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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 to know.

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 can help.

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 short-term memory.

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.