An Introduction to Herbal Nutritional Supplements
By Charles Hopkins
Published 10/23/2007 | Fitness
In the last few years there has been a surge in the use of herbal
supplements. The industry is growing by leaps and bounds as people look
for ways to improve their health in a more natural and holistic way.
Most of the herbal supplements available today contain many vital
nutrients which can have a very positive effect on your overall health.
Many people that use herbal supplements know that these supplements not
only enhance their way of life but many herbal supplements also can
increase your immunity to many diseases as well. Some of the diseases
include insomnia, constipation, GERD, hormonal imbalances, and diabetes
to name a few.
There about 100 million people in the United States that are
currently taking herbal supplements. We can even go as far to say many
people that take herbal supplements know what they are taking and why
they are taking them. For many though that are looking at looking at
adding herbal supplements to their diet there are things that you need
It is important for you to know that there are not any governmental
regulations on herbal supplements like there are on pharmaceutical
drugs. You also need to know that many herbal supplements act in the
same way as prescription drugs. So you need to talk to your doctor and
let them know if you are talking any supplements, as that is the point,
for a better quality of life , not to add more problems.
When purchasing herbal supplements you need to make sure that the
company that manufactures the herbal supplement follows strict GMP
manufacturing standards. There should be a certificate of analysis on
file that talks about all of the ingredients in the supplement. Your
herbal supplement should contain only herbal extracts that have been
standardized and the company should control the manufacturing stages of
the herbal supplement through the entire process.
Curious as to what some of the herbal supplements available can do
for you. Here is a very partial list of what is available and how they
Billberry has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce clotting
and lower blood sugar. The flavonoids provide numerous benefits in the
treatment of diabetes.
Blach Cohosh is used to treat menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, profuse sweating, insomnia and anxiety.
Ginkgo Bilboa a herbal extract that increases oxygen to the brain
and other bodily tissues, increasing mental clarity, alertness and
Ginseng a Chinese herbal supplement that can reduce the effects
of stress, improve performance, boost energy levels, enhance memory and
stimulate the immune system.
Red Clover - helps with menopausal symptoms and hot flashes. Also
said to be very beneficial for chronic skin diseases, including eczema.
These are only some of the herbal supplements available on the
market. As you can see there are many benefits to adding an herbal
supplement to your daily regimen.