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WHY TAKE HERBS AND NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS??

Anti Aging

Research has shown that not everyone ages at the same rate. Discover what causes aging and find out the secrets to living a healthier, longer, and more youthful life. While aging is inevitable, you can slow down your rate of aging. Find out how anti aging supplements may help you turn back the clock.

Natural Antioxidant Supplements and Vitamins
The human body derives its energy from the utilization of nutrients and oxygen as fuel. It also utilizes oxygen to help the immune system destroy foreign substances and combat disease. The byproducts of this and other metabolic processes can lead to the development of molecular agents that react with body tissues in a process called oxidation. While this process is a natural consequence of the energy generation system, its byproducts called "free radicals" can damage healthy cells. Antioxidants work in several ways: First, they may reduce the energy of the free radical. Second, they may stop the free radical from forming in the first place. And finally antioxidants interrupt the oxidizing chain reaction to minimize the damage caused by free radicals.

Many members of the medical and scientific communities believe that free radicals are major factors leading to more than sixty different health problems including aging, cancer, and atherosclerosis. Reducing exposure to free radicals and increasing intake of antioxidant nutrients has the potential to reduce the risk of health conditions caused by free radicals.

Our bodies produce several antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase, and catalase, that destroy many types of harmful free radicals. Supplements of these enzymes are available for oral administration. However, supplementing with the building blocks the body uses to make SOD, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase may prove to be more effective. These building block nutrients include the minerals manganese, zinc, and copper for SOD, and selenium for glutathione peroxidase.
In addition to enzymes, many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, vitamin B2, coenzyme Q10, and cysteine (an amino acid) act as natural antioxidants. Herbs, such as milk thistle, aloe vera, cascara sagrada, bilberry, turmeric (curcumin), grape seed or pine bark extracts, and ginkgo can also provide powerful antioxidant protection for the body and help inhibit many of the health problems associated with free radicals.

Consuming a wide variety of antioxidant enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and herbs is recommended as the best way to provide the body with the most complete protection against free radical damage.

Natural Sources of Antioxidants

Natural antioxidants are most abundant in fruits and vegetables, as well as in other foods including grains, nuts, and some red meats, poultry and fish. The list below describes food sources of common antioxidants.

  • Beta-carotene can be found in many foods that are orange in color, including carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, apricots, squash, pumpkin, and mangos. Some green leafy vegetables are also rich in beta-carotene. Some of these include collard greens, spinach, and kale .


  • Lycopene is a potent antioxidant most commonly found in tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, guava, apricots, pink grapefruit, blood oranges, and other foods. It is estimated that nearly 85 percent of American dietary intake of lycopene comes from tomatoes and tomato based products.


  • Lutein, well known for its association with healthy eyes, is found in green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, collard greens, and kale.


  • Selenium is a mineral, not technically an antioxidant in its own right. However, it is an important component of most antioxidant enzymes. Plant foods like rice and wheat are the the most common dietary sources of selenium in most countries. The concentration of selenium in soil, which varies by region, determines the amount of selenium in the foods grown in that soil. Consequently, animals that eat grains or plants grown in selenium-rich soil have higher levels of selenium in their bodies. In the United States, breads and meat are typical sources of dietary selenium. Brazil nuts also contain large quantities of selenium.


  • Vitamin A is found in three main forms: retinol (Vitamin A1), 3,4-didehydroretinol (Vitamin A2), and 3-hydroxy-retinol (Vitamin A3). Foods will a lot of vitamin A include liver, carrots, sweet potatoes, egg yolks, milk and mozzarella cheese.


  • Vitamin C is a well known antioxidant that can be found in high concentrations in many fruits and vegetables. It can also be found in cereals, beef, poultry and fish products.


  • Vitamin E, also known as alpha-tocopherol, is found in many oils including wheat germ, corn, safflower and soybean oils, and is also found in mangos, nuts (almonds), broccoli and other foods.

If you're diet doesn't include a large amount of the food sources above we strongly suggest taking antioxidant vitamins or supplementing with a complete antioxidant complex.

