Herbal dietary supplements contain natural herbs. They are formally known as a botanical herb. Botanical herbs are a plant or plant part/extract, which in turn is then used for its scent (Botanical), flavor (Culinary), and therapeutic (Medicinal) properties.
Dietary herbal supplements are derived from herbs consisting of more than one type of herb. The purpose of an herbal dietary supplement is to enhance the overall benefits that you would normally not get from your everyday diet. Herbal dietary supplements are rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and so many more nutrients. It is important to understand that herbal dietary supplements are not meant to be used as treatments or cures for any specific disease or medical condition. They are more effective as a preventative measure that will help strengthen the body and the immune system to naturally ward off any infections or internal malfunctions that may present it self in the future. For people who do not maintain a balanced diet, herbal dietary supplements are meant to enhance the overall necessary nutrients that might be otherwise lacking from a properly balanced diet. However, many herbal dietary supplements have been known to provide substantial aid for different types of medical conditions. Just as a pregnant woman needs prenatal vitamins, to stimulate growth…So shall we need extra nutrients to stimulate our pre-eldership/internal growth as well.
Some examples of herbal dietary supplements are:
Ephedra: This supplement increases the body’s resistance towards the common cold. It helps in the treatment of asthma and upper respiratory problems. For people who work out regularly, Ephedra is an important ingredient in most fat loss supplements.
Magnesium: Minerals and salts are the two biggest deficiencies in an unbalanced diet. Magnesium is essential in preventing kidney, thyroid, and heart disease. There are many herbal dietary supplements rich in magnesium.
St. John’s Wort: It is also known as hypericum, Klamath weed, and goat weed. These are supplements used for centuries for the treatment of mental disorders and nerve pain. In older times it was also used as a sedative and a malaria cure. Nowadays, the common use is for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and sleep depravation. It is typically consumed as a tea or in pill form. Basically it is used as a relaxant, to help get your mind in order.
Vitamin E: One very potent anti-oxidant is vitamin E. Herbal dietary supplements rich in vitamin E are great anti-oxidants.An uncontrolled oxidation in our body can result in long-term damage. However, that is why our bodies generate antioxidants. If the production of anti-oxidants falls below safe levels then external supplements are required, such as vitamin E.
Copper: While metals and minerals are essential to the normal functioning of our body, sometimes they can fail to get absorbed properly. Copper is a great absorption mineral for bone structure.
Zinc: Is essential for our bodies and there is nothing better than a copper-zink rich herbal dietary supplement. Copper supplements increase the absorption of zinc. The result is a better protection against heart disease, and produces healthier skin and hair color. If you look at your fingernails and notice white spots, you are deprived of Zink and a Copper supplement. The older we get, the more copper/zink we need for our graying hair follicles.
Folate: From a certain viewpoint, folate is required more than anything else due to our DNA structure. Folate is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells (especially during pregnancy and infancy). DNA replication cannot take place without folates. Folates also prevent cancer causing DNA changes. Folate deficiency affects the bone marrow where most new cells are produced. Folates are needed to make new red blood cells and prevent anemia. As you may see, any deficiency in folates can be devastating in the end. One of the earliest indications of folate deficiency is anemia. Herbal diet supplements that have folates as major ingredients are extremely important for you, even if you do not have any existing conditions.
Iron: In the human body, the metal iron is more pervasive than any other material. It plays an important role in several vital functions. Iron carries oxygen to the lungs and muscles in the form of hemoglobin. It acts as a means to transport electrons between cells. It is a catalyst for enzyme reactions in tissues. Iron deficiency most commonly occurs in children and pre-natal or menopausal women. It can commonly prove to be fatal if left unchecked. Herbal diet supplements rich in iron can help to combat such a situation.
Vitamin B6 and B12: Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) deficiency can lead to anemia, depression, dermatitis, and high blood pressure. Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) deficiency can lead to anemia, memory loss, and cognitive failure. It is most likely to occur among the elderly. In extreme cases it can even cause paralysis. It is widely used in the treatment of alcoholism, depression, diabetes, hair loss, and stress. Vegans are especially at risk of B12 deficiency because vitamin B12 naturally occurs only in meats. So if you are a vegan than an herbal dietary supplement with vitamins B6 and B12 is an absolute must have.
Tea: Most herbal teas (and especially Medicinal Strength Teas) involve the use of herbs that have anti-oxidant ingredients that are useful in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Since these teas usually do not include caffeine or any other associated chemicals they are a better form from a natural health perspective than regular black tea or coffee.
Vitamin D: The human body (especially skin) develops its own vitamin D. However, it is necessary to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorous. A direct result of vitamin D deficiency is a weaker bone structure, a condition known as osteoporosis where the bones become porous and therefore break easily. Vitamin D herbal supplements can help prevent osteoporosis.Vitamin D enhances Calcium to work properly.Do not take calcium without taking a vitamin D supplement. Selenium: This is a chemical so volatile that it does not occur in its natural form in nature. It’s toxic state is in large amounts. However, trace amounts of its form will create the center of some enzymes that are vital to the normal working of all cells in nearly all living organisms. In the human body it behaves as an anti-oxidant and it is also important for the normal working of the thyroid gland. Cereals, meat, fish, and eggs are good sources of selenium. Since the majority of sources are animal based, vegans and vegetarians should seriously consider herbal dietary supplements containing selenium.
Vitamin A: This vitamin is responsible for maintaining good eyesight and promoting bone development. It is also an important antioxidant. Most skin and eye problems are related to vitamin A deficiency so if you have any such conditions, consider an herbal diet supplement rich in vitamin A.
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