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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    Papain is an enzyme found in papaya that can be helpful for reducing swelling and treating injuries such as bruises. Watch Dr. Oz talk about treatments for bruises.



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    If you're like many Americans today -- overscheduled and overworked -- you may be suffering from excess stress. Rhodiola rosea, a plant that grows in cold regions such as Siberia, is known as an "adaptogen," an herb that increases the body's resistance to stress by reducing levels of cortisol. You can take it in pill form or try Dr. Oz's stress shot: Add Rhodiola rosea "chips" to vodka and steep for at least 24 hours until it turns pink. Drink a stress shot but make sure to have just one. Available online and at health food stores in supplement form or as "chips" for $15-$20.
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    What are the anti-aging benefits of copper?
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    Hunted in Siberia and extracted from chips, Rhodiola rosea anecdotally promotes energy, stamina, and sexual function and libido. Stuff chips into a pint container, and fill with vodka. Then try a tablespoon a night (if beet red, it will have 200 to 600 milligrams of the extract). How good is the data? Not solid enough to recommend to anyone, but a little alcohol every night keeps your cardiovascular system younger even if not in red wine.

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    Thyme has long been used as an antiseptic. Now this herb -- a favorite in savory dishes, from vinaigrettes to holiday stuffing -- has been found to have potent anti-inflammatory properties, too. That makes your heart happy, since high levels of inflammation in your body can open the door to heart disease, the number one killer in America.

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    It may stink like rotten eggs, but sulfur is very important maintaining joint tissue and keeping it strong. Particularly cartilage.

    Perhaps this is why MSM - short for methylsulfonylmethane - may provide possible benefits in treating joint problems, including osteoarthritis, tendinitis and sports injuries, as well as inflammation reduction. Because sulfur is a large component of MSM.

    There are other products on the market, like glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin, that are taken as supplements or applied topically to stave off joint damage. Though its benefits have not yet been proven, you might consider adding MSM, either as a supplement or a topical gel, to your regimen.

    One thing you must remember. MSM is not like aspirin or ibuprofen - products used for acute pain. Though its supporters among the medical community and patients are hoping that MSM helps the body repair itself and maintain its systems better, if you wrench your back, reach for the Advil, not MSM.

    While MSM contains plenty of sulfur, at least one medical professional notes that, while sulfur is an essential mineral for the body, there are better ways to get it into your system than MSM. Think legumes, meat and dairy, nuts and, of course, eggs.

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    MSM in this case doesn’t mean mainstream media. It stands for methylsulfonylmethane, which is a form of sulfur that’s found naturally in many foods. Although some people claim MSM supplements help osteoarthritis pain, we say BS (Bad Science). There have been no large, randomly controlled studies proving that it does in fact help relieve pain from osteoarthritis. Not to mention, no one knows the long-term effects of taking MSM. So at this point, stick with your anti-inflammatories, exercise, and any prescribed medications from your doc.

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    Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana and Armoracia lapathifolia) is a large, long, tapered root with thin, light brown skin, white flesh, and spiky green leaves. Horseradish is a member of the cabbage family and is related to mustard and radish, as well as kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

    Although the leaves can be used in salads, horseradish is valued primarily for its root's pungent bite. This effect, which develops only when the root is broken and wetted, is the result of the reaction that occurs when a number of chemicals that the plant stores separately are allowed to mix. These chemicals - an enzyme, myrosinase, and a number of isothiocyanate compounds, including two glucosinolates, sinigrin and 2-phenylethylglucosinolate, react and form the mustard-like oils that enable horseradish to provide such robust enhancement of vegetables, fish, and meat.

    The horseradish root is harvested in the spring and fall and sold in 1,200-pound pallets to processors, who use it to make one of the world's most popular condiments, both singly and as an ingredient in numerous sauces and dressings. Regardless of the product to be made, horseradish is first grated, and then mixed with distilled vinegar, which stops the reaction that forms its isothiocyanates, stabilizing the oils and maintaining their hot, peppery edge. Other spices or ingredients may also be added, but horseradish and vinegar are the sine qua non of all prepared horseradish.

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    Saffron is a very expensive spice used to flavor and color foods.  It is technically, the dried stigma of the Crocus Sativus Linneaus, a member of the Iris family.  Saffron is thought to be one of the most expensive spices in the world.  It originated in the middle east but is commonly found in Greek, Indian and Spanish cuisines.  Saffron can be purchased at grocery stores especially ethnic stores.