Top Ten Herbs to Take:

The Top 10

1.Omega-3 fatty acids: High on the list of every expert we interviewed, Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to maintaining good health.
“Omega-3 fatty acids are important for so many things in the body—for nerves, heart, blood vessels, skin and hair—and they reduce inflammation anywhere in the body.” Omega-3 fatty acids provide a multitude of desirable effects, including lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reducing blood pressure, and aiding in the prevention of arthritis. Good food sources include deepwater fish (such as salmon or halibut), fish oil, and canola and flaxseed oil. In supplement (capsule or liquid) form, about 3,000 to 5,000 milligrams a day.

2.Ginkgo biloba:You’ve probably heard about this one, and it’s no surprise: Ginkgo is one of the world’s most popular herbal products. Known as the “smart herb,” ginkgo enhances blood circulation and increases the supply of oxygen to the heart, brain and other body parts, making it useful for improving memory and relieving muscle pains. We have studies that show ginkgo’s positive effects on patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It can also help to relieve tinnitus (ringing and/or buzzing in the ears). What’s more, it’s a powerful antioxidant, helping to detoxify and protect the body. In brief, ginkgo is great, but those who take anticoagulants (blood-thinners) or painkillers shouldn’t jump on the biloba bandwagon: internal bleeding is a possible side effect.
3. Saw palmetto: If you’re getting up in the night umpteen times to urinate—or noticing that your “flow” is weaker than it used to be—saw palmetto may be your next best friend. Due to an enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia). It’s a very common problem in men as they get older. Saw palmetto’s effectiveness is widely acknowledged—even by The Journal of the American Medical Association, which in 1998 published a study reporting its usefulness.

4. Black cohosh: And here’s one for the ladies. If you’re at that lovely stage of life when hot flashes appear, you may want to try black cohosh, an herb widely prescribed and revered in Europe. It’s pretty wonderful for women who are menopausal and perimenopausal, because it really helps to alleviate hot flushes and night sweats. With more and more women rejecting traditional HRT (hormone replacement therapy) due to its links to breast cancer and heart disease, black cohosh is being touted as a safer, and perhaps equally effective, means of minimizing menopausal madness. Do not take the herb if you are pregnant or lactating.


5.St. John’s wort: St. John’s wort has become so popular in recent years that even most mainstreamers know of its usefulness in treating depression. But it's important to note that the herb has been found most effective in treating mild to moderate depression, so those suffering from serious or chronic depression should seek medical intervention.

6.Echinacea:Another ultra-popular herb in both mainstream and alternative worlds, echinacea is renowned for its ability to boost the immune system, and is an especially strong ally during cold and flu season.. But the trick is to start taking the herb at the earliest hint of cold or infection—otherwise it may be of little to no use.


7.Glucosamine sulfate: Commonly used by osteoarthritis sufferers seeking pain relief, glucosamine sulfate is a naturally occurring bodily substance, glucosamine is a form of amino sugar that is believed to play a role in cartilage formation and repair. Some studies show that glucosamine supplements are as effective for pain relief as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, with the added benefit of being better tolerated. Glucosamine is often taken alongside chondroitin sulfate, which helps to give cartilage elasticity.

8.Coenzyme Q10: A powerful antioxidant and a naturally occurring substance in our bodies, Coenzyme Q10 helps to maintain a healthy heart and healthy cholesterol levels and boosts cellular energy. Helps people with gum disease.

9.Feverfew:Migraine sufferers may find relief from feverfew, an herb that has been shown to prevent migraines with an efficacy that compares favorably with beta-blockers and valproic acid (Depacon, Depakene, Depakote). There are some restrictions, however: Feverfew should not be taken during pregnancy or by people who take blood-thinning medications or painkillers.
10.Garlic: Last but certainly not least, good ol’ garlic still wears the crown as one of the most health-promoting of all the herbs. The list of its uses are endless, including killing bacteria and viruses, boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, treating fungal infections, and aiding circulation and digestion. It may even aid in cancer prevention, according to some preliminary studies. It’s a natural antibiotic that goes straight to the lungs, and to the rest of the body . Best of all, garlic is cheap and adds great flavor to virtually all foods.
 
 
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