yet been proven, particularly those related to encouraging multiple births.
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    Taken in the hopes that it can boost weight loss or relieve allergies, $21 million worth of bitter orange was sold last year. However, it can cause heart attack, stroke, or even death. Bitter orange contains a stimulant similar to ephedrine, which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned in 2004 after two people died and several suffered heart attacks or strokes. This was the first time the FDA banned an herbal supplement, and bitter orange has many similar chemical properties.


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    Bismuth is a naturally occurring mineral that can act as an antacid as well as against H. pylori. Bismuth preparations are now often prescribed along with triple therapy as a component in quadruple therapy for the eradication of H. pylori. The best-known and most widely used bismuth preparation is bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol). However, bismuth subcitrate has produced the best results against H. pylori and in the treatment of non-ulcer-related indigestion as well as peptic ulcers. In the United States, bismuth subcitrate preparations are available by prescription through compounding pharmacies (contact the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists,

    www.iacprx.org, 1-800-927-4227).

    One of the main advantages of bismuth preparations over standard antibiotic approaches to eradicating H. pylori is that whereas the bacteria may develop resistance to various antibiotics, they are very unlikely to develop resistance to bismuth.

    The usual dosage for bismuth subcitrate is 240 milligrams (mg) twice daily before meals. For bismuth subsalycilate the dosage is 500 mg - two tablets or 30 milliliters (mL) of standard-strength Pepto-Bismol - four times daily.

    Bismuth preparations are extremely safe when taken at prescribed dosages and for less than six weeks at a time. Bismuth subcitrate may cause a temporary and harmless darkening of the tongue, the stool, or both. Bismuth subsalicylate should not be taken by children recovering from the flu, chicken pox, or some other viral infections, as it may mask the nausea and vomiting associated with Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

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    The main component in olive leaf is the phytochemical oleuropein. Olive leaf may have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, thus it may be able to interact with the protein in a cold or flu and slow its progress. Some research suggests that olive leaf may be able to inhibit viral replication but there is no definitive scientific consensus at this time.

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    Bitter orange is a weight loss supplement. When the FDA banned the herbal stimulant ephedra, bitter orange was put into various "weight-loss" products. However, there are many concerns that it may not be any safer than ephedra. In fact, Consumer Reports listed it in an article on dangerous alternative medicines and said it was associated with "fainting, heart-rhythm disorders, heart attack, stroke, and death."
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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.