Herbal Dietary Supplements – The Safer Remedy

June 2, 2006 | Filed Under Nutrition Supplements 

Herbal dietary supplements contain herbs (a type of herb on its own or in a mixture), used for therapeutic therapies and remedies. Just because the ingredient of a dietary supplement is herbal, this does not mean that all herbal dietary supplements are safe herbal supplements. This article will enlighten you on the facts about herbal supplements.

Why Herbal Dietary Supplements

More and more people are turning to herbal dietary supplements as a holistic and natural way of treating and healing the body is more popular nowadays. People are encouraged to draw their own conclusions and opt for over the counter herbal remedies. There are herbal remedies available for nearly any condition nowadays. A few examples of the most popular herbal supplements are:

Astralagus

Astralagus root is said to enhance and stimulate the immune system, making it less likely for you to catch a cold or virus. Claiming to help people with a poor appetite and weight loss, fatigue and feverish chills. Relieving anxiety and insomnia this is one of the most popular herbal supplements.

Dong Quai

One of the moist important Chinese herbs for herbal medicine is the Dong Quai root. Powdered and dried the dong quai herb is used to clean the blood and regulate the menstrual cycle. The supplement is mainly used to balance the female hormones and helps to balance symptoms caused by Pre Menstrual Tension (PMT) and the menopause.

Evening Primrose

Evening primrose oil is another very popular herbal remedy offering relief (when taken daily) for symptoms and conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, breast pain, hot flashes, premenstrual syndrome, eczema, and other skin problems to diabetic neuropathy, cancer, high blood cholesterol levels, and heart disease. Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid, balancing hormonal disturbances in the body. Some people suffering from diabetes, Multiple sclerosis or cancer have trouble producing this acid in their own bodies. They might benefit from taking these supplements too.

Flax Seed

Flax seed is a much-used herbal remedy for many ailments and flax seed oil benefits are widely known nowadays. The oil in flax seed, called alpha linolenic acid, is a fat of the omega 3 fatty acid type (and can for example also be found in fish such as salmon). Flax seed lowers cholesterol levels in the body and is beneficial to people suffering from high blood pressure. The oil keeps the platelets in the blood from ticking and clotting and thus reduces the risk of a heart attack.

Rhodiola

A tonic made from rhodiola extract used as a remedy against fatigue and stress and as an antioxidant to keep the blood clean and to promote a healthy heart. This remedy originates from China and it has gained importance now in the west

Calming Herbal Supplements

There are certain herbal supplements, which help to produce calmness in you when you are finding yourself impatient or not relaxed.

Kava Kava

The kava root produces a syrup (or powder that can be made into capsules) aiding relaxation, promote sleep and apparently increases sociability by making people more relaxed. The herb stems from the South Pacific region.

Valerian

Valerian is used to relieve anxiety and helps to relax enough to have good nights sleep. Valerian root also helps women coping with bad menstrual cramps to relax. Valerian comes in different treatment options, the dried herb can be used as a tea, and there are capsules and sugar coated tablets.

Herbs to Boost Immunity

The well known herb Echinacea helps to prevent the common cold and its symptoms like a sore throat or a blocked nose. Echinacea is a tested and safe herbal supplement and can even be taken once the first symptoms of a cold appear, this herb will stop you from developing a full-blown cold.

Goldenseal

This herb helps to prevent infections when the bodies’ immune system is low, and will keep a common cold from developing into an inflammation of the mucus membranes in the nose and throat. This herb also reduces the time that the cold will take before it disappears.

Kombucha

The kombucha mushroom is in effect not a mushroom but a fungus of which a tea is brewed, the tea boosts the immune system and help to upgrade your energy levels by allowing helpful bacteria and antioxidants to enter the body.

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