The Ultimate Guide to Herbal Supplements

This comprehensive guide to herbal supplements summarizes the healthiest choices for a wide variety of ages and ailments.


| January / February 2018



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Supplements complement a well-rounded diet to help provide optimal nutrition and vitality.

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A well-rounded diet that includes leafy greens, whole grains and organic protein should provide your body with most of the nutrients it needs to survive and thrive. Supplements do what their name implies; they supplement and complement daily meals to help provide optimal nutrition and vitality during all stages of life. Supplements also offer the opportunity to consume uncommon herbs and spices that have healthful benefits, but that we may not stumble across in our day-to-day lives, such as ashwagandha and eleuthero. They also allow consumers to ingest larger doses of common culinary ingredients, including garlic and turmeric, than what we would typically encounter in a traditional meal.

The following guide offers a comprehensive list of recommended supplements for common health complaints, such as stress, indigestion and inflammation, as well as those best-suited for women, men, children and seniors. All of the following supplements benefit the body in specific ways, and all contribute to general health and longevity.

As with any new addition to a health-care routine, always consult a doctor before taking a regular supplement, especially if you have existing health conditions, are nursing or pregnant. Don’t mix herbal supplements with prescription pharmaceuticals without the advice of a medical professional. These supplements offer safe and natural benefits to our well-being, but only when used correctly.

Herbs for All

A few health conditions are experienced by nearly everyone at one time or another: inflammation, digestive discomfort and stress. Due to this, some herbal supplements can be safely added to a regular wellness routine to boost general health, longevity and comfort.

Herbs for Anti-inflammatory Support

Inflammation is an essential component in the body’s ability to stay healthy; the inflammatory response begins the process of healing after an injury. However, our bodies can get stuck in unnecessary and unhealthy inflammatory responses, and this chronic inflammation stresses and injures cells. As a result, inflammation can trigger anything from joint pain and skin problems to heart disease and perhaps even cancer.

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata). Sometimes called Indian frankincense, this Ayurvedic herb contains boswellic acids, which have been found to inhibit the synthesis of pro-inflammatory enzymes in vitro. This trait makes boswellia useful in treating such disorders as arthritis, tendinitis and Crohn’s disease.





